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The Rev. Dr. Eric T. Myers, Pastor
Eric has been the Pastor of Frederick Presbyterian Church since September 2006, having previously served churches in Virginia and North Carolina. He has several ministry emphases, including worship that is active and participatory for all, and a congregation that is mission-focused.
Originally from Hopewell, Virginia, Eric first entered the ministry as a Director of Music and Organist, before entering Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1991) in Decatur, Georgia. Continuing his study in the area of worship, Eric completed a second master’s degree in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana (2003). He furthered his studies in worship and preaching at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois (Ph.D., 2006).
Eric has taught worship and preaching classes at Garrett and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Worship at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He is the co-author of The Work of the People: What We Do in Worship and Why (Alban, 2007), a guide to help congregations and worship committees think about the worship of the church. Eric serves the larger church as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS).
Eric is married to Lisa Nuernberger Myers. Eric and Lisa have three daughters.
Brian Bartoldus, Director of Music and Organist
Brian Bartoldus coordinates every aspect of music at FPC, including, leading the Festival, Sanctuary, and Handbell choirs. He also serves as the church organists for weekly services. Brian earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, Simon Carrington, and Masaaki Suzuki. In addition to his roles at FPC, Brian serves as the Director of Music Ministry at Mount St. Mary’s University. He is also the founding Artistic Director of Third Practice, a professional chamber vocal ensemble that specializes in contemporary music and its connection with the music of the past. Brian met his wife, Santana, in a choral audition, and has been lucky to have her companionship and musical guidance ever since. Santana is both a music therapist and an accomplished keyboardist, serving as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Utica.
Casey Newton, Director of Christian Programming
Casey directs Christian programming at FPC, with a special focus on families, and she loves working with people of all ages. Casey grew up in a family that worked and worshipped in the Presbyterian church. There was always a huge emphasis on the importance of intergenerational play and fellowship, and she has brought that focus with her to the FPC family. Casey grew up near Montreat, NC and went to King University in Bristol, TN, where she earned a BSN in Nursing. After working for five years as a cardiac transplant nurse, she took time to be at home with her two daughters and husband. Casey also served as president of the MOMS Club of Hagerstown, a support group for stay-at-home moms.
Vanessa McCutcheon Smith, Director of Youth and Christian Programming
Vanessa cares for the young people at FPC. She plans and coordinates the youth program, including weekly youth fellowship, activities, and fundraisers for the annual summer mission trip. Each year Vanessa leads the youth at FPC to areas in need in the US to participate in community service and home renovation projects.
Vanessa has a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and is working towards ordination in the PCUSA. She enjoys preaching and leading worship as well as leading bible studies for all ages.
Both Vanessa and her husband Jerry are longtime members of FPC and live in Middletown, MD. They both enjoy gardening, reading, kayaking, skiing, and spoiling their three grandsons.
Niki Lyons, Office Administrator
As Office Administrator, Niki is often the first person members and visitors meet when they contact FPC. Niki grew up in Frederick. She and her husband, Jonathan, met in high school, have been married 19 years, and have four beautiful daughters. Niki serves as the director of Women’s Ministry in her home church. She also enjoys watching her kids play sports and participate in community activities. When she has a few quiet moments, Niki can be found writing, reading, or gathering with friends and family.
Jenny Genovese, Nursery Coordinator
Jenny is a 2007 graduate of Hood College with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development. She works as a nanny for two families. Jenny is married to Pete Genovese, and the two enjoy playing softball together on FPC’s outstanding team. Jenny’s love of children is evident in the way she engages with the youngest members of the FPC congregation.
Dr. Martha Sommers, Missionary to Malawi
Dr. Martha Sommers, originally from Wisconsin, serves with the Synod of Livingstonia of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, where she is a physician at Ekwendeni Hospital in Malawi. Martha serves a large rural area in a country where 25 percent of the population is HIV-positive and one in four children does not live to the age of five. She has served as a PC (USA) medical missionary since 1997, and our congregation’s relationship with her began in 2008. Martha has visited us here in Frederick several times.
Marc Hare and Jenny Bent, Missionaries to Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Marc Hare and Jenny Bent serve in Haiti and the Dominican Republic; they married in 2008 and have two young daughters, Keila and Annika. Marc, originally from Ohio, has served Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP) in Haiti since 2004, advising small farmers on ways to increase food production. Jenny, originally from Nicaragua, began volunteering with Marc after their marriage, but came under mission appointment in 2012. Jenny began a new ministry with Haitians in the Dominican Republic, where she works with the Evangelical Dominican Church, assisting with health clinics and with developing a program to train health care leaders. FPC’s relationship with Marc and Jenny began in 2013.