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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 has served 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 served the larger church as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS) which produced, GLORY TO GOD: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013).
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.
Jomo Johnson, Director of Educational and Family Ministries
Jomo has a passion for teaching while holding firm to the belief that all good theology is relational. Jomo grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and became a Christian in his late teens. He sensed a call to Christian ministry around the age of 23 and enrolled in Bible college, then graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2014 with a Masters of Divinity. Since that time he has served in youth ministry, urban church planting, and house church ministry.
Jomo is passionate about working with young people and families. He served as a young adult intern and then co-pastor of Philly Open Air Church in North Philadelphia. He has also worked in writing and publishing, assisting pastors and ministries to produce and publish books about Christian education. His own book, Letters to Charles, was endorsed by longtime Westminster Theological Professor William Edgar, and has been in circulation in the school’s library since 2010.
Jomo is married to Sharon and together they have one moody chihuahua, Johnson. Jomo has been a grateful part of the Fredrick Presbyterian Church community since 2022.
Ashley Simms, Director of Youth and Christian Programming
Ashley serves at the Director of Youth Ministries, coordinating weekly youth fellowship meetings and summer mission trips for the growing community of young people at FPC. Ashley grew up in the Presbyterian church, as a “PK” (Pastor’s Kid), and participated fully in available programs as a young person. As an adult some of her volunteer activities include teaching Sunday school, assisting with youth group activities including lock-ins, service projects, and mission trips, and directing an intergenerational sign language choir.
Ashley has degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance from Ithaca College and The University of Oklahoma. She taught middle school band, choir and orchestra both in upstate New York and Montgomery County, Maryland. She has also served as an Educational Sales Representative for Music & Arts.
Ashley has been attending Frederick Presbyterian Church since moving to Frederick in the Fall of 2013. She and her husband, Greg, were married in this church in 2017 and together they have loved becoming a part of the dynamic faith community. Greg serves on the Finance Committee and teaches the middle school Sunday school class. In addition to working with the youth, Ashley regularly plays trombone and hand bells during Sunday services and co-directs the Celebration Singers.
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.
Cheryl Barnes, Missionary for Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP)
As the education facilitator for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Cheryl Barnes collaborates with the CCAP Education Department and the education departments of the five CCAP Synods — three in Malawi, one in Zambia, and one in Zimbabwe — to improve the quality of primary school education in the many schools under the CCAP umbrella.
Cheryl grew up in Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in special education at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia; her Master of Business Administration at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and her Master of Divinity at Colombia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a member of the Northeast Georgia Presbytery.
Prior to entering ordained ministry, Cheryl taught special education and worked in early childhood education. Her experience in educating children, a commitment to service, and a teachable spirit have prepared her well for this ministry.