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Howard Dudley, PASTOR & HEAD OF STAFF

Howard Dudley has served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church since the summer of 2016. He is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and graduate of East Carolina University and Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Howard came to First Presbyterian after serving as a campus minister at the University of Mississippi, and as the pastor at New Prospect Presbyterian Church in Ripley, Mississippi. 

Howard is has served as a music leader and speaker at church and youth conferences and retreats throughout the country, including the Montreat Youth Conference and Massanetta Middle School Conference. He is married to Meg Lindsay Dudley, who serves as the Pastor of Bluff Presbyterian Church in Wade, NC. They have two daughters, Lindsay and Julia.

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DENA BRADHAM, DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Dena Bradham is a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, but has served on staff as our Director of Christian Education since the spring of 2016. As DCE, Dena coordinates our Kids Fellowship, Youth Fellowship and Sunday School programs. 

Dena is a talented educator, with over 30 years of experience teaching in Harnett County Schools. 

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KRISTEN ANDERSON, Director of music

Kristen Anderson has served as the director of music at First Presbyterian Church since the summer of 2015. She is a graduate of Campbell University and Meredith University. 

As Director of Music, Kristen both directs our choir and serves as our organ accompanist on Sunday mornings. She also directs our JAM & JAM Jr. children's choirs and our Youth music ensemble. 

Kristen is an accomplished piano and voice teacher, who teaches private lessons and teaches choir at Dunn Middle School. 

 

LESIA CAMPBELL, CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Lesia Campbell has served as our Church Office Administrator since 2006. As our Office Administrator, Lesia coordinates our congregation's communications and newsletter. She is also responsible for managing our congregation's giving and financial records.

 

GINA WARREN, LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER

Gina Warren is a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church who began serving as our Lead Preschool Teacher in 2019.

As Lead Teacher, Gina coordinates a number of administrative tasks for the First Presbyterian Preschool. She also serves as the teacher of our two & three day preschool class.

 

YOlanda Newkirk-Geddie, Nursey Coordinator

Yolanda Newkirk-Geddie has served our church in many capacities since 2011. She coordinators our nursery on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, she serves as the assistant in our Pre-School Toddler Class, and she and her husband James also serve as our sextons.