9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday
Phone: (843) 681-3696
The church office will be closed January 16 for the MLK holiday
Dr. Douglas K. Fletcher
Doug Fletcher felt called to the ministry at a very early age and has dedicated his life to pursuing God’s call. Growing up Lutheran in a Swedish community in Iowa, he was greatly influenced by his mother’s interest in the Salvation Army and service to the poor. He earned his undergraduate degree from Drake University in two years with multiple honors and entered Princeton Seminary to pursue a divinity degree. After receiving a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, he began his parish ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Associate Pastor with responsibility for the 4,200-member congregation’s Christian education program. An excellent teacher, Doug has shared his skills not only with the congregations he has served but also with students he has taught at Princeton and Austin Theological seminaries, as well as seminaries in China, Zambia and Guatemala. He is sharing his teaching talents as leader of several Biblical studies at FPC. His involvement in local missions includes service on numerous boards and international ministries. Since becoming Senior Pastor at FPC, he has been on mission trips to Kenya and Haiti. Doug came to us from Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, a congregation of approximately 2,500 members in Austin, Texas. At FPC, he led the Building Connections capital campaign to expand and improve the facility, a $4.9 million project, and the additional $500,000 Complete the Connection campaign. He is married to Wesla, whom he met while a student at Princeton. She is an ordained United Methodist minister with a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Wesla is the Division Dean of Arts & Sciences at Technical College of the Lowcountry. Doug and Wesla have two grown sons, and two grandchildren.
Joel M. Wood
Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Pastor Joel graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and received his bachelor’s degree in sacred music from Oral Roberts University. He has a strong belief in the Body of Christ and church community, enjoys relationship building and embraces the challenges of growing into the pastor and disciple he is called to be. Joel’s responsibilities at FPC are to envision, plan and implement programs of Discipleship Ministry involving the whole curricula of the church, to include Christian education and service in the community and world, as well as worship and proclamation, prayer and community building. He will perform other pastoral duties as needed. Joel is married to Amber. Please welcome him to the staff of FPC!
Lisa M. Schrott
Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care
Lisa will join the staff of FPC on August 31. She recently graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Lisa felt called into the ministry while at her home church in Shreveport, LA. Lisa is a second-career seminarian, having served as a tenured Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience at Louisiana State University. She has a B.S. in biology from Lafayette College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She was born and raised in Maryland and has been married to Brian McWilliams for 18 years. While at Columbia Theological Seminary, Lisa was engaged in an honor’s project in pastoral care projects for older adults. She interned at Emory Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, GA and the Atlanta Veteran’s Administration. At the General Assembly in Portland, OR, Lisa was the keynote speaker at the meeting of the Presbyterian Association of Science, Technology and Christian Faith.
Dr. S. Russell Floyd
Minister of Music
Dr. Floyd is the Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church where his responsibilities include conducting the Sanctuary and New Voices choirs, overseeing and coordinating the various church music ensembles, and serving as worship planner. He received his Ph.D. in clarinet, music theory, and history from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), Master’s degree in church music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) and Bachelor of Music in music theory from Furman University (Greenville, SC). Prior to coming to Hilton Head, he was Associate Professor of Music at Hope College (Holland, Michigan), Assistant Professor of Music at Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) and music director and conductor of the Holland Area Youth Orchestra and the West Shore Youth Orchestra (Muskegon, Michigan). He performed (clarinet) with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, West Shore, Jackson, and Adrian symphonies and was a frequent recitalist in the West Michigan area. Rusty has also served as Music Director for the annual community-wide performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the church. He is co-principal clarinetist of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and a judge for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition.
CrossRoads Music & Worship Director
Lavon Stevens has been an integral part of the CrossRoads worship service and the CrossRoads Worship Team at First Presbyterian Church , bringing with him a wealth of talent and experience in spiritual music. A native of Savannah, Ga., Lavon began singing and playing piano at the age of 7. He began performing in local groups across the Southeast at the age of 13. His first instrument was the violin. He later studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta, Ga. from 1979 to 1983. Lavon was music director at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for many years. He has traveled and performed all over the country including Aspen, Co., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla. The resort vacation destination of Hilton Head Island, SC has been his home since 1981. Lavon is active in music in Hilton Head, performing at numerous island venues, private parties and fundraisers. He has two sons who often join the CrossRoads band.
Chad Martin is a native of Blackville, SC. He started playing the piano by ear around the age of four. He was pianist at Double Pond Baptist Church and provided music for various revivals, singsperations, benefits and gatherings throughout Barnwell County. Chad obtained his Bachelors of Organ Performance from Anderson University in 2009. While at Anderson, he sang in and was student accompanist for the Anderson University Choir and Anderson University Chamber Singers. He was also the accompanist for Anderson’s traveling music ensemble, Radiance, and participated in the Anderson University Wind Symphony. During these four years, he was the organist at Boulevard Baptist Church, where he accompanied a youth choir of 50 teenagers known as The Celebration Singers. This group performed in Chicago, New York, and along the Eastern Coast. Chad received his Masters of Organ Performance from Winthrop University in 2012. Chad served as organist, music associate and handbell director at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC from 2009 – 2015. While in Lexington, he was also the assistant accompanist of the Lexington County Choral Society and accompanied various students and professors from the University of South Carolina and Columbia College. Currently, Chad serves as organist and handbell director at First Presbyterian Church.
Other Church Staff:
Sue Koppenol, Church Administrator, email: email@example.com
Susan Brannon, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cibele Santos Almeida, Children’s Ministry Director, email: email@example.com
Breanna Reeder, Director of Youth & Family Ministry, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Green, Director of Music Ministry for Children & Youth, email: email@example.com
Jean Tharin, Administrative Assistant – Membership, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Putnam, Administrative Assistant – Reception, email: email@example.com
Mary Hall, Communications Coordinator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Helms, Facility Manager, email: email@example.com
Edward Gray, Events Manager, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anniel White, Housekeeper, email: email@example.com
Gavin Harris, Sexton, email: firstname.lastname@example.org