Meet our Staff

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Dr. Douglas K. Fletcher, Senior Pastor

 

Doug Fletcher was called to Hilton Head Island as pastor of our church in 2008.  He and his wife, Wesla, an ordained Methodist minister who teaches psychology at USCB, moved from Austin, TX, where he had served as pastor of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church for 15 years.   They love the church, the beach, the weather, the community, the interesting people and stories, and the challenges we have together. He has an undergraduate degree from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he grew up.  He received a Masters degree and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies.   After studies in Princeton, he served churches in Colorado Springs, Tulsa, OK, and then Austin before moving to the island. Doug loves to teach the Bible, “God’s love letter to the world.”  He has taught pastors and students in China, Zambia, and Latin America as well as at seminaries in the United States and here at First Presbyterian Church.

Doug and Wesla have two grown sons, Samuel and Matthew, and two grandsons.
 

Lisa Schrott, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care

 
Lisa is a 2016 graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, with a Master of Divinity degree. While at Columbia, she was engaged in an Honor’s Project in Pastoral Care that incorporated current understandings of neuroscience into pastoral care practices for older adults.
 
Prior to entering seminary Lisa was a tenured Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. Lisa has been active in churches throughout her life, serving as an Elder on Session and as a Deacon. With her incredible faith journey from science to divinity school, her outgoing personality, her love of learning and her “seasons of life” approach to pastoral care, Lisa is the ideal person to guide FPC in meaningful and caring pastoral care.
 
Lisa is married to Brian McWilliams. They are both “beach people,” and have fallen in love with the sea turtles and birds of Hilton Head.
 

Joel Wood, Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Joel graduated from Princeton Theological seminary in May of 2016.  He was drawn to FPC by the emphasis of encouraging every member to ministry.  This focus matched his passion for discipleship and unity within the Body of Christ and the church community.  Prior to his enrollment at Princeton, Joel spent seven years as a lay leader at FPC, Tulsa, OK.  He was active leading Sunday school and confirmation classes, small groups for sixth-seventh graders, ministry for local college groups and many mission opportunities.  His undergraduate degree in music equipped him to serve on the worship team as they developed a new contemporary service.  While at Princeton, Joel had internships at Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown and St. Mary Medical Center. He truly enjoyed serving at these institutions as he was able to use the tools and theological frameworks learned in his seminary classes. These locations provided him with the opportunities to interact with real people of all ages and to see firsthand how theology and biblical studies could impact lives and bring people into deeper relationships with the living God.  Joel is married to Amber, and they have one daughter, Emerson. Joel, with his warm smile and gentle spirit, his passion for members in ministry and commitment to collaboration and his deep love of learning, is the perfect fit to FPC’s ministries.

 
 
Dr. S. Russell Floyd, Minister of Music
 

Rusty Floyd Rusty Floyd is the minister of music at FPC, with a diverse range of musical experiences.  Originally from Lake City, SC, he received his Ph.D. in clarinet, music theory and music history from Michigan State University; his Masters’ degree in church music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; and his Bachelor of Music in music theory from Furman University, Greenville, SC.  From 1980-1983 he was Assistant Professor of Music at Olivet College where he taught clarinet and music theory.  From 1985-1999 he was Associate Professor of Music at Hope College, Holland, MI, where he taught clarinet, music theory, and conducted the Hope College Wind Ensemble.  He was conductor of the West Shore Youth Symphony, Muskegon, MI, from 1985-1989 and conductor of the Holland Area Youth Orchestra from 1992-1998.  While in Michigan he performed with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, West Shore, Jackson, and Adrian symphonies and was a frequent recitalist in the West Michigan area.  He has been a participant in the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck since 1994. On Hilton Head Island he is the co-principal clarinetist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. As Minister of Music at FPC, Rusty directs the Sanctuary Choir, and the New Voices choir. He oversees presentations of sacred cantatas, coordinates the children’s, youth and handbell choirs, as well as special music for all services and is the director of the Presbyterian Musical Theatre.  He is the music director for the annual community-wide performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at FPC during the Christmas season.

Rusty’s wife, Laura, is the daughter of music missionaries and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She is an accomplished soprano and voice instructor and has appeared with numerous symphonies and operatic groups.  Laura and Rusty have a beautiful daughter, Samantha LeeAnne.
 
 
Lavon Stevens, CrossRoads Music & Worship Director
 

Lavon Stevens has been an integral part of the CrossRoads worship service and the CrossRoads band for the last few years, 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.
 
Charles Frost, Organist

 

Originally from Red Bank, NJ, Charlie is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey, where he received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Church Music. There, he studied organ with Dr. Joan Lippincott, the former head of the organ department and a world-renowned recitalist and recording artist.
Charlie has served churches in New Jersey, New York, California, Michigan and South Carolina. Most recently, he served as music director and organist at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, Beaufort. He also served on the hymnal committee for the most recent Presbyterian hymnbook, Glory to God, which was published in 2013. He is also artistic director and conductor of the Sea Island Chamber Singers. Besides being an accomplished musician, Charlie is an avid cyclist who loves to cook and entertain. He’s also a self-professed fan of both the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.
 
Hannah Kreoger, Director of Ministry with Youth
 
Hannah was born and raised in Southern Illinois in a suburb of St. Louis. She received a BS in Music Therapy from Maryville University in St. Louis. She began my career in hospice, geriatric, and teen music therapy. Hannah has held a variety of ministry positions, most recently as the director of youth and contemporary worship ministries where she was responsible for youth and Sunday morning worship. Hannah plays several instruments and sing, but she is most passionate about youth and discipleship. She is so excited to be here and to become apart of the FPC family.
 
Jackie Wilhelm, Director of Ministry with Children
 
Jackie previously served as Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church from 2005 until 2014. Jackie and her husband have two daughters, Brooke and Jordan. They are long-time members of First Presbyterian Church.
Jackie is a native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Wake Forest University. Jackie has spent the last several years with the Beaufort county school district as a science teach at Hilton Head Middle School.
Jackie is excited to share her love of Christ with our children and families.
 
Other Staff:
Susan Brannon, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, sbrannon@fpchhi.org
Amy Dungan, Director of Presbyterian Day School, director.dayschool9@gmail.com
Meghan Fox, Communications Coordinator, mfox@fpchhi.org
Edward Gray, Events Manager
Beth Green, Director of Music Ministry for Children & Youth, info@singhappy.com
Gavin Harris, Sexton
Scott Helms, Facility Manager, shelms@fpchhi.org
Sue Koppenol, Church Administrator, skoppenol@fpchhi.org
Nancy Putnam, Administrative Assistant – Reception, nputnam@fpchhi.org
Jean Tharin, Administrative Assistant – Membership, jtharin@fpchhi.org
Anniel White, Housekeeper