A special welcome to New Members joining First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg. WELCOME!!

(Note: Most recent new members at the top.)

 

Curt and Susan Hudson met in high school.  They have been married 52 years.  Curt was in the Navy when we married.  They have a son and daughter and 3 beautiful granddaughters.  Curt worked in the food industry for 40 years.  He retired as Director of Information Technology from Giant Foods in Carlisle, Pa.  Susan was a stay at home Mom for many years and then worked as an Estate paralegal with a local law firm.  They are snow birds, spending 5 months in Florida.  Theyt have been members of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa since 1992 and have attended First Presbyterian for 6 years.  They sing in the choir and are happy to become affiliate members at FPC.

 

Margie and Jerry Richmond are joining FPC by letter of transfer from
FPC of Hawley, PA. Jerry is a lifelong Presbyterian growing up in
Dansville (NY) Presbyterian Church. He met Margie, a Southern Baptist,
at the University of Georgia and they married in 1965. After working in
Atlanta and Jerry serving in the Army (Vietnam Veteran), they moved to
Jerry’s hometown in western NY near Rochester. There they both were
very involved with church, serving as elders. Jerry was the youngest
person to ever be ordained in his church at the time. Margie served as
Vice Moderator of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley and also chaired
the Personnel Committee. They continued to be active church leaders
when they moved to PA in 1993. They have attended FPC in the
winters since 2011. Last year they became FL residents and are looking
forward to having this new church family become an integral part of
their lives. Jerry operated a farm equipment and hardware business in Dansville
and worked in a BMW dealership in PA. After teaching high school
math, Margie worked in educational publishing leading teams of
writers, editors, and artists for a variety of companies, including
Highlights for Children. Margie and Jerry came to be grandparents later in their lives than is
typical, so if you talk with them for any length of time, you’ll hear all
about Archer and Finn. And of course, their only daughter, Holly, and
her husband, Danny.

Mardie Chapman is a Board Certified Chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital. She enjoys our 9 am contemporary service which inspires her as she brings Christian music and prayer services to hospitalized behavioral health patients on Sunday afternoons. An integrative (holistic) chaplain, she also lifts spirits of medical/surgical patients with Healing Touch, aromatherapy, Sign Chi Do, music, art expressions and, of course, prayer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends including Dick Eliason, playing flute and piccolo in the Masonic Band, participating in Bible Study Fellowship here on Thursday evenings, traveling, kayaking and attending theater and concerts.

 

 

 

Carol Abernathy has lived in St. Petersburg for 58 years, and is returning to First Presbyterian after losing C. J., her husband of 56 years. They were both trial lawyers. The Abernathy's were active members of the Covenanters. They helped with the youth programs when their three children, Doug, June, and Jason were still at home. Their oldest was married here 35 years ago. 
Carol has been enjoying finding old friends here and meeting new ones.

 

 

 

Jan Fazio was born and raised in St. Petersburg where she attended St. Pete High School and First Baptist Church. She graduated from Furman University in Greenville SC. Jan was an interior designer in Birmingham, Michigan, where she lived for 28 years while raising her 2 children, Katie and Elise, with her husband Rob. She and Rob returned to St. Petersburg in 2012 where they enjoy living  and volunteering in the downtown community.  Jan sings in the FPC choir and is a docent at the Dali Museum

Throughout the year Jan and Rob also travel as much as possible!

 

 

 

Ruth Bafaro came to Sugarmill in Homosassa in 1965.  She had been an active Elder, Deacon and numerous other responsibilities at Yorkfield Presbyterian in Elmhurst, Illinois. She joined 1st Presbyterian in Crystal River, Florida again serving as an Elder, choir, and other activities. She has been attending 1st Presbyterian transferred her membership here on December 17, 2017. In Berwyn, Illinois where she taught for 36 years, one of her star pupils was DR. Peter Pav and his older sister Pat! She is so glad to have renewed their relationship and with his lovely wife Yvonne. Ruth likes to read, do quilting though not as much as before since Ruth is 100 1/2 aiming for 101 on June 6, 2018. She loves hearing Pastor Dawn's message and hearing the choir and Jack Rain. You'd find her sitting with Pat Eckert half way back. She loves her new church family.

 

Rachel Bushey and Ryan Reese moved to St. Petersburg in 2011 to attend law school (Stetson), where they met during their first-year classes. Ryan moved to Florida from Rushville, Illinois, but has extended family in the St. Pete area. His grandparents also "winter" here, and he has been visiting the area for over 20 years. While on holiday, Ryan would join his grandparents at FPC-St. Pete, where they regularly attend during their winter months. Rachael comes from Palm City, Florida, where she attended the FPC until she left for college in 2007. The couple now live across the bridge in South Tampa, but are looking forward to being a part of FPC- St. Pete. In fact, they have chosen the beautiful church sanctuary as their wedding venue for this NYE, 2017.

 

Kathy Willard has been in the area for 15 years and moved here permanently from Ocala, Florida 2 years ago. She grew up in Cocoa Beach and is a retired accountant. She's a Gator! Her daughter, Becky, lives in Gainesville and son, Josh, lives in Tampa. She enjoys walking, biking, running, travel, and reading. I attend the 9:00 a.m. contemporary service. 

 

 

 

 

Opal Dougherty, senior citizen, recently moved to Westminister Palms from Fairhope, Alabama.   She enjoys attending the 8:15 worship service, and meeting new people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kati and CJ Lawson moved from Fredericksburg, VA about 3 years ago and live in Old NE. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Victoria, and we are expecting their second child at the beginning of May. For the time being they mostly go to the Sunday School for young families and sometimes to the 11 a.m. service. They love traveling, being outside being active in general. 

 

 

Meet Barbara & Bill Holden. We have been visiting St. Petersburg for the past few years since our son (Greg Holden) and daughter-in-law (Mollie Holden) moved here. Around the time that our grandson (Will Holden) arrived in July 2015, we purchased a small home in the Crescent Lake area and officially sold our home in Marietta, Georgia and moved to St. Petersburg in March 2016. We have a younger son (Steve) and his wife (Kasia) who are members of First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan and they are expecting their first child in February. 

 

We have joined First Presbyterian by Letter of Transfer from Roswell Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia. We were married in an Episcopal Church and have been members in other mainline churches during the time that we lived in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio. Bill grew up in Syracuse, New York; attended Dickinson College and Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Barbara grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of St. Vincent School of Nursing and Georgia State University. 

 

We have been attending the 9:00 am service most of the time and are currently visiting Sunday School classes. It has been so helpful not only to have family who are already involved at FPC but also we thank Dr. Brownlee and his wife, Barbara, who have helped us to get involved in the church family. Bill has been asked to serve on the Finance Committee and Barbara plans to become part of the Faith Community Nursing Program. 

 

While we have lived in Florida for 31 years, we have lived in St. Pete for just over a year.

 

 

Meet Nina & Rod Glover. Rod grew up in a small town in northern Illinois.  His church during those years had two ministers, retired from the Presbyterian Church, who were both Scots (with the burr!)  Nina grew up in northern California and the New York finger lakes.  

 

We both attended Cornell U. where we met skiing.  We were married in the Ithaca Presbyterian Church where Nina's father, a professor at Cornell,and her mother were elders.  Rod worked at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati for 30 years  where we belonged to the Northminster Presbyterian Church. He worked in plant design, and spent his last ten years in government affairs, much of the time in Washington (a strange place for an engineer).  We have two sons, two grandsons, and recently greeted our first great grandson.

 

When we first moved to Florida, we lived in Punta Gorda.  We were away about 8 months a year, cruising on our sailboat in Florida and the Bahamas.  We had joined the St Petersburg Yacht Club before we moved to Florida, and visited the First Presbyterian Church when we were in town.  Since moving to St Pete we have visited FPC often, and attend the 11am service.

 

 

Jessica Rentschlar moved to St. Pete in the Summer of 2013 after graduating college from USF Tampa campus. While in college, she attended church on campus (specifically geared for students and young adults) and also back home in Crystal River, where sheI attended a Baptist church. As the oldest of her siblings, she has a younger brother who is in the Air Force and sister who is in Elementary school.

 

Initially, she started working for a contract research organization under Tom Hochadel, who introduced her to FPC. It first started off because I wanted to go on the medical mission trip to Honduras. After meeting some of the many faces involved with FFIM, she was drawn to the Youth program and helped Pastor Juan up until the time he moved on from here to GA. Jessica would love to stay involved with FFIM and the Youth, especially. She typically attends the 9AM service, but has been to the 11AM, also. 

 

Jessica loves to do anything outdoors and to keep active; one of the many reasons she loves living in FL (e.g. taking my dog to the park, biking, obstacle course races, boating).

This Summer, Jessica plans to be starting Anesthesiologist Assistant school at Nova Southeastern University in Tampa to further her education in the medical field.

 

 

Armenia (Minta) Brown is named after her Paternal Grandmother, but, the names are spelled a bit differently. Her Dad was nervous filling out her birth certificate and misspelled his Mothers name. She loves this story as her Dad was a really, really nice person and adored his mother. Minta was raised in Western Pennsylvania and has a younger brother. She attended two different Sunday Schools. Her maternal Grandmother was a Christian Scientist and insisted that she go to Sunday School at both her church and then The Presbyterian Church that was 1/2 block away. Minta’s Father was a Jeweler and Silversmith in Pittsburgh and her Mother's family were Chocolatiers. Minta was a nationally ranked Tennis Player in my youth and eventually went on to teaching in her late teens. Her Father passed away when she was a freshman in college. She withdrew from the university that she was attending as a Pre-Law student (Minta says, “I would have made a lousy attorney”) and enrolled in a Catholic College in Pittsburgh where she received a BS in Specialized Technology and was trained as a Commercial Interior Designer. She has two children , Harper and Hayley. 

 

Minta is enrolled in The Spiritual Formation Program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she met Pastor Will Browne and his wife, Hmingi. When she joined FPC, she had no idea that Will would soon become the Interim Minister here. Will asked her to become a Prayer Minster and she eagerly agreed. Minta attends all three worship services on Sunday. 

 

Minta purchased a vintage two story home in The Crescent Heights neighborhood of St Pete. The home underwent a complete transformation which took about 7 months to complete. She loves to take long walks with her Miniature Poodle named Hedy and loves to ride her bike. She is an avid needle pointer and an impressionistic knife painter. She is also re-starting the cottage craft business that she launched while raising her two girls, painting sink basins, ceramic tile custom murals and lamps. She is a new artist at The Clay Center of St Petersburg and will be donating a portion of proceeds from all commissions to The Foundation For International Missions. Minta is very grateful to have her new home in St. Petersburg and be a member of The First Presbyterian Church.

 

 

First Presbyterian Church


701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-2618 | Phone: (727) 822 - 2031 | e-mail: office@fpc-stpete.org