Rev. Dr. Luke Farwell
Pastor Luke was called to First United Presbyterian Church in February 2013. He grew up in Elkton, Maryland, and received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University, a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Before coming to Wisconsin, Luke served as Associate Pastor at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He believes that one of the most rewarding aspects of being a pastor is being able to witness God's love changing people's lives in real and meaningful ways. Luke is married to his best friend, Meggan. They have two children, Ian and Elaine. His hobbies include fly-fishing, camping, building Legos with his son, and dancing with his daughter.
Rev. Meggan Farwell
Pastor Meggan was called to be a co-pastor of First United Presbyterian Church in January of 2020. Prior to becoming a co-pastor, Meggan served as the Director of Christian Education for this congregation since 2014 and supervised our youth programs. She brings a high level of education, experience, and dedication to our staff. Meggan received a B.S. from Central Michigan University and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Before moving to De Pere, Meggan served more than five years as an Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Youth in Lynchburg, VA. Meggan is married to her best friend, Luke and loves spending time with him and their children Ian and Elaine. Meggan loves to camp and spend time outdoors. She is guided in her ministry by the words found in Proverbs 22:6 – “Train children in the right way, and when old they will not stray."
Amy began serving as the church Administrative Assistant in May of 2023. She is a graduate of Grace Christian University holding a degree in Human Services. Amy's married to Ken, and is the proud mother of two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, camping, and relaxing at the lake. Guided by a deep-rooted belief in the value of service, Amy's desire is to extend respect, kindness, and support to everyone she encounters.
Communications & Audio/Video Coordinator
Mark has served as First United's Audio/Video Coordinator since the church added video projection to the worship services in 2006. The Communications Coordinator duties were added in 2013. With a degree in communications, Mark brings more than 40 years of experience in professional marketing, advertising, and media production to the church team. He has also served as a Ruling Elder, chair of the Worship & Music Ministry, and drummer in the "Church Steps String Band." Mark is the proud father of three and is very thankful for the opportunity to serve at First United Presbyterian Church.
Ken Nyberg became Treasurer in August of 2022. As an active member of First United, he attends worship regularly and participates in the Men's Club events. Ken has also served as a Ruling Elder and as a member of the Leadership, Finance, and Stewardship Ministries, plus the Endowment Committee. He has a general business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has a professional background in retail as a buyer. Ken is married to Becky Nyberg and has five children and six grandchildren. Thanks for bringing your skills to our staff.
Music Coordinator / "Chancel Choir" & "Joyful Noise" Director
Andy began the new position of Music Coordinator and Director of Joyful Noise (Praise Band) in June of 2021 overseeing all elements of our worship music. He also continues as Choir Director which he began in September of 2014. Andy's been singing in choirs all his life and is an accomplished French horn player. He's performed with Mannheim Steamroller (at the Weider Center), several touring Broadway shows (at the P.A.C.), and the Green Bay, Fox Valley, and Oshkosh symphonies. Andy is also a professional Music Engraver who was involved in the creation of the "Glory to God" Presbyterian hymnal which was released in 2013.
Julie began playing organ and acting as accompanist at First United in 1995. She earned degrees from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Julie has studied piano and organ with pianists Loreta Brown and Linda Sievert. She has played the organ for several churches in Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Julie is married and the proud mother of two children. Serving Jesus Christ through the Presbyterian Church (USA) has been the calling of her life.