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."
Tori began serving as the church administrative assistant in January of 2021. Tori's family have been long time members so she has been associated with the church since birth. She has held many positions from Youth Deacon, to Leadership Chair, and Elder. Tori wears many hats in her career; she is a professor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), is a corporate trainer through NWTC and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and owns her own consulting business where she trains and helps organizations organize their processes and procedures. Tori has a Bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master's from De Paul University.
Communications & Audio/Video Coord.
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.
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.
Handbell Choir Director
Ted began serving as Handbell Choir Director in fall of 2015 after playing in the group since joining the church in 1994. He has been playing handbells since 1972 and was part of a touring handbell choir called the "Gulf Kirk Ringers" of Naples, Florida. They were recognized by the Florida State Legislature as "Ambassadors of Friendship" for a 1975 tour of Poland. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida is 1982.