Church Staff

Pastor

Rev. Dr. William L. Hathaway

Bill Hathaway

bill@annapolis-presbyterian.com

Bill Hathaway was called to the church as pastor in the summer of 1999 after serving in two congregations in Western New York, first in Buffalo and then as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, New York from 1984 to 1999.

Raised in the Midwest, he received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois (1974) a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1977), a Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1995), and was a member of the Pastor/Theologian Program of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton.  In 2011, Bill and the congregation were awarded a sabbatical grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Bill is married to the Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey who is the Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. They live in the First Presbyterian's manse. Halsey, their older son, holds a Masters in Fine Arts and is married to Jolynn Krystosek. The two artists live in New York. Son, Daniel, is a graduate of the University of Delaware, married to Melissa Sabol and sharing life with daughters Brianna and Parker. The family lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Alison and Bill enjoy hiking and camping, are fans of the National Parks and are frequent visitors to Assateague National Park.

"I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity of serving as the pastor of this fine congregation. The congregation's commitment to mission and its high expectations for quality worship and preaching brought me to Annapolis and continue to engage and challenge me." Bill also notes that the congregation joyfully embraces the call "to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God."

Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. Heather G. Shortlidge

heather@annapolis-presbyterian.com

Heather was called to First Presbyterian Church in December 2007 to minister in the areas of education, spiritual development, pastoral care and worship.

Previously, Heather served as the associate pastor of Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN where she developed ministries for children, families, and young adults. Before that, she served as a pediatric hospital chaplain at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas where she provided spiritual and emotional support to patients and staff within the center for cancer and blood disorders.

Heather earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and her Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. In May 2015, Heather graduated from the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program.

While in high school, Heather was a pre-professional ballerina dancing in Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she spent summers working at the Kennedy Center with the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell program and other adult education initiatives.

Heather enjoys all things related to food, especially baking and trying new hole-in-the-wall restaurants. She’s a certified yoga instructor and volunteers as a puppy raiser for FIDOS for Freedom, an organization that trains hearing and mobility assistance dogs.

Heather’s immediate family is clustered in the northeast. Her mother and grandmother still live in West Grove, PA where she grew up. Her younger sister, Meg, and husband, Patrick, reside in Medford, NJ while her older sister, Joy, and family live in Westport, CT.

Parish Associate

Rev. Dr. James G. Kirk

Jim attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he earned a BA degree in Philosophy. He earned a Bachelor of Ministry, a Masters of Ministry and Doctor of the Science of Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. During his tenure, he served pastorates in San Gabriel and Newport Beach California, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Lafayette, Indiana. He also served for fifteen years as Director of the Advisory Council on Discipleship and Worship for the General Assembly of the PCUSA. While there he travelled to Crete, Cairo and Bangalore, India on behalf of the Church. He retired from Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie after serving as pastor for seventeen years.

Jim is married to Elizabeth and they have a blended family of three sons and five grandchildren. They love travelling and are enthusiastic cruise fans. Jim currently serves as President of the Board of Hospice of the Chesapeake and co-chairs their capital fund campaign. He has served on the Board of Baltimore Washington Medical Center Foundation as well as the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie and the national Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C.

Jim loves all things in the kitchen, is an avid needle pointer and plays the bagpipes for relaxation. Together Jim and Elizabeth canoe on the creeks behind their house in Pasadena.

Director of Music and Organist

Dr. Robert Muckenfuss

directorofmusic@annapolis-presbyterian.com

Robert has been involved in music ministry for over three decades. He began his career as director of music and organist in Cincinnati, OH, serving several churches, including Kennedy Heights Presbyterian for 12 years, where as music director he was choir director and conductor of all hand bell, youth and children's choirs. After moving to Baltimore he became director of music and organist, again serving with full duties at Linden Heights United Methodist Church. He held this post for 11 years and has also served First Christian Church and St. Andrew’s Christian Community in Baltimore. Robert has been organist at First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis for 9 years and music director for 3 years.

He has been on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore for 16 years, where he is a vocal coach, working privately with voice majors, and teaching classes in vocal literature.

Over the course of his career, Robert has been active in the operatic field as a repetiteur, vocal coach, chorus master and conductor. Opera companies include, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, Cincinnati, Lake George, Nashville, and West Virginia Opera.

Another substantial area of his performing career has been in orchestral repertoire and chamber music. He was the principal keyboard artist (piano, organ, harpsichord and celeste) for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. With the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops he has 30 recordings on the Telarc label to his credit. He was a featured artist on The Sound of Music, and Chiller compact discs. Other recordings include Dominick Argento's A Waterbird Talk, and Miss Havisham's Wedding Night and The Rogue and the Romantic. Robert's work in chamber music includes performances with the Pentaura Quintet, (Charleston, WV) and the Cincinnati Baroque Ensemble.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, of the University of Cincinnati, a Masters and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Ensemble Arts, from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent collaborator in both vocal and instrumental chamber music. He has been a keyboard artist for several musicals at the Kennedy Center including, Titanic, Cinderella, Bells are Ringing, and James Joyce’s The Dead.

Robert has a long and fulfilling musical career. Highlights of his career include numerous performances at Carnegie Hall, a Far East Tour, and featured soloist in Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony, with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops; Hawaiian tour with world renowned baritone, John Shirley-Quirk; and work with notable conductors including Robert Shaw, James Levine, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and Max Rudolf. A recent highlight includes two summers in the beautiful city of Mozart's birth, Salzburg, Austria, teaching on the music faculty for the University of Miami, Frost School of Music vocal program.

Director of Family Ministry

Miss Good

miss@annapolis-presbyterian.com 

Miss and her husband Russ joined the FPC family after the birth of her second son in 1999. She jumped right in and volunteered in the nursery, taught Godly Play, served on the Christian Education Committee and helped lead many Vacation Bible School summer programs. In 2003, Miss accepteda part time position as Director of Children’s Ministry, overseeing children and their Christian formation from birth through 5th grade. Her passion was always Social Work so she listened closely to her call to work with children and families. 

In January of 2014, Miss moved to full time status and accepted the additional responsibility for Christian Education of the youth (grades 6-12) as Director of Family Ministry. The highlight of her job is during the summer when she directs a one week Vacation Bible Camp in both Annapolis and in Letohrad, Czech Republic with a partner church. During that time shegets to work with dynamic adults, passionate youth and energetic campers! Her greatest joy comesfrom seeing the children grow from infancy into young adults within the church family.

Prior to her work at FPC, Miss received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design and Business from Radford University. For 13 years she worked as an interior designer for Marriott Hotels at their corporate office in Bethesda, Maryland where she specialized in hospitality design. In 1999, she left Marriott to focus her energy on her family. This move allowed Miss time to volunteer in her local community which she continues to do today through STAIR, Lighthouse Shelter, Food Link and the public school system.  

Miss is married to Russ Good, Owner of Good Consulting, specializing in project management. Russ currently serves as a Deacon and wherever else Miss may need him at the church. They are blessed with two energetic young men, Griffin and Cameron, who keep them on their toes both on and off the baseball field.  Miss loves being with her family and friends and finding time to practice yoga. 

2017 Summer Seminary Intern

Russ Kerr

Photography by Joe Tobiason

russ@annapolis-presbyterian.com 

Joining our staff this summer (June 3-August 17, 2017), is Russ Kerr, an M.Div student at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, V.A.! He is from Davidson, N.C. He is a 2012 graduate of Emory & Henry College in Emory, V.A. where he receieved a B.A. in Theatre. He is passionate about theatre theory, inter-generational community building, Christian Education, and the work of the church in our modern world. After seminary he prayerfully sees himself working in a parish ministry setting preaching, teaching, and proclaiming the Word of God. When he’s not studying he enjoys reading, being outside, hosting dinner parties, and solving theological problems over cups of coffee or tea at any local coffee shop!

Support Staff

Facilities Manager

John Jamieson

facilities@annapolis-presbyterian.com

John moved to the Annapolis area in 2000. Soon afterward, he became actively involved in the Sweat Equity program at First Presbyterian. In 2008, John became an interim maintenance technician at the church and then accepted a permanent position as Facilities Manager in 2009. Prior to joining the staff, John also served a three year term as a Trustee.

Building Supervisor

Albert Johnson

facilities@annapolis-presbyterian.com

Al Johnson joined the church staff as custodian in February of 1996. After completing an 18 year career with the Board of Education, Al shifted to full time at FPC in September 2011. Al has lived his entire life in Annapolis where he is well known and deeply involved in church and community groups. In his free time, Al is a member of the Gospel Travelers, an a cappella singing group.

Secretary

Sharon

office@annapolis-presbyterian.com

Sharon received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and her Master and Doctorate degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology. Previously, Sharon worked as a licensed Psychologist in the midwest. Before starting in the fall of 2012 as secretary, she held numerous volunteer positions in the Annapolis area while home with her children. A member since 2006, she has been active in church as a Sunday School teacher and deacon. Sharon, her husband, and their three sons reside in Eastport and love walking to church on Sundays.

Business Manager

Dottie Ballard

businessmanager@annapolis-presbyterian.com

Dottie has been our Business Manager since late 2011. She grew up on the Eastern Shore and has lived in Cape St. Claire for the past 21 years. Dottie graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and also has a public notary designation. She is married and has two wonderful kids. Their family attends Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church. Dottie enjoys gardening, kayaking and walking in her free time.

Nursery

Sara Olsen

Sara joined the church staff in September 2015. When she is not working in the nursery, she is a full-time student working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also works at a daycare during the week and babysits frequently on week nights and weekends. "I have lots of experience working with children and enjoy watching them grow and develop on a daily basis." Sara grew up locally, in Arnold, Maryland and still lives there now. In her free time, she enjoys working out, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Nursery

I'kea Pope

I'kea Pope recently moved here from Syracuse, NY. She is in her junior year at Bowie State University majoring in Child & Adolescent Studies. She loves working with children and learning new things. I'kea's favorite activity is to eat and to spend time with family. She shares, "I'm on a journey of bettering myself and becoming the best me I can be."

Nursery

Maddie Snyder

Madison “Maddie” Snyder is a junior at Towson University studying early childhood education. She expects to graduate in May 2018. After graduation, she hopes to either open her own daycare center, or work as a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten teacher. Maddie shares that, "Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I wanted to work with young children." Maddie has always lived in Annapolis and hopes to remain and work in Maryland after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys being surrounded by friends and family.

Nursery

Lexi Zucco

Alexia “Lexi” Zucco joined our nursery care staff in January, 2017. She attends Broadneck High School and comes with a tremendous amount of childcare experience.