Staff gather at the 2020 fall welcome event.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Kort
Andy comes to FPC Annapolis with more than 16 years of full-time ministry experience. He joins our congregation after serving nine years as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington, IN. Before that, Andy served as Pastor of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, NJ (2005-2011) and Associate Pastor of Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, NY (2003-2005).
Andy graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he majored in Public Relations. He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
In his PIF, Andy reflects on the type of church he feels called to serve: “I enjoy ministry in a community where the worship of God is central, taken seriously, is done with integrity, and informs the responsive ministries of the congregation. The celebration of the sacraments must also be important and understood as necessary parts of the ministry of the church. I resonate more with traditional worship settings. A community that invests in work locally and beyond themselves is one that I am interested in serving. This means the congregation must be willing to listen, study, and pay attention to what is going on in their neighborhood, in their city, and in the world around them. I seek to be in a congregation that seeks to serve others, rather than to be served or to only serve themselves. I also think God calls me to ministry settings that are open to being challenged and even perhaps confronted by the prophetic and liberating voice of God in Jesus Christ. I seek to serve in a community that is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, even if that means something new, different, or uncomfortable. I hope to serve in a community that values Christian education for all ages, is open to exploring or learning about new trends and happenings in Christianity.”
A Pittsburgh native, Andy is an avid sports fan. He also enjoys reading, travel, good coffee, and beer. With Mihee, they have 3 elementary aged children, a daughter and 2 sons.
Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort
Mihee is a Teaching Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies and a Managing Editor for American Religion Journal. She was Director and co-founder of the UKirk Campus Ministry program at Indiana University. Previously, Mihee has served as Associate Pastor for College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton, PA (2006-2011) and United Presbyterian Church in Flanders, NJ (2005-2006). She has served the larger denomination as an elected commissioner member for the Synod of the Trinity (2008-2010), an elected member for the national board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (2010-2016), and an executive committee member for the national board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (2012-2016).
Mihee is also a celebrated author and speaker. She has been regularly called upon as a keynote, panelist, and teacher for conferences and writing workshops. Most recently, she was awarded a 2020 Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration.
Mihee has degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado. She is a PhD student in Religious Studies at Indiana University. Born in Seoul, Korea, she and her parents immigrated to the United States shortly after her birth.
She loves all things Church, and believes in what God is doing in and through it despite the huge failings and egos that plague the all-too-human institution. But, because it was born out of the margins where God’s spirit has always moved and been present she is doing everything she can to see it and help others to feel it, too.
In her Pastor Information Form (PIF), Mihee writes: “I am drawn to those churches that: 1) possess a deep connection to their histories and traditions, and 2) pursue creative and adventurous ways to minister to the larger community. I seek to serve in a community that is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, which often means venturing into the unknown. To that end, I hope to serve in a community that questions and dialogues, seeks and learns, and values Christian formation for all ages, and is engaged in the role of Christianity in the public sphere. I am enthusiastic about the next generation, and empowering them in the church to be agents of God's mission in the world. I love an opportunity to serve collaboratively - with staff, volunteers and lay leaders.”
With Andy, they have 3 elementary aged children, a daughter and two sons.
Director of Family Ministry
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 she gets to work with dynamic adults, passionate youth and energetic campers! Her greatest joy comes from 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.
Director of Music and Organist
Dr. Robert Muckenfuss
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 11 years and music director for 6 years.
He has been on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore for 21 years, where he is the Chair of Vocal Studies and 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.
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.
Assistant Facilities Manager
Dan Arnold has been an Annapolis resident since 1995. As a local painter/handyman, he has done work for the church since 2008. He became a Licensed General Contractor in 2015, running his own small painting business. In 2019, he agreed to join the church staff part time as Assistant Facilities Manager. Dan is a regular blood donor and participates in the annual Run4Shelter fundraiser for the Lighthouse Shelter.
Custodian of Facilities
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.
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.
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.
Noor Khaleel joins us in the nursery September 2018. She is married, has three children in elementary school, and works part-time in the nursery at the Anne Arundel Community College. She is a native of Iraq and moved here in 2016. Since then she has established herself in her Severna Park neighborhood, learned English, and acquired her Maryland State driver's license. She is a quick learner and warm and loving with the children. We are lucky to have her on our staff.
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."