Staff gather at the 2020 fall welcome event.
About Church Staff
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
Jill is a long-time music educator, church musician, soprano soloist, theater director and choral conductor. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and has completed advanced study in vocal pedagogy and in opera. She currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at Indian Creek School, and in her 27 years there, Jill has built a music program with award winning choirs and theater productions.
A daughter of two music educators, her musical training started early, and she found a passion for performance and education as a young child. Singing and conducting in church has been an enriching and important part of her life since she was 18 when she became the soprano soloist at the church where she grew up. Jill has served as soprano soloist at Grace Lutheran Church, Music Director and Organist at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton and Soprano Soloist and Children’s Music Leader at Saint Anne’s Church of Annapolis.
Always interested in being a part of community arts, she has been a soloist for Live Arts Maryland, chorus member in the Annapolis Chorale, and spent several years as a director of the Annapolis Youth Chorale. Jill has conducted choirs with members from age 3 to 93. She has shepherded many singers who have gone on to major conservatories, Xfactor (finalist) and Broadway.
Jill believes that music is a vehicle for emotional and spiritual growth that is of utmost importance to the health and wellbeing of our society. Her passion lies in bringing music to churches and communities by building ensembles and arts organizations. Through her leadership and development of high-caliber musicians, choirs, ensembles and theater programs, she has demonstrated that arts can have a profound effect on both the individual and the community. Jill and her husband Brad live in Millersville, Maryland with their two children, Samantha and Jamie and their dog, Teddy.
Grace EunHye Oh has been performing and teaching internationally for years. Recent major invitations include festivals and solo recitals in Russia, Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan as well as Notre-Dame in Paris, France. She joined the faculty at Chun University, NC, as she returned to the US in 2021.
Grace obtained a bachelor’s degree in organ performance at Keimyung University in Korea where she graduated at the top of the entire music department. She studied at Westminster Choir College where she received the master’s degree with Distinction. At Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, she earned the Graduate Performance Degree where she received Bruce R. Eicher Prize. During the four years of staying in Japan, she studied organ individually with Prof. Rie Hiroe of Tokyo University of the Arts. Most recently, she completed Konzertexamen at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, Germany, where she unanimously graduated with two highest distinctions which was the best result possible.
In addition to winning the first prize in National Organ Competition in Korea, Bach Inaugural Organ Competition in USA, Joseph Gabler International Organ Competition in Germany, and L. Folcioni International Organ Competition in Italy, she was also awarded second place and Special Prize in the International Baroque Competition in München, Germany.
She studied with ChunHae Kim, Stefen Engels, Ken Cowan, Donald Sutherland, Jeremy Filsell, Rie Hiroe and Jürgen Kursawa.
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.
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.
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."