MEET OUR STAFF

 

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      Pastor, Rev. Dr. Felipe N. Martínez felipem@fpccolumbus.org

Felipe began his call as our pastor right before Christmas 2015. Felipe has ministered in a congregational setting (pastor of First Presbyterian Church in St. Anne, Illinois) as well as in a Presbytery-wide capacity (Associate Executive Presbyter of Whitewater Valley Presbytery, Indiana; Transitional General Presbyter and Stated Clerk of Great Rivers Presbytery, Illinois). Felipe attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Felipe's identity in ministry is as a pastor (who happens to preach, teach, administer, etc.) so he views his work in congregation and community from a perspective of care and relationship-building. While it is true that Felipe is a glass-half-full kind of person, that perspective comes not from a shallow optimism but rather from a deeper, faithful hope rooted in God's active mercy and grace in the world (even in confusing or traumatic times).
The vision of First Presbyterian Church of Columbus connects well with Felipe's vision that God has gifted everyone in the community, and God calls us to be connected. Felipe works from a sense of God's abundance all around us, instead of a sense of perceived scarcity. Felipe is very excited to make connections with the residents of Columbus to discover and celebrate how God has gifted them.
Felipe, his wife Tracy Heaton de Martinez, and their two sons, Montez and Michael, are looking forward to being a part of this wonderful community. You might see them around town: the boys riding their bikes (or Montez learning how to drive); Felipe running a few miles in preparation for a half or full marathon; Tracy active in civic and community work; or one or all of them out walking their dog Bella.

 

      Choir Director/Organist, Dianne Sprunger diannes@fpccolumbus.org

Dianne Sprunger began as our Choir Director and Organist in January 2015. She enjoys making music collaboratively with adults, youth, children, singers, instrumentalists, choirs, bands, (the list could go on forever). She has performed on piano and organ in Europe and the Midwest, and accompanied for a recital in Ecuador. Dianne is involved in the musical life of the Columbus community, accompanying for many local students in preparing for performances. She is also the rehearsal accompanist for the Columbus Philharmonic Chorus.

 

 

      Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Marietta Macy mariettam@fpccolumbus.org

Marietta was born and raised Hoosier originally from Owen County, She attended Hanover College where she earned a BA in Theater in 2008. After working professionally in the theater, as a librarian, and as a substitute teacher for several years, Marietta began to explore a calling to ministry and earned her Masters of Divinity in 2014 from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Aside from children and youth ministry, Marietta is passionate about social justice and interfaith work. She is currently serving as Vice Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA) and works with various other organizations to promote peace, justice, and understanding in the Middle East. Whether for church work or just for fun, Marietta loves to travel and to be inspired by all the sights, sounds, and experiences that are a part of those journeys.

 

 

      Preschool Director, Barbara H.  Newton  barb@fpccolumbus.org

Barbara Newton is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She holds a B.A. and M.S. in Education from Purdue University.   She has taught public school in Warsaw, Plainfield, and Bartholomew County Schools.  She has been the director of First Presbyterian Preschool in Columbus, In. for the past 20 years. Barb is the current President of the Columbus Chapter of IAEYC and the chair of the Registered Ministry Advisory Board. She is the founder of the CAPPS group (Columbus Assoc. of Private Preschools).  She and her husband, Rich have three  adult children- Meredith, Jordan, and Cole. For fun, Barb likes to play on their farm in Vevay, IN.

NOT Pictured                         Church Secretary, Brook Brown brookb@fpccolumbus.org

                                       Brook is the proud mother of 2 children, Isabella (age 10) and Caeden (age 8). She and her                                              husband, Tyler live in Columbus and she is a lifelong member of the community. She graduated                                        from Columbus East High School, and also holds an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts from                                              LeCordon Bleu University. Her hobbies include reading and writing, going to museums and                                                festivals with her family and coming up with new ways to get her kids to try different food.

 

 NOT Pictured                        Financial Secretary, Christy Jerman  christyj@fpccolumbus.org

Meet Our Parish Associates

Reverend Sharon Williams

Reverends Eric & Norie Erickson

Reverend John McKune

Reverend Cal Brand