We are blessed to have a friendly and efficient staff to coordinate all God’s ministers (clergy and laity) at FPC.
Pastor – Rev. Dr. Wain Wesberry
Hi, I am Wain Wesberry, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach. I am a native of South Carolina. I spent my formative years in Batesburg-Leesville where God’s grace often came in the form of juicy summer peaches the size of softballs, trips to Shealy’s BBQ, and times spent with family and friends on Lake Murray. I attended Presbyterian College (Go Blue Hose!) and graduated with a B.A. in English. At PC, God graced me with Sarah who is the love of my life and who became my wife in 1997. During our seminary years in Atlanta, Georgia we worshipped and served at Rock Spring Presbyterian while I was working on my M.Div. degree. After seminary, God led us to Greenville, South Carolina (Sarah’s hometown) where I served at St. Giles Presbyterian Church and Fourth Presbyterian Church. God also graced us with two wonderful children during those years, Will and Aubrey June. Before coming to Fernandina Beach, we made a move back to Clinton, South Carolina to serve First Presbyterian Church. I finished up a doctoral degree from Columbia Seminary during our time there and really enjoyed the work God enabled us to do to fight hunger in the community. God’s grace showed up yet again, this time in the form of the call to come and serve on Amelia Island. What a gift! We love the people and the area and are dreaming of serving in such ways to make First Presbyterian as faithful, caring, and generous as possible. Some of my hobbies and interests include: swimming, golf, fishing, reading, singing, playing guitar, and cooking. Thank you for taking the time to visit my bio. Come worship with us one Sunday (8:30 or 11 AM). I would love to meet you and get to know you personally. The body of Christ is incomplete without you.
Associate Pastor – Dr. Doug Ganyo
The oldest of 12 children, Douglas Richard Ganyo was born in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at the Federated Church of Grafton, ND where, under their Presbyterian pastor, he was nurtured in the faith. In College he was challenged further and gave his heart and life deeper in a personal relationship with Christ. An Air Force Christian Officer’s small group was instrumental in sending Doug to Gordon-Conwell Seminary near Boston, MA During his first “call” in rural Iowa Doug began further study at Dubuque Seminary leading to a Doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Dubuque Presbyterian Seminary. In the ministry, Doug has served several churches in multiple roles, ranging from solo pastor in a small church, to head of staff and senior pastor positions, and associate pastor specializing in pastoral care. He has always been very active at the Presbytery level and was a commissioner to General Assembly.
Director of Youth and Families – Forrest Foxworth
Forrest was born in Amory, Mississippi. His parents worked for Wycliffe Bible Translaters for much of his childhood, so he split time between Mississippi and Papua New Guinea. He finished high school in Starkville. His parents, his sister (Laura) and her husband (Eric) live there now. His brother (Stirling) lives in Jackson, MS. Forrest and his wife (Ginny) both attended Belhaven Univeristy in Jackson, MS. Forrest double-majored in Biblical Studies and Sports Ministry. During college, he interned under Gregg Parker in Corinth, MS. Gregg taught him a lot… but did insist on being called “Bossman”. Forrest has since worked in a variety of church settings. Prior to Fernandina, he was Youth/CLC Director at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, MS. Forrest and Ginny have a daughter (Ruby), a son (Lee), and a boxer (Gunner). He is an avid Arsenal fan, loves music, has walked on the moon, invented trees, has 12 Olympic medals, and enjoys fabricating details of his website bio.
Pastor’s Secretary – Gayle Wood
Gayle joined FPC in May 2009. She has two children and three grandchildren. Always having dreams to live near the beach, she moved to Fernandina in 2006 after having retired from managing the family’s jewelry business in a small town in southern Mississippi.
Bookkeeper/Secretary – Rose Anderson
Rose attended the Southwestern Bible College, in Waxahachie, Texas. While living in Wichita Falls, Texas she worked as the Financial Secretary at First Presbyterian Church and Evangel Temple. Her father is a retired pastor so she grew up in church work. She moved to the Fernandina Beach area in August 2002. Rose has two children, Eric and Kelci. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, writing songs and entertaining at children’s birthday parties. She has worked at our church since September 2003.
Director or Christian Education/Program Coordinator – Doris Davis
Doris started with us on August 1st, 2006 after serving for several years as Director of Christian Education at a neighboring church and comes with the most positive of references. Having worked on programs presented jointly by that church and First Presbyterian, she is well known to many persons in our congregation. Doris’ principal responsibilities will lie in the areas of Christian Education and church program development.
Choir Director – Gabriela Stegman
Gabriela has a broad background in music, with a professional classical music degree, having studied with some of the great masters of music in South America. She is interested in the broad variety of music that our choir enjoys and looks forward to working with our wonderful group to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Gabriela has work experience as a piano teacher, choir director (leading six choirs in twelve years) and is an accomplished vocal arranger.
Organist – Carol Whitman
Carol is a graduate of the University of Louisville in Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with honors in violin. Carol not only makes magic at our sanctuary organ and grand piano, she is also a violinist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Carol has also donated a lot of her time and skills helping with many other church programs.
Nursery Director – Sarah Jane Cripe
Sarah Jane has provided a friendly, caring, loving atmosphere in our nursery for over a decade. All our children enjoy seeing her familiar face while they are separated from their parents.
Sexton – Tony Brewer
Tony has accepted the challenging task of keeping our extensive collection of buildings and systems in good operating condition.
First Presbyterian Church — a great staff to serve you!