Pastors and Staff

Rev. Jim Faile

Interim Pastor

We are pleased to have Jim as our Interim minister!   He has been a minister at churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, before coming to Michigan in 1995.  He served as staff chaplain at Harper Hospital and adjunct faculty at UD Mercy.  Since 2002, Jim has served several SE Michigan churches in a transitional role, and says "the church today faces many challenges in a changed and changing world. I am confident of my call to interim work, for I know that the Church of Jesus Christ has survived and even thrived for two millennia; God is faithful still."

Kelly Sartorius

Church Administrator

Kelly works in the church office from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday. She is responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operations of the office, buildings, and grounds. She also oversees the office staff and volunteers, as well as coordinates weddings, funerals, and the church calendar.

Lisa Higley

Preschool Director

In addition to teaching the Young Fives class, Lisa is also the Director of Northville Presbyterian Preschool. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Madonna University and has been in the early childhood field for over 15 years. 

Cindy Korpela

Assistant Preschool Director/Teacher

Cindy has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University and has been teaching preschool children since 1983!  She has lived in Livonia since 1985 and has two daughters. She also includes in her family an adorable orange tabby cat named Baxter!  Cindy has been on staff since 2005.

Kelly Clarke

Accounting Clerk

Kelly is here three days a week from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. She is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the church. A few of Kelly's responsibilities include recording contributions, accounts payable, and providing the monthly financial reports to the Session.

Judy Phillips

Office Assistant and Communications Associate


Judy is responsible for the Sunday bulletin, the church website, the weekly congregation emails, as well as various brochures, flyers, and newsletters.


As our Communications Associate, she is working to expand FPCN’s visibility in social media, print, and various other platforms.  Please keep Judy informed about upcoming church events that you want to publicize. Remember to share photos and information about recent events so that she can spread the word about the many things going on here at FPCN!

Nancy Plumley

Te Deum Handbell Choir Director

Nancy started with us in 2018, bringing her extensive experience as a music director, directing both adults and children.  She is a member of the Detroit Handbell Choir.  Nancy extends an invitation to anyone who would like to learn to ring handbells! No experience necessary - try the handbell choir!  

AnnaMarie Bernhardt

Nursery Coordinator

A mother of three adult children, AnnaMarie has more than 35 years of caring for children as a nanny, in her own home center, church nursery, Sunday School, VBS, and at the child development center where she is currently employed as Team Lead. She is a proud edu-carer of infants, toddlers, parents and teachers. AnnaMarie is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Madonna University.

Ying Zhang

Sunday Morning Nursery Assistant

Scott Nelson

Evening Sexton

Scott can be found here weekdays, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and grounds.

Paige Poinsett

Daytime Sexton

Paige is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and grounds. She is here Sundays through Thursdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Rev. Kent Clise and Rev. James Russell

Pastors Emeritus

Kent and Jim retired from FPC in 2010, after many years of faithful service. They are both still active and beloved members of the church and the community. We are blessed that they can be frequently found sitting in the pews on Sunday morning.

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First Presbyterian Church of Northville

200 East Main Street, Northville, MI 48167

(248) 349-0911 ~ fax: (248) 349-6474



Church Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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