Pastors and Staff

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Rev. Jacqueline Spycher

Senior Pastor

jacquelinespycher@fpcnorthville.org

Rev. Spycher joined us in the fall of 2020 as our senior pastor. She has served in other churches as assistant pastor for outreach ministries and director of youth, as well as campus chaplain at Yale University.  Rev. Spycher views her role as pastor to faithfully walk beside those in her care, as God calls us to an ever unfolding journey of personal spiritual growth and transformation, rooted in a community of faith.  Rev. Spycher holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University (with a certificate in Reformed Studies)

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Kelly Sartorius

Church Administrator

kellysartorius@fpcnorthville.org


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.

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Lisa Higley

Preschool Director

lisahigley@fpcnorthville.org


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. 

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Kelly Clarke

Accounting Clerk

kellyclarke@fpcnorthville.org


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.

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Nancy Plumley

Te Deum Handbell Choir Director

nancyplumley@fpcnorthville.org


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!  

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David Wagner

Organist/Accompanist

davewagner@fpcnorthville.org

“Dr. Dave” is a nationally known radio host for classical music stations, and he currently hosts the morning and afternoon shows for WRCJ in Detroit.  Dave holds a Doctorate from the University of Michigan and has extensive experience as a solo and ensemble performer.  He has performed locally with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as venues throughout the United States and abroad. 

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Daryl Bean

Audiovisual Technology Associate


Daryl brings his extensive background in audio technology and setting up live music performances to his role at FPCN. He will be responsible for the audio equipment and set up for services, as well as recording and livestreaming our worship service for on-line viewing.

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Scott Nelson

Evening Sexton

Scott is here afternoons and evenings during the week, and is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church building and grounds.

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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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Rev. Linda Cochran

Parish Associate

lindacochran@fpcnorthville.org

Rev. Cochran provides effective spiritual leadership and pastoral care to church members, and participates in worship services.  She works with the deacons and other committees to facilitate their efforts to care for and connect with the congregation.

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Sarah French

Children & Youth Director

sarahfrench@fpcnorthville.org


Sarah oversees all aspects of children and youth programming at FPCN, working closely with the education committee and Pastor on curriculum, confirmation class, Vacation Bible School, and intergenerational and family activities. Sarah also serves as the lead Elementary Sunday School teacher.

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Cynthia Korpela

Assistant Preschool Director/Teacher

cynthiakorpela@fpcnorthville.org

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.

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Judy Phillips

Office Assistant/Communications Associate

judyphillips@fpcnorthville.org

 

Judy is responsible for producing content for the Sunday bulletin, the church website, the weekly congregation e-mails, social media and internal promotions.  She also provides reception in the office and on the phone.

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Jerry Custer

Vocal Music Director

jerrycuster@fpcnorthville.org

Dr Jerry Custer is a graduate of Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and earned his doctorate in choral conducting at Michigan State University. He presently teaches music theory, composition, and choral literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, and is a frequent workshop leader and choral clinician across the country and overseas. Dr Jerry is a Grammy-nominated composer with three books and over 150 choral works in print. He lives in Allen Park with his fiancee Sharon, and in his spare time enjoys playing on the air
as an amateur radio operator (N8DXZ)

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Emily Hamilton

High School Youth Leader

emilyhamilton@fpcnorthville.org


Emily leads the High School Youth Group (APEX) activities, including the annual mission trip. The group meets every week during the school year for fellowship, outreach activities and Bible study.

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Ying Zhang

Sunday Nursery Assistant

Ying provides care in the nursery and toddler rooms during Sunday morning worship.

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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.