July 29, 2014
Meet the Staff
Pastor, Head of Staff
Reverend Dr. Rob Erickson came to First Presbyterian Church in November 2010 as the Pastor/Head of Staff. He graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1986 and received his Doctor of Ministry in 1996 from Princeton. Dr. Erickson has served churches in Philadelphia, Texas and Wichita, Kansas. He is a passionate preacher and teacher and pastor. He has travelled in mission around the United States as well as Honduras, Mexico, Malawi, and the Middle East. He is married to Joan Erickson and is the father of three grown sons: Stuart, Adam and Joshua and the grandfather of three grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, volleyball, reading, travelling and the challenges and joys of ministry. He has taught leadership, preaching, pastoral care and polity on the Master’s level. Prior to being called to ministry, Dr. Erickson was an energy consultant in Washington D.C.
Reverend Dr. Dave Henry was Called to serve as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in the summer of 2000 and began his ministry here in September of that year. He is a graduate of Albright College (BA in 1976) and Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA; Doctor of Ministry in 1981). Dr. Henry served churches in Five Forks, Woodleaf and Greensboro, North Carolina. He enjoys working with Mid High and Senior High Youth, and in the areas of family ministry and missions. He seeks to face the challenges of ministry with those in need in the Jefferson City area, and throughout the world. Dr. Henry continues to lead groups on mission trips (youth and adults) in the US and to the Amazon of Peru. He is married to Dr. Jackie Henry and they are the parents of four children: Elizabeth and her husband Kevin and grandson Solomon; Chris, his wife Sara and grandson Samuel; Josh; and Emily. When not at the church, Pastor Dave enjoys traveling with family and Duke basketball.
Hey,what’s up? I’m Rev. Zac Wolfe and I am the Associate Pastor of Youth and Contemporary. I have been Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian JC since December 2012. Before moving to JC, I lived in Omaha, NE but was born and raised in Lincoln, NE; aka Husker Country…Go Big Red! I received my call to ministry when I was sophomore in high school in the back balcony of my church one Sunday morning (maybe sitting in the back does bring you closer to God?) and I am an Eagle Scout. I graduated with a BA from Doane College (Crete, NE) in 2008 (Religious Studies and Philosophy double major with a Psychology Minor) and with my MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) in 2011. I also completed a one year CPE Chaplain Residency with Alegent and Creighton Health System in Omaha, NE in August 2012. I met my beautiful wife, Rudi Wolfe, at Doane College and we were married in June, 2011. I am passionate about my faith, my marriage and family, my ministry (especially with youth and worship…crazy how God makes everything workout), sports, staying active, camping and the Huskers (good thing NE and MO isn’t in the same conference anymore)! My wife would describe me as a big kid who likes to have fun…and I can’t argue with her about that!
Parish Associate: Theologian-in- Residence
Reverend Dr. Cliff Cain began his teaching ministry at First Presbyterian Church in the fall of 2011, and is Professor of Religious Studies at Westminster College. He holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Leiden University in the Netherlands, Vanderbilt University, and Rikkyo University in Japan. Dr. Cain's scholarly interests include world religions and interfaith dialogue, contemporary theology, environmental issues, and the conversation between science and religion. He is the author of six academic books, six collections of sermons and many journal articles. Prior to coming to Missouri, he taught at Franklin College near Indianapolis, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Berea College in Kentucky; he also ministered as Associate Pastor of the American Protestant Church of The Hague, The Netherlands, and as Chaplain and Head Varsity Coach at Muskingum University in Ohio. He enjoys sports, music, photography, and international travel. He has lived in several countries, visited many others, and enjoys taking people on study trips abroad.
Marilyn Hofmann, Ph.D.
Director of Christian Education
Dr. Marilyn Hofmann has been the Director of Christian Education and Children’s Weekday Ministries since 1982. She graduated from Hanover College (a small Presbyterian college in Indiana), and received both her M. S. (in counseling psychology) and Ph.D. (in Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught in the Education department at Lincoln University for 35 years and was department head for 6. She and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two children, two in-laws, four grandchildren, and also helped raise seven foster children. She enjoys anything that involves children of any age!
Kimberley Buxton joined First Presbyterian Church in May 2013 as Church Administrator. She graduated from The University of The South, Sewanee, TN in 1985 with a BA in Classical Studies. She did graduate work at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece and Memphis State University, TN. She worked for the Episcopal Diocese in Memphis, TN as the Director of the Campus Ministry and with the Catholic Diocese in Boston, MA teaching homeless youth. After teaching for many years, she changed direction and pursued a career in accounting and business management. For the past 15 years she has over seen the daily operations and financial activities of a few businesses in Jefferson City. In addition, she is a professional organizer and has her own consulting business, Organization Unlimited. Kimberley and her husband Mark have one daughter Lilli who attends Helias High School. The family worships at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Diane Keevil Killion serves First Presbyterian Church as Church Secretary. She was born in Jefferson County, Missouri, and has lived in Jefferson City since 1995. She has a professional background as an administrative assistant, as well as a computer graphic artist. She and her husband, John, are members of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City and she has 1 daughter, Jessica, and two grandsons.
Music Ministry Staff
Dr. Natasia Sexton is director of choirs at Westminster College and Assistant Professor of Music. At Westminster, Dr. Sexton teaches Music of the Western World, Music History I, II, applied voice lessons, and conducts the Wren Quire, Blue Jay Glee Club, and the Westminster Women’s Chorale. Prior to coming to Westminster College, Dr. Sexton taught at Franklin College in Indiana, at St. Andrew’s School in Saratoga, California, and in the Fort Bragg Public Schools also in California. In California, Dr. Sexton worked as a church musician conducting choirs at Burlingame Presbyterian Church and Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. Dr. Sexton is a member of American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Educators National Conference, and College Music Society. She has two cocker spaniels, Lula Belle and Bessie.
Director of Special Music
Karen Larvick has been Director of Special Music at First Presbyterian Church since 2004. After receiving music degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she was a faculty member at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, for thirty-one years. She came to Jefferson City in 1997, taught at Lincoln University for two years, and was a professor of piano and pedalogy at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 2000-2006. Karen has operated a busy piano studio in Jefferson City since 1997. In addition to semi-retirement activities, she and husband Russell Greenhagen especially enjoy visits with their four daughters and four grandchildren.
Jimmy Kay Sanders