Leadership - Staff
"In all we do we seek to respond to God’s call in our lives, and faithfully serve Jesus Christ who demonstrated God’s love in action. I invite you to come and experience God’s presence here at First Presbyterian, and join us in worship, study, fellowship and mission!"
Rev. Dr. Dave Henry was called to serve as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in 2000. He received a bachelor’s of art degree from Albright College in 1976 and doctor of ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., in 1981. Prior to coming to Missouri, Pastor Henry served churches in Five Forks, Woodleaf and Greensboro, N.C. He enjoys working in the areas of family ministry and helping those in need in the Jefferson City area and throughout the world. Pastor Henry leads groups annually on mission trips in the U.S. and to the Amazon of Peru. He is married to Dr. Jackie Henry and they are the parents of four children and three grandchildren. When not at the church, Pastor Henry enjoys traveling with family and watching Duke basketball.
Rev. Zac Wolfe joined FPC in December 2012 as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Contemporary Worship. He graduated from Doane College in Crete, Neb., in 2008 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in religious studies and philosophy with a minor in psychology. Pastor Wolfe received his master’s of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., in 2011. He also completed a one-year CPE Chaplain Residency with Alegent and Creighton Health System in Omaha, Neb., in August 2012.
Pastor Wolfe was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb. He and his wife, Rudi, have one daughter. He is passionate about his faith, marriage, family and ministry - especially working with youth and worship.
Parish Associate: Theologian-in- Residence
Rev. Dr. Cliff Cain began his teaching ministry at First Presbyterian Church in the fall of 2011 and is Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair 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, Holocaust studies, and the conversation between science and religion. He is the author of eight 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, such as the FPCJC pilgrimage to Israel in December, 2013.
Dr. Marilyn Hofmann
"I love children of all ages! I have had the privilege of loving all the children of the church for many years – we are a church family who truly loves and appreciates children – we take our baptismal commitments seriously to support and nurture our youngest in the faith. We want you to come visit us – and become part of this family of faith. I know how important this family continues to be for me and we welcome new people into our family!"
Dr. Marilyn Hofmann graduated from Hanover College (a small Presbyterian college in Ind.), and received both her master’s of science degree 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 six years. 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!
Christian Education Director
Megan joined the staff in June 2017. She has a passion for Christian Education and enriching the lives of our Church family. She has led Vacation Bible School and is actively involved with the youth, the Deacons, and many committees within the church. Megan started the Young Adult Sunday School class that has grown in the past year and her gifts of working with all ages are evident. She has training in early education and she is currently working on her Certification as a Christian Educator in the PCUSA. Megan is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (APCE) and is the POINT person (Presbyterians Organized In Nurture and Teaching) for our Presbytery. Megan is married to Matt Weber and has three children, Mason, Eleanor and Vivienne. Megan brings energy, enthusiasm, and excitement to her calling as a Christian Educator.
Jenifer Block began October 3, 2016 as the Church Administrator. She has an amazing husband and two incredible children. Jenifer lives in Osage County and attends Community Christian Church in Linn. Along with her financial background, Jenifer attends college in the evening and plans to graduate in 2017 with her Bachelors in Business Administration.
Diane Keevil Killion serves the First Presbyterian Church as secretary. She was born in the St. Louis area and has lived in Jefferson City since 1995. She has a professional background as an administrative assistant and a computer graphic artist. She and her husband, John, are members of Memorial Baptist Church and she has one daughter and two grandsons.
Dr. Natasia Sexton is director of choirs and assistant professor of music at Westminster College where she 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, she taught at Franklin College in Ind., at St. Andrew’s School in Saratoga and in the Fort Bragg Public Schools in Calif. While in California, Dr. Sexton worked as a church musician conducting choirs at Burlingame Presbyterian Church and Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. She 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 joined the FPC as director of special music in 2004. She has music degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was on the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, for 31 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. Larvick operates a busy piano studio in addition to semi-retirement activities. She and husband, Russell Greenhagen, especially enjoy visits with their four daughters and four grandchildren.
Jimmy Kay Sanders
Jimmy Kay Sanders, a Jefferson City native, received her bachelor of music education and master’s of music education degrees from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She also studied at the Academy of Music, Vienna, Austria.
She taught elementary vocal music (K-6) in the North Kansas City School District and served as organist for Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Kansas City before returning to Jefferson City. She served as organist at First United Methodist Church for many years before joining the staff at First Presbyterian in 2008.
Sanders is a member and has served as Dean of the Central Missouri Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and has served as state President of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women. She is active in many musical, as well as community, organizations.