Leadership - Staff
Interim Pastor and Head of Staff
Rev. Williams has worked as an interim pastor for the last 20 years in various churches in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He is experienced in guiding churches through transition from one head of staff to a new one. Hiss roots are in Southwest Louisiana where he grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, learning a bit about Cajun culture and cooking. In the early 70’s he attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La., earning a B.S. degree in Business. He attended seminary in Austin, Texas and went on to serve churches in the suburbs of Houston, Dallas, and Ft. Worth before moving to work with a congregation in Salina, Kansas in 1989. Since 1996, Springfield has functioned as “home base” for Barry as he served as an intentional Interim Pastor in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. He is a Certified Interim Ministry Specialist in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and he has been part of the PCUSA interim ministry education faculty since 2000.
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.
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
Education and Preschool Director
"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!
Cynthia joined the FPC Staff as Church Administrator in May 2018. She has a BSBA in Accounting from Mo Western State University.
Cynthia was born and raised in NW Missouri. After college, she came to Jefferson City to work for the State. She has lived and worked in the Jefferson City area since then, most recently as Office Manager and Bookkeeper for Koestner Office Products, Inc. which is no longer in business. She has also worked as Children’s Director from 2003 to 2010 at Capital City Christian Church where she is a member.
She is married to Mike and they have two daughters, Rachel and Leah. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys quilting, reading, gardening and other outdoor activities.
Diane Keevil 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 is member of Memorial Baptist Church and she has one daughter and two grandsons.
Director of Christian Education
Shannon McPherson has a degree in Social Psychology from Park University. She served as an instructor at Wentworth Military Academy and taught Psychology and Ethics courses. After spending years as a 911 operator and crime victim advocate she wanted to be where she could build long term relationships and share her faith with others. Shannon and her husband, Dan, have a teenage son and a daughter in elementary school, and she cared for numerous children in foster care.
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.
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.