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Reverend Dr. Jennifer Jones Powell


The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Jones Powell serves as our Minister.  She received her B.A. from Bluefield College, and her M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Virginia.  An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), this is Jennifer’s first call as a solo pastor.  For the last 20+ years, she served in the field of education as a Professor of Literacy Education and an elementary classroom teacher.  Jennifer loves the Lord and loves serving the Lord alongside others in creative, energetic, life-giving, faithful ways.  In their downtime, Jennifer and her husband Bob enjoy reading, taking walks around Mount Sterling, international travel, and loving their two rescue dogs, Ocami and Molly Mae. 

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Laura Lee Brother

Administrative Assistant

In a previous life, Laura Lee was a Microsoft Office trainer.  When she and her husband, Matt, settled down in Mt. Sterling to raise their two sons, she began farming with her Dad.  Now she splits her time between taking care of cows in the morning and parishioners in the afternoon.


Beverly Kendall


Beverly brings years of experience as a piano teacher to enhance our worship services.  She and her husband, Dale, have 3 sons and several grand children.


Ashley Kirk


Ashley is a retired elementary and middle school teacher.   He now cares for our facilities and plays the piano for two other churches.


Melanie Everman

Choir Director

Having always called Mt. Sterling home, Melanie has directed the voices at First Presbyterian since 2010. She is also a music teacher at a local elementary school. Melanie earned her bachelors and masters degrees in music education from Morehead State University. 

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