Listed below are some essential members of our staff.
Listed below are some essential members of our staff.
Rev. Nicholas Cammarata -firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Nick hails originally from Trenton, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Biblical Literature from University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and his Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earning academic awards in preaching and in Hebrew. He began his ministerial career with the Assemblies of God–where he met his wife Jenny–and has previously served Presbyterian churches in Youngstown, Ohio and Dallas, West Virginia.
Pastor Nick has distinguished himself as a faithful minister of the Lord, a dynamic preacher of the Gospel, an untiring advocate for the needy, a faithful steward of God’s gifts, and a possessor of an unassuming demeanor, as evidenced by the fact that he did not write this bio himself and would be embarrassed to learn that this is what is being said of him.
Pastor Nick and Jenny have four children: Sarah, Nicholas, Jacquie, and Gaetano. When he is not preaching the Word or ministering to the needy, he can frequently be found tending his garden, particularly his mulberry and fig trees, or enjoying his massive lifelong collection of Marvel Comics. (Be sure to wipe your feet on his Spider-Man welcome mat when you visit his office.)
Interim Director of Christian Education
Kelsey Nordengren – email@example.com
Kelsey Nordengren is the Interim Director of Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church of Marquette.
Lori Hicks – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Hicks is a native of the area who lived most of her life in Chocolay Township. She has a daughter Lindsey, son Cody, granddaughter Veda, and grandbaby Hannah Mae on the way! She loves spending as much time as possible with Veda and taking her on new adventures. She is most passionate about outdoor activities including biking, hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, skiing, beach glass hunting, and particularly anything involving Lake Superior. Lori is happy to be a part of the FPC church family and looks forward to working with everyone.
Campus Ministry Directors
Thomas Ault has a wealth of background and experience including a MSW in Social Work and spent 34 years in clinical and school social work with teens. He studied Ancient Near History and Biblical Literature for 3 years as a post graduate. This Directorship gives Thom the opportunity to engage with today’s youth in a social and spiritual manner. With Thom’s experience and enthusiasm, Campus Ministry will continue to grow, and he will promote spiritual direction for the youth of Marquette. Questions? Please contact Thom at email@example.com.
David and his wife, Sherry, have been members of the First Presbyterian Church of Marquette since 1973. They have one daughter, Kristy Kerkela, and two grandchildren, Ryan and Nicole. He has served two terms on the Session, starting in the early 1990’s and also served as Clerk of Session. Additionally, he has served on the Mission Support Committee, the Personnel Committee, and the Nominating Committee.
His first term as the Financial Secretary was in the early 1970’s, while attending Northern Michigan University as a student. He notes that bookkeeping was very different then than it is now. Back then, all of our financial records at church were done manually using the McBee system. Presently, he uses Church Windows software to manage the accounting.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting (1975) and a Master of Public Administration Degree (2000) from Northern Michigan University.
In his spare time, he like to read political and historical magazines and news publications.
Anne Perket grew up in Marquette and began attending the First Presbyterian Church at the age of six, when her family moved to Marquette from Ferndale, Michigan. Anne began playing the piano in second grade and the cello in fifth grade. At age 16 Anne began taking organ lessons from Ruth Matthews, an NMU professor, and continued studying the cello and organ at NMU for the next six years. After one year of organ lessons, Anne became the regular organist at First Presbyterian for six years. After graduating from NMU with a degree in music performance, she desired to play the cello professionally and moved to center city Philadelphia to study with Orlando Cole, a cello teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Kathryn Picht, a cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1985 to 2014 Anne was the organist at Glenolden Congregational Church in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.
During all of those years in southeast Pennsylvania, Marquette, Michigan was still home. Anne and her husband Bond (also from Marquette) eagerly returned to the U.P. last year and their favorite outdoor activities, which include sailing, camping, hiking, fishing and kayaking. It has been a pleasure to return to this beautiful area and a blessing to be a part of the music ministry once again at First Presbyterian Church.
As a kid growing up at FPC, Amanda (Swanson) Fruehling first served the church as an Acolyte. Then, as a teenager she took on the responsibility of coordinating the Acolytes, which she did for many years. Now she has moved on to working in the church Nursery since February of 2012 and looks forward to serving for many years to come. Amanda likes working with kids and has enjoyed helping at many First Presbyterian events. Amanda was married in 2015 to her love, Stacy, whom she met at Presque Isle. In her free time Amanda enjoys working on crafts and puzzles.
Griffin Candey (b. 1988) is enthused to be part of the First Presbyterian team in Marquette. A composer originally from Paw Paw, MI, Griffin received both his BM and MM in vocal performance (Michigan State Univ. and Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively) — a huge part of his musical upbringing consisted of church choir and sacred works, and he’s enthused to be able to bring that to the wonderful choir at FPC. Griffin lives in Marquette with his wife, Susan (and their cat, Sandy.)
Bell Choir Director
Dr. Andrew A. Poe – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Poe is the Bell Choir Director of First Presbyterian Church of Marquette. Although born in Indianapolis, he grew up in Upstate New York. His day job is as Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Northern Michigan University (Marquette Co, MI). He received his degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science (up through a Ph.D.) at Cornell University (Tompkins Co, NY) and University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Washtenaw Co, MI). Although he has no formal musical training or education, he has been playing handbells since he was in high school, and he sang with the award-winning a cappella group Amazin’ Blue at UMICH. He and his wife Diane, herself a Bell Choir Director at another church, live in Marquette and actually manage to find time to spend with each other between their professional, musical, and spiritual lives. Dr. Poe serves as a Session Elder and is working toward becoming a Certified Lay Pastor. He enjoys all forms of escapist fiction, and, in particular, takes the side of DC Comics in DC vs. Marvel discussions with Pastor Nick.
I am a native yooper, and have 3 older children, Mike, Kyle, and Courtney. A grandson, Mason. I like working at the church because there is always something to do. I also like attending the worship service and talking to all of the church members. I am a big Detroit Lions fan, NASCAR and Detroit tigers fan.