Listed below are some essential members of our staff.
Rev. Nicholas Cammarata -email@example.com
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.)
Jennifer “Jenny” Cammarata – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Cammarata is the Director of Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church of Marquette. When she was a teen she struggled with drugs and alcohol. It was God’s gift of Jesus Christ that steered her into the waters of faith, and Jenny is passionate about teaching and sharing that faith. She is a believer in the power of prayer. She has over 35 years of experience working with youth of all ages and in many denominations.
Jenny was born in Santa Monica CA, grew up on Long Island NY and Pennington NJ. She met her husband Nick of 33 years, at the Pennington youth group where Nick was the youth pastor. They have four amazing children ages 16-30 and one teddy bear dog.
Jenny graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Behavior Analysis. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and has a special interest in Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She is a Registered Behavior Technician and has completed her coursework for the Certified Christian Educator status in the PCUSA and is currently taking her final exam. She makes sure exercise is part of her daily routine and is an advocate for non GMO foods. On her days off she enjoys cooking in the kitchen with her husband Nick.
Wendy Maki – email@example.com
Wendy Maki is a Marquette native and grew up at First Presbyterian Church. She is a 1985 graduate of MSHS and attended NMU for two years before a embarking on a career at AT&T that lasted 15 for years, ending after downsizing eliminated her job. In 2002, she was twice blessed, thanks to many prayers, to become the mom of twins Lauren and Luke. For ten wonderful years she was able to stay at home to grow a couple of smart, healthy kids. Now a busy single mom, much of her time is spent transporting teenagers to activities, helping her mother, and caring for her pets and home. Wendy started working in the FPC office in July 2013 and feels honored to work for God, Pastor Nick and our congregation to help further the ministries of our church and faith so the Lord’s will may be done.
Campus Ministry Director
Faye Elder is our Director of Campus Ministry serving Northern Michigan University, and young adults in the community. Entering into its fourth year, the group also known as PCM, (Presbyterian Campus Ministry) maintain an average of 15 persons each year. PCM is open to any young adult on the path toward Christ. Support is offered spiritually and physically in an open minded forum. The group is active on social media as well as in person, with special outings, casual get togethers, one on one support and volunteer community projects.
Questions? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook.com/PCMMQT.
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 – email@example.com
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.
Rev. Gary I. Stevens
I was born in Standish, Michigan in 1946 and raised in Bay City, Michigan where my father found work following WWII. Following high school I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 and served this nation in various locations from Norfolk, Virginia, Great Lakes, Illinois, San Francisco, California, and Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
Upon my return from active duty, I found employment with Dow Chemical Company and stayed there for twenty-five years. During my time with the company I earned an Associate’s Degree in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts from Delta College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University. Corporate life was an interesting affair as my duties began as a janitor and ended in the communications department assisting members of the board of directors.
In 1993, I enrolled in McCormick Theological Seminary, located in Chicago, where I graduated in 1996 having earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity. I was ordained a year later in 1997 and served congregations throughout Michigan. Presently, my wife Lainey and I reside in Marquette in a peaceful wooded area just west of the “Cross Roads.”
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.