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Bible Study

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First Presbyterian Church
26 Church Street
Franklin, NC 28734

Pastor
Tempe' Fussell

Worship Service
First Sunday monthly Worship & Communion:
10:00 am Chapel

(New worship times)

All other Sundays:
10:00 am Chapel

9:00 am Sunday School

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday  closed

 180 years serving the Lord in Franklin

Contact Us

828-524-3119
churchofficefpc@frontier.com

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Brenda Kraft – Clerk of Session

Brenda and Ned have been married more than 13 years; he was a bachelor when they married so he quickly got immersed in family life. She had three sons from her first marriage; one has died. She loves her six grandchildren and one great grandchild. She also has two sisters. You can see lots of family pictures on Facebook!

Brenda grew up as a Baptist and attended a Nazarene church for a while. When she and Ned moved to Franklin, they were encouraged to attend FPC by the Grisecks. Brenda feels very comfortable with the Presbyterian theology and governing structure. Although this is the first time Brenda will serve as an elder, she has a reasonable idea of what to expect from service as an elder, having been active in FPC life in various ways.

Brenda cannot often be found sitting around doing nothing. She also works part-time at the Lutheran Church. She enjoys spending time with other people in activities such as paper crafting and traveling, and spending time with family. She says FPC “feels like home.”

 Sandy Geary - Congregational Care, Hospitality & OutReach

Sandy was born in Bluefield, WV. Raised in VA. She entered the Air Force in August 1972. Was stationed in Biloxi, MS, Grand Forks, ND, Guam and Arizona. Discharged from the AF in Dec 1976. Lived in Goldsboro, NC for 30 years. She retired from Civil Service in 2006. Sandy moved to Franklin 2 months after retirement. She loves to travel, do day trips, quilts, makes jewelry and have fun and help people. When I met her she was so quiet, shy and wouldn’t talk to anyone. (!) Sandy and Jim met and married in Guam.

 Gail Barrett -  Christian Education

Born in Franklin, I attended First Presbyterian Church when I was growing up.  I moved to Charlotte, NC after graduating from WCU and was an underwriter and assistant branch manager in a mortgage loan office for 20 years.  I returned to Franklin upon my marriage to George Barrett. I enjoy FPC’s Wednesday night programs/dinner, Bible study, Ruth circle, prayer fellowship, missions workshop, book club, ‘holy folders’, computer club, exercise class, craft classes, lovely ladies group and am an active officer in Nequassa #43, Order of the Eastern Star.  I love to read.I am a football/basketball fan and enjoy quiet times with George. I’m looking forward, with much nervousness and anticipation, to the coming year as elder of Christian Education.  There is a great challenge to all of us as we go forward with our wonderful church to grow in our knowledge and learn to be disciples of our faith.  I pray that all of you will see fit to join in and become disciples along with me.

 Clyde Genter– Finance and Stewardship

I was born on 2-19-38 and graduated Ludington,Michigan in 1955.  I studied an additional two years of college level accounting at Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Mich.  I worked the next three years in a Michigan bank ending up as Asst. Cashier of that bank.  I then started working in the Property and casualty insurance business and spent the next 44 years in that business in Ludington, Michigan and Bradenton, Florida. Sue and I were married in 1956 and owned together several insurance agencies in Michigan and Florida during that 44 years, retiring from that endeavor in 2000.  We bought property in Franklin, N.C. in 1994 and built our home on that property in 2000 and have lived in this area full time since that time.  Sue and I were brought up in  the Presbyterian church and were married in that church in 1956. 

                                            Lew Mesta - Finance and Stewardship
Lew is married to Pat, and has three children and four grandchildren. A life-long Presbyterian, he grew up attending a large Presbyterian church in Pittsburgh, PA. Has also attended First Church in Athens, GA and Jefferson City, MO. His brother is a retired Presbyterian minister. Pat is active around the church, including being the Moderator of the Presbyterian Women and chairwoman of the Naomi Circle.

Lew enjoys the friendly, engaging atmosphere at FPC.  His circle of friends has broadened a great deal since joining our church. He enjoys walking the dogs, hiking with Silver Striders, playing golf, traveling with Pat, learning to play the banjo, and participating in activities with other Mustang

Rusty Renfroe - Co-chair Property

A native of Pensacola, FL, Rusty is a graduate of the  University of Memphis with a B.S. In vertebrate zoology. He served in the Navy for four years as a hospital corpsman. He retired in 2014 from 40 years in healthcare sales and management and moved permanently with his wife, Jane, to Franklin. They have one son, Jason, who lives with his wife and their two grandsons, in Sammamish, WA.    He is a fan of the University of Alabama and the SEC.

David Key - Co-chair Property

David grew up attending FPC regularly with his family, but began to drift away as a teenager. Later when he married, he attended a Pentecostal church with his wife’s family. Quite a contrast!

After his divorce, he met Kathy and they were married in our Chapel. They both have children from their previous marriages, Ryan, who attends FPC, is the youngest . They Keys slowly gravitated back to FPC and deeply appreciate the warm and welcoming atmosphere. They see that friends and strangers alike are made to feel special.

David is retired from Macon County Government (EMS), but continues to work part time (at Gooder Graphix.) Although he does not have much free time he likes to work in the yard. He is developing his interest and skills in woodworking, possibly in turning bowls and other projects with his new lathe. As with all our new elders, he wonders what he has gotten himself into!! He also wonders what it will be like to see “behind the curtain.”

David grew up attending FPC regularly with his family, but began to drift away as a teenager. Later when he married, he attended a Pentecostal church with his wife’s family. Quite a contrast!

After his divorce, he met Kathy and they were married in our Chapel. They both have children from their previous marriages, Ryan, who attends FPC, is the youngest . They Keys slowly gravitated back to FPC and deeply appreciate the warm and welcoming atmosphere. They see that friends and strangers alike are made to feel special.

David is retired from Macon County Government (EMS), but continues to work part time (at Gooder Graphix.) Although he does not have much free time he likes to work in the yard. He is developing his interest and skills in woodworking, possibly in turning bowls and other projects with his new lathe. As with all our new elders, he wonders what he has gotten himself into!! He also wonders what it will be like to see “behind the curtain.”

Liza Lawrence - Worship and Music

Liza was born in Portland, Maine and  came  to Franklin in 1962. She assisted her husband, Gene, in his dental office., keeping up with  the insurance . She has three children, and a 16 year old  puppy, Annie. Liza enjoys reading and knitting.  

 

Gail Lehman - Service and Mission 

Gail grew up attending a Congregational Church in Florida, and finds many similarities with
Presbyterianism. Her father was a Presbyterian. She was ordained in another Presbyterian Church here in North Carolina and has served as Clerk at FPC.

Gail enjoys “playing,” she is very active in community sports like bowling and tennis, and enjoys competing in Senior Games. She is active in the hiking club and regularly helps with trail maintenance on the AT.
She has one brother who lives in Florida. He comes to Franklin occasionally.