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Session Members

                                  Brenda Kraft  

A native of Maine, I moved to Florida where I lived till moving to Franklin in 2012.  My greatest joy was raising three boys who blessed me with six grandchildren.  My husband and I joined the church in 2013 and I have enjoyed growing in faith, serving with hope, sharing God's love.  

                     

                                   Linda Keenum

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I became a Presbyterian after visiting Central Presbyterian with one of my high school best friends. It just seemed the right fit for me after attending other churches growing up.  Neal and I married in that church and then he moved me to Birmingham, Alabama where we worked and raised two girls.  I transferred my membership to Five Mile Presbyterian after one of my friends at work asked me to visit.  We were involved in different activities in that church as our girls grew up.  

We bought property here in Franklin in 1988.  We started building our retirement home in Franklin in 2005, after getting our girls through college and weddings.  Initially we used this house as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of work until 2015 when I retired.  We decided to sell our home of 46 years in Birmingham and move here permanently in June of 2016.  After settling into our home, I knew we needed to get involved in the community and make new friends so I looked for a USA Presbyterian church. We visited only FPC and found our church and new friends.  This church does so much for the community and I knew I wanted to be part of that doing God’s work.

                                  Nancy Browder

Nancy was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama and attended Presbyterian churches from infancy.  After college, Royce and I married, had three children, I taught school and Royce worked for Sears. Several years ago we bought a cabin in Franklin for part time use but loved this area so much, we decided to make this our permanent home.  We also fell in love with this church when we first attended. The love and care of Christ is so very obvious here and offers wonderful opportunities for fellowship and service.  I am honored to have been asked to service as an elder here and pray that I can be an effective worker in Christ’s kingdom.

                                  Kathy Maps

Kathy was raised in Ft Lauderdale and has a career as a Surgical Technician for 20 years.  I started coming to Scaly, NC, in late 70s and moved there in 1986.  I worked retail in Highlands and eventually moved to Highlands.  I joined Highlands Presbyterian in late 90s where I served as an elder on the Congregational Care and Worship Ministry teams.  I also worked in the office as Administrative Assistant preparing bulletins, programs, etc.                    

                                  David Key

David was born in Durham NC.  His family moved to Franklin when he was six months old. He graduated from Franklin High School and worked as an electrician right after graduation. In his twenties, he became an EMT.  David,  certified as a paramedic and worked with the County EMS service for 21 years. He retired from the County in 2014, as the Director of Emergency Services. He has attended FPC on and off since he was a child and became an official member in 2016.

                                  Lew Mesta

Lew was originally from Pittsburgh, PA and remains a Steelers fan.  He was raised in the PC(USA) church.  After graduating from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he worked in retail and industry in the purchasing area.  He spent most of his working career working for Westinghouse, ABB, and Peachtree Door and Window.  He worked in various locations in the US, Australia, and China. He has been a Deacon or Elder in 3 PCUSA churches prior to joining this church family.  His hobbies include golf, hiking, Mustangs, and reading.  Pat and he have been married for 53 years.  They have 3 adult children plus their spouses, and 4 grandchildren.  They also have 2 large dogs, Cookie and Cody.  

                                Liza Lawrence

Liza grew up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. After attending the University of Maine, Liza moved to Chapel Hill, NC. She worked at UNC Hospital while her husband attended dental school. They moved to Franklin in 1962 and became active members of FPC soon afterwards. Liza is widowed with 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  

                                Susan Fagg

I grew up as a Baptist in California and after my father passed away, my mother and I moved to Franklin to be with family.  I joined the Franklin First Baptist church however, my new boyfriend, Tommy Fagg was a member of the First Presbyterian Church…so to cover all bases, we were married in the First Methodist church and had a lot of Episcopal and Catholic friends attend the ceremony.

 

We moved away from Franklin as a result of nurturing our careers, in banking and Human Resources, then spent the next 30 years on trying o determine how we could return to this area.  We bought our property in 1996 and started the task of clearing.  As soon as we were in a position to live in any area that was close to an airport, we returned.  Of course, my husband’s church beckoned and suddenly we both felt at peace and at home there.  We love the First Presbyterian Church and we love the people who make up the church.  We have never felt closer to God.

                               Melissa McClure

Melissa was born and raised in southern Maine.  She is the middle child of eleven –  having 7 brothers and 3 sisters.  Melissa has two sons and two grandchildren and two step grandchildren. After graduation from high school, Melissa worked for several years as a nurse’s aide before attending college.  She first went to a community college and obtained a Licensed Practical Nurse degree from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland, Maine.

She later went back to college and received an Associate Degree in Nursing from New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH. After working for several years, she joined the Army Reserves in the Nurse Corps and enjoyed training as a MASH nurse. She then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.

Later on, Melissa went back to college a fourth time and received a Master’s of Business Administration from Franklin Pierce College in Portsmouth, NH. In 1999, Melissa moved from Maine to NC where she worked as a nurse until retirement in 2014 from the Macon County Health Department.

Melissa met her husband John after moving to NC. They enjoy spending time together and attending his grandson’s basketball games.   Melissa also enjoys reading, especially murder mysteries, and spending time with her granddaughter Dixie.

                                Jim McInnes                                                   

After graduating high school in Western Pennsylvania Jim became a Floridian by choice and a Gator by the grace of God. His first job was in the Hospitality Industry as a cafeteria operator and also served the community of Miami-Dade County as the president of the Greater Miami Restaurant Association as well as several civic organizations. It was at this time that Jim and Barbara met and married while attending and being a part of the Primitive Baptist Church.

The next physical move and career change happened in Okeechobee Florida where he was able to use his financial education and experience as a financial agent for the Farm Bureau Insurance Co. While in Okeechobee they attended the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church where he was ordained as a ruling Elder and Barbara was ordained as a Deacon.

While in Okeechobee they made many trips to Franklin and eventually purchased a home. Often, they attended the First Presbyterian Church which they joined. They enjoy the opportunity that they have to be fully engaged in the church and especially the friends that they have.

Life is full with participation in church, the Masonic/Eastern Star, the fitness center, home and of course – the Golf course.