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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.

Sandy Geary


Sandy was born in Bluefield, WV. She lived in Rich Creek, VA. Served in the USAF for 4 1/2 years. She met and married Jim on Guam in 1976. They lived in Goldsboro, NC until 2006 when they moved to Franklin and joined the First Presbyterian Church. She became an elder in 2016.


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.

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.

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.  


Liz 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.

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.

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. 

Rusty Renfroe

Rusty was born in Pensacola, Fl, went to high school in Mobile, Al. Served in the US Navy from 1968-1972 as a hospital corpsman. Graduated from Memphis State University and spent 38 years in healthcare sales, retiring from McKesson Medical Surgical in 2014. Currently working as a consultant with HPS, Healthcare Procurement Solutions out of Atlanta. Rusty and his wife Jane have had a home here since 2001 and moved full-time in 2014. Have been members at FPC since 2015.