Meet our Staff


Jeff Smith, Pastor

Jeff is a native of Blowing Rock, NC and is grateful to God to serve as pastor at FPC. He is a graduate of Montreat College (B.A. Bible and Religion), a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary (M. Div.) and is close to finishing his Doctor of Ministry at his alma mater, Union Presbyterian Seminary. He served three different congregations during 14 years of ministry in South Carolina (Bennettsville, Spartanburg, and Columbia) and has been the pastor at FPC since 2014. He is passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and empowering the church in Christ’s mission to the ends of the earth. His wife, Angela, works for Water Mission, a non-profit ministry that provides safe and clean water to impoverished areas around the world. They have two sons, Brennan and Lawson. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys trout fishing, UNC Basketball, and spending time camping with his family.

Jennifer Jones, Office Administrator

Jennifer has been the office administrator at FPC since January 2002. Some of her responsibilities include the weekly newsletter, bulletins, financial records for the church and FMO, membership records as well as being a source of support to staff and to the congregation. She lives in Todd with husband, Greg, and boxers Zeus and Zoe. She has two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Jennifer loves her family, dogs, shopping, and photography, anything to do with technology and computers, cooking and kitchen gadgets.

Steve Marks, Pastoral Associate, Adult Ed & Congregational Care

Steve Marks and his family relocated to Boone from Greensboro in the spring of 2011 and they have been members of First Presbyterian Church ever since arriving in the High Country. Steve has worked with youth and college students for several years and now serves as the Adult Ministry Director and the Pastoral Associate. Steve graduated from Guilford College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and completed the Congregational Leadership Program at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Sensing God’s call to ordination, Steve is enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. In addition to his work with the church, Steve volunteers with the Cove Creek Fire Department. He enjoys every aspect of mountain weather along with a good cup of coffee with friends!

Erin Fowler, Director of Children’s Ministries

Erin has her BA and NC teaching license. She has been a preschool teacher most of her adult life, most recently at First Morning Out. Erin enjoys being a mom to a brood and a grandma. Most importantly, she enjoys sharing God’s love with His people.

Brandon Winbush, Choir Director 

Brandon brings a warm smile, excitement and energy, and is blessed by God with the gift of playing not only the piano, but also the organ. He is looking forward to becoming part of our family of faith, as well as working collaboratively with our staff. We look forward to him joining us officially on Sunday, September 15!


Tyler Dellaperute, Pianist
Tyler joined our staff as our new pianist in August, 2022. Tyler has a B.A. in Music from Cedarville University and is a recent graduate of ASU with a M.M. in Piano Performance with an added Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy.  He has been playing the piano since he was in middle school and has grown up the son of a Baptist pastor.  He brings the comfortability of playing both contemporary and traditional music.  Tyler has worked with Brandon Winbush at Watauga High School and through music camps at ASU. 

Cindy Clawson, Praise and Worship Team Leader

Cindy has a wide background of musical experience. She has been a church musician for 30 years in various positions as Choir Director, Church pianist, attempted organist (but her legs were too short), Children’s Choir Director, Hand bell Director and just about whatever has come up in music. She has also worked as a public school music teacher. Wherever her family moved she found some available position in a school from grades K-12. Her favorite public school forum was directing high school chorus. As life brought new challenges and different circumstances Cindy took on a job at Boone Drug, Inc. This is where she gets to work with a great group of people every day. Cindy has 3 children.

Amber Kanoy, First Morning Out Preschool Director

Amber received a BS degree in Child Development from Appalachian State University. She has worked at FMO now for 5 years. She absolutely loves preschool and being a mom! She enjoys spending time with her husband Josh and their four kids. She also enjoys playing tennis and hiking.
Class of 2023
Ruth Dotson – Mission
Kim McAulay – Worship
Gary Moss – Finance & Stewardship
Cathy Simpson-Koch – Communications
Class of 2024
Neville Chaney – Property & Personnel
Susan Corey – Christian Education
Sue Newell – Church Life
Greg Warmuth – Finance & Stewardship
Class of 2025
Jack Butler – Mission
Allison Harrison – Worship
David Kesler – Property & Personnel
Carrie Merschat – Christian Education
Anna Lehman – Clerk of Session
Class of 2023
Pete Barr
Mary Linda Dooley
Steve Edwards
Liz Michael
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Katherine Logan
Chris Nault
Linda Ruff
Jo Sorrell
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Jane Butler
Andrew Glover
Dot Hutelmyer
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