Below is a list of the staff
Rev. Sarah Bigwood
February 6, 2019
Dear Members of THE FIRST Presbyterian Church,
It is a pleasure to introduce myself to you. It’s been three years since I was ordained to the office of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). My spiritual gifts include pastoral care, teaching, visioning, and creating healthy vibrant communities. I love people and it shows. I have fun when I work. I am creative and organized. I am passionate about the scriptures.
I have an extensive background (20+ years) working with children and youth and a significant commitment to cross-cultural ministries. My leadership style is collaborative and comes from a deep belief that God has called us into community so that we may serve and be served by one another.
My first career was as a software engineer. Analytical skills come in handy for evaluating programs, balancing budgets and strategizing for the future. I'm also good with computers and most things technical.
Next week, my husband, Tom, and I will celebrate our 19th anniversary. Tom is compassionate, funny and he is a voracious reader. At work, he manages a team of software developers for SAP Software Solutions. We have two lovely children, Robert (13) and Kate (12). Robert loves reading, playing the violin and all kinds of video games. Kate is creative, loves to sing and enjoys performing in the theater. Two dogs complete our household; Nube (corgi) and Emmett (beagle).
Over the past few months, I've had many conversations with your PNC and other members of the church and I am struck by the humility with which everyone is talking about the future. There is genuine interest in what God might be doing with THE FIRST Presbyterian Church family. That humility, coupled with a lot of laughter, helped my family feel that answering the call to become your next pastor will be a great adventure for us all.
May the historic implications of your vote this Sunday and the relationships we form in the months and years ahead, serve to glorify and honor God. And, may God continue to bless the mission and ministry of THE FIRST Presbyterian Church and her people.
Yours In Christ,
Rev. Sarah M. Bigwood
Rev. Chuck Cary
Interim Pastorcmcary@hotmail.com 631-283-1296 ext 102
Rev. Chuck is the retired pastor of The Westhampton Presbyterian Church. Prior to his retirement from Westhampton Presbyterian Church, he was the Pastor and Head of Staff of the Mooring Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL (1,400+ members). He is very much involved in the community and has served as a Rotarian, elected school board member - serving as both president and vice-president. He has been a board member for Habitat for Humanity and has served on the Advisory Board and been the Instructor of Pastoral Care for East End Hospice. Rev. Chuck has also been part of the Anti-Bias Task Force sponsored by local government, and various ecumenical/interfaith groups dedicated to the common good.
Rev. Chuck's office hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to noon and afternoons by appointment. His door is always open when he's in the office. Afternoons are "by appointment" since they are Rev. Chuck's time to make visitations to our shut-ins and hospital/nursing home patients. Stop by the office or call and say "hello"
Rev. Chuck and his wife Millie enjoy spending time with their adult children and their grandchildren.
Administrative Assistantfpc@fpc1.org 631-283-1296 ext 101
Shelley has been with us at First Presbyterian since October 4, 1998. She enjoys working here and also singing in the Chancel Choir and ringing in the Handbell Choir.
Director of Christian Educationchristianed@fpc1.org 631-283-1296
Terry is our Director of Christian Education and has many years experience teaching children at the Elementary level in Southampton School District.