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                Church Leadership

Dr. Joseph Parker

Dr. Parker came to serve as the Pastor of FPC/Plano in June of 2001, after serving 10 years as Executive Minister at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of Union Seminary in Virginia and has completed a Masters of Arts in Counseling and requirements for licensure as a therapist; additionally he earned his MBA in 1999, and has completed the Graduate Certification program at SMU in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2003) Dr. Parker is a member of the adjunct staff at Amberton University, serves as a consultant to various organizations and churches throughout Texas, and regularly provides counseling to individuals and couples within the Dallas/Plano area.

  Director of Children’s Education
Heidi Saylor

Heidi Saylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor with the state of Texas. In 2005, Heidi joined the FPC staff as the Director of Children’s Education. Heidi strives to help make the stories of Christ come to life for the children as they grow in their understanding of their place within a Christian community, experiencing the Love of God and the joy of faith. Heidi also works for Family Compass as a Program Director for the Growing as Parents program in Dallas. Her passion is for helping children and their parents learn to live together in harmony and to grow together in love.

Youth Sponsors
Ted & Nancy McKown

Nancy and Ted have been volunteer youth leaders at First Presbyterian Plano since joining the church in 1994. Their philosophy is that they want to create a safe and nurturing place where the youth can grow in their faith through a balanced program of Bible study, mission and service, fun and fellowship, as well as providing opportunities where youth can network with other Christian youth.

Nancy and Ted met at the University of Tulsa and were married in 1978. They served as volunteer youth leaders at College Hill Presbyterian, in Tulsa, OK, from 1979 to 1993 before coming to Plano. They have two children, a son, Neil, and a daughter, Leslie. Nancy is a manager of centralized data integrity at Texas Health System, Dallas. Ted is a special education teacher with the Plano Independent School District.

  Choir Director
Kurt Thomas

Kurt attended Centenary college of Louisiana where he majored in vocal performance. While in college he helped lead the youth choir at his church in Shreveport. He grew up in the Presbyterian Church where he fell in love with singing solos, as well as singing in a choir. Along with being the Church Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir Director, Kurt also sings solos regularly during worship.

Marcy Lasseter

Marcy was the recipient of a piano scholarship to Texas Christian University. She studied piano and organ at TCU and North Texas State University where she received a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in organ performance from NTSU. Marcy served 28 years as the organist /pianist at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Garland, TX. Also, Marcy teaches private Piano and Organ lessons. She is a mother of two sons, Chad and Jason.

  Church Secretary
Lynne Schapeler

Lynne Schapeler became a member of FPC/Plano in 1978 and has been the church secretary for 33 years. For Lynne, this is more than a job…it is a ministry for Lynne and her second home. First Presbyterian Church of Plano is truly the best place to be…working and worshipping for and with her church family. Lynne graduated from The Wood School, a prestigious secretarial school in New York. She and her husband, Stan, have been married for 47 years; they lived in Missouri and Kansas before moving to Texas in 1978. They have two sons and a “daughter”; Brett & Angela, Brian, and two grandchildren, Brenden and Hanna.

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