Our Staff

David Rice

Rev. David Rice
Pastor, Head of Staff

David Rice spent his early childhood through high school in Taiwan, where his parents were serving with the Presbyterian Church.  Ordained ministry is his second career – previously, he was a professional opera and concert singer performing both in the United States and for seven years in Germany.  David came to First Pres Wooster from his first pastorate in Anniston, Alabama in the summer of 2014.  He is married to the love of his life, Karolyn, who is a pianist and piano teacher and also plays flute. They have two sons and daughters-in-law and two granddaughters that bring them continuous joy.



Amy Baxstrom
Director of Family Ministries

Amy started as the Director of Children's Ministries at FPC in spring of 2014, and now holds the title Director of Family Ministries. She is currently working on her Certificate of Christian Education through
PC (USA). Amy is a native of Wooster, born and raised here, and enjoy spending time with her husband and three children.


Eric Gastier
Director of Music & Organist

Eric Gastier has served as Director of Music & Organist for First Presbyterian Church since April 2001 (following the 24-year tenure of Professor John M. Russell of the College of Wooster). Mr. Gastier is a native of Milan, Ohio and has served churches in Ohio, upstate New York, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.


Rachel King
Director of Children's Music

Rachel joined the FPC staff in October 2013 as the Director of Children’s Music and now also serves as the Church Media Coordinator.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Music Education from Kent State University, and many years of experience teaching music in Wayne County schools.


Donna Lee Bye

Donna Lee Bye

Office Administrator

Donna is responsible for the efficient operation of the Church office, including the coordination of all administrative, accounting, and various forms of communication activities of the Staff and Congregation. Donna has 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.  She enjoys traveling to Florida soaking up the sunshine and scenery of palm trees, concerts, reading, and cooking up new recipes!



Tim Hall

Tim Hall
Maintenance Supervisor

Tim ensures that the church facilities and grounds maintenance are in top condition to accommodate our worship services, Sunday school and programming events. 


First Presbyterian Church of Wooster

First Presbyterian Church of Wooster
621 College Avenue Wooster, OH 44691
Office Hours: M, T, TH 9:00-4:00

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