Our Staff

Rev. David Rice
Pastor, Head of Staff
drice@firstpreswooster.org

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 a baby granddaughter that bring them continuous joy.

  

Rev. Charles Cureton
Parish Associate

ccureton@sssnet.com

Charles Cureton is a retired minister, having served in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. He has two children. Rebecca works in development for the College of Wooster and Stephen is a Presbyterian minister in Pennsylvania. Two grandchildren, Brianna and John Paul, give him great joy.

 

Amy Baxstrom
Director of Family Ministries
abaxstrom@firstpreswooster.org

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
organarch@aol.com

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
rking@firstpreswooster.org

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
Office Administrator
dbye@firstpreswooster.org

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 travelling to Florida soaking up the sunshine and scenery of palm trees, concerts, reading, and cooking up new recipes!

 

Tim Hall
Maintenance Supervisor
race1959@aol.com

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

 

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