401 SE 15th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Our Friendly Staff at First Presbyterian Church


Evan Barber

Lead Audio | Visual Technician

Email EvanB@FirstPres.cc

With extensive training in a wide variety of disciplines in the Audio/Visual Field, Evan operates most of the A/V equipment on the church campus. Originally from Ohio and raised in south Georgia, Evan has a passion for film-making and music. His favorite scripture is Matthew 6:16-18.

Jonathan Bock

Youth & College Ministry Assistant

954-598-9361 | Email JonB@FirstPres.cc

Jon was born and raised in New Jersey. He moved to Florida in 2013. He has actively served our church in various capacities and areas of our church. Jon found freedom and purpose at First Pres and is proud to call FPC his church home. His passions include sports, traveling, his grandma, and impacting the lives of those around him through the grace of God. Jon’s favorite scripture is Matthew 11:28.

Jason Booker

Facility Manager

954-598-9338 | Email JasonB@FirstPres.cc

Jason is the newest member of the First Pres. Church staff and has the very important job of managing the maintenance and operations of our beautiful buildings and grounds.  He has hit the ground running and is quickly getting familiar with what that entails. Born in New York City, he is an only child of a single parent and later moved to Detroit where he attended high school.  After that, it was on to Michigan and Bowling Green University where he played football.  Then it was back to New York until moving to Coral Springs in 2004 to live with his grandfather. Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Business Management.  He is married to his soulmate Tiffany who he has been with for ten years, and has 3 children and 2 stepchildren.  Hobbies include music (he is a DJ), family, the beach, and cruising.  Rumor has it that he is a Dallas Cowboy fan. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 – Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.

Jen Calvert

Director of Communications 

954-598-9314 | Email JenC@Firstpres.cc

Following her dream in creative arts, Jen moved from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale in 2002. After graduating college, she pursued her career in the yachting industry as a Graphic Designer for 11 years before finding her true passion for ministry in April 2017. Giving back and serving the community is part of her DNA. In her spare time, Jen and her husband are busy parents, raising their two children, shuffling back and forth from baseball fields, and cheering on their favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 16:8.

Susan Christian

Membership Coordinator 

954-598-9335 | Email SusanC@FirstPres.cc

Raised in Broward County, Susan joined the finance team in November 2015 with 15 years in bank operations and 13 years in finance with our “Pink” sister church. She enjoys crafts, home improvement projects and opportunities to serve. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6.

Susan Dodd

Assistant Organist

954-598-9321 | Email SusanD@FirstPres.cc

Susan has been working with the choir and music ministry since 1997. In addition to her love for music, she enjoys reading, shopping, traveling and gardening. Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:35-39.

Gretchen Fasulo

Music Associate

954-598-9321 | Email G.Weihe@att.net

Gretchen has been involved with the Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church for longer than she can remember! When she is not working with the children’s choir, she enjoys playing with her kids and reading. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Richard Fraser


Radio| Email Custodian@FirstPres.cc

A native of Guyana, SA, Richard began working at First Presbyterian Church on August 12, 1998. In his spare time he enjoys reading and traveling. His favorite scripture is Psalm 118: 24.

Chandler Gelb

Director of Youth & College Ministries

954-598-9361 | Email ChandlerG@FirstPres.cc

Chandler, a Fort Lauderdale native, has been part of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale staff since August of 2016. Chandler has a background teaching both domestically and internationally. She is passionate about supporting our students to be servant leaders and active followers of Jesus Christ. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:2.

Pam Masten

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

954-598-9330 | Email PamM@FirstPres.cc

An upstate New York native,  Pam works to care for a flock of God’s children, uniquely trained as a hospital chaplain. In her spare time, you can catch Pam enjoying the outdoors and water sports, as well as caring for her golden retriever! Her favorite scripture is Psalm 23.

Nic Merchant

Associate Pastor

954-598-9313 | Email NicM@FirstPres.cc

Nic graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in mathematics and earned an M. Div. from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He joined the team at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale on June 1, 2008 and for the next 10 years oversaw and grew the Youth and College Ministry by ensuring that participants nurture their faith in Jesus Christ. He has also been an integral part of our contemporary worship team since its inception in 2008. In May of 2018 Nic answered the call to serve our church as our Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation. He and his wife Amy welcomed their first child, a girl, into the world in 2019 and they are grateful to be a part of the First Pres family.

Karen Metzger

954-598-9337 | Email KarenM@FirstPres.cc

Emily Owen

Vice Principal, Happyland Day School

954-598-9350 | Email EmilyO@FirstPres.cc

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Emily joined the team at First Presbyterian Church in August 2017. She grew up as a member of First Pres and has two daughters currently enrolled in Happyland, making it a ministry that has been close to her long before working there. Emily enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with family, and her favorite scripture is Matthew 6:21.

Mona Petersen

Director, Adult Education Ministry and Small Groups

954-598-9345 | Email MonaP@FirstPres.cc

Mona has a steadfast goal: To have each church member plugged into a small group and ministry that feeds their spiritual growth. A Florida native, Mona joined the team at First Presbyterian Church in April 2012. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Michelle Shev

Executive Assistant to the Pastor

954-598-9311 | Email MichelleS@FirstPres.cc

A new edition to the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale family, Michelle has worked in a variety of industries, bringing forth extensive experience as the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. Her favorite scripture is 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your cares on him for He cares for you.”

Mike Shiver


Radio | Email Custodian@FirstPres.cc

Mike is a native South Floridian who joined our custodial staff just this spring.  Sports were his favorite activities and he played football, basketball, and ran track while attending Stranahan High School and then Dillard High, where he graduated. Some previous jobs were with Winn Dixie warehouse and Osmose Electrical Pole Company.  Now you will find him setting up and breaking down the chairs and tables in Fellowship Hall and other rooms in the Neumann Center, and keeping the campus picked up, among his other duties at the church. Mike has two brothers and two sisters and, as of September, a new wife named Le’Shayne and two step-daughters 6 and 11 years old.  His hobbies include sports and he still plays a little basketball.  The San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Detroit Pistons are his favorite teams. Look for Mike around campus and let him know that we appreciate his hard work.

Lillie Shuler


Radio | Email Custodian@FirstPres.cc

A Florida native, Lillie has been working at First Presbyterian Church since 2012. In her free time she enjoys fishing and Bible study. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 121.

Corey Thiel

Principal, Happyland Day School

954-598-9351 | Email CoreyT@FirstPres.cc

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Corey was a teacher for 17 years before becoming the Principal at Happyland Day School. She enjoys yoga and hanging out with her family. Her favorite quote is, “I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun-not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.” –C.S. Lewis

Cindy Vason

Director, Children’s Ministry

954-598-9341 | Email CindyV@FirstPres.cc

With a passion for seeing children and families grow in their faith, Cindy started her work with the Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in August 2006. In her free time she enjoys running, crafts and spending time with her family. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13.

Steve Wofford

Church Administrator

954-598-9333 | Email SteveW@FirstPres.cc

Patrick H. Wrisley

Senior Pastor

954-598-9310 | Email PatrickW@FirstPres.cc

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Patrick joined the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale in January 2018. He carries a compass around with him to remind him to set his course on God. His favorite scripture is Psalm 23.

Laura Ziegler

Director, Adult Activity Center (AAC) for Seniors

954-598-9312 | Email LauraZ@FirstPres.cc

Laura joined the First Presbyterian Church team in September 2009 and currently is the Director and Program Coordinator of the Adult Activity Center for Senior Adults. In her free time she enjoys watching and attending sporting events , traveling, gardening and dining out at new restaurants. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6.