Announcing Two Staff Changes at FAPC

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church announces two changes to our administrative staff.

Stephanie Kelley has been named the executive assistant to Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston. In this role, Stephanie will serve as a member of the senior staff, coordinate Session meetings, manage the senior pastor's calendar and handle a range of other responsibilities.

Stephanie joined the FAPC staff in August 2016 to support the Office of Congregational Care and Outreach.

"Working with Rev. Kate, the Deacons and the Outreach team this past year has been a life-changing experience," Stephanie says. "I am grateful for the new opportunity to work in the Senior Pastor’s Office, to get to know many more members of the FAPC community and to continue to be a part of FAPC's life-saving ministries."

A native of Prescott, Wisconsin (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul), Stephanie moved to New York City three years ago. She studied for three years at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and this fall begins the master of divinity program at New York Theological Seminary.

Lance Hurst succeeds Stephanie as Congregational Care Coordinator, supporting the Rev. Kate Dunn, associate pastor for Congregational Care and Outreach, and Seamus Campbell, director of Outreach Ministries. Lance will be the point of contact for the Deacons, A Circle of Caregiving, pastoral care and other ministries. He will also support Nathan Are, interim director of Christian education.

Lance is a native of Jasper, Florida. An "Air Force brat," he spent his childhood in various parts of the U.S. and in the U.K. His parents and two brothers now live in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Lance earned a bachelor's degree in practical theology and a master of arts in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. In the spring, he completed his master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

"I've felt a call to ministry since I was 14," Lance says. "I've been preaching since I was 16. One summer my grandmother actually organized a preaching tour for me. I preached at four different churches."

Princeton represented a turning away from his evangelical background toward mainline Protestantism and to a theology that affirms his LGBTQ identity. Lance is now a member of Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan and is beginning the ordination process in the United Church of Christ.

"FAPC is an opportunity for me to serve the church and do meaningful work as I continue to discern my ministry," he says.

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