Staff

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Brad Clayton

Senior Pastor

Office: 850/385-6151
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Brad came to Faith Presbyterian in August of 2016. He as a B.A. in Religion from the College of William and Mary, and an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary. Brad previously served as Associate Pastor at Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, and at Roswell Presbyterian Church in Roswell, GA, before coming to Faith. He married Julianne in April 2016, and they have one dog and one cat. He enjoys working out and running, and he and Julianne love to travel and are very close to their families.

"I love this church because we have a deep love for the City of Tallahassee. I love working with passionate people who want to serve Jesus Christ at church and in the community."

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Jerrod Brown

Sexton

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Jerrod joined the Faith staff in May of 2015. He has previously worked as a plasterer for 16 years. Jerrod has one daughter and two sons. He enjoys softball, muscle cars, and basketball.

"I really like the people at Faith."  

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Rod Gorby

Associate Director of Music/Organist

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Rod came to Faith in August of 2015. He has a B.A. in music and piano from Rollins College, an M.M. in composition from Ohio University, and a D.M. in composition from FSU. He is currently enrolled at FSU for an M.M. in organ performance. Rod previously served as Organist and Music Director at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Tallahassee, Organist at Nelsonville Presbyterian Church in Ohio, and as Organist and Music Director at several churches in the Orlando area. He is married to Amanda Edenfield and enjoys chess, physical fitness and the beach. 

"One thing I really enjoy about Faith is meeting new people."

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Shannon Guse

Director of Christian Education for Youth and Young Adults

Office: 850/385-6151
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Shannon joined the Faith staff in July of 2005. She has a B.S. in Health Science Education from the University of Florida, and taught middle school and high school in Marion County for six years. Shannon then began working at her home church, First Presbyterian of Ocala, for several years, prior to moving to Tallahassee. She is married to Matt and they have two children. Shannon enjoys reading and running.

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is playing, laughing and learning with the young people."

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Cheri Harkema

Director of Communications

Office: 850/385-6151
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Cheri joined the Faith staff in January of 2005. She as a B.S. in Bible Ministries from Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University). She worked in the Attorney General's Office and the First District Court of Appeal before becoming employed by the Episcopal Church as Director of Youth Ministries, then as Director of Youth and Communications, then Parish Administrator. She is married to Reinard and enjoys water aerobics, walking, reading, and travel, especially the mountains. 

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is interacting with the diversity of members at Faith."

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Valerie Marlow

Finance Manager

Office: 850/385-6151
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Valerie joined the Faith staff in November of 2015. She is APA-PCUSA Certified Church Administrator III, and has served as Church Administrator at First Presbyterian Church of Marianna. She has two sons and four grandchildren. Valerie enjoys spending free time on her 7-acre horse farm, organic gardening, golfing, fishing, and traveling to judge and steward miniature horse shows. 

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is meeting many of the new members and all of the wonderful volunteers for the numerous mission programs."

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Pam Mills

Associate Pastor's Assistant/Membership Manager

Office: 850/385-6151
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Pam began working at Faith in May of 1987. She is Level 1, 11, and 111 certified in Church Administration from the Administrative Personnel Association (PCUSA). She previously worked in the Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services, Inspector General's Office, Economic Services, Disease Control, Sunland Training Center, and Disability Determinations. Pam is married to Jeff and they have two daughters, three granddaughters, and one grandson. She enjoys boating, swimming, reading, and family get-togethers.

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is helping people."

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Don Novin

Caretaker

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Don joined the Faith staff in July of 2013. He has a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Administration from FSU. He has two daughters and enjoys all things Florida State and spending time with family and friends.

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is knowing that I am making a difference and the sense of pride I have for our church."

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Kimani Patterson

Associate Director of Music

Office: 850/385-6151
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Kimani joined the Fatih staff in August 2016. He is a third-year Choral Music Education student at Florida State and a graduate of Leon High School. Kimani has served as Director of the Cherub Choir at Faith and has been leading the bass section in the Chancel Choir. He enjoys singing, conversing, and learning about different cultures. 

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is working with the children and seeing them succeed. Teaching children has always been my passion. I hope to make the world a better place for ALL people through the gift of music. Praise be to God!"

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Liz Peters

Sexton

Office: 850/385-6151
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Liz joined the staff at Faith in September 2009. She is married to Winston and has two daughters and a son. Liz enjoys church singing and leading the devotion. 

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is the children; I love to watch them in the Chapel program."

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Peter Pursino

Director of Worship Arts

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Peter joined the Faith staff in July 2006. A native of New York, he received a B.M. and a Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from Florida State. Peter previously served as a member of the voice faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, as Director of Music at Presbyterian Church of the Lakes, and has held high school teaching positions in Orange County, FL, and Cobb County, GA. Peter also serves as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Leon High School. Peter is married to Holly, and they enjoy movies and down time with the family. 

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is getting to work with talented members and staff." 

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Leigh Ramsey

Director of Christian Education for Children's Ministries

Office: 850/385-6151
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Leigh joined the Faith staff in June of 2016. She graduated in May 2016 from Presbyterian College. Leigh's family is all still in South Carolina where she grew up. She enjoys reading, being active, and doing anything outdoors.

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is I love getting to know all of the kids, but I really enjoy the Children's Time each Sunday!"

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Beverly Sims

Director of Preschool

Office: 850/385-0725
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Bev joined the Faith staff in August 1985. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State with certification in Early Childhood and graduate work in Educational Administration. Prior to becoming the Preschool Director at Faith Preschool, Bev owned and operated her own day care center for several years, and taught three-year-olds here at Faith for 15 years in addition to serving as director for 30 years. Bev is married to Dean and they have 2 children, 5 grandsons, and one granddaughter. She enjoys the beach and family trips.

"I love my job, my family and friends. I feel that God led me to be here at Faith when I was a young mom looking for a great preschool for my own children when they were small. This was it! I enjoy life as a breast cancer survivor and count it all joy each and every day! Faith, family and friends is what we are all about!"

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Sheldon Steen

Parish Associate

Office: 850/385-6151
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Sheldon joined the Faith staff in September 2015. He has a B.A. from Flagler College, an M.Div. and Th.M. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and is currently working on his PhD. He previously served as Pastor at Jasper First Presbyterian Church in Jasper, FL. Sheldon is married to Mary and they have three children. He loves to spend time with his family, read, and homebrew. He also tries to like running, but "we're on a break right now."

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is the people (both congregation and staff). There really are some amazing folks around here."

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Randy Zepp

Church Administrator

Office: 850/385-6151
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Randy joined the Faith staff in November 2014. He has a B.S. in Physical Education from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. His previous career experience includes Pregnancy Help & Information Center (Business Manager/Men's Ministry), Zepp Strategic Partners, Inc. (Partner), Classic Limo & Sedan Serivce (President & General Manager), Tri-Eagle Sales (Vice President, General Manager & Equity Partner), and Pepin Distributing Company (Vice President & General Manager). Randy is divorced and has one son. He enjoys playing golf, watching sports with his son, and reading (favs are historical novels). His favorite place to visit is the beach; second favorite is the mountains.

"One thing I really enjoy about my job at Faith is working with my fellow staff members and the members that have become family here at Faith."

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