Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier
Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier
Senior Pastor

Office: 404.228.7715

Tony Sundermeier has served as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian since August of 2014. In his role, Tony’s ministry focuses on three specific areas: he serves as the lead preacher for Sunday worship, he moderates the Session, and he leads and equips the senior level staff of the church. He is a graduate of Eastern University (1997, B.A., Theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (2003, M.Div.), and Biblical Theological Seminary (2011, D.Min.).

Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier has served as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian since August of 2014.  Tony is married to Rev. Katie Sundermeier and together they have two sons, Jonny (b. 2002) and Luke (b. 2008).   A native Philadelphian, Tony has served churches in Allentown, Pennsylvania and West Chester, Pennsylvania.  With a passion for discipleship and Christian leadership formation, Tony’s ministry focuses on three specific areas: he serves as the lead preacher for Sunday worship, he moderates the Session, and he leads and equips the senior level staff of the church.  He is a graduate of Eastern University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Biblical Theological Seminary.   Tony enjoys travel, cooking, golf, and coaching basketball.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College and The Presbyterian Homes of Georgia.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Gospel and Our Culture Network and is on the advisory board of NEXT Church and DAY1.

 

Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon
Executive Pastor

Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon
Executive Pastor

Office: 404.228.7714

Rebekah serves as Executive Pastor of First Presbyterian Church. She coordinates much of the “behind the scenes” stuff of the church, including finances, operations, stewardship, communications, personnel, property, facilities and legal issues. She has an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and loves having a job that lets her be a lawyer-pastor.
 Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon serves as Executive Pastor at First Presbyterian, with responsibility for the church’s administration and operations, including communications, facilities, finances and personnel. She also has supervisory responsibility for the ministry areas of Care, Community Ministries and Global Mission. Before joining the staff, Rebekah practiced law at a large Atlanta firm and served as a volunteer lawyer for children and persons seeking asylum in the United States. She relishes her current role as a lawyer-pastor.

 

Rebekah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Emory University School of Law. She is married to the one and only Joel LeMon, whom she met while they were both living in South Africa.  Joel and Rebekah are parents to two lovely and hilarious children: James, who loves sports, history, reading, fishing and asking deep questions, and Caroline, who loves art, dancing, reading, music and every single person she meets.  Rebekah enjoys running, cooking, music and travel.  The LeMons live in Decatur with a sweet old mutt named Katie and lots and lots of books

Rev. Kevin Knab
Associate Pastor for Care

Rev. Kevin Knab
Associate Pastor for Care

Office: 404.228.7763

Kevin is our Associate Pastor for Care, ministering to the spiritual and emotional needs of our members and community.
 Kevin is our Associate Pastor for Care, ministering to the spiritual and emotional needs of our members and community.

Rev. Connie Lee
Associate Pastor for Community Ministries

Rev. Connie Lee
Associate Pastor for Community Ministries

Office: 404.228.7741

Connie Lee is currently serving as the Associate Pastor for Community Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. She earned a Masters of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

Connie Lee is currently serving as the Associate Pastor for Community Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. She served as the minister to the Hillside/First Presbyterian Partnership Ministry for over ten years. The unique ministry focused on bringing members of both Hillside Presbyterian and First Presbyterian of Atlanta together in community and international mission efforts.

Connie and her family moved to the Atlanta area from Gainesville, Florida. She graduated (summa cum laude) from Bethune Cookman College where she majored in religion and philosophy. She earned a Masters of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

Connie was a recipient of a PCUSA multicultural grant while doing her internship at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta (FPC). She also instituted a Bible Study whose participants include members of the congregation and members of the community served in the downtown Atlanta setting. The Bible Study is now the on-going Community Ministries Sunday School class through the Discipleship department at FPC.

Rev. Ann-Henley Saunders
Associate Pastor for Emerging Generations

Rev. Ann-Henley Saunders
Associate Pastor for Emerging Generations

Office: 404.228.7710

After graduating from UVA, Ann-Henley moved to New York to pursue an acting career. She now realizes she moved there to find Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and discover her call to ministry. Ann-Henley followed that call to Princeton Seminary, where her call got stronger with study, prayer, and practical experience in the field. She is thrilled to be part of this dynamic community of faith and eagerly awaits what God has in store.

After graduating from UVA, Ann-Henley moved to New York to pursue an acting career. During her six years there, she performed in off-off Broadway plays, starred in independent films and appeared on television shows like One Life to Live, Law & Order and Gossip Girl. While auditioning and performing, she worked many day jobs, including assisting a Broadway producer, serving as a nanny for a famous director and then an NFL owner and managing a sales team for a financial recruiting firm. She now realizes she moved to New York to find Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and discover her call to ministry. Ann-Henley followed that call to Princeton Seminary, where her call got stronger with study, prayer and practical experience in the field. She is thrilled to be part of this dynamic community of faith and eagerly awaits what God has in store.

Rev. Katie Sundermeier
Parish Visitor and Executive Director for the Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta

Rev. Katie Sundermeier
Parish Visitor and Executive Director for the Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta

Office: 404.228.7721

Rev. Katie Sundermeier was born in Princeton, NJ and is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and a career-long educator. She is married to Tony (m. 2000) and is mom to Jonny (b. 2002) and Luke (b. 2008). A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Katie is passionate about bringing Christ-like care to people of all ages, sharing the love of God and the Good News of the Gospel which brings hope and healing.

Rev. Katie Sundermeier is married to Tony (m. 2000) and together they have two children, Jonny (b. 2002) and Luke (b. 2008).   Born in Princeton, NJ, Katie grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Katie attended Vanderbilt University where she double majored in Communication Studies and German.  Following two years in a corporate job with an international logistics company, Katie felt called to ministry with older adults and a call to ordination.  She enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary and did additional course work at the University of Bonn, Germany.  Her first call to ministry was to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA, a 2,200-member congregation in the southwest suburbs of Philadelphia, where she served as the Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care. Following that call, Katie served Presbyterian Senior Living in Pennsylvania as a CCRC chaplain.  Katie is a certified Stephen Ministry Leader and a trained facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, a pre-marital counseling platform.  Katie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, taking walks, running and traveling, especially to the beach.

 

For more information on the Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta, visit www.samaritanatlanta.org.

Rev. Jamie Butcher
Director for Spiritual Formation

Rev. Jamie Butcher
Director for Spiritual Formation

Jamie serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at First Presbyterian Church. She supports Discipleship ministries through small groups, Bible studies, and new initiatives for spiritual growth. She is a graduate of University of Virginia (2002, B.A.), Appalachian State University (2005, M.A., Appalachian Studies) and Princeton Theological Seminary (2009, M.Div.). Prior to coming to FPC, Jamie served churches in the Atlanta area.

Jamie serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at First Presbyterian Church. She supports Discipleship ministries through small groups, Bible studies, and new initiatives for spiritual growth.  She is a graduate of University of Virginia (2002, B.A.), Appalachian State University (2005, M.A., Appalachian Studies) and Princeton Theological Seminary (2009, M.Div.). Prior to coming to FPC, Jamie served churches in the Atlanta area. Jamie is married to Ryan Bonfiglio, also on staff at FPC. They are the proud parents of a preschooler. Jamie finds it a privilege to accompany people on their journeys of faith.

Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
Stembler Scholar & Director of Biblical & Theological Studies

Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
Stembler Scholar & Director of Biblical & Theological Studies

Office: 404.228.7713

Ryan serves as the Stembler Scholar and Director of Biblical & Theological Studies. Prior to arriving at FPC, he served as a Lecturer of Old Testament and Columbia Theological Seminary. Ryan is married to Jamie Butcher, who is a PC(USA) pastor in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. They have an energetic and playful toddler named Leo. Ryan is originally from southeastern Pennsylvania and suffers from a life-long love of Philadelphia sports teams.

Ryan serves as the Stembler Scholar and Director of Biblical & Theological Studies. In addition to teaching Christian education classes and developing curriculum, he coordinates a variety of activities and events associated with Discipleship-related ministries. Ryan has a B.A. from Princeton University (Chemistry), an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Emory University (Hebrew Bible). Prior to arriving at FPC, Ryan served as a Lecturer of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is married to Jamie Butcher, who is a PC(USA) pastor in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. They have an energetic and playful toddler named Leo. In his free time, Ryan enjoys running, biking, and cooking. He is originally from southeastern Pennsylvania and suffers from a life-long love of Philadelphia sports teams.

Dr. Jens Korndoerfer
Director, Worship, the Arts, and Organist

Dr. Jens Korndoerfer
Director, Worship, the Arts, and Organist

Office: 404.228.7731

Originally from Germany, Jens holds degrees in church music and organ from prestigious universities in four countries and has performed extensively to critical acclaim on three continents (see www.jenskorndoerfer.com for more information). He is passionate about connecting with other people through a large variety of music and strives to continuously develop his and other people’s artistic talents for the glory of God.

Jens decided to study church music after taking part in a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. His studies took him to prestigious schools first in his native Germany, then in France, Canada and the USA. After serving as organist in residence at the Concert Hall in Sapporo, Japan, in 2005, he has concertized extensively on three continents (including Westminster Abbey in London, Notre Dame in Paris, Cultural Center in Hong Kong, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, National Cathedral in Washington, and St. Thomas 5th Ave in New York, please see www.jenskorndoerfer.com for more information).

Jens is passionate about sharing his love for all kinds of music through concerts, teaching, and his ministry at FPC. Visitors are always welcome in the organ loft for a demonstration of the beautiful organ and/or to play themselves!

In addition to their love for music, Jens and his wife Julia (who is an organist as well – they met during an organ competition) like travelling, biking, movies and wine.

Craig Anderson
Director, Facilities

Craig Anderson
Director, Facilities

Office: 404.228.7752

Craig Anderson was raised in Foley, Alabama, the oldest of three children. In 1987, he married Ann, his wife of 27 years. They met when he was in Navy flight training in Pensacola, Florida. They have 2 daughters Leigh, 25, and Erin, 22. Craig received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. He was a naval officer for 7½ years, district facility manager for Aramark, facility manager for Fort McPherson and Gillam prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church 12 years ago. His hobbies include scuba diving and golf.

Craig’s call to First Presbyterian Church came in 2003. He had been the facility manager at Fort Macpherson and Fort Gillam. He became an area manager for Griffin Services and his first visit was to a property management meeting at First Presbyterian Church. He discovered that the facility manager at the time was not doing a very good job. He came down to work some of those issues out and the facility manager resigned. Craig came to work on an interim basis and has been here for 12 years.

Craig grew up in a small town in south Alabama. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1981. At that time he was in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he spent three years aboard the aircraft carrier USS America where he was the main engines division and navigation division officer. He got accepted to naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida. While in flight training he met his wife of 27 years, Anne. They moved to Atlanta in 1988. Since moving to Atlanta he has been vice-president of customer service at Servidyne, district manager facilities at Aramark and facility manager for Fort Macpherson and Fort Gillam.

Since becoming facility manager at First Presbyterian Church, Craig has used his expertise to reduce operating costs for the church and tried to instill a customer friendly attitude with his staff. He serves on the property management and futures committees.

John Kabashinski
Director, Communications

John Kabashinski
Director, Communications

Office: 404.228.7755

John leads all broadcast, web and print as well as live event and internal communications. He brings a passion and experience in broadcast production, media streaming and web design with award winning experience working for top entertainment companies like Turner Entertainment, MTV and CBS. He resides in Brookhaven with his beautiful wife Michelle and rescue dog Newton.

John’s responsibilities include leading all broadcast, web and print, as well as live event and internal communications. He brings to the position a wide array of experience in broadcast production, media streaming and web design and has worked for top entertainment companies, including Turner Broadcasting, MTV, CBS and many more. He is a three-time Emmy nominated writer, director and producer with over twenty years of experience creating across multiple platforms.

John graduated from Penn State with a degree in Finance and New York University in filmmaking and is a “born again southerner” having lived in Brookhaven for over twenty years. He is married to the beautiful Michelle, and they share life with rescue dog Newton.

Stephanie Lane
Director, Connections

Stephanie Lane
Director, Connections

Office: 404.228.7757

Stephanie Lane is a native of Atlanta and has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta since 1998. As Director of Connections, Stephanie manages church-wide events, focusing on hospitality, overseeing the new member process, and working to equip and integrate new members into the life of the church.

Stephanie Lane is a native of Atlanta and has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta since 1998. Stephanie joined the Staff of FPC as part of the transition team, supporting Rev. Joann M. Adams in her role as Interim Senior Pastor. Now, under the leadership of Rev. Tony Sundermeier, Stephanie has taken on the newly created post of Director of Connections, managing church-wide events, focusing on hospitality, overseeing the new member process, and working to equip and integrate new members into the life of the church.

“Every post I’ve had in my career has been the result of a connection with someone, so I fully understand and embrace the importance of relationships in this life, especially those which help us grow and deepen our spiritual development. Through classes, small groups, service projects, and times of fellowship, we find opportunities for meaningful connection with other members and with our friends and neighbors in the community.”

Peggy McCurdy
Director, Accounting

Peggy McCurdy
Director, Accounting

Office: 404.228.7707

Peggy received her B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1980. She is a CPA and worked in Public Accounting prior to coming on staff in 1991. Peggy is a native of Atlanta, a Presbyterian Elder, a Stephen Minister, and enjoys serving God in a variety of ways. Peggy and her husband Michael have two wonderful daughters and are enjoying their empty nest.

Peggy received her B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1980. She is a CPA and worked in Public Accounting prior to coming on staff in 1991. Peggy is a native of Atlanta, a Presbyterian Elder, a Stephen Minister, and enjoys serving God in a variety of ways. Peggy and her husband Michael have two wonderful daughters and are enjoying their empty nest. She enjoys traveling with Michael, reading, writing, and loves being outdoors.

Jay York
Director, Youth Ministry

Jay York
Director, Youth Ministry

Office: 404.228.7751

Jay York is a native Atlantan and a child of First Presbyterian Church. He is married to wife Erika, and is dad to twins Elsa and Davis. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Columbia Theological Seminary, Jay finds energy in daily interactions with young people, as he walks alongside youth in their discovery of a God who loves unconditionally.

Jay York is a native Atlantan and a child of First Presbyterian Church. He is married to wife Erika, and is dad to twins Elsa and Davis. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Columbia Theological Seminary, Jay finds energy in daily interactions with young people, as he walks alongside youth in their discovery of a God who loves unconditionally. In his free time, Jay enjoys working on the house, aquarium keeping, traveling, and photography. The York’s live in Peachtree Corners with their sweet mission trip mutt Hobart and lots of fish.

Sarah Kate Bumgarner
Director, Children’s Ministry

Sarah Kate Bumgarner
Director, Children’s Ministry

Office: 404.228.7709

Sarah Kate attended Presbyterian College, where she and husband Robert met. At PC she earned a double degree in Christian Education and Religion. She currently attends Columbia Theological Seminary part-time to earn a Masters of Practical Theology. Prior to coming to FPC, Sarah Kate served two other Atlanta-area churches in the capacity of children’s director, and feels a strong call in her life to ministering to children and their families.

Sarah Kate attended Presbyterian College, where she and husband Robert met. At PC she earned a double degree in Christian Education and Religion. She currently attends Columbia Theological Seminary part-time to earn a Masters of Practical Theology. Prior to coming to FPC, Sarah Kate served two other Atlanta-area churches in the capacity of children’s director, and feels a strong call in her life to ministering to children and their families.

Tricia Passuth
Director, Community Ministries

Tricia Passuth
Director, Community Ministries

Office: 404.228.7766

Tricia Passuth is Director of Community Ministries.

Tricia Passuth is Director of Community Ministries.

Kia Smith
Digital Specialist

Kia Smith
Digital Specialist

Office: 404.228.7704

Kia Smith is an experienced communications professional with experience in digital communications, print media and public relations. Prior to overseeing FPC’s digital communications, Kia managed the social media pages for Spelman College, worked as a freelance communications specialist and taught high school in metro-Atlanta.

Kia Smith oversees FPC digital communications, ensuring all platforms are active and engaging. Prior to joining the FPC staff in 2015, Kia managed Spelman College’s social media presence, worked as a freelance communications specialist and taught high school in metro-Atlanta. Kia holds a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College. When Kia is not engaging with digital media, she enjoys live music, good books and shared laughs with her son, Cameron.

Ginny Tarver
Executive Assistant, Senior Pastor

Ginny Tarver
Executive Assistant, Senior Pastor

Ginny is the Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor Tony Sundermeier. She and her husband, Brandon, reside in the Greater Atlanta area.

Ginny is the Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor Tony Sundermeier. She and her husband, Brandon, reside in the Greater Atlanta area.

Sheila Daniely
Executive Assistant, Executive Pastor

Sheila Daniely
Executive Assistant, Executive Pastor

Office: 404.228.7703

Sheila is the Manager of Administration and Executive Assistant to Rebekah LeMon.

Sheila has been working at FPC for about 4 years and she loves it!  Sheila is a Georgia Peach, and she loves to travel.  She is married to her wonderful John, and they have a son, John.

JoAnn Regruto
Director, Weekday Preschool

JoAnn Regruto
Director, Weekday Preschool

JoAnn holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and an MBA in Finance. After several years in the corporate world JoAnn began her career in education, receiving her teaching certification from Mercer University. Her true passion, working with children, was fostered by the opportunity to teach in wonderful schools at different grade. JoAnn believes it is an educator’s responsibility to motivate students and empower them so that they have an intrinsic desire and the confidence to learn and seek answers.

A native of New York (Long Island), JoAnn, her husband and their three children have lived in the south for 27 years, 21 of those in Atlanta.  She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and from Adelphi University with an MBA in Finance.  After several years in the corporate world JoAnn began her career in education, receiving her teaching certification from Mercer University.  Her true passion, working with children, was fostered by the opportunity to teach in wonderful schools at different grade levels from preschool through high school. JoAnn believes it is an educator’s responsibility to motivate students and empower them so that they have an intrinsic desire and the confidence to learn and seek answers. She wants to create an environment that builds a strong foundation and allow a child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning.  She understands that teaching is a collaborative profession which involves working with other education professionals, students, families and communities to foster curiosity, confidence and a love for learning that comes from within the students and supported by others.  In addition, JoAnn strives to create a safe, secure and caring environment where students know that their ideas and opinions will be respected by the teacher and the class.  She encourages her peer educators to model the qualities we are trying to teach and instill in these young minds so they can build their own core set of values.