Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier
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
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. Kevin Knab
Associate Pastor for Care
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
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 & Young Adults
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 / Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta (SCCA)
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.
Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
Stembler Scholar & Director of Biblical & Theological Studies
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.
Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett
Director of Global Mission
Greg serves as the Director of Global Mission. He studied at the University of Denver (2007, MA, Int’l Studies) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2015, M.Div.) Greg has lived and worked in Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Prior to coming to FPC, Greg was the General Manager for Presbyterian World Mission, the mission agency for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett serves as the Director of Global Mission, helping to support and oversee the global mission efforts of First Presbyterian in Brazil, Honduras, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and Kenya, as well as partnerships in the greater Atlanta Area related to global ministries. Before joining the staff, Greg served as the General Manager for Presbyterian World Mission, where he supported more than 150 mission workers serving in more than 40 countries around the world. Greg also previously served as the International Field Operations Manager for Healing Waters International, a faith-based non-profit that partners with local churches in developing countries to provide safe drinking water solutions. Greg loves working with church members and partnering with global church partners to participate in God’s mission around the world. Greg is married to his amazing wife Jessica, an educator, and together with Jessica is the father of Esther, a gregarious, thoughtful and curious girl who loves art, singing and traveling with her family. The Allen-Picketts live in Decatur with a ridiculous lab-beagle mix dog named Luna.
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.
Sarah Kate Bumgarner
Director of Children’s and Family Ministries
Director of Children’s and Family Ministries
Director of Children’s and Family Ministries
Director of Small Groups and Adult Bible Studies
Allison helps to organize, implement and sometimes even lead our small groups at FPC - Atlanta. She works closely with the Discipleship, Emerging Generations and Connections Ministries and truly enjoys the collaboration to “equip our saints.” In her off time, Allison is house manager and primary care giver in the Cochran household consisting of two sons – Holt (15) and Smith (13) and a husband – Webb.
Allison is not only a member of staff, but is also a member of FPC – Atlanta (since 1996). As a lay leader, Allison was involved with various ministries including serving in the Young Adult Program, teaching fourth grade Sunday School, participating and facilitating in the Disciple, Renew and Covenant bible studies, chairing the weekday preschool board, serving as moderator of PW and serving on different pastor search committees. She also served as an elder on the Session from 2001 to 2004. These experiences ignited a passion in Allison for learning, teaching and “equipping the saints,” and she is excited to be part of a ministry focused on that aspect of spiritual development for our congregants.
Allison is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised in First Presbyterian Church there. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and began visiting FPC-Atlanta while in college. Allison is married to Webb Cochran and has two sons: Holt (15) and Smith (13).
Manager of Administration
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.
Director of Communications
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.
Dr. Jens Korndoerfer
Director of Worship & Arts, Organist
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.
Director of Connections
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.”
Assistant to the Pastor and Director of Connections
Since 2015, Katie Law has worked as the Assistant to the Pastor and Director of Connections.
Katie Law is Assistant to the Pastor and Connections Coordinator at First Presbyterian. Originally from Florida, Katie has recently relocated to Atlanta after living in Europe for the past ten years, where she spent time working for various non-profits and in academic administration. She enjoys reading, cooking, being outdoors, and traveling. She lives in Atlanta with her five year old daughter, Elizabeth, who is a big fan of dinosaurs, Legos, and tree climbing.
Director of Accounting
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.
Director of Community Ministries
Tricia Passuth is Director of Community Ministries.
Tricia Passuth is Director of Community Ministries.
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.
Director of Youth and College Ministries
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.