Church Staff

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Rev. Anne Schaefer

Interim Senior Minister

Duration: Effective Dec. 1, 2016
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 112
Email: anneschaefer[at]fpcp.net

Rev. Anne Schaefer has accepted a contract to serve as Interim Pastor / Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church Plymouth, effective December 1, 2016. For the two years prior to joining FPCP, Anne served as Interim Pastor / Head of Staff of Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church in Livonia, MI. 

Anne’s undergraduate work was completed at Albion College. She received her M. Divinity degree from McCormick Seminary in 1983. In addition, Anne has completed graduate studies in clinical psychology. She is a licensed social worker (MSW) for the State of Michigan. 

Anne describes herself as seeking to learn the culture of the church and to work with and build on that. She affirms that she believes in Jesus Christ as her savior and that she has a personal relationship with God through Him. She affirms, too, that the church has a responsibility to uphold and model strong, wholesome values while sharing the love, forgiveness and grace of God.  As well, she attests that “A church can only be healthy when it recognizes Christ as the one and only motivation for all that it does.” 

Anne writes, “My style of preaching is one in which I present thoughts on God’s word to people and then hopefully send them home to allow those thoughts to incubate to a place where they actually change people’s lives.” Family involvement is very important to her; she likes to bring families to church together. She loves teaching Bible study! 

Anne has two grown daughters; they live in Orchard Lake, Michigan. 

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Rev. Emily Campbell

Associate Minister

Duration: 2006 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 113
Email: emilycampbell[at]fpcp.net

Serving as Associate Minister, Emily’s role here at the church includes leading worship and pastoral care. Her responsibilities also include Deacons and Mission.

Emily was born and brought up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Following that degree, Emily received her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. For five years, Emily served as the Associate Pastor for St. Paul’s Parish Church in Milngavie (a suburb of Glasgow).

Emily met her husband Doug at seminary (he is also a Presbyterian minister and is a native of Plymouth). After their marriage in 1997, the couple lived and worked in Scotland. Following the birth of their first child, Doug and Emily relocated to Edinburgh and Emily stayed at home for four years, ministering fulltime to their two children, Sarah and Hannah.

Emily enjoys travel, cooking, movies, and, most importantly, spending time with her family.

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Rev. Linda Cochran

Assistant Minister

Duration: Begins 01/18/2017
Phone: 734-453-6464 ext. 117
Email: lindacochran[at]fpcp.net

Rev. Cochran will begin serving as Assistant Minister – Family Development at FPCP on Jan. 18, 2017.

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Dr. Jerry J. Smith

Director of Music Ministries

Duration: 2001 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 119
Email: jerrysmith[at]fpcp.net

Jerry served as the Minister of Music and Worship in a number of settings for over 52 years, including positions at Trinity Baptist, Redford Baptist and Ward Presbyterian Churches prior to joining First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth. Jerry serves as the coordinator of worship, including oversight of all special music for the worship services and overseeing all music organizations at FPCP. Jerry also serves as the Director of the Chancel Choir.

Jerry is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has earned a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Education at U of M.

Jerry is married to Sharon, who is a professional pianist and accompanist at FPCP. They have 3 adult children, Darrell, Kimberly and Carole.

In addition to the church, Jerry has taught in public schools throughout Metro Detroit. He served as the Director of Music at Bentley High School in Livonia from 1959-1985. Jerry also enjoys reading and traveling in his spare time.

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Josh Imboden

Director of Youth Ministries

Duration: 2014 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 120
Email: joshimboden[at]fpcp.net

As Director of Youth Ministries, Josh coordinates the middle and high school ministries at the church, which includes Monday night middle school fellowship, Sunday night high school fellowship, fall and winter retreats and special activity nights, and the annual mission trip.

Josh has been working with youth since shortly graduating from high school. It is his joy and passion to see teenagers lives transformed.

Even though Josh was born in Northern California, he spent two years in Edmonton, Alberta attending Taylor University studying religion and theology. He then transferred back to Northern California to finish at William Jessup University with a degree in Christian Leadership.

When Josh is not doing ministry, he loves playing and watching sports, spending time with friends, traveling, movies and photography.

Random “Favorite” tidbits: Vacation place – Disneyland. Character – Donald Duck.  Christian band – Family Force 5. Place to eat – Chick-fil-A.

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Victoria Barkoff

Director of Children's Ministries

Duration: 2012 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 110
Email: victoriabarkoff[at]fpcp.net

Victoria oversees the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs, as well as Young Child Ministry. She has been an active church member since 1997, including serving on the Local Mission Committee while on Session from 2006-2009 and volunteering for Sunday School and VBS.

Victoria graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1992 with a BS in Biology, after which she attended Hahnemann University (now DrexelHahnemann) in Philadelphia, PA to earn her Masters in Physical Therapy.

Victoria married Larry Barkoff in 1997. They live in Plymouth with their three daughters, Sophia, Zoe and Charlotte, and a dog named Loki, and often walk to church.

Victoria loves to study history, theology and various miscellany. Her other interests include gardening, reading, walking and riding her bike.

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Audrey Goodison

Child Care Coordinator

Duration: March 2016 – present
Phone: 734-453-6464
Email: audreygoodison[at]fpcp.net

Audrey has been a sixth grade teacher for six years. She is currently in her ninth year of teaching.  Teaching and working with children has been her passion, and she can’t wait to share that passion with the families here at FPCP.

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Hussein Latif

Partnership Liaison

Duration: 2011 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464
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Hussein is married to Esther, and together, they have 3 boys: Mark, Arthur and Nathan.

Hussein graduated from the University of Malawi, Polytechnic in 1998 with a diploma in Architectural Technology. He joined the civil service as a secondary school teacher in January 2002. He resigned in August 2003 to continue studying, joining the African Bible College in August 2003.  Hussein graduated in June 2007 with a BA in Biblical Studies and a double minor in Mass Communication and Christian Education.

Hussein worked with college students at the Polytechnic in Blantyre in evangelism and discipleship from 2007 to 2009, then with the Yao people (who are predominantly Muslim) in Mangochi from 2009 to 2011. He took time off to study, and he is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership at the African Bible College.

From January 2011 to present, he has worked for the partnership of Mtenthera and FPCP as its coordinator. He is a founding member of the Ebenezer Institute of Learning, an elementary school level for the congregation of Nkhoma CCAP. He currently serves as a board chairman for the school.

Hussein’s hobbies include reading, music, movies, learning new things, and growing things, among many other things.

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Bekah Greenman

Upper Room & Youth Worship Leader

Duration:  Effective Dec. 1, 2016
Phone: 734-453-6464
Email: bekahgreenman[at]fpcp.net

As the contemporary worship leader, Bekah leads and organizes all music for the upper room service. She also works with the Youth Worship Team, challenging them to grow both musically and spiritually as they lead their peers in worship. 

Bekah has been leading worship since high school but started working as a worship leader toward the beginning of college. She received her Bachelor of Music in 2015 from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in classical guitar performance.

While God developed a love for music in Bekah at a young age, it wasn’t until early high school that He began to give her a passion for worship and for Himself. She lives every day seeking the peace and satisfaction that is only found in having a relationship with Jesus. As a worship leader, Bekah finds immense joy in being able to lead others in worship in such a way that their relationship with God is strengthened and renewed. 

Bekah married her husband Matt in 2012. Matt also works in ministry and has a passion for drawing families closer to each other and to God. They live in Livonia with their cat Nala and love the Red Wings, wakeboarding, and playing music together.

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Julie Thompson

General Office / Information Administrator

Duration: September 2016 – present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext. 115
Email: juliethompson[at]fpcp.net

Julie is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  She has spent the past 10 years very actively involved in both the Livonia and Michigan PTA.  

Julie was confirmed as a member here at FPCP. She and her husband Bruce were also married here.  Both their children were baptized and confirmed here at FPCP.  Her son Josh is a student at Grand Valley State University and daughter Emily is a student at Livonia Franklin High school.  

Julie’s responsibilities include assisting ministers and staff in information research, database creation and maintenance and other digital information related tasks. She is also responsible for creating the weekly bulletins.  In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, baking, crafting and running with Bruce.

 

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Stewart Dodge

Church Business Administrator

Duration: 2013 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext. 116
Email: studodge[at]fpcp.net

Susan Underhill

Susan Underhill

Communications Administrator

Duration: 2012 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext. 111
Email: susanunderhill[at]fpcp.net

Susan’s role as Communication Administrator includes supporting the church’s overall communication activities, including the main Facebook pages for the church, the FPCP website, the church calendar, and assisting with web-, graphic- and A/V-related requests.

Susan has worked with the clergy and music staff in support of the Upper Room service since October 2009, providing audio/visual support, video development and technical support, as well as VBS, music programs, Worship, Mission and various youth programs. 

Susan is an ordained Elder, serving in the past on the Stewardship and the Communications Committees.  She has sung in the Chancel Choir and the 5th Season Ladies Ensemble, and participated in the Bridge Midweek Ministries, as well as chaperoned various high school mission trips.

Susan is a graduate of Michigan State University in English Education in 1987, after which she taught English and Social Studies for 2 years, followed by 19 years working at Toyota Technical Center, USA as Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, and Communications Specialist. She has also received a certificate of Graphic Design Technology from Washtenaw Community College (2006).

Susan has been married to her husband, Todd, since 1989. They have two children, Breana, who is studying nursing at Oakland Univ., and Mathew, who is studying Psychology and Music at Alma College, as well two dogs: Pete and Josey.

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Sue Scott

Organist and Handbell Director

Duration: 1983 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464

Sue is responsible for musically leading the Sanctuary congregation in group worship and setting the tone and style of the service. She assists brides in constructing the musical portion of their worshipful wedding service. She also directs the Joyful Ringers Handbell choir, leading them to higher levels of musicality and skills, which includes regional festivals and workshops.

Sue began piano lessons at age five and advanced to the organ in high school, taking her first church position as a junior in high school. She’s served as organist in two American Baptist churches and a Lutheran Church in America church before coming to First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth in 1983.

Sue is married to the love of her life and has two grown children, three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. They all play an important part in her life.

Sue is a buyer for a syndicated catalog company and travels much of the first two months of the year. Although she loves travel, she’s happiest when she’s at the incredible organ at FPCP.

Sharon Smith

Sharon K. Smith

Assistant Organist/Accompanist

Duration: 2001 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464

In her role as Accompanist, Sharon supports the Chancel Choir and the Children’s choirs, as well as provides accompaniment for special music services and featured musicians. In her role as Assistant Organist, she supports the Sanctuary worship service several Sundays per year, as well as provides music for occasional weddings and funerals. Sharon is also the Director and Accompanist for the Fifth Season Women’s Ensemble.

Sharon attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as a Piano major. She then attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, also as a Piano major.

Sharon is married to Jerry Smith, Director of Music at FPCP. They have three children: Darrell, Kimberly (Swan) and Carole (Moon), and five grandchildren: Rebecca and Tyler Smith, Madison Moon, and Devon and Nathan Swan.

Sharon has been a piano teacher for over 40 years. She thoroughly enjoys being a grandmother, and is very closely involved in the lives of her family. Apart from music, Sharon’s other special interests include reading, cooking and shopping.