Church Staff

Rev. Emily Riley Campbell

Senior Minister

Duration: 2006 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 113

Appointed as Senior Minister, effective June 26, 2019, Emily’s role here at the church includes a little bit of everything: preaching, worship leadership, Bible teacher and pastoral care. She is also the pastoral liaison for the Deacons, all Mission Committees, and the Christian Nurture committee.

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 Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. She was ordained in June of 1997. For five years, Emily served as the Associate Pastor for St. Paul’s Parish Church in Milngavie, (a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland).

Emily met her husband, Doug, at seminary (he is also a Presbyterian minister currently serving as the Executive Director of Hope Medical Clinic in Ypsilanti). After their marriage in July of 1997, the couple relocated to Scotland and lived there for 9 years residing first in Glasgow and later in Edinburgh. Both of their children, Sarah and Hannah, were born in Scotland.

Emily loves to travel, read, cook, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends.

Rev. Ashley S. Ashley

Associate Minister

Duration: Began Dec. 1, 2020
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 112

Ashley joined FPCP on Dec. 1st, 2020 upon completion of her dual Master of Divinity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Master of Social Work at The University of Pittsburgh.

In her new role as Associate Pastor, Ashley will work closely with the Deacons and with Christian Nurture activities.  In addition to preaching regularly, Ashley will provide pastoral care and support to FPCP’s members.

On Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, Ashley was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, also known as a Teaching Elder, in a worship service hosted by Pittsburgh Presbytery at the Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, PA.  This was the congregation Ashley served as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries prior to seminary.

Ashley and her husband Brendan moved to Plymouth from Pittsburgh, PA.  Their family includes their cat (Augie, which is short for Augustine, like the church father). Ashley and Brendan spend their time reading, repeatedly watching the television show “The Office,” and playing board games. Recently, Ashley took up boxing, and has found it to be a fun workout and a great stress release. As a native Washingtonian, Ashley especially loves coffee, and she has already deemed the mocha at the Plymouth Coffee Bean as delicious. Ashley also enjoys exploring local neighborhoods, and she is looking forward to hearing about all the places to enjoy around here. 

Dr. Jerry J. Smith

Director of Music Ministries

Duration: 2001 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 119

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.

Beth Hurley

Interim Director of Children's Ministries

Duration: January 1st, 2022 – present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext: 110

Beth is the Interim Director of Children’s Ministries.

As Interim Director of Children’s Ministries, Beth coordinates, participates in, and oversees all aspects of young children’s programs, infant through grade 5. Beth helps develop the calendar and yearly budget for Christian Nurture, maintains Sunday School registration, directs the Vacation Bible School (VBS), recruits Sunday School teachers and executes teacher training. She also writes articles for the bulletin, coordinates children’s mission projects with the mission committees, and plans special events to include children in worship, including coordinating the integration of music into Sunday School.  Beth works directly with the Family Ministry team, the Christian Nurture committee, and the mid-week Bridge program, as well as supervises the Young Child Care Coordinator.

Geff Phillips

Upper Room Worship Leader

Duration: Started 10/14/2018
Phone: 734-453-6464

We welcome Geff Phillips as our new Upper Room Worship Leader. He is no stranger to First Presbyterian of Plymouth as he has served as a substitute in the Upper Room on numerous occasions.

Geff studied music and business at the University of Michigan (Dearborn). He sings and plays a variety of instruments. Although this is his first time as an “on-staff” worship leader, Geff grew up in the church and over the years has served as musician/vocalist at Bass Lake Family Camp, Christus Victor Lutheran (Dearborn Heights), Northridge (Saline Campus), Alpha Baptist (Livonia) and Life Church Canton and Livonia.

Married for over 30 years to Nancy Phillips, Geff lives just a few blocks from First Presbyterian where he and his wife have raised their three adult children.

Geff’s Philosophy on Worship Leading and Music

“My goal as a Worship Leader is to inspire others to let their emotional guard down to sing and join in the praise of God. I have played music my entire life because it allows for spiritual and emotional connection. I find it fulfilling to share music and humor to engage and inspire people to sing. I hope my musical versatility and faith will help the message of Christ to be heard by the people of First Presbyterian and throughout the world.”

Jennifer Hollebrands

Information Administrator

Duration: 2021 – present
Phone: ext. 115

Hi, I am Jennifer Hollebrands. I am an Eastern Michigan University graduate with a degree in Language, Literature, and Writing. I grew up as the daughter of a Nazarene pastor in South Haven, MI. Thus, I am accustomed to life in a church and the culture that comes with it. I am thrilled to be working in this environment and to be helping to further God’s work! You can find me in the office that reads “Publications Dept. should you need help with anything! Also, I will be the one collecting announcements for the weekly bulletin and Friday’s email.


I look forward to getting to know all of you through our interactions!

Stewart Dodge

Church Business Administrator

Duration: 2013 – Present
Phone: 734-453-6464, ext. 116

Miles Woolridge

Director of Communications and Technology

Duration: 2021- Present
Phone:  ext. 111

The Director of Communications and Technology is responsible for supporting the church’s overall communication activities, including the main Facebook pages for the church, the FPCP website, Livestreaming services, and assisting with web-, graphic- and Audio/Visual/zoom-related requests.


Hi, I’m Miles Woolridge. Graduate of Lawrence Technological University with a bachelor’s in audio engineering. People that get to know me would say I’m honest and hard-working. It’s in my blood to work hard and to do it right, no matter how many times I might mess up. I learned that the hard way and it made me into who I am today. I’m one of the lucky ones that grew up having everything, to then lose it the next because sometimes life isn’t fair. But that molded me to be a strong and honest man, so I might look annoyed or intimidating but that is just my exterior. I like to smile, I like to laugh and I love the life God has given me.

Sue Scott

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.