- Greg HillsLead Pastor & Ipswich Campus Pastor
Pastor Greg Hills brings a wide variety of experience to First Presbyterian Church. After graduating from North Carolina State University, he worked as an engineer in corporate America for seven years. Hearing the call to pastoral ministry, he then completed his Masters degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in 1996 for four years of Christian work on foreign field. In 2001, he returned to the states and joined the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church where he has faithfully served to this day.
Greg’s many activities at the church reflect his diverse background: preaching, teaching, leadership training, and spiritual gifts assessment to name a few. But his deepest passions are for global missions and developing vision and direction for the church.
In his free time, Greg enjoys skiing, watching movies, and outdoor activities with his wife and partner in ministry, Heather. Greg’s children are: Andrew, Collin, Jonathan, Benjamin, Mackenzie, and Paige.
- Derek BakerDanvers Campus Pastor
Derek has been with FPC since 2008 when he graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2010 he was ordained and as part of the church’s vision to have “More People, More Like Christ.” He was brought on staff with a view to launching a second campus. In September 2015, Derek and his family, along with 70 passionate people were sent out from our Ipswich Campus, to launch our Danvers Campus.
Derek and his wife Brooke were married in July 1999 and they have a daughter, Haley, and three sons, Haddon, Hudson and Holden. Brooke is a teacher by training, tutors students in math part time, and serves at the Danvers Campus in many capacities. Derek and Brooke have lived in a variety of places on the North Shore during their years here, but most recently they have moved to Ipswich. Prior to their time here, they lived in Austin, Texas where Derek worked for a college ministry organization called ECHO. It was during his later years with this group that he began training and preaching and felt called to attend seminary for further education.
Derek enjoys soccer, running, music, playing his guitar, reading good books, watching good movies, hiking and camping.
- Jon ConantAssociate Pastor
Jonathan Conant joined the staff at First Presbyterian Church in 2018 as an Associate Pastor. He grew up in Maine and came to the North Shore to study music at Gordon College. Jonathan met his wife Jennifer at Gordon where they were fellow music majors and occasional dramatic love interests. They graduated and were married in 2005. Jonathan graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2017 with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling.
Jon and his wife Jen began attending FPC in the fall of 2010. Jen is a music educator, an active mezzo-soprano in the greater Boston area, and a full time Mom to three awesome kids: Jeremiah, Isaac, and Isabelle. Jonathan is passionate about following Jesus, being a husband and a father, preaching, teaching, counseling, discipling, and the role of music in worship.
Jonathan loves all things New England and is an avid Patriots fan. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, playing racquetball, working on cars, discussing theology, spiritual formation and mental health issues, and singing Renaissance choral music.
- Jon EvansYouth Director & Church Administrator
Jon Evans is one energetic guy. Under his leadership for the past 26 years, our middle and high school youth program has become one of the “signature” ministries at First Presbyterian.
Jon co-leads a team of about 20 volunteers on a whirlwind schedule of regular activities including youth group meetings, Sunday school, Bible studies, outreach events, mission trips, summer camps, concerts, amusement parks – the list goes on.
A theme verse for our youth ministry is Mark 12:29-31 as it encourages us to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves” says Jon. “It guides us in our growth in our relationship with God and it guides us in how to love others as well. I love to see students grow from wherever they are in their faith, to the next step in their faith. We see this happen in a variety of ways as we have the privilege of being involved in their lives.”
Jon is especially convicted about involving teens in worship. Students are involved in helping to lead regular youth worship events and they are often involved in helping to lead worship in our regular Sunday morning worship services.
On the administrative side of things, Jon works with the Trustees in the care for, scheduling and maintenance of the church facilities, he oversees all aspects of technology for the Ipswich campus and he helps to coordinate our fellowship opportunities.
In his limited free time, Jon loves to be outdoors, especially in the woods and mountains where he enjoys hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Otherwise, you may see him and Jo, his wife of 29 years, cruising around the North Shore in their classic Chevy pickup truck.
Jon and Jo have a daughter, Shelby, and two dogs, Buddy the large and in charge Golden Doodle and Penny the mini Golden Doodle.
- Esther BairdDirector of Women's Ministries, Ipswich Campus
Esther Baird is the Director of Women's Ministries as well as the FPC Transforms Coordinator. She has been a member at the church since 2003. Raised in Philadelphia, both she and her husband Les went on to attend and graduate from Wheaton College outside of Chicago, IL. Esther received her M.Div at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010. Esther is a part time writer and has written a humor/life column in local newspapers for more than 10 years.
Esther sees the need of the women in the church, and the community, to be connected both to each other and most importantly to Jesus. She feels that the culture we live in pushes women towards unattainable goals of a false perfection. It is her desire, along with the other talented Women’s Ministry Leads, to point women to what truly will satisfy them — a personal relationship with Jesus in whom they can find true fulfillment, joy and acceptance through faith in Him.
Esther, Les and their two daughters, Abby and Riley, live in Boxford. Esther enjoys reading, traveling, driving her kids around for endless endless hours (ok she doesn't really love that), and walking their two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Blue and Moose.
- Heather HillsChildren's Ministry Director
Heather has been attending FPC since 2003 and has been involved in many areas of church life including leading women’s bible studies, running our girl’s club, and being on the VBS leadership team. She became the Children’s Ministry Director in 2020 and has a passion for partnering with church families as they raise their kids to be disciples of Christ.
Heather grew up in Ireland as a Missionary Kid before her family moved to Maryland where she became a Pastor’s Kid. She graduated from Gordon College with a BA in Business Administration and worked in various office positions. She also taught piano lessons to children for 12 years.
Heather met our Lead Pastor, Greg Hills at FPC and their love story continues today. They were married in 2005 and have two daughters Mackenzie and Paige, bringing the family total to six kids. Together they are committed to their love of the church at FPC and worldwide missions.
Heather enjoys tennis, gardening, and DIY projects as well as keeping their extended family connected.
- Maureen OhMusic Director, Ipswich Campus
Maureen has been the Music Director for First Presbyterian since 1989. Maureen began taking piano lessons in third grade in Korea. Ever since then she has been involved in some form of musical activity from choirs, to accompanying, to playing in chamber music. Maureen studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and she graduated with her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
As part of her role with First Presbyterian, Maureen plays the organ and piano for the traditional and blended services. She also directs the choirs, arranges the offertory music and is a member of the worship committee.
Maureen and her husband Dan live in Beverly and have two adult daughters. In addition to her role at FPC, Maureen teaches music at the North Shore Christian School, Beacon Campus and gives piano lessons at home. She enjoys being one of the mentors for the church’s Mom to Mom ministry and in her spare time Maureen loves watching Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox games.
- Jennifer MooreOffice Manager, Ipswich & Danvers Campus
Jen Moore is the office manager for First Presbyterian and is often the first voice you hear or the first smile you see when contacting the church. She is a graduate of George Fox University, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Jen also has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Prior to working at First Presbyterian, she worked in Student Development as a Resident Director at King College in Tennessee.
Jen has served in various ministries of the church including the Young Adult Ministry, Women’s Ministries, Prayer Ministry Team, and the Danvers Campus Vision Team. Having a heart for missions and a passion for travel, Jen has served in Brazil and Ukraine and has had the pleasure of being a leader on one of the youth mission trips to Voice of Calvary Ministries. Her passion for travel has taken her to 15 countries and 44 states.
Jen and her husband David live in Exeter, NH. Jen enjoys baking, photography, travel and seeking out new cultures and new cuisines, genealogy and researching her family history, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She considers it a pleasure and blessing to serve both the staff and congregation of First Presbyterian.
- Anna HadornAssistant Youth Director, Ipswich
Since coming to First Presbyterian Church in the Spring of 2015 Anna Hadorn has brought a lot of life and excitement to our Youth Ministry program. Anna began a relationship with Jesus through Young Life, and was compelled by that experience to use her life to show Jesus to lost people.
As our assistant Youth Director, Anna leads and directs our high school ministry, co-ordinates regular youth service and missions opportunities, serves with our middle school ministry, helps to organize our winter retreats and middle school Deerwander camp, and she intentionally disciples many of our female students.
Anna loves the privilege of being a part of students’ lives and she considers her role at FPC to be her dream job! She very much enjoys the privilege of planning weird and wacky activities for Youth Group as well.
Anna lives in Ipswich and enjoys exploring the North Shore, hiking, gardening, coffee, music, dogs, and anything with good food.
- Nathaniel LeePastoral Apprentice, Danvers Campus
Nathaniel serves as the Pastoral Apprentice at the Danvers campus. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, he went on to receive a degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. After graduating in 2017, Nathaniel married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Brynna, and moved to South Hamilton, where he is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Nathaniel works alongside the Danvers Campus pastor and coordinates youth, local outreach, and connecting with visitors.
Nathaniel feels called to pastoral ministry and global missions, and has a passion for ministering to the marginalized, oppressed, and unreached. In his spare time, Nathaniel enjoys hiking, tennis, admiring Christopher Nolan movies, reading theology, and watching basketball.
We are blessed that Jesus Christ has raised up these men to faithfully serve FPC as our local church elders.
Jeff Azadian, Ipswich
Nate Blosser, Danvers
Russ Camp, Ipswich
Jon Evans, Ipswich
Rob Joss, Ipswich
Rich Mulley, Danvers
Dan Oh, Ipswich
George Papanicolau, Ipswich
Russ Queen, Ipswich
Elders Shepherding Responsibilities
At FPC our elders desire to be actively involved in the lives of our members by encouraging and assisting them in their spiritual growth. One means of doing this is through our Elder Care Groups where each particular elder connects with certain individuals and families at their respective campus, and checks in on them for prayer, conversation and encouragement. If you are interested in finding out more about how to become connected with one of our elders, please see one of the pastors or contact the church office.
The deacons lead the church in its display of the great compassion of Christ through ministries of mercy within the church, and in our local community.
We are blessed that Jesus Christ has raised up these men and women to faithfully serve FPC as our local church deacons.
Ken Harding, Ipswich
Dan Janssen, Ipswich
Russ Queen, Ipswich
Randy Rydbeck, Ipswich
Rob Van Cleef, Ipswich
Randy Van Dyke, Danvers
John David Bower, Danvers
Mark Panjwani, Ipswich
Pam Whitmore, Ipswich
Kate McMillan, Ipswich
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