Church Staff

  • Jon Conant
    Associate 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 Evans
    Youth 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 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,  and a mentoring program.


    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,  and he helps to coordinate our fellowship opportunities.


    In his free time, Jon loves to be outdoors, especially in the woods and mountains where he enjoys hiking, 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.


  • Cara Hachten
    Office Manager

    Cara Hachten is the office manager for First Presbyterian Church. She became connected to FPC in 2018 through the Danvers Campus, now Center Grace Church. 


    Originally from Maine, Cara is an active saxophonist and woodwind doubler. She graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia with degrees in music performance and communications. She returned to New England and received her master’s degree in saxophone performance from Boston University. In addition to working at FPC, Cara works in the fundraising and development office at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 


    Outside of work, Cara enjoys skiing, baking, and sewing. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, just north of Boston. 

  • Heather Hills
    Children'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 former 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.

  • Esther Baird
    Director of Women's Ministries

    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.

  • Maureen Oh
    Music Director

    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.



From the time of Abraham, God’s church has been led by elders, men gifted by God and called to govern his church. First Presbyterian Church, North Shore follows this same biblical model. Our local church elders (ruling elders), along with our pastors (teaching elders), form the “Session.” The pastors and elders share in the leadership of the church and the shepherding of God’s people.

Our Elders

We are blessed that Jesus Christ has raised up these men to faithfully serve FPC as our local church elders.


Jeff Azadian

Russ Camp

Jon Evans

Rob Joss


George Papanicolau

Russ Queen
Greg Smith
Meirwyn Walters

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.



Our Deacons

We are blessed that Jesus Christ has raised up these men and women to faithfully serve FPC as our local church deacons.


Ken Harding

Dan Janssen

Randy Rydbeck

Mark Panjwani

             Pam Whitmore

             Kate McMillan


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