Leadership

Pastor – Michael Birbeck

Mike Birbeck serves as the Lead Pastor at FPC. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Cairn University, and his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to FPC, he served as a Pastoral Assistant and Youth Director in churches near Philadelphia, PA and Boston, MA.

Mike is passionate about participatory leadership, the centrality of worship, spiritual formation through holistic Christian education and discipleship, evangelism that is sensitive to the current American context, and compassion ministry that flows out of and demonstrates the gracious love of Christ. Mike and his wife, Jessica, enjoy reading, hiking, and their spunky dog named Rocky. Jessica is a Registered Nurse and works at the local hospital.

 

Director of Music Ministry – Marian Miller

Marian Miller holds degrees in organ and piano from Oberlin College, Eastman School of Music, and the Mazarteum of Salzburg, Austria. She has concertized extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, performing as a solo artist and accompanist. She has played for and directed choral, instrumental, and handbell groups in various churches and trains and mentors musicians in small congregations. In addition to serving at First Presbyterian Church Wellsboro, she is a faculty member of Mansfield University and serves as the accompanist for Mansfield University Festival Chorus, Hamilton-Gibson choirs, and Wednesday Morning Musicals.

Marian and her husband, Larry, have lived in Wellsboro for the past twenty years. They have three sons and four grandchildren. Marian says, “We feel truly blessed to be part of this wonderful Wellsboro community.” Our congregation has been richly blessed by her prayerful leadership of our music ministry since joining our staff in 2017.

 

Church Bookkeeper – Lou Ann Hart

Lou Ann joined our staff as bookkeeper in August 2015.  She was born and raised in Tioga County.  After graduating from Newport Business Institute with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration in 1997, she went to work for the Borough of Tioga.  For the last several years she and her husband have traveled extensively and enjoyed their grandchildren.  Lou Ann and her husband have two children and have lived in Wellsboro since May, 1973.

 

Office/ Building Manager – Carol Barrett

 Carol joined our staff in September 2016.  She was born and raised in Wellsboro.  Carol has worked for Law Offices and Financial Institutions in Tioga County since 1997.   Carol graduated from Newport Business Institute receiving an Associate’s Degree in Legal Secretarial.  Carol and her  husband (Leland) have two children, Bart and his wife, (Katrina) and Holly, four grandchildren, Braxton, Bentley, Wyatt and Lynlee, and two furbabies,  Bear and Corky. They all reside in Wellsboro. Carol and her family enjoy the outdoors and all sports.