PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Betty Burrell
As a member of the Pastor Nominating Committee, Betty comes as a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. She currently teaches special education at York One Academy in York, South Carolina, serving students 5th through 12th grades in an alternative school setting, after a 27-year career working with Gaston County Schools. Betty sings in the sanctuary choir and is a member of the Thrive Team. She has previously served as an Elder and a Deacon, and has also served on the Worship and Music Committee, most recently from 2017-2019. Betty has served on the Missions Committee, Children’s Committee, chair of the Youth Committee, and taught first grade and adult Sunday School classes. In addition, she has also served on the PWS Advisory Committee and served on the implementation team for the formation of the Thrive Service. For Betty, family, service, and singing are the places that she finds the greatest joy in her walk of faith.  She believes that the leadership of the Pastor Nominating Committee requires patience, discernment, vision, and inspiration.  These will be guiding principles when selecting our new pastor.
Will Current
Will reports that First Presbyterian has always been his spiritual home, having been baptized, confirmed, married, ordained, and witnessed the baptism of his four children in our sanctuary. It is within First Presbyterian Church that Will has worshipped, prayed, celebrated, studied, mourned, and served. He has served as a deacon, elder, scout leader, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, supporting musician, Thrive service implementation team member, and even was given the opportunity to preach once.  Presently, Will has been called to serve as scoutmaster of Troop 11 and a co-leader of the 8th grade confirmation class.  He is grateful, prayerful, and eager to learn your thoughts regarding the future senior ministerial leadership and how we can best obey God’s purposes for His church.
Ellen Cinq-Mars
Ellen has been a member of First Presbyterian Church for 40+ years.  She has served as Moderator of Presbyterian Women, as a Deacon, as well as serving three terms on the Session. Ellen have served on many committees, including Christian Education, Personnel, Mission, Adult Ministries, Roadrunners, Long Range Planning, and Music and Worship. She is a member of the Seekers Sunday School Class. In 2020, Ellen will be chairing the Missions Ministry and the Church Officer Nominating Committee. She looks forward to listening to the congregation as you discuss what to look for in choosing a Senior Minister that will help to meet the needs of our congregation, our community, and our world and prays that the Holy Spirit will guide us to the person that God has chosen for us. That together, with God’s help, we will spread the Good News among ourselves and into our community and our world.
Coleman Efird
Coleman has been a member of First Presbyterian Church for the past 21+ years.  She has served as a Youth Volunteer and Mentor, and on the Youth Committee, Children’s Committee, and as a Bible Leader for Circle 5. Coleman has taught Sunday School for the past 16 years for various groups and classes. She led, taught and mentored in the Confirmation Program for 6 years. Currently, She teaches the Young Adult Sunday school class, SALT. Coleman has also served as a Deacon, on the Nominating Committee, Youth Director Search Committee, Children’s Ministry Director Search Committee, and the Director of Faith Formation Search Committee. Coleman has also taken the teacher training class, Bethel, and taught it to the congregation on multiple occasions.
Theodore Lamar “Trey” Robinson, III
A native of Gastonia, Trey returned to the area in 2011 after spending twenty years in Raleigh. Since joining First Presbyterian, Trey has served the church in a variety of capacities. He has served on the Diaconate as moderator and a member of the Fellowship committee. He has also been a member of the Nominating, Stewardship, and Finance committees. In 2016, Trey served as Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc committee to study the number of officers relative to the size of our congregation. He has also volunteered with Samaritan’s Feet, Gaston Family Promise, and as an occasional Sunday school teacher in the Journey class where he is a member. Trey is eager to work with other committee members in Spirit-led discernment as we seek the next leader called to serve this church and our greater community.
David Rogers
When David and his wife Helen moved to Gastonia in 1980 and joined First Presbyterian Church, they were immediately asked to help with the Heritage Campaign which allowed them to meet a number of members very quickly. A retired partner with McCannon, Rogers, Driscoll and Associates, CPAs, David has served First Presbyterian Church as both a Deacon and an Elder. Over the past 40 years, David has served on the Worship and Music, Missions, Finance and Investment Ministries as well as the Presbyterian Endowment Trust and Stewardship committee. Previously, he has been involved in search committees for staff as well as for an associate minister. 
Richard L. Voorhees
Richard has been a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, from 1969 to present, serving as a deacon and an elder. He is a member of the Henderlite Bible Class. Currently, Richard serves with the Men’s Fellowship breakfast, Pastoral Care Ministry. Past chairman, and the Presbyterian Endowment Trust. Richard is concerned that the next senior pastor reflects sound character and Christian values, leadership ability as to staff and members, administrative ability, and personal qualities so as to help the church grow.