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"Serve with your whole heart, as if serving the Lord, not man."  - Ephesians 6:7

Reverend Holly Davis - PASTOR


The Reverend Holly K. Davis was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to a family of faith and nurtured on the teaching and love of a wonderful pastor, Dr. Richard C. Halverson at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.  She grew up secure in her belonging to her physical family, her faith family and her belonging to God.


Holly's life changed the day her youth pastor explained what it means to live as a committed disciple of Christ.  Her heart was moved to desire a living, growing and learning faith. What she didn't know was that God was preparing her for some challenging years ahead that only drove her deeper in trust and devotion to Christ.    


One of Holly's most valuable experiences after graduation from Maryland Institute College of Art was the mission year she spent in England.  God was preparing Holly as the spouse of active duty Air Force pilot, Van Davis.    Together they undertook new duty assignments in Texas, Guam, New York, New Hampshire, Nebraska and Virginia. 


After Van's military retirement, Holly took a few classes at a nearby seminary.  It was not her idea to pursue ordination -- it was God's idea.   Holly was ordained in 2005 and began her first pastoral call at Dardenne Presbyterian Church near St. Louis.  After serving three years, she moved to Virginia to care for her aging parents while serving as Associate Pastor at Heritage Presbyterian Church for seven years.                 


Following the passing of her parents, Holly and Van answered the call to First Presbyterian of Waynesville in September, 2015.  They are the parents of a son, Keller, who lives in Seattle, and a daughter, Margie, a missionary with Medair. 


Dr. Halverson said, "You go nowhere by accident.  Wherever you go, God has put you there.  He has a purpose for you being there."  Holly sees God's sovereign hand overwhelmingly evident in the breadth of her life experiences.  It is with great joy and gratitude that she serves the Lord in ordained ministry. 

Kristi Siplon – OFFICE MANAGER

Kristi joined the FPCW staff in February 2015.  Her background includes a number of upper level executive assistance roles (including Morgan Stanley and Boar’s Head Brands), several entrepreneurial ventures (a specialty food company and direct mail catalog, a marketing consulting firm, an antique shop), sales, business and product development, lots of writing and – always - customer service.  She is also a certified Peer Counselor, trained by the National Mental Health Association.  So how does all that fit with a church office?  Perfectly. 

Kristi is charged on a daily basis with the administration and operational needs of the busy front office of the small company that is First Presbyterian Waynesville.  She supports the pastor and Session, the church staff and committee members and, of course, the congregation as needed.   That’s a lot of calendars, coordination and conversations.  It is phone work and filing.  It's printing, folding, organizing and orchestrating.  It’s getting ready ahead of time, listening, being careful with the little things. It is a multi-tasked position in every way.  Her experience and talents serve her well.  Be sure to stop by the office and say hello!                                                                                       

Joel Lillethun - MINISTER OF MUSIC


Joel was named Minister of Music in July, 2017.  The Wisconsin native received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Indiana University and a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota.  He served in Presbyterian, Methodist and Catholic churches in the years prior to his retirement to Waynesville.  In the twenty years prior to retirement, Joel served at the Alpharetta and Cartersville Presbyterian churches in Georgia.  Prior to joining FPC Waynesville, he was the Organist and Choirmaster at  St. John's Episcopal Church in Sylva, NC.  Joel and his wife, Pam, have lived in Waynesville since 2012. 

Diane Combs - ORGANIST

FPC Waynesville was so fortunate to find Diane in July, 2017, after she retired from a forty-year career in music eduation in elementary schools in Florida.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education with many hours in Music Education and a Master's in Teaching Music, both degrees from Jacksonville University.  Diane began her career very early - at 15 -  playing the organ in a Jacksonville church.  She has served in Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran and Episcopal churches in Florida for over forty years.  Prior to moving to this area, Diane was at Orange Park United Methodist for twenty years, playing organ for two worship services, directing a twenty-voice women's ensemble, two hand bell choirs and accompanying all solos, ensembles and the Chancel Choir.  She has been involved in Music Week at Lake Junaluska for a number of years, and now lives year-round in Maggie Valley with her husband, Gary.     

Nancy Thompson - TREASURER


Nancy Thompson was Assistant Treasurer for two years prior to Session appointing her as Treasurer in 2017.  She was born in Minneapolis, holds a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina.  She took accounting classes through UNC-Asheville and earned a CPA designation in 2002.  Nancy worked in the health services field, including several years as Assistant Director of the Buncombe County Health Department. From 2004 until her retirement in 2016, she was with the firm of Brian C. Hunter CPA, PA, in Asheville.  Nancy continues to work tax seasons at a local CPA firm and consults for a local non-profit foundation. 


Wanting to escape the cold northern climate, Nancy moved to North Carolina in 1983, living in Durham and Asheville prior to moving to Waynesville in 2003 when she married Lee Galloway. 


She joined First Presbyterian Waynesville in 2013 and enjoys the warmth and hospitality of the congregation, the spiritual enrichment through music and worship.  Nancy is grateful to assist with the stewardship that furthers the mission of the Church.


Scott Lawrence - SEXTON


First I want to thank everyone for being so warm and recepting and welcoming to me.  I was born in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in beautiful Clearwater, Florida.  My wife, Christina, and our two sons, Jordan (13) and Michael (11), moved to Rutherfordton in 2007 and moved to Waynesville in 2016.  I find Waynesville to be a warm (well, sometimes cold!), wonderful community...but I do miss the beach.  I love the Lord, my family and all the Tampa Bay sports teams !  Again, thank you all for allowing me to serve you here at Waynesville's First Presbyterian Church!




Izzy & Sarah - Nursery Caregivers

We are delighted to have Izzy and Sarah join our staff as Nursery Caregivers during our Sunday service.  They both have a lot of experience caring for infants and toddlers.  So for your young children, grandchildren, and/or great-grandchildren, Izzy and Sarah are ready to serve.  Your young ones will love them.