Staff

Pastor: Kevin Scott Fleming

The Reverend Kevin Scott Fleming was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Mars, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Mars Area High School, Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky. 

While in seminary, Kevin served as the seminary intern at the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville, Kentucky.  He was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor of the Hill United Presbyterian Church in Butler, Pennsylvania.  He was called as the Pastor of the Oakland Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Ohio.  Kevin came to First Pres as Co-Pastor in 1997 and became Pastor in 2008.

Kevin is married to the Reverend Wendy McCormick, director of the Southwest Center for Congregations.  They are parents to triplet daughters, Lydia, Joanna, and Abigail.  Kevin is also the proud owner of a frisky Golden retriever named Buckeye.

In the fall, Kevin is a rabid Ohio State Buckeye and Pittsburgh Steeler football fan.  In the winter, his hair and beard turns white and he’s been seen around town in a red suit and big black boots.  Kevin is hardly ever without his iPod and a cup of coffee.  His favorite place on earth is Crested Butte, Colorado.

You can follow Kevin's blog at http://spiritlands.weebly.com/.

 

Director of Music: Robert Nicholls

Robert Nicholls was born in Cambridge, England to a British farmer and an American mother from Carmi, Illinois and grew up in rural Cambridgeshire.  At the age of eight he joined the choristers at Westminster Abbey in London under the direction of Simon Preston.  He graduated from Oundle School and Cambridge University.  Robert was a member of the choirs of Gonville and Caius and St. John’s Colleges in Cambridge where he sang tenor.  He maintained an abiding interest in the organ to the chagrin of his singing teacher, and joined the staff of First Pres in 1996.

Robert is married to Emma Nicholls PhD, a pediatric Clinical Psychologist whom he met next door in Evansville.  They are proud parents of Elena and William. 

Robert enjoys walking to work in all seasons along historic First Street, running along the greenway, and growing what food he can in a small back yard.  His other passions are organ and choral music, silence for reading, and teaching youngsters to read music.  However, his secret desire is to be a good jazz pianist.

 

Director of Children and Youth Ministry: Jerusha Van Camp

Jerusha was born in Lexington, KY, and grew up in Carmi, IL.  She attended high school at Carmi Christian Academy, and earned her BA in Music at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana. Jerusha is a Candidate for the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA under the care of the Ohio Valley Presbytery, and is currently earning her MDiv through the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Jerusha has worked with children, youth, and families in the tri-state area for more than 30 years, and has spent 10 of those years serving this congregation. Jerusha is a community builder, advocate, and President and Founder of Greater Evansville Youth, a youth group that serves LGBTQ teens in the tri-state area.

Jerusha is married to Kathryn Van Camp, and is the mother of three amazing humans. When Jerusha is not studying or working, she can be found playing music or games with friends, watching the birds in her yard, petting her dogs Annie, Amos and Finn, tending to her garden, or watching Lord of the Rings movies and Star Trek. 

 

Parish Visitor: Carolyn Stilwell

Carolyn Stilwell has been the “parish visitor” for First Pres Evansville since the summer of 2013.

In our congregation, the parish visitor helps elderly and sick members and attenders stay connected to the church when age or infirmity limits their in-person participation. In pre-Covid times, Carolyn often visited people in hospitals or at home or in residential care facilities. In this era of pestilence, she more often keeps in touch by phone, mail, email, or texts. Sometimes her greetings come in the form of cookies or flowers or poems or jokes.

Carolyn began attending First Presbyterian Church in 2002 and joined in 2004. Within our congregation at different times she has served as a Stephen Minister, a deacon, and an elder. Now she feels honored to work with the staff at First Pres and looks forward to staff meetings which are often as fun as they are productive.

Carolyn is a retired nurse. She was educated at the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and by patients and good colleagues in a variety of hospitals. She considers herself an Illini rather than an Ohio State Buckeye, but she and Kevin Fleming share an enthusiastic appreciation for the OSU marching band. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, and baking. Carolyn and her husband, David Unger, were married 40 years ago and still like each other.

 

Office Administrator: Lora Blaylock

Lora Blaylock was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio.   She came to Indiana to attend the University of Evansville, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Management.  Lora plays the flute, handbells, and has sung soprano with the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and Evansville Chamber Singers over the years.  She joined the Choir of First Presbyterian Church in 1994, and the staff in 1999.

Lora met her husband Paul, an Electrical Engineer, at UE, despite growing up within an hour’s drive of each other in Ohio.  They still have family there and enjoy visiting whenever schedules allow.

When not in the church office or choir loft, Lora enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, and old television shows.  She and Paul love living in downtown Evansville, and are still happily married even after building their home-away-from home (aka the garage!).