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.

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Music Director

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.


Parish Visitor

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.