Meet Our Pastors

 

The mix of diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff and lay leaders come together for a common purpose: to live in God’s grace and share God’s love.

 

REV. DR. ROBERT E. DUNHAM
Robert Dunham joins the leadership team of First Presbyterian Church after 43 years of active ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA), including the last 26 years as senior pastor of the University Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a large congregation located across the street from the nation’s oldest public university – the University of North Carolina. His sermons have been heard on the Day 1 national radio broadcast. He is the author of Expecting God’s Surprises: Devotions for the Advent Journey, published by Geneva Press, as well as numerous articles, sermons and book reviews in seminary and professional journals. A native of Florida and a graduate of Davidson College, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia, and Yale University Divinity School, Bob also served churches in Auburn, Alabama, Covington, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Bob is married to Marla, a retired college English professor; they have two adult children and one very precocious four-year-old granddaughter.

 

REV. DR. BARBARA E. DAVIS
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Davis is the Executive Minister at First Church where she oversees the operations and programmatic life of the church. She is a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, where she majored in religion and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (M.Div., ’96), New York City and completed her doctorate at Fordham University in religious education. She has served on the board of the Religious Education Association and taught at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Previously, she was a consultant and author of religious educational curricula including The Whole People of God and Seasons of the Spirit. She is an avid biker and reader and lives in Brooklyn with her two daughters.

 

 

REV. DR. MARK HOSTETTER
Mark Hostetter is Associate Pastor for Stewardship and Mission to the Corporate World. This is an unpaid and unique part-time position where Mark serves as a liturgist in worship, occasional preacher, and frequent teacher. Dr. Hostetter is CEO of Vinik Asset Management, a Tampa investment firm; is active in the leadership of Auburn Theological Seminary’s Board of Directors; and continues his work with the national Presbyterian Church (USA), most recently as Moderator of the Way Forward Commission of the General Assembly. Mark received his B.A. degree in Economics at Harvard University, his J.D. from Columbia University, and his M.Div. and D.Div. degrees from New York Theological Seminary. He has been a member of the board for several organizations, including The Actors Fund, Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in New York. He is co-founder of the Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, Montana which he began with his partner Alex Habib. Together they are parents of three children, Lani, Lea, and Kai.