First presbyterian church




Pastor: Reverend David R. Smith

Pastor David Smith began his ministry at Marietta in March of 2013. He came to the ministry as a second career, after working for IBM and then Lexmark as a computer engineer. His undergraduate degree was in Computer Science from Purdue University (Boiler Up!) and he received his Masters of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. He served in Hartford City, Indiana as pastor for 15 years before coming to Marietta.

Pastor David wants to see our congregation grow as a community of faith where all are welcome and where each member is able to share his or her gifts. He believes the church is a place where we can experience God’s healing grace and love in our lives. We are called to go forth to share God’s grace and love with others.

You can reach Pastor David Smith by email at

Office Assistant: Karen Pratt-Paskawych

Karen joined the staff in the spring of 2014,  She is a graduate from Marietta College with a BA in Radio/TV. She and her husband, Kevin, are co-owners of Paskawych Entertainment , Pasky’s Sports & More and Karen’s Crafts. Karen has 2 children, Brandon and Victoria.

Building Superintendent: Robert Gray

Robert (BigBob) Gray has worked at First Presbyterian Church for 34 years. He has been married to his wife, Shirley Morgan Gray, for 39 years. They have two sons: Daniel Adam Mayle and John Dennis Mayle Jr., three grand children: Jared, Issac, and Adalyn. Bob enjoys working for the church because he feels we are one big, happy family.

You can reach Bob by email at:

Music Director and Organist: Peter Sour

Peter joined the staff of FPC in 1996. Peter earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Eastern Kentucky University, under the tutelage of Dr. David Greenlee.

Peter taught music at schools in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. He directs music theater productions in the area. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the American Choral Directors Association.

 Bell Choir Director: Denise Holmes


Youth and Children’s Director: Brad Thomas

Brad began at FPC in the Summer of 2017. His faith journey has been a unique one and this has greatly impacted the way he does ministry. The one clear goal of the Youth and Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian is to be welcoming, open, affirming, and making it clear that we all belong here. Brad is a partner to Cristie, a Dad to Levon Grey and Avett Fox, and a push-over to the family dog, Lucy. Bluegrass, Disc Golf, and Tea, are just a few of his favorite things.

Commissions and Committees

Everyone has gifts to share. At First Presbyterian we believe that God calls each one of us to use those gifts to serve God, to help each other grow, and to care for others and the world. Here are just a few of the ways you can serve First Presbyterian…

Most of the committees or commissions, with the exception of those limited by by-laws, welcome church members and non-members to serve.

You are welcome to volunteer!

The Worship Commission 

The task of Worship and Music Commission is to assist the fulfillment of its responsibility for the worship of God by the people of this congregation. The Commission may be found fixing the dates of Holy Communion, making arrangements for the summer service aboard the Valley Gem, pondering acquisition of a new hymnal, recruiting worship leaders, selecting Advent devotional booklets – all in awareness of the centrality of worship in the Christian life. The model for our church today is supplied by the Church at its birth. On Pentecost (Acts 2:41, 42) the new believers “were baptized” and “devoted themselves to the apostolic teaching and fellowship, to the breaking bread and the prayers . . .” We are not to exist in solitary, certainly not self-centered relationship with Christ. We join in the fellowship of believers to be brought to the sacraments, to attend to the Word preached, and to offer prayers of repentance, praise, thanks, and petition. The humbling mission of the Worship and Music Commission is direction to the essential and perhaps ultimate action of the Church; worship of God: Father, Son and Spirit

Christian Education

Christian Education presents a number of ways to serve. The Christian Education Commission serves to nurture spiritual development and a growing faith through creative educational opportunities, personal and relational experiences, and communal expression of Christian ethics.

Evangelism and Discipleship

The Evangelism and Discipleship Commission seeks to persuade all peoples of the truth and claims of Christ to be the Son of God, worthy of worship, obedience and service. The commission also assists members to follow Christ as their Lord and Savior.


The Mission Commission of First Presbyterian seeks to educate, advocate and promote the extension of God’s love and grace, and our faith outside of Marietta First Presbyterian with an emphasis on hunger and homeless ministries, community efforts, and global offerings.

Building and Administration

Our facility is a big one that requires plenty of loving care. Our Building and Administration commission has practical and planning opportunities for service. Skilled craftsman are always welcome to join in small projects. Over the years the commission membership has also included those with experience in architecture, construction, and project planning.  The Building and Administration Commission serves to care for the physical properties of the congregation through its own efforts, through efforts of church volunteers, and through the oversight of the church staff.


Our deacons exist as a multi-faceted group devoted to outreach and the structure of the church. From assisting with communion to correspondence with our College students, our deacons service is far reaching and crucial to the life of the functioning and worshipful church.