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  • Dan Carter

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / danc@firstpres.com (806) 373-4242 Dan Carter Director of Care, Seniors, and Adult Ministry Dan has been married to his wife, Denise, for 46 years. He just recently came on staff as the part-time Director of Care, Prayer, and Senior Adults. Dan retired in the summer of 2014 after 33 years of pastoring small congregations in New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Prior to pastoral ministry, Dan received two degrees in forestry/soil science and then worked for the federal government. Upon retiring, he and Denise moved back to Amarillo, where they had met and married in 1972. Ordained by Trinity Fellowship in Amarillo in May 1981, Dan and his family then moved to New Mexico to pastor. The following 33 years involved pastoring Southern Baptist, interdenominational, Church of the Brethren (as an interim) and finally United Methodist churches. In addition, Dan served as a volunteer prison chaplain for 10 years, as a hospice chaplain, and in nursing homes and alcohol rehab facilities as a Bible teacher/chaplain. Dan has two daughters, one son and four grandchildren. He enjoys building furniture out of old doors and windows and various scraps of lumber, as well as reading theology and history.

  • Anna McCay

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / annam@firstpres.com (806) 373-4242 Anna McCay Associate Director of Youth Anna graduated from Canyon High School in 2009 and attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas to play soccer. She graduated from HPU in 2013 with a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies/Christian Education. Since then she's traveled the world and been involved in a number of different ministries from England to Oregon to New Mexico. She enjoys being outside, going on adventures, and making coffee. Anna started working at First Pres in January of 2017 and feels like it's basically her dream job: hanging out with students and talking about Jesus!! If you don’t see her here at the church, she's either off visiting friends, attending concerts, or making coffee at Palace Coffee Company!

  • Blake Milum

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / blakem@firstpres.com (806) 373-4242 Blake Milum Associate Director of Youth After graduating from Tascosa High School in 2010, Blake began pursuing his childhood dream of building roller coasters and attended Amarillo College and later West Texas A&M for engineering. During the time spent in college, Blake became involved in the College/ Young Adult ministry at First Pres, and became good friends with Kim Talley. After several mission trips, many Bible studies, and years of fellowship the seeds of ministry were planted. In 2016 Blake graduated from West Texas A&M and shortly after moved to Nashville to begin pursuing his career. During the season spent in Nashville, he became heavily involved in the youth leadership of a church plant. He realized that his true passion was leading middle school/high school aged kids. After patiently waiting for the Holy Spirit to guide his next steps from the engineering world to ministry, he felt led to move back to Amarillo in 2019. He desires to be the mentor and friend he needed when he was younger for the youth in the Amarillo area. You can run into him almost any day at the town club, or any random coffee shop digging into the next book on his list.

  • Debbie Laur

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / debbiel@firstpres.com (806) 350-5213 Debbie Laur Director of Early Childhood Ministry Debbie Laur has been the Director of Early Childhood Ministry since 1997. She and her husband, Noel-Paul, have four grown children and six grandchildren. Debbie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, diploma in Christian Education/Music from Moody Bible Institute. She has been an early childhood educator for 30 years. Debbie loves chocolate, the first layer of the food pyramid!! She loves that the Holy Scriptures are upheld as the inerrant Word of God at First Pres.

  • Howard Griffin

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / howardg@firstpres.com (806) 350-5201 Howard Griffin Senior Pastor and Head of Staff Rev. Howard Griffin is the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Pres. He's been here since 2010. Howard and his wife, Sarah, have 3 children: Hannah, Elizabeth, and John. Howard earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. From 1996-2000, Howard was a Consultant with PriceWatherhouseCoopers. In 2001, he served as Seminary Intern at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, New Jersey. In 2002 Howard served as Seminary Intern at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey. From 2003 – 2006, he was the Associate Pastor of College and Singles at First Presbyterian Church of Houston, Texas, and from 2006 – 2010 Howard served as Associate Pastor of Evangelism, Mission & Outreach at Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas. Howard loves the people of First Pres and feels that the members here have a genuine love for the Lord, for His word, and for one another. Describing First Pres, Howard says "…it's a Christ - centered, Bible - based community that is committed to doing the work of God’s Kingdom here in Amarillo and abroad." For fun, Howard enjoys basketball, hiking, and golf. His favorite authors include John Stott, Dallas Willard, Timothy Keller, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancey, and John Ortberg. His favorite book is The Bible and his favorite movie is “Chariots of Fire."If he has the choice, fajitas are always good! Howard lists John 15:5 as a favorite Bible verse: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Howard describes himself like this: "I’m a bit of an ecumenical mutt. My father was a Methodist, and my Mom was a Baptist when they got married. The big compromise of their marriage was to become Presbyterian, but I grew up attending the vacation Bible schools of all three denominations (Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist). I also attended an Episcopal school from when I was four until the 9th grade in Midland, Texas where I went to chapel everyday."

  • Kelli Glass

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / kellig@firstpres.com (806)3505212 Kelli Glass Director of Elementary Kelli Glass is the Director of Elementary Kids Ministry. She and her husband, Marcus, have been members since 2002, were married at FirstPres in 2003, and both of their sons were baptized here in 2015 and 2018. She was first invited to an A&O night as a high school student, continued to be a leader for A&O as a college student and was hired on staff for an internship for high school girl’s ministry. Kelli attended WTAMU where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While interning for First Pres, Kelli continued to pursue degrees in Education being certified in early childhood through fourth grade and special education. She was hired by Amarillo ISD in 2002 and has taught special education, Pre-k, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and kindergarten until 2020. Kelli received the AISD Teacher of the Year award in 2013 and in 2020. She loves teaching kids with her whole heart and considers it pure joy and delight to be able to share God’s love for His children. God moved on her heart “to tell the children, to tell the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done (Psalm 78:4 -7).” Some of Kelli’s best memories at First Pres are being baptized when she was 21, marrying Marcus, and both of her sons desiring to be baptized. . . all of these were performed by none other than the wonderful Murray Gossett! The All Church Retreat was one of the best times for their family because they grew closer together in love for Jesus and as a family team. Kelli and Marcus have enjoyed volunteering as Sunday School teachers at the A&O for the last four years. They are looking forward to seeing the glorious ways the Lord uses First Pres and A&O to impact and influence the next generation, including their two boys.

  • Cara Dyas

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / carad@firstpres.com (806) 373-4242 Cara Dyas Director of Communications and Production Cara Dyas is the Director of Communications & Production at First Pres. She's been on staff since May of 2012. Cara earned a Bachelors Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree with an emphasis in English and Communications from WTAMU. She has been in church communications and production for 10 years and enjoys helping ministries effectively communicate their messages in creative and relevant ways. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and her favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17. Cara loves the heart of the people at First Pres, the sound theology, and the rich worship experiences. However she is most proud of her two, amazing kids, Camryn (17) and Bryson (14).

  • Lisa Dietz

    Home / / About Our People / Staff STAFF / / / Home About Our People Staff / lisad@firstpres.com (806) 350-5205 Lisa Dietz Business Administrator Lisa A Dietz is the Business Administrator at First Pres. She's been on staff since 2012. Her family includes husband: Keith; daughter and family: Kedra, Tory, Abigail, Nathan, Luke, and Hannah; and son: Chad. Lisa earned an Accounting degree from West Texas A & M University. Lisa has a lot of Business Office experience. Previously she has worked for First United Methodist Church of Canyon, WTAMU, and First Baptist Church of Canyon, to name a few! Lisa loves the friendly and helpful people at First Pres. Her favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

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