Karen Allamon joined First Presbyterian as our pastor in November 2015.  She comes to us from Rock Spring Presbyterian Church in the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, GA.  In the Greater Atlanta Presbytery she served as Ordination Exam reader, Chair of the Final Assessment Committee for the Committee on Preparation for Ministry as well as on-call crisis counselor.  From May 1996-April 2010 she was Pastor at the Presbytery of Genesee Valley in Rochester, NY, where, among other things she taught worship and supervised interns for the commissioned ruling elder program.  She holds a Master's in Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was winner of the Graduate Preaching Prize.  She also has completed post-graduate studies in system theory and has been a presenter at the Oxford Roundtable on Science and Theology.  Her B.A. is from Webster University.  She has experience as a critical incident stress de-briefer for first responders, a hospice spiritual care coordinator, and a board member for numerous civic organizations.  She has two sons, Matthew and Luke, who are respectively a costume and set designer in NYC and the public historian for Monticello and Montpelier.

Sam Clem is a life-long member of First.  His background in technology, capacity for fun, enthusiasm for theology, and experience raising four teenagers make him a great asset both in the classroom, where he leads our Youth Sunday School, and in the field, where he engages our Youth in a variety of activities.  He is married to Catharine Clem and resides in Staunton.

Frank Kennerly A very talented and innovative musician, Frank moved to Waynesboro in 1996 and over the next several years, renovated a home in the Tree Streets Neighborhood.  For 6 years he served as Interim Organist and then Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro.  From 2012 through 2015, he was Organist and Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro. Serving in a choir director/organist combination, their choir found new ways to communicate with him during anthems/hymns.  During his tenure at SJEC, the church chose to upgrade the 1960 Casavant Pipe Organ to include new digital voices with a fantastic end result. Frank also worked at Jeffers Handbell Supply for several years.  He reviewed arrangements and compositions for Jeffers magazine, which he also came to edit over the years.  



Heidi Marsh came to First Presbyterian in 2012 and now serves as the church’s Office Manager.  She and her family moved to Staunton in 2011 from northern Virginia and have enjoyed getting to know Staunton’s friendly residents.  A lifelong Tar Heel, Heidi graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Human Resources.  After growing up in Greensboro, NC, Heidi moved to the Washington, DC, area where she met her husband Simon, a chef from Great Britain.  While in the Washington area, she worked in publishing for the American Chemical Society for 10 years.  After having her two sons, Ben and Cameron, she decided to work from home for several years.  In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time with her family and their cat, Maggie.