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.

Brian Holsopple - First Presbyterian Church extends a warm welcome home to Brian Holsopple, Interim Music Director.  Brian had previously served as our Choir Director for 30+ years.  In addition to his gifted abilities in bell and choral direction, Brian is a well-known actor who has many broadcast and stage credits to his name.  If you listen to audio books, chances are you’ve heard Brian there too!  He is married to Beverly Kiser and resides in Staunton.


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.