Dr. Matthew Covington
Matthew Covington has been the Pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green since January 2003. He enjoys the congregation’s variety of ideas and interests. “This is not a gentle world,” he says, “but The Presbyterian Church is a gentle place. Our mutual respect and affection here matters a lot. This is a welcoming and encouraging place”
Matthew and Ann met at Davidson College. They have two daughters, Claire Duren, who lives in Charlotte, NC, and Elizabeth Leverette, who lives in Columbia, SC.
Matthew keeps a hive of bees in his backyard. The bees teach him daily lessons on the order, complexity, and beauty of God’s creation. When the bees sting, it is only an anomaly, a momentary sadness in a world flooded by the goodness of God.
Director of Christian Education
Leslee joined the staff in January 2016 as the Director of Christian Education. A native New Yorker, Leslee attended Maryville College in East Tennessee, followed by a year living in Birmingham, Alabama, where she received her call to ministry. It was her move to the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, where she met and married her husband, W. Glenn Kirkconnell. Following graduation they moved to Charlottesville for Glenn to pursue PhD studies. Their children, Heather and Ryan, were born in Charlottesville. Leslee accepted a call to be DCE for First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Florida. Twelve years of great ministry and then a call to Lilburn, Georgia, serving two churches in the Atlanta area. The Presbytery of Tampa Bay called her to be Resource Center Director and Educator for the Presbytery in 2007. After six years, the Presbytery voted to close the Resource Center and Leslee moved to Davidson, North Carolina to be Interim DCE for Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Along the way she has earned her Certification as a Christian Educator, been ordained a Ruling Elder, done much training in preventing Clergy misconduct and child abuse, helped plan regional and national CE training events and enjoys serving the wider church through the Presbytery.
Leslee loves to garden, read, sew and cook. She and Glenn enjoy taking walks, playing a wide variety of board games, and playing with their four parrots, in addition to keeping up with their young adult children, both of whom are accomplished musicians. She and Glenn recently welcomed their first grandchild, Theo, born Dec. 30 2017 to Heather and Jake.
Dr. Wayne Pope joined our church staff as Choir Director in September 2011. Wayne is a Professor of Music at Western Kentucky University where he teaches voice and directs the opera theatre program.
Wayne holds the D.M.A. in Voice Performance from the University of South Carolina. He is also a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, and Murray State University. He is an active recitalist and soloist, and has been featured with numerous orchestras and choral groups. In addition to his baritone voice, Wayne’s “other instrument” is the guitar, which he plays professionally.
The Personnel Ministry and Session were impressed with Wayne’s background in choral music, his interest in multiple styles of music, his acquaintance with the music students and faculty at Western Kentucky University, his previous experience as a choir director, and his sense of call to his work.
Dr. Pope and his wife Beth, who also teaches voice at WKU, have two children, a daughter, Caitlin who graduated from Western in 2008, and a son, Will who graduated from Western in 2014.
Thomas N. Moody
Thomas N. Moody has been organist of The Presbyterian Church since 1965. In 2010, the Session named the pipe organ in his honor. Under his leadership in 1971, a contract was signed with Aeolian Skinner company for the installation of of a two manual and pedal tracker organ. In that company's demise, Robert L. Sipe of Dallas assumed the contract. That organ most recently underwent renovation through the work of Taylor & Boody of Virginia. Thomas studied organ at Rhodes College and University of Kentucky. He has served three times as Dean of the Nashville Chapter of American Guild of Organists. He was a charter member at the formation of PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians), and he is a consistent attendee of the Montreat Conference of Worship and Music. In March of 2015 we celebrated Tom's 50 Anniversary as our organist. A wonderful article on Tom was pubished in the BG Daily News. You may view it through this link: http://www.bgdailynews.com/features/organist-tom-moody-celebrates-years-of-worship/article_6dceb8dc-3317-5ff9-9702-ddc780360ee5.html
David Clarke grew up in a small town off the coast of Northern Ireland called Bangor. At the age of 16 he started to get involved in the youth club of his church and went on to be a junior leader while there. It was during this time that he discovered his call and heart for youth ministry. He spent three years at Belfast Bible College where he studied and achieved his bachelors degree in theology.
After a few years of volunteering at his church he felt God call him to move and at that time he applied for the Center for Youth Ministry Training course he is on now. This is a three year commitment where David will split his time between studying for his Masters in youth work (at Memphis Theological Seminary) while interning part time for 25 hours a week as the Youth Director here at The Presbyterian Church.
Children's Music Director
Ellie Osborne has worked at the church since 2013 first as a member of the collegiate ensemble, then as the Children’s Music Director. She graduated from Western in 2014 with a degree in Vocal Music Education and currently teaches choir and vocal techniques at Greenwood High School. She also spend time after school directing Greenwood’s musical and supervising the school’s a capella groups. Additionally, Ellie serves as the Treasurer to the state chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and as an Advisor to the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music Program. In her free time she enjoys playing board games, studying music, and enjoying nature. In the future, Ellie plans to pursue a master’s degree in music education and continue her career as a choral music educator.
Cheryl Gregory has worked for the church since June of 2006. She grew up in Virginia and has been living in Kentucky for 20+ years. Her husband of 12 years, Chuck, also works downtown and they are frequently seen lunching together downtown. Cheryl is a graduate of Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. Her hobbies include hiking, making altered books, and reading. She and Chuck have 2 dogs at home, and most of their family living here in the state of Kentucky. Cheryl is amazingly efficient at handling multiple tasks such as answering the phone, assisting people with food needs from our pantry, preparing the weekly bulletin, printing a multitude of various reports, etc.... She is the best church secretary in the world!
Terry joined the staff at the Presbyterian Church in July of this year. She has lived in Bowling Green all of her life and attended Western Kentucky University. Over the last 30 years she has worked as office manager or bookkeeper at the BG Area Chamber, Booth Fire & Safety and AAA Alarms. She has a passion for numbers and decided it was time to do something less stressful. In her spare time, she loves being with family, friends and going to the beach. She is very excited about being a part of our staff.
Dana has been with the Preschool Learning Center since 2005 when she was teaching the 3 year old class. In 2009 she took over as Director. Dana is married to Chris Patterson who is the Pastor for St. James United Methodist Church.
Cedric has been our custodian since 2006. In addition to the time he spends keeping our facilities spick & span, he works fulltime for Bowling Green Technical College on their facilities staff.