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, of Charlotte, NC, and Elizabeth Leverette, of Columbia, SC, and three grandsons. 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.
Leslee joined the staff in January 2016 as the Director of Christian Education. A native New Yorker, Leslee attended Maryville College in East Tennessee. Her first call was as DCE for First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Florida. Twelve years later she accepted 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, when the Resource Center closed, Leslee moved to Davidson, North Carolina to be Interim DCE for Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Leslee has Certification as a Christian Educator, been ordained a Ruling Elder, trained others in preventing Clergy misconduct and child abuse, and helped plan regional and national CE training events. Leslee gardens, reads, sews and cooks. She and her husband Glenn take walks, play board games, and enjoy their four parrots. Leslee and Glenn have two adult children who are musicians. She and Glenn are thoroughly enjoying their first grandchild, Theo, born Dec. 30 2017 to Heather and Jake.
David is from Bangor, a small town off the coast of Northern Ireland. After David felt called to youth ministry, he received his bachelors degree in theology. Following a few years of volunteering at his church, he was accepted into The Center for Youth Ministry, a three year commitment in which David splits his time between studying for his Masters in youth work (at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary) while interning part time for 25 hours a week as the Youth Director here at The Presbyterian Church.
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 one dog 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 loves being with family, friends and going to the beach.
Thomas N. Moody Organist/Administrative Assistant Thomas N. Moody has been organist of The Presbyterian Church since 1965. In 2010, 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 published 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
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.
Heather, Jake and Theo recently moved to Bowling Green from Newton, MA. Heather has experience as Organist and Choir Director in several churches as well as working with children of all ages. She will be leading our children in music each Sunday beginning at 9:00am. Heather looks forward to helping them grow in faith as she prepares the children to be leaders in worship.
Kimberly Watkins is a native of Bowling Green and has been working in the church nursery for many years. Kimberly has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science Pre-law with a minor in Family Studies from WKU. She also holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Child Advocacy from Walden University. Kimberly is also currently working part time as an Independent Living Adviser for Seven Counties (formerly USpiritus). She has been working with children since the age of 16.
Cedric has been our custodian since 2006. In addition to the time he spends keeping our facilities clean, he works full-time for Bowling Green Technical College on their facilities staff.
Meets third Tuesday, 7:00pm., in Conference Room
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Covington, Moderator
Tim Leigh, Clerk of Session
Class of 2020: Pam Bratcher, Mary Evans, John Kernohan, Tim Leigh, David Sears.
Class of 2121: Karol Ahmed, Mark Bigler, Mike Kanan, Nancy Moore, Pamela Napier.
Class of 2022: Bud Schlinker, Jean Harris, Nathan Love, Mike Morse, Wayne Hendrix
Meets first Tuesday, 7:00pm., in Conference Room
David Muffett, Moderator
Class of 2020: Sally Calkins, Ray Elms, Linda Leigh, Ken Royse, Susan Thomison.
Class of 2021: Rob Byrd, Judy Clark, Cathey Green, Debbie Morse, Teri Polen.
Class of 2022: David Muffett, Kim Ferguson, Annette Parkerson, Angie Alexieff, Kathleen Gildersleeve, Judy Whitson, Rider Allen.