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 Pensacola, FL, 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.
David Clarke joined the church in the summer of 2019. He started as our Youth resident as part of the Centre for Youth Ministry masters program. This allowed him to study and obtain a masters in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary. He graduated from this program May 2021 and then moved into the full time position he is in now. David is originally from Northern Ireland growing up in a small costal town called Bangor. He moved from there directly to Bowling Green following a call he felt from God to pursue youth ministry. As showcased in his office David is big fan of all things comic related, as well as loving the Tv show The Office. He also is a big fan of sport in general with his favorite being Football (soccer) and supports Liverpool.
Cheryl Gregory has worked for the church since June of 2006. She grew up in Virginia and has been living in Kentucky for 25+ years. Her husband of 25 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 2019. 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 acted as organist of The Presbyterian Church for 58 years, from 1965-2023. 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. Tom continues to act as Pastoral Assistant in the church office.
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.
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.
Nathaniel is Adjunct Professor of Music History at Western Kentucky University. He holds a DM and MM in Organ Performance, an MA in Music, and a Certificate of Specialized Studies in Early Music from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music from WKU. During his time as a student at WKU, he was the keyboardist for the Symphony, which toured in China in the summer of 2013, and was the student carillonneur for WKU’s Guthrie Bell Tower. He has previously held organist positions at major churches in Bowling Green and Madisonville, KY as well as Quincy, FL. He is also a baritone, having sung and performed with many choral societies. He holds memberships in Early Music America, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, the American Heinrich Schütz Society, and the American Guild of Organists (Nashville chapter). He joined us as organist in October 2023.
Meets third Tuesday, 6:00pm., in the conference room.
Term of service is from August 1 to July 31.
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Covington, Moderator
Tim Leigh, Clerk of Session
Class of 2023: Bud Schlinker, Jean Harris, Nathan Love, Mike Morse, Wayne Hendrix
Class of 2024: Tim Leigh, Larry Warden, Debbie Trickey, Fred Kernohan, Bobby Rabold
Class of 2025: Karol Kirby Ahmed,
Buzz English, Pamela Napier, Julia Roberts, Julie Wedge
Meets first Tuesday, 5:00pm., in the Conference Room
Term of service is from August 1 to July 31.
Ernie Small, Moderator
Class of 2023: David Muffett, Kim Ferguson, Annette Parkerson, Judy Whitson
Class of 2024: Susan Thomison, Trudy Burkeen, Catherine Reber, Linda Leigh.
Class of 2025: Barbara Brindle, Craig Long, Teri Polen, Ernie
Small, Dan Stelling, Fred Trickey.