Pastor and Head of Staff
Dan has served as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, North Carolina since August 2017. A graduate of Davidson College (B.A.), Union Presbyterian Seminary (M.Div.), and Columbia Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Dan has been an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament since August 2006. Prior to coming to Wilmington, he served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Statesboro, Georgia. Dan’s wife, Susan, is also an ordained minister, as well as a psychotherapist. They are the proud parents of daughter Elizabeth and son Jeffrey.
Contact Dan by phone, 910-762-6688 X 113 or email.
Interim Associate for Christian Formation and Congregational Care
Richard Aylor is the Interim Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Congregational Care. Richard spent most of his life in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, where he was raised in Roanoke. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and religion from Emory & Henry College near Abingdon, Virginia. During college, he felt a call to ministry which led him to Seminary. Richard moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where he completed his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Richard met his wife Elizabeth while singing in the college choir at Emory & Henry, and they married while he was in Seminary. After Richard’s graduation, they moved from Princeton to Wilmington in the summer of 2015. It was then that Richard began his chaplain residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he served for two years. Elizabeth currently is the Coordinator for Community and Donor Relations at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, NC. They recently adopted their first dog, a hound mix named Martin, and they can often be found taking him on walks at the beach or one of the local state parks. In his spare time, Richard loves reading history, particularly biographies, running, and watching his favorite T.V. shows.
Contact Richard by phone, 910-762-6688X114, or by email
Director of Music
John Tabler, Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian. He is a native of Martinsburg, West Virginia and a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory and University of Winchester, Virginia. He also served as Director of Music/Organist in Maryland and West Virginia.
John lives in Wilmington. He enjoys spending time outdoor, sharing meals with friends, family and neighbors by the pool.
One verse of scripture that stands out the most for John is from the gospel of John 15:12-13.
"This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Associate Pastor for Children and Youth
Associate Director of Music
Benjamin is a proud native Wilmingtonian and a graduate of East Carolina University where he earned the Bachelor of Music Education, with emphasis on voice. There, he was a member of the internationally acclaimed ECU Chamber Singers and ECU Opera Theater. In addition to directing the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian, he is also the Choral Director at John T. Hoggard HIgh School.
Benjamin enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors and is an avid golfer. He has been married to his wife, Amy since 2000. They live in Wilmington along with their dog, Mollie.
Amy maintains the church website, produces printed and digital communication pieces, and offers program support.
Jess creates and produces church and special program bulletins, and provides ministry support to Worship, Music@First, Community Service, and Domestic and Global Mission committees.
Office Support and Music Ministry
Jordan handles office volunteer staffing, facility scheduling, and provides ministry support to Christian Education, Growth and Involvement, and Fellowship. He also sings in the chancel choir and is a part of the Blended Service music ministry team.
Nikki handles wedding and baptism scheduling, membership records management, as well as provides ministry support to Congregational Care, Stephen Ministers, and Presbyterian Women.
Director of Preschool and Kindergarten
Anna has been Director of our preschool for more than 20 years. Email Anna.
Margaret oversees nursery workers and volunteers during Sunday services.
Freddy takes wonderful care of our gardens and Columbarium.