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.
Diane and her husband Rich recently relocated from Ft. Mill, SC to Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Diane has an extensive background in nursing. Her call to ministry resulted from serving as the Parish Nurse at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte. She graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary Charlotte in 2017 and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2018 answering the call to serve as the first Chaplain for the seminary’s Charlotte campus. Most recently she was the Parish Associate for South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church where she served as the staff liaison for Missions and Outreach. Diane and Rich are the proud parents of two children and three beloved granddaughters.
Contact Diane by phone, 910-762-6688 X 114, 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 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.
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 produces publications, maintains the Help Now page on the church website, handles wedding and baptism scheduling, membership records management, as well as provides ministry support to 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.