Influences: Mom and Dad, my son Sidney, my sister Marta and my nieces, Cameron and Taylor, all of my birth family; liberation theology, the Civil Rights movement, Robert McAfee Brown, Martin Luther King Jr., Eugene Peterson, Revs. Louis and Connie Monroe, Rev. Omotolokun Omokunde.
Epic moments: Getting adopted, graduations, ordination, adopting my son, mission trip to Alaska at age 17 when I received my call to ministry.
Education: B.A. in History from the University of California, San Diego; M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary; D.Min degree from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.
Favorite books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; The Poet, The Warrior, and The Prophet by Ruben Alves; Love in a Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia.
Favorite Movies: Babette's Feast, The Sound of Music, Sense and Sensibility, Cinema Paradiso, Schindler's List
Epic Moments: My marriage to Joanne and the birth and development of our daughter Leanne are extremely meaningful to me. The installation of our new pipe organ in 1989 and the musical growth and accomplishments of dozens of my wonderful piano students at MWSU (ten of them were very dedicated and gifted international pianists) serve as affirmations of the value of my teaching there.
Education: B.M.E. degree with diploma in piano from Missouri State University; master of music degree in piano performance from Wichita State University and extensive doctoral study at the University of Iowa in piano performance with John Simms and performance practices with Robert Donington and Gerhard Krapf as well as studying musicology with William S. Newman at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Epic Moments: Living with 3 teenagers has epic moments daily.
Education: BME (Bachelor of music ed) from UMKC Conservatory of Music 1987 Graduate work in progress at Northwest Missouri State University in Music ed.
Favorite music/bands: Contemporary Christian, Classical and jazz.
Favorite movies: All Musicals.
Favorite TV Shows: Seventh Heaven, Everwood, Dancing with the Stars and CSI.
Spare Time: practice my instruments, crochet, cross stitch, sew, plan for the next school day, garden and spend time with my family.
Jason Michael Howell
Assistant to the Director of Music
General Info: Jason Michael Howell is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and has lived in Charles City, Iowa.
Education: Certificate in assisted nursing from Northern Iowa Area Community College in Mason City and is a registered Pharmacy Technician. He studied music therapy at the University of Kansas for three years as well as Music Technology at Missouri Western State University.
Experience: Jason Michael has been a pianist for several churches including the Church of the Resurrection West in Olathe, Kansas. While at KU, he worked in circulation and cataloguing at KU's Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library. He has extensive experience in choral ensembles and playing trumpet in an orchestra and symphonic, marching and jazz bands as well as studying classical guitar and ukulele.
Spare Time: In his spare time, he records and performs with his band, Area of Refuge, as the lead vocalist and pianist and as a solo artist known as The Michaels Project.
Employment History: Along with his internship at FPC, Jason Michael is currently employed by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. working in quality assurance.
Influences: My parents, grandparents and teachers.
Epic moments: College; getting married; the births of our three children and watching them grow into fine young adults and blessing us with beautiful, healthy grandchildren!
Education: B.S. in Medical Technology from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas.
Spare Time: Spending time with family ~ seeing the world through the eyes of our grandkids ~ Facebook :) ~ movies and sports ... I've been a fan of KU "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" basketball and OU "Boomer Sooner" football for as long as I can remember! I'm looking forward to enjoying the grandkids' activities for many years!
Gaye was born and raised in St. Joseph, MO. She graduated from Benton High School in 1985 and Missouri Western State University in 1990.
In addition to working for First Presbyterian, Gaye works at Buchanan County Mutual Insurance Company as the manager. She has worked there for 24 years.
Gaye was married to Jeff Black in 1990 and they have two beautiful children.
Her daughter, Lauren, is 19 and attends North Central full-time and MWSU part-time, as well as works at Menards. Her son, Reed, is 14 and attends Mid-Buchanan High School. Her family attends Word of Life Church and they are very active with sports.