Rev. Barry Williams: Interim Pastor, Head of Staff
Barry’s roots are in Southwest Louisiana where he grew up learning a bit about Cajun culture and cooking. He attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La., earning a B.S. degree in Business, then seminary in Austin, Texas and went on to serve churches in the suburbs of Houston, Dallas, and Ft. Worth before moving to work with a congregation in Salina, Kansas.
In 1996 the Williams family (Brenda, his wife, and two sons, Stephen and Peter) moved to Southwest Missouri. Springfield has functioned as “home base” for Barry as he served as an Interim/Transitional Pastor in the region.
Barry started his 13th interim in July 2015 with FPC in Norman, Oklahoma. He’s enjoying getting to the members of FPC, the OU culture and Norman community.
His interests include fly fishing, cooking, and staying in contact with family, friends, and colleagues.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Molly: Director of Children's Ministry
What I do: I have the joy of leading the children’s ministry programs from babies through 5th grade. I oversee the childcare and childcare workers. I help with communications and Christian Education.
Favorite restaurant on Campus Corner: Louie’s or Black Bird
Favorite Sports Teams: Atlanta Braves, Oklahoma Sooners, and Oklahoma State Cowboys
Favorite non-church activity: Being outdoors and traveling (especially to NYC) with family
Melanie: Church Secretary
I am the one that greets you in the main church office whether it’s on the telephone or in person. I have been on staff at First Presbyterian Church for 9+ years. Most of what you see in print comes from my desk, including bulletins, newsletters, letters, brochures etc.
Favorite campus corner restaurant: Black Bird
Favorite sports team: Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, OKC Thunder
Favorite non-church activity: spending time with family and browsing antique shops
Gary: Buildings and Grounds Supervisor
What I do: Anything and everything. I am the buildings and grounds supervisor, and help with the Thrift Store, parking lot, and Second Wind.
Favorite restaurant on Campus Corner: Service Station
Favorite sports team: Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite non-church activity: Anything to do with sports.