Meet the people of First Presbyterian Church
Rev. Sue Watkins
Rev. Sue Watkins started attending church at the age of 5 at Placentia Presbyterian Church in Orange County, California. Through the witness of Sunday school teachers and youth leaders she professed her faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 13 and felt the call to ministry at the age of 14. She was ordained as a ruling elder in 1977 and as a Minister of Word and Sacrament (now teaching elder) in 1989. Sue has a great love for ministry with children and youth, having spent a total of 20 years as a volunteer, staff member and pastor dedicated to these. A 1988 graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, she is now joyfully serving as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup and has also served as Moderator for the Presbytery of Olympia. Sue is married to Dave Henry. Their family includes his children Amanda and Travis (Melissa), her son Bobby, and their grandson Jakob.
Rev. Katie Spencer
Associate Pastor of Young Adult & Youth Ministries
Katie, who originally hails from Lake Oswego, OR, is serving as our Associate Pastor of Young Adult and Youth ministries. Katie graduated from Western Washington University and earned her M.Div/MSW at Princeton Theological Seminary. She and her wife Kelly, also a pastor, recently moved back to the northwest and are excited to call Puyallup home. Katie and Kelly can often be found frolicking with their four-legged love, Benny, the amazing goldendoodle.
Coordinator of Music Ministry
Bill is the Music Director/Conductor at South Puget Sound New Horizons Band and works as the Connections Director at Washington Music Educators Association Board. He allegedly retired from teaching, but is often found substituting in a classroom. Bill is married to his long-time love Andrea, and enjoys being a father, grandfather, dog walker, and occasional retiree.
Worship Leader/Choir Director:
Andrea has taught music across the state of Washington. She worked in a variety of schools and districts, and finally retired from the Bethel School District. Andrea has served as the President of the Washington Music Educators Association and is a Founder of Vivace! Choral Program. In addition to being an educator, published composer, and clinician, Andrea is also an accomplished wife to Bill, mother, and grandmother.
Kelly studied Business Administration and Music at Furman University before finishing her Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. An Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), Kelly finds great joy in serving the Church. Kelly absolutely loves being married to Katie (our Associate Pastor) and snuggling their sweet puppy, Benedict!
Nola Gene Byrd
Nola Gene and her husband Scott are adapting to life as empty-nesters as their twin sons have recently launched into college. Nola Gene is kept busy with her nursing job at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood and her crafting addiction.