Darryl Evans, pastor
Darryl and his family arrived in Kannapolis in May 2012, after serving six and a half years in Washington, NC. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Darryl is a graduate of William & Mary College in Virginia and holds his M.Div. and D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Before going to seminary, he served on the staff of the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress for five years.
Darryl has a passion for community outreach and ministry. While in Washington, NC, he served as president of the local food pantry and helped to establish a domestic violence shelter. He loves to study scripture and finds preaching and teaching a true joy.
Darryl is married to Mary Lee and they have two children. He loves heirloom tomato gardening, surf fishing, boating and swimming. He loves going on dates with Mary Lee and visiting Montreat.
David Hamilton, music director
David recently moved back to Kannapolis with his wife Amy, after having lived in Rochester, New York City and Boston working and studying as a professional singer. During his time away God has blessed him with four beautiful children: Banagher, Linden, Violet, and Amias. Just to make sure he has enough time being with kids and music, David started a job teaching Chorus in our local schools. In addition to being FPC’s Music Director, David is also a Professor of Voice at Catawba College, Choral Director at Erwin Middle School, as well as a Private Voice Teacher .
“I am very thankful and humbled to be your Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church. I look forward to serving you and sharing my gifts to glorify God. Darryl and I are excited about the future at First Presbyterian Church. I am particularly excited about planning special music and special services.”
Michelle Walker, Director of Children’s Ministries
Michelle and her family joined First Presbyterian in June of 2016. After working 15 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Rowan County, Michelle left the practice of law in October, 2018 to follow God’s call into service for Him and spend more time with her husband and children. A former member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in China Grove, Michelle was on staff as their Children’s Choir Director from September, 2013 through May, 2016 and previously led as a Deacon on their Consistory. At First Presbyterian, Michelle has been active on the Missions Team (including serving as chair) and sings with the Adult Chancel Choir.
Originally from China Grove, Michelle graduated from Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) summa cum laude in 2000, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Management and Pre-Law Studies. She then attended Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, receiving her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2003. She is married to Ryan and they are proud parents of twin boys, Landon and Noah.
Michelle loves traveling and spending time with her family, especially at the beach or Walt Disney World! She has a passion for music, all things Hawai’i, and packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. She also enjoys helping Ryan in the garden, shopping, and good food (especially The Melting Pot). Michelle is grateful to be on staff at First Presbyterian, and excited to see where God leads her!
Kay Yates, organist
Kay loves music! Not only does she play the organ, but she also is the president of the Piedmont Choral Society.
Terri Pruett, office manager/bookkeeper
Terri loves what she does – and you can tell! She has worked in churches in both Kannapolis and Mooresville and helps keep us straight. She is married to Bruce and has two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys technology, chess, photography, reading, music and crafts, and always has a smile on her face.
Irene Davis, nursery Director
Irene loves children! She has worked at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for many years.