Rev. Carter Lester, Co-Pastor
Carter, a native of North Carolina, is a graduate of Duke University, University of Virginia Law School, and Union-PSCE in Richmond, Virginia. He met Kerry in college as they worked together in a youth ministry to high school students. After doing a “Volunteer-in-Mission” year through the Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Carter practiced law for five years in Baltimore, before responding to a call to enter the ministry. He then joined Kerry as co-associate pastor of a downtown congregation in Richmond before coming to Pottstown. He completed his Doctor of Ministry at McCormick Seminary in 1999, and he has served since then on several occasions as adjunct faculty in McCormick’s D. Min. program.
Carter is always ready to watch college basketball, especially when it comes to the Duke Blue Devils. He also enjoys gardening, tennis, cycling, and reading. But his biggest hobby these days is spending time with family, which has grown to include three daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Rev. Kerry Pidcock-Lester, Co-Pastor
A native of Allentown, Pa, Kerry headed south to Duke University for college, and then surprised herself by going to Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. After a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer year with Carter, she served urban congregations in Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va. as an associate pastor before coming to FPC Pottstown as co-pastor. The earnest, willing and playful spirit of the saints in Pottstown has continuously kindled her interest and gratitude since 1994, and often refreshed and fueled her faith.
Kerry has been a contributing writer to Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospel, “Interpretation: Journal of Bible and Theology,” and “Christian Century” magazine, and has served on various community boards such as the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, the Pottstown Regional Public Library, and the TriCounty YWCA.
With Carter, Kerry is the parent of three grown daughters. What gives her pleasure? Singing, and long walks in beautiful places near and far, reading by the fire, playing the piano–not publicly, binging a good tv show– preferably set in another century, supper on the porch with friends and family, and being “G” to two enthralling munchkins.
Jo Ann Bathurst, Director of Childrens Music
Jo Ann (better known as “Mrs. B”) is a church member for over 50 years. She is a pre-school music teacher at HENS Nursery School at First Pres as well as The Goddard School in Pottstown for almost 20 years. She was classically trained with 12 years of private voice lessons as well as many years of experience as a soloist with the former Pottstown Symphony and in many local churches. She brings a love of performance and her goal is for all of her choir members to have a lifetime love of singing. She considers it both a privilege and a blessing to interact with the youth of the church, through the Cherub Choir, Celtic Singers and the Christmas Eve Pageant.
Jaylee Ferreri, Director for Children, Youth and Family Ministry
With an extensive background in education, Jaylee has worked in management, marketing, enrollment, teaching and coaching. She is a graduate of Lock Haven University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a certificate of business from Ursinus College. Jaylee and her husband, Mike, were married at First Pres and raised their two sons at here. They were also youth advisors for 15 years. An avid Philadelphia sports fan, Jaylee also loves to try new restaurants and enjoy a good crossword puzzle.
Cynthia Foust, Music Director
Cindy has a B.S. in Music Education and a B.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. She received her Masters of Music degree from West Chester University. Cindy retired from the Pottsgrove School District in 2015 after serving as the MS/HS Choral Director for the past 35 years. Cindy has two grown children, and loves to read, garden, walk, travel, and spend lots of time seeing concerts, theatre and being at the beach.
Marie Kayati, Administrative Assistant
Marie and her husband John moved from South Jersey to Pottstown in 1999. They adopted their daughter, Mischa, in 2007. After working as an Administrative Assistant in the legal field for more than 20 years, Marie has been serving as the Administrative Assistant at First Pres since June of 2016. Marie enjoys decorating, organizing, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with family.
Dawn Skelly, Nurse
Dawn received her BSN at the University of Delaware in 1988. She served as a clinical nurse and manager at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 13 years. Dawn has spent time working as a home health care nurse and a certified school nurse. Dawn grew up in Montgomery County and lives in Collegeville with her husband and three boys. She enjoys spending time with her family including her two active dogs, time at the beach, and taking photography lessons.
Thomas Spitko, Sexton
Tom has been at First Pres for over 10 years. He and his wife Cindy have four children and four grandchildren. Tom served 4 years in the Coast Guard and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years. Tom loves spending time with his children and his grandchildren and playing golf every chance he gets! Tom loves his work at the church and interacting with the congregation.
Deb Voytko, Organist
Deb has been organist at four Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania since 1975, and has had the privilege of playing the piano and organ here since 2008. Deb and her husband David have two grown children and a granddaughter, Viviana Rose. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, read and embroider.