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Rev. Dr. Wanda Suddreth Neely, Interim Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Wanda Suddreth Neely came to First Presbyterian Church of Morganton from serving as senior pastor/head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Kinston, NC.


Before serving at Kinston, Wanda served as co-pastor/co-head of staff at First Presbyterian church of Greenville, NC, and before that as pastor/head of staff at Union Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, NC. Wanda came to positions in pastoring from Providence Presbytery, where she served as associate executive for education and church development and acting executive. She has also served as a campus minister for the campuses of Charleston, SC, and as an interim and stated supply pastor and chaplain at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Vidant Medical Center.


A graduate of Gardner-Webb University, Wanda earned a Master of Divinity at Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, and completed her Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, with dissertation work in medical ethics. 


Wanda is married to the Rev. Dr. William K. Neely, who recently retired from serving as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, NC.  The Neelys have three children and two grandchildren. 


Email: wanda@firstpresmorganton.org




Robert A. Smith, Director of Music

The music program at First Presbyterian is under the direction of Robert A. Smith, who has served the church as Director of Music since 1998. A graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and the Yale School of Music, he is a Caldwell County native who has served as music director in diverse denominational settings. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory. 

Email: robert@firstpresmorganton.org





Robyn Herrera, Office Administrator

Robyn Herrera was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and is married with two children. Robyn and her family moved from Texas to Western North Carolina in 2010. Robyn’s work experience includes fifteen years as Administrative Assistant to a Vice President of North American Sales for a company in the telecom industry. Robyn enjoys spending time with her family, working in her garden, and attending her daughter’s travel soccer games.

Email: robyn@firstpresmorganton.org



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Rev. Lynn Webber, Parish Associate for Pastoral Care

Lynn has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and hospital chaplain during her twenty years of ordained ministry and worked previously as Parish Associate for Pastoral Care and Adult Spiritual Formation at First Presbyterian in Hickory.  She lives with her husband, Tom, and almost teenage daughter, Elizabeth, in Black Mountain, where she enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga, music, and a wide variety of amazing friends. 

Email: rebbewnnyl@hotmail.com



Cornelio (CJ) Juarez, Church Custodian
Cornelio and his wife, Nicole, have two young daughters, Anna Elaine and Monica Joann.  Cornelio enjoys playing soccer, loves the outdoors, and most of all, loves and enjoys spending time with his family.


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