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Staff and Leaders

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Jacob Todd

Organist and Choirmaster 

Jacob, a native of Berlin, MD, was graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (B.S.) and Glassboro University  (M.M.).  He enjoys sharing his music with other people.


He formerly taught music in Accomack County Public Schools (VA) and has worked as a licensed real estate associate in Maryland. 


In his free time, Jacob enjoys writing music and reading.

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Beth LaBrunda

Administrative Assistant

Beth and her husband, Lou live in Ocean Pines with Lou's Dad (Grandpa Lou), Gertie (a mysterious Corgi/Shepherd mix), and Mabel (a rambunctious one-eyed Pug).  After enjoying 30+ years in the mortgage banking industry, Beth became Lou's apprentice while he built their home on the St. Martin River.  They have six amazing grown kids, eight beautiful grandkids, and an ever growing number of grand-dogs and cats.  They relish the opportunities to share Eastern Shore life with their family and friends.


Beth has a passion for studying Scripture, knitting, reading, learning to sew and seeing grace with new eyes.  She and Lou are extraordinarily grateful for each chapter of their lives - even the ones that stretched them beyond their strength.  "Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28.


Soli Deo Gloria

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Bill Owens


Lives in Berlin.  Married to Jan Owens (41 years).  Has four daughters and seven grandchildren.  Retired mathematics educator, 27 years as a classroom teacher, three years as a building administrator, five years as a county supervisor and three years as a college instructor. Member of Berlin Lions Club for 37 years (Past President twice).  Member of First Presbyterian Church 41 yrs.


Marty Cropper


I was born and raised in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. Graduated from Sewickley Valley Hospital in 1963.  Married Leroy Cropper in 1964.   Joined as a member of this church in the mid 1960's. Became a widow in 1995 when Leroy died fighting a fire here in Ocean City.

I have 2 sons, John and Scott  and   a grandson Benjamin.

I am very much involved in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and support many of its activities.

I enjoy knitting, reading, crocheting, and traveling.

I am working as a school nurse at Stephen Decatur High School.

My responsibilities  here at church involve co-chairing the fellowship committee responsible for sanctuary flower dedications, liaison to the Deacons , and co-chairman of the W.O.W.


Rich Wright


Church:  Joined the FPOC in July 2009.  It was and still is a very friendly welcoming community of Jesus Christ believers.  Rich currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Mission/Evangelism Committees on Session.


Family:  Married Nancy in June  1958.  They have four children (two daughters, two sons), 11 grandchildren and one great grandson.

Career:  Commissioned in the USAF in June 1957 and served as a communications officer in maintenance, operations, detachment commander, radio frequency engineer and manager, retiring in 1980.  Overseas assignments were in the Philippines, Okinawa and Vietnam.  Stateside locations were in West Texas, Northern Michigan and the Washington DC area.

After the Air Force, he worked as a contractor in the radio frequency management area for the DoD (1980-1985) and NASA (1985-2006).  He specialized in national and international radio regulations attending national and international meetings/conferences representing NASA/US interests as a State Department representative.

Home:  Rich and Nancy moved to Ocean Pines, Maryland in 2007, after he retired.  He enjoys visiting family and friends, playing bridge and golf (weather permitting).

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Marguerite (Peggy) Webster


I spent most of my adult life in Baltimore County where I raised a son and twin daughters, and now have six grandchildren.  I had a career as a Health Insurance Specialist with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


When I retired in 2005, I moved to Ocean Pines, Maryland and shortly thereafter, joined the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City.  I have previously served the church as a Deacon and was recently named as an Elder.


I enjoy staying active and have served as a volunteer at Atlantic General Hospital for the past ten years.  I believe that serving my church is a way to stay spiritually close to God and my Community of Faith.


Jan Owens


A member of First Presbyterian of Ocean City since 1975.  Has served as an Elder, Trustee, Deacon, and Sunday School Teacher.  I am presently an Elder and member of the choir and Treasurer of the church.


Married to Bill Owens for 41 years.  A mother of four daughters and grandmother to seven.


Retired pharmacist.  Recording Secretary of the Worcester County Garden Club, singer in Pine Tones and volunteer at Berlin library.

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Steve Hales


Steve grew up in Snow Hill and Ocean City,  graduated from Snow Hill High School, and attended the Baltimore Institute.  He has been married to Ann for 49 years and they have 2 sons,  Andy and Kevin, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


He served Worcester County as Register of Wills from 1980-1998. Steve was Clerk of the Circuit Court from 1998-2014.  He retired December 2014.  He was President of the Ocean  City Volunteer Fire Department for many years and is now a retired Volunteer Fire Fighter.


Nancy Wright


Church:  Nancy has been a member of FPOC since July 2009.  She serves as a Deacon.


Family:  Married to Rich in June 1958 in the Philippine Islands.  Four children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson.


Education:  Nancy attended Sacred Heart Catholic School for grades 1-8; Crystal City High School for grades 9-12; S.E. Missouri College (1954-1957) with a BS Education;, and graduate studies at the University of Maryland.


Career:  Taught 1st Grade for 30 years in Prince George's County.  Presently tutoring at Seaside Christian School.

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Carol Reese


I was born in Logan Ohio and moved to Maryland when I was five.  I graduated from the University of Maryland. I taught school and later became a Media Specialist. I have been retired for ten years.  Bob and I have been married for almost fifty-one years. We have two children and one grandson.  We moved to Ocean City four years ago.

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Bob Reese


I was born in Frostburg,  Maryland and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Married Carol in 1968. Graduated from the University of Maryland while working at IBM.  Was lucky enough to work on Apollo 8 and Apollo 11.  Later Worked for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and held a seat for AAC Emergency Management.  I retired about 8 years ago and have since enjoyed going on mission trips and serving on the Board of Directors for a Presbyterian Church apartment complex for low income senior citizens.

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Mary Snyder


Having always been involved with various churches from my youth, I always tended to work with music, art, youth groups, and members. I was raised in the Midwest, attended Colorado Woman’s College in Denver earning an Associate of Arts Degree in business and art and then moved to New York, Connecticut, and Maryland with my husband and 4 children as he directed National Association Organizations. We formed our own National Association management company and retired several years ago.  We moved to Ocean City in 2006 and joined the 1st Presbyterian Church of Ocean City right away.  My husband of 58 years went to Heaven 4 years ago. I have 7 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter, most of them educated and living in Maryland. I look forward to serving again as a Deacon.

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Sue Latour

Elder - Clerk of Session

I grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and my first trip to OC was in the summer of ’76 when I worked at Dayton’s on the Boardwalk while in college.  After earning degrees in Applied Physics and Industrial Engineering, I spent 30+ years in Massachusetts, working for technology companies as a software engineer and later managing other engineers.


I married Jim, my husband, 15 years ago, and so I have two step-sons, and four grandkids.  We met when I decided I wanted to get my private pilot license.  He was my flight instructor.  :)  When it was time for us to retire, it was time to move to the beach!  I – and then we, had been coming here on vacation ever since I worked here that summer.  I started attending FPOC shortly after moving here, and joined because of the wonderful church family I found here, and the opportunities for fellowship and outreach.


I like to stay busy.  I volunteer with Maryland Coastal Bays as a seal steward, a turtle counter, and I do monthly water quality testing for them.  The American Cancer Society has a program called Road to Recovery that I volunteer with as well.  We provide folks with rides to their treatments.  I also enjoy birding, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

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Karen Eberle


I am one of five children, including a twin brother, born in Washington, D.C. but raised in suburban Philadelphia.  After graduating from Bloomsburg State College with a B.S. in Special Education, my first teaching job landed me in Milford, Delaware.  I then discovered the beaches along the coast.

My husband, John and I have been married over 40 years and raised our daughter and son in Wayne, PA.  We spent many summer vacations in Ocean City and decided to move down here after we retired. 

As a fairly new member of the church, I look forward to using my talents wherever they are needed.  I enjoy sewing and other needlecrafts in my spare time.

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Jan Phillips


After vacationing in the area for many years, Jan and her husband Don retired to Ocean Pines in 2004.  They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Jan grew up in RI and both Jan and Don graduated from University of Connecticut and lived in that state prior to retirement.


Worked as a bookkeeper in CT and assisted husband who is a CPA.


Currently a deacon and enjoys volunteering at the Church’s Grace Parker Breakfast in the winter and the Working Students Breakfast in the summer.


Loves to travel!

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Ann Hales


Ann grew up in Ocean City and graduated from Stephen Decatur in 1970, then attended one year of business school in Salisbury, Maryland.  She has been married to Steve for 49 years and they have 2 sons,  Andy and Kevin, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Ann worked 36 years for Taylor Bank, as Secretary to the Senior Vice President for 17 years, and then as n Administrative Assistant until she retired in 2018.  She now enjoys working summers at Assateague State Park.

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Beth Fisher


I have lived almost my entire life in Ocean City.  I grew up in this church.  My mother, who was one of the oldest members when she passed away in 2014, made sure that as a child I attended Sunday School and church every week.  While I very much enjoyed the social aspects, I found Sunday School lessons and church extremely boring.  Needless to say, I stopped attending altogether when no longer required.


There were decades when I did not attend any church at all.  In 2020 my daughter, Stephanie passed away unexpectedly, leaving me devastated.  I met Pastor Dan for the very first time at Stephanie's funeral because I felt that a Pastor should be there, and didn't know who else to call.  With my only child now gone, along with most of my family, I was truly in a bad place.


I later told Pastor Dan that I felt like a lost soul, and he promised to help me get un-lost.  I started attending Sunday School and church regularly, and it has made a huge difference in my life.  I now have a family again, a church family, with some of my mother's dearest friends now my friends!


I decided to put my trust in the Lord because nothing else seem to be working.  He responded by graciously carrying me through the past there years and continues to do so!  Although I still suffer pain and grief every day, I am now a much stronger person that I ever was.  I look forward to using my new strength to serve others.

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