Staff and Leaders

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Dan McKenty

Pastor

Dan McKenty grew up outside Philadelphia, PA in the small town of West Chester. He attended Wilmington Friends High School and earned his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

 

After pursuing a handful of odd jobs, Dan earned his J.D. from Widener University Law School and practiced law in Delaware for 28 years as a defense litigator and trial lawyer.

 

Following God’s calling to the ministry, Dan attended Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia where he earned his M.Div. Dan’s pastoral education and chaplaincy was done at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

 

Dan is married to his wife Tina and has a grown son, Andrew and a grown stepdaughter, Stephanie. The family is made complete with two Dalmatian rescues, Diamond and Maddie.

 

Dan is solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City, MD and a member of several local ecumenical groups and organizations. Together Dan and Tina enjoy hiking, biking, reading and exploring all the activities a beach community has to offer. Of his first call to ministry Dan says, “To be given the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a welcoming community to people who are eager to hear God’s Word is truly a blessing.” If not at church or around the house, it’s a good bet Dan has grabbed his fishing pole and headed for the bay in hopes of catching “the big one!”

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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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Mabel Rogers

Elder - Clerk of Session

Mabel lives in Taylorville with her husband, Donald.  They raised two children, Dawn and Chris and have four grandchildren but all of the kids call her “Granny”.  Together they owned and operated Rainy Day Sporting Goods on Route 589 until retirement.  Since then Mabel has volunteered at many organizations.  She is on the board of Worcester County Historical Society, Ocean City Museum Society, Inc. and Thimble Collectors International.  She is Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City and serves in many positions around the church.

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Lisa Bayles

Elder

Married for 29 years. No children. Grew up in Snow Hill then moved to Ocean City at age 15. Graduated from Stephen Decatur High then attended nursing school at Peninsula Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1976. Have worked in nursing for 43 years. Continued my education eventually obtaining two nurse practitioner certificates as both a Women’s Health NP and Family NP. Further education included a Bachelor’s and Masters of Science and most recently a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Additionally, obtained certification as a Nurse Colposcopist.

Continue to work in Women’s Health for the local hospital. Over the years, speaker on topics in Women’s Health.

Hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening, singing in the choir and of course, shopping.

Love Ocean City and the Eastern Shore

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Bill Owens

Elder

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.

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Marty Cropper

Elder

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.

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Chris Greenwood

Elder

Chris grew up in Ocean City and is a lifelong member of the church.

 

He graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1989.  He then attended the Culinary Institute of America and University of Maryland Easter Shore, earning degrees in Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management.

 

Chris is the church representative and chairman of Samaritan Properties, Inc., owner of the Samaritan Shelter in Pocomoke City, which was created by the Presbyterian churches of Worcester County in 1986 to help combat homelessness in the area.

 

Chris enjoys being an integral part of the Grace Parker Breakfast and mowing the church and manse lawns.

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Rich Wright

Elder

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

Elder

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.

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Jan Owens

Deacon

A member of First Presbyterian of Ocean City since 1975.  Has served as an Elder, Trustee and Sunday School Teacher.

Am presently a Deacon 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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Jan Phillips

Deacon

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.

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Tina McKenty

Deacon

 Tina McKenty grew up in the North Wilmington, DE neighborhood of Bellefonte. She is a graduate of Padua Academy High School. After having spent years in the corporate and legal professions, Tina found her calling as a care giver for domestic pets and an advocate for the loving care of all of God’s creatures. She is the founder and owner of “Happy at Home Pet Care”, an in-home pet care service where she cares for animals of all kinds bringing God’s love and nurture to all those we love and depend on.

    Continuing to respond to God’s call, Trina was ordained as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church (USA) where she ministers to her congregation, those in the community and, of course, anyone on four legs. Her compassion, understanding and love of the Gospel make her a true asset to First Presbyterian Church. Tina may be reached at tinamckenty@gmail.com.

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Nancy Wright

Deacon

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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Dee Lebo

Deacon

Dee serves as a Deacon and as our Nursery provider during Sunday School and Worship Services each Sunday.

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Carol Reese

Deacon

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

Elder

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

Deacon

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

Deacon

I grew up in Chambersburg, Penna, 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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