Congregational Care Staff

The Congregational Ministry staff works as a team and one of our goal is to provide meaningful pastoral care to you and your loved ones.  It is especially important to us that you know we honor confidentiality and will protect any information or situation you share with us. 

Dolly JacobsDolly Jacobs

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Dolly is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn, a masters in pastoral care and counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans and a  masters of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dolly is currently a student at San Francisco Theological Seminary working toward a doctorate in Pastoral Care Counseling. She is married to Bill and they have two daughters, Sydney Hunt and Ce Ce Hunt.
 
Dolly began her ministry at First Presbyterian Church as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship in 2003. In her 14 years, Dolly has enjoyed meeting and engaging the visitors and new members who are seeking a life of meaning through a Christ-centered community. In January of 2015 she moved into the journey alongside all generations in times of joy and sorrow in her role as Congregational Care director.

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David Partington

David Partington

Parish Associate for Pastoral Care

Since his retirement from Westminster Presbyterian Church in May, 2005, David has lived his life as a “polished arrow in God’s Quiver” (Isaiah 49:2). A first arrow landed at First Presbyterian Church in August, 2005, with a call to be a Parish Associate for Congregational Care. He delights in this ministry as well as singing in the Chancel Choir. Another arrow landed at Well-Spring Retirement Community where he leads a weekly Thursday worship service in the Assisted Living Auditorium.  David and his wife Brokie are the parents of three adult children and have two grandsons. He sees God in all modes of Beauty.

To get in touch with David, contact Debby Foster.

Maggie Turner

Our former congregational nurse, Maggie Turner, has returned to our ministry team primarily to administer the Sadye Bowles Fund. To get in touch with Maggie, contact Debby Foster.

FPC pastors

Senior Pastor Sid Batts and Executive Pastor Neil Dunnavant are also available for Congregational Care conversations and visits, as are our Cynthia Price Pastoral Residents, Josh and Lara Musser Gritter.

Doug McElroy

Doug McLeroy

Parish Associate for Pastoral Care

Doug served 30 years as a chaplain in the United States Army and 15 years as a pastor. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Georgia State University, Atlanta. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is also a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

To get in touch with Doug, contact Debby Foster.

Russell Sherrill

Russell Sherrill

Church Visitor

In terms of his service to the congregation as a part of our Congregational Care Ministry at First Presbyterian Church Russell is our most senior member.  For many years he has been the face of the congregation to many people recuperating from an illness. 

Because he knows our congregation so well he is in invaluable presence in our Congregational Care Ministry. 

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