Meet Our Staff

Fritz Nelson


A native of Boston (Go Sox!) who moved to Columbiana after ten years in New York City, Pastor Fritz is an irreverent reverend who brings an intense focus on scripture, spirituality and mission. Fritz’s own spiritual journey has found him hanging out with evangelicals and Pentecostals, progressives and Catholics. Along the way he has, worked for the National Presbyterian Church in the area of higher education, helped launch a greenspace organization, coordinated disaster response and worked as a fundraiser for The Bowery Mission, one of the country’s oldest homeless ministries.

Pastor Fritz graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (KY). He was ordained in 2004 by the Northern New England Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has been at First Presby since 2014.

Pastor Fritz is generally in the church office Tues – Thurs mornings.

Randy Johnson & Jenn Pike

Finance Team

All church money, whether a donation or a payment, passes through Randy and Jenn, who ensure everything is properly collected, recorded and paid.

Mike Clark

Music Director

An accomplished organist, pianist and choir director, Mike has been playing music and leading worship in churches since he was in 9th grade and has been at First Presbyterian since 2008.

Judy Wilms


Judy is the senior lay leader of the congregation and partners closely with Pastor Fritz to see that the church faithfully fulfills its calling to congregation and community.

Karen Clark


Karen keeps the floors spotless and the dust to a minimum while also juggling set up and take down for all the events and services conducted by the church.

Judy Stuckey


Judy keeps the office organized and running smoothly while Pastor Fritz runs around doing whatever it is that he does. She is the person to talk to about building use or general questions about what’s going on.

Judy is in the church office, Mon – Thurs from 9 – 12.

JoAnn Barto

HUB Coordinator

An accomplished artist, retreat leader and teacher of spiritual practice, Jo is Coordinator of THE HUB and resident spiritual director.