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First Presbyterian Church of Laurens, SC Staff

The Rev. Dr. Mike McCracken

As one who has come to ministry later in life, I continue to marvel at what it means to be called to this particular work as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.  I find myself humbled that God has called me to this work and amazed at the sacred places  - such as pulpits, hospital rooms and gravesides - where I am able to serve.  I am thankful each day for God’s providence and care that have brought me to this place.

The Rev. Dr. Ken Lister
Director Of Music and Chancel Choir Director

I am a graduate of Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music (Church Music, Voice, Conducting).  I earned my Masters Degree in Church Music (Church Music Education, Conducting) in 1970 from Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville and my Doctorate in Ministry (Theology and Pastoral Care) in 1995 from Erskine Seminary.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve at First Presbyterian. If you enjoy singing and worshiping God through music, and can carry a tune in a bucket, please bring your bucket to choir rehearsal on Wednesday nights at 7:15 in the choir room downstairs! 

John Swofford
Business Manager

Hello!  After twenty-five years in the banking industry, I retired in 2004.  In 2015, I became Financial Secretary/Business Manager here at First Presbyterian Church. Mary Ellen and I are the parents of two sons and six grandsons.  Working part time gives me ample time with our grandsons and family and for playing golf with friends.  I find it very rewarding working with our church staff and our church family.

Jean L. Cann
Organist and Director of Handbells

Hello!  My name is Jean Cann, and I direct the Jubilate Bells. My life has been spent in church music and I have loved it.  Formal development of my ‘gift’ began at age 10 with piano studies plus informal organ lessons with the organist at my home church. I obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University, and earned my Master of Music Education from Winthrop University while working as a high school choral director and piano lab instructor. I also served with the music programs at each of my late husband’s pastorates.  For relaxation, I enjoy going to the Blue Ridge Mountains. On my tea mug is a saying, “Success is doing what you love and being true to yourself!” I have only been able to accomplish this because of my faith in God and trying to carry out His will.

Professional photos by Holmes Photography

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