The staff of a Presbyterian congregation work under the direction of the Session. The staff of First Presbyterian Church welcome you! Please use the Contact form to contact any staff member.
Music Director – Johnna Compton
A note from Johnna
Hello! My name is Johnna Compton, and I’m well into my 10th year as the music director for First Presbyterian Church of Ada. I have my bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from East Central University as well as my masters degree in education with a concentration in library science. I live with my 7 year old son, Sullivan Taylor, who is also a budding musician.
As music director, I lead choir rehearsals and conduct the adult choir for our church during the months of August through May. During the summer, musicians from the church provide solos, duets, and ensembles for our Sunday anthems. We also have begun the tradition of collaborating with musicians from other churches forming bell choirs in the summer and during other seasonal holidays such as advent. We are currently collaborating with musicians from the community to provide a night of lessons and carols in December.
I encourage you all to join us for a Wednesday night rehearsal to see if you can find a place in our choir for you. We are a welcoming group that has truly become a family as we gather for worship each week to praise the Lord with song.
In Christ’s love,
Organist – Bonita Blackburn
A note from Bonita
Music has always been a part of my life. Piano lessons started at age 5, and I was an accompanist as well as percussionist until High School graduation. I began my teaching career while still in High school.
I hold three Higher Education Degrees; Bachelor of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University; Bachelor of Science in Piano Performance from East Central University, and a Masters of Administration also from East Central University.
After 22 years at East Central University, I retired in 2012 as the Director of Enrollment Management. After retirement, I formed and am now the Director of Classic Arts Academy in Ada, where Fine Arts lessons in music and art are taught by professionals.
I have been organist/pianist at First Presbyterian since 2001.
Administrative Assistant / Secretary – Laureen Griffin
A note from Laureen
Hello! My name is Laureen Griffin and I am your new Administrative Assistant / Secretary. I’ve had a chance to already meet some of you in the office and I have been made to feel so welcome; thank you for that. Hope to meet everyone else as time goes by. I am a transplant to Oklahoma by way of Maryland and Texas (and by the way Oklahoma wins for best sunsets of everywhere I’ve lived). I worked in Dallas as an Administrative Assistant for several years and after moving to OK I worked for First United Bank. It has only been a few weeks and I already feel like an integral part of the team.
Treasurer – Carol Peshehonoff
A note from Carol
Greetings! I am Carol Peshehonoff, the new treasurer for FPC of Ada and have been a member for the past 15 years. I am also employed fulltime at East Central University as the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Professional Programs in Human Services. I was born and raised in Tulsa, graduated from Tulsa Central High School, and have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Northeastern State University. Prior to moving to Ada from Southern California in the summer of 1999, I was the accounting manager for a post-production company in Hollywood (I never have gotten around to doing the social work thing). My husband Theo and I have one son, Joe who lives in Norman with his wife Taylor.
I look forward to serving the church and the congregation in the role of church treasurer. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance.
Nursery Caregivers – Sarah Thompson and Anna Bratcher
Custodian – Karah Thompson
A note from Karah
My name is Karah Thompson. I was born in Ada, and I graduated from Ada High School. I was baptized here at First Presbyterian Church when I was 5 days old, at Christmas Eve service, and confirmed at age 12. I am in my 11th year serving as sexton/custodian at FPC. I am a proud member of this church and I invite my neighbors to come experience church here!
Pastor – Scott M. White
The Rev. Scott M. White was born in Iowa to Charles and Suzan–two great parents. He and his family lived in West Virginia and Louisiana as well. He received degrees from Emory University and the University of Michigan. He worked 13 years in his first career, information technology.
Sensing the call to full-time vocational ministry, in the spring of 2000 Scott enrolled in the M. Div. program at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, Georgia, a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary, under care of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in January of 2004 at his home church, Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church of Duluth, Georgia, Scott began serving as installed pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Escanaba, Michigan. After an 11 year tenure, Scott was called by First Presbyterian Church of Ada, Oklahoma to be installed pastor. He is a minister member of Indian Nations Presbytery, and active in local community ministries.
Scott and Miriam have been married 28 years, and are the proud parents of three young adults.
A note from Scott
Friends, thanks for stopping by the web site. This is a wonderful congregation that loves God and neighbor and witnesses to God in the world. We have a neat blend of older and newer ministries going on. We seek to be both rooted in tradition and free in the Spirit. If you’d like to talk just give me a call–I’d love to. In the meantime the grace and peace of Christ to you!