Staff

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.

Administrative Assistant / Secretary – Laureen Griffin

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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.

Organist/Pianist – Miriam Kast White

A note from Miriam

Hello……my name is Miriam White and I have been the organist/pianist here at FPC since June 6, 2021.  I provide the service music from either the organ or piano each Sunday, as well as play for the choir when they have an offering.  I have been playing in churches professionally since 1995, with FPC Ada being my third Presbyterian church.  I have a special fondness for the presbyterian worship service in that it offers a beautiful mix of styles, and while the ‘something for everyone’ model doesn’t always work, I believe it does here. I am always open to special hymn suggestions as well as instrumentalists who are interested in making an offering on a given Sunday.  I am grateful for this position.  

Treasurer – Carol Peshehonoff

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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.

Sexton – Karah Thompson

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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!

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Pastor – Scott M. White

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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, business information technology.

Sensing the call to full-time vocational ministry, in the spring of 2000 Scott enrolled in the Master of Divinity 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 pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Escanaba, Michigan.  In 2015 Scott was called to be pastor by FPC/Ada.  He is a minister member of Indian Nations Presbytery, and has been active in community and presbytery ministries.

Scott and Miriam have been married 29 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 and serves God and neighbor and knows Christian joy along the way.  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 be with you!