Staff

Ryan Donahoe - Pastor, pastor@petoskeypres.org

Ryan Donahoe was born in Maryland but has lived in seven different states. He graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a Technical Theatre degree and has worked and taught at universities across the US. He has a graduate degree in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University and his M.Div from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.

Ryan, and his wife Andrea, recently moved to Petoskey with their two young children, Moira and Kellan. They are excited to live in such a beautiful place and are looking forward to exploring Northern Michigan. Both Ryan and Andrea are adventurous folk who love skiing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and laughing with their friends and family.

Owen James - Director of Music Ministries, musicdir@petoskeypres.org

Northern Michigan native Owen James, formerly known as “Jim Owen,” has recently returned to Petoskey, and has resumed his position as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church, where he served from the year 2000 until he and his family left the area in 2006. In the intervening years, Owen performed, composed, taught and directed music and worship in Indianapolis and in Portland, Oregon. Since returning to Petoskey earlier this summer, he has appeared on stage as part of the Bay View Music Festival, performed at numerous venues around northern Michigan, and was recently appointed director of the Little Traverse Youth Choir.

The name “Owen James” began as a stage name, but soon became so commonly called upon that it has become his name of choice. Long time friends and associates have warmly welcomed "Jim Owen" back to Petoskey, while new friends and associates are excited to see what "Owen James" has to offer, as a performer, teacher and music director.

Kimberlea Timm - Christian Education Director, christianeddir@petoskeypres.org

Kim was born in Petoskey, MI in 1974. She was baptized and raised in Petoskey Presbyterian Church. After graduating from Petoskey High School, she went to Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI where she majored in English and earned her teaching degree in Elementary Education.

Kim met her husband, Jerry Timm, while attending LSSU. They were married at Petoskey Presbyterian Church on July 19, 1997. After both graduated LSSU, they moved to Waterford, MI for Jerry's job. Kim taught kindergarten and first grade the first two years we were there. After that, she substitute taught for one year while pregnant with their first child, Louise. After Louise was born, Kim became a stay-at-home mom. In 2003, they moved back to Petoskey. Shortly after moving, they found out they were expecting their second child. Avery was born in February, 2004. Their third child, Nicklas, was born in July, 2008. Baby number four, Mary Jane, was born on May 15, 2010.

Kim started working as the Christian Education Director in January, 2007. She really enjoys being able to help bring the families of the church together for fellowship times.


Tisha Cone - Administrative Assistant, office@petoskeypres.org  

Tisha started her job as administrative assistant in June 2012.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Library Media from Georgia State University. Tisha lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for 17 years and worked as a legal research librarian and a school librarian while there.  She brings with her a background in research and technology. 

Tisha grew up in the Grand Rapids area but has been visiting the Petoskey area since she was a child. She relocated here in 2012 after marrying her husband, Scott. Tisha has a two-year old daughter and three grown stepchildren with Scott. 


Bruce Cutshall - Sexton

Born in Detroit to Norman and Madilyn Cutshall, Bruce was raised in Gross Pointe Woods until his family moved to Petoskey in 1968. After graduating from Petoskey High School, he received an Associates Degree from Ferris State College.  He married Rochelle Warden in 1985 and they have two sons, Matthew and Jacob and two grandsons, Jasper and Benjamin.  Bruce worked for 22 years at Lakeview Manufacturing in Petoskey prior to joining our staff in December 2011.

Cheryl Roberts - Nursery Supervisor

Cheryl joined our staff in May 2014.