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Ryan Donahoe - Pastor,

Rev. Ryan Donahoe is passionate about missions and spreading the love of God to the entire world. 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 believes that the church must be a safe place where everyone is welcome and where questions are always encouraged. He is actively involved in providing humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba, strengthening connections across churches and religions, and exploring the majesty and beauty of God’s creation. Ryan, and his wife, Andrea, have two young children who keep them very busy and bring them great joy. The whole family loves to be outside, no matter the season, by skiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. 

You are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey and his door is always open for people to stop by and chat. Whether you grew up in the church, or have never stepped into a church before, there is a place for you at FPCP. 

Owen James - Director of Music Ministries,

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.

Andrea "Andy" Donahoe - Director of Spiritual Growth,

Andrea grew up in Washington State (the desert part, not the trees part) and graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a Psychology degree. After pursuing graduate work in Child Development, she spent over a decade teaching at colleges and Universities in North Carolina, Washington, Iowa, and Michigan. When not teaching, she spent time as a Youth Director, a Residence Director, a preschool teacher, and an early childhood consultant. 

She is passionate about teaching and learning across all ages, from babies to long-time retirees. She is excited to step into this interim position and to work alongside her husband, Ryan, and the staff of First Presbyterian.

K. Maya Story - Music Accompanist

Maya has been reading music as long as she has been reading words and was standing up and singing in church with her family before that.  Professionally, she has worked as a church pianist/ organist on and off since 1992.  As a pianist and vocalist, she has performed at many venues locally and nationally, both solo and with Owen James.  

In addition to making music, Maya is a music therapist with degrees from University of Miami and Indiana University.  Currently she is a PhD research candidate at Aalborg University, Denmark.  Her clinical research explores the effects of music and imagery on stress and trauma. She has worked as a music therapist clinically in mental health and medical settings and academically as an assistant professor in music therapy programs.  She currently teaches online for the Music Therapy program at Eastern Michigan University.  Maya is passionate about providing music to enhance worship.

Tisha Cone - Administrative Assistant,  

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.