Our Ministers and Leadership
Ronald Lowell Shive
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Ron grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated from Brainerd High School. He studied at Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Microbiology. He holds a Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, studied additionally at Erskine Theological Seminary, and received his Doctorate of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Ron has served three churches in South Carolina (First Presbyterian Church, Greenville – Associate Pastor; Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest – Pastor; and Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Chapin – Senior Pastor) prior to coming to Burlington in 2002.
Ron is married to Pamela Young Shive, who is an educational consultant with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. They have two grown children, two children-in-law, and one granddaughter.
Lindsay Rae Conrad
Associate Pastor for Young Adults, Mission and Congregational Care
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Lindsay Rae Conrad earned her Masters in Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, Lindsay believes in following Christ’s example of serving those who are in need. She has a passion for working with individuals who are in poverty, who are hungry, homeless, and unable to afford housing. While in Ann Arbor, she organized activities for Local Missions providing opportunities to engage church members in their communities. Lindsay writes that she is “called to bridge the gaps between people who live on the streets and people who gather for worship Sunday after Sunday.”
Associate Pastor for Student and Family Ministries
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Taylor was raised in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, in the hills of Pittsburgh. He graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Grove City College and, feeling called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament during his Junior year, continued on into his theological studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earning his M. Div. in 2016. Taylor has always had a passion for walking with young people in their faith and growing together as Christ’s disciples, having worked previously as the Director of Youth Ministries at Delmont Presbyterian Church and the Campus Ministry Assistant to Seton Hill University at First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, PA. He believes in seeing young people as not simply the future of the Church, but also as leaders of the present Church, joining in with the multitude of faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.
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Charlotte claims both Graham, NC and Wytheville, VA her home. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon College in 1996. In addition to her Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union-PSCE, Charlotte earned her Master of Social Work in 1999 from Virginia Commonwealth University. While serving as Director of Youth Ministries in Alexandria, VA from 1999 to 2007, she earned her Certification in Christian Education. Before her call to Burlington, Charlotte served for seven years as Director of Christian Nurture at FPC Lumberton, NC. She is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) and has led workshops for national and local Christian Education events. Charlotte has served on Synod and Presbytery leadership committees, outdoor ministry, and strategic planning. Currently, Charlotte serves on the Salem Presbytery EQUIP Team.
J. Patrick Murphy
Organist – Choirmaster
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J. Patrick Murphy, appointed to this position in December 2007, oversees all aspects of music ministry. He holds degrees in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of North Texas. He has studied with Robert Burns King, George Ritchie, Quentin Faulkner, Charles Brown, and Christopher Brayne. In addition, he has completed courses of study in England at King’s College, Clare College, Oxford University, and the Royal School of Church Music. Patrick is involved with the Greater Greensboro Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, for which he has been a past Dean. Also active in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, he has served on many planning teams for the annual Montreat Conferences on Worship and Music. In 2001, he directed this conference. Prior to his appointment at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, Patrick was Director of Music Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, N.C. (1983-2007). During this tenure, he was invited to be an assistant organist at Bristol Cathedral in Bristol, England, and a guest church musician-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Outside of music activities, he enjoys cooking, reading British detective novels, photography, and traveling to the mountains and the coast of his native North Carolina.
Director of Playschool
Lindy Halverson is a native of Wisconsin where she received her degree in Communicative Disorders from the UW-Stevens Point. She worked in the Wisconsin Public School system as an Early Childhood/Elementary Education Speech and Language Clinician until a move to Nashville, Tn. in 1992 led her to begin serving as lead teacher in the Playschool setting. Lindy moved to Burlington in 2002 and worked in the Alamance Burlington School System for three years; then served as a lead teacher in Playschool at Front Street Methodist before coming to First Presbyterian as the Director of the Playschool in 2008. Lindy enjoys involvement in volunteer activities in the community and in her home church. Her interests include reading, sewing, embroidery, photography, walking and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Director of Child Development Center
Tracy Barker was born in Durham, NC. She began working at the CDC in 1991 and received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Alamance Community College in 1991. Tracy has worked with multiple age groups from 1991 to 2006. In 2003 she received North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential from the NC Division of Child Development. Was recognized as Provider of the Year by the Alamance Partnership for Children in 2004. Tracy became Assistant Director at the CDC in 2006 and the Director at the CDC in 2013. In addition to her love of children, her interests are reading, home décor, party planning and singing in the church choir.