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.
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 as Co-Moderator of the Salem Presbytery EQUIP Team and a member of the General Assembly Special Committee on 21st Century Christian Education.
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.
Lacey has lived in Burlington since the 5th grade and graduated from Western Alamance High School. She graduated from Alamance Community with an Associate in Arts degree, where Jin-Jin Blackburn was one of her accounting professors. She subsequently completed her B.S. in accounting from Guilford College. For the last four years, she has worked as a Staff Account with Gilliam, Coble, and Moser and is currently working on her CPA certification. Her references describe her as being detail and goal oriented, one with a strong work ethic, committed to community service (Alamance County Service League, United Way, and Junior Achievement), and a team player who enjoys interaction with people.
Jane’s responsibilities include gathering information for and creating/designing publications such as the monthly newsletter, fliers, posters, postcards, pledge cards and brochures; organizing and sending the weekly e-blast; creating images/graphics for the website and e-bulletin boards; photographing events; keeping our Facebook page up to date; and updating the website.
Jane grew up in New England and is a graduate of Brown University; she also attended courses at the George Washington University Publication Specialist Program. She began her Communications career as a copy writer for the Boating Association of America (BOAT/US), then worked for Tulane University and the University of New Orleans Division of Business and Economic Research as a writer and formatter of publications. More recently, she has worked for a variety of churches and schools in NC including St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Goldsboro, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Greensboro, Christ Preschool of Greensboro, St. Francis Episcopal Day School of Greensboro, as well as The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro, the Episcopal Church Women and The Creative Center of Greensboro.
She is the mother of four children and lives in Greensboro. She plays tennis, walks every day, enjoys cooking, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her children.
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 First Presbyterian Child Development Center
Daria began her career in childcare in 1992 and has worked with all age groups, from infants to age 11. She received her Associates Degree from GTCC in 1994 in Early Childhood Education. Her love for children is why she chose this career and she truly enjoys coming to work each day! Infants are her absolute favorite! In 1999, she got her first assistant director position and has enjoyed being an assistant until being named director of CDC in March. She has been with CDC since 2013.