Many Minds, One Vision.
FPC Thomasville isn't built on a personality, but on people. Our team helps make FPC a place where everyone can belong and discover full life together.
Dr. TIM FILSTON
Tim is our Senior Pastor, serving primary roles as preacher, teacher, and leader. He grew up in North Carolina and met his Sweetheart of 20 years, Beth, in college. They have served churches in Houston, Orlando, and Chattanooga. They are the parents of triplets + 1, David, Jameson, Caroline, and Benjamin. Tim loves what he does in part because it puts him in the position to witness changed lives, before, during, and after. People have spotted him on the road, riding on a couple of skinny tires, wetting a line in a Smoky Mountain river, or altering the landscape of a golf course. Tim blogs at faithanddoubt.com where he demonstrates the relevance of faith in everything life throws at us.
Rev. Skylar Adams
Associate Pastor of Student and Family Ministries
Skylar is the Associate Pastor for Student and Family Ministries. He serves as counselor, encourager, equipper, and coach to students, their families, and ministry leaders. He and his wife, Dori, are from North Carolina and parents to Eleanor (2), with another little one on the way! Together they have served churches in St. Louis—where Skylar completed seminary—and Dallas. They enjoy downtown dinner dates and streaming a good show. Skylar is also a fan of fresh coffee, craft beer, and golf.
Director of Christian Education
Elizabeth has been at FPC since June 2012. She is the Director of Christian Education, a position that encompasses all facets of FPC ministries, including adults, students, children, and preschool. Elizabeth loves what she does because she is passionate about teaching and sharing the Gospel and believes that her position here is fulfilling God's calling on her life.
Director of Traditional Worship & Choir
Emily is the Director of Sanctuary Worship and has been with us since October 2016. Emily was born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Florida, and her masters degree in Choral Conducting from the Florida State University, where she met her husband, Robert. She comes to us with ten years experience teaching middle and high school chorus in the public school system. Emily and Robert have two children, Henry and Nora. Emily enjoys directing the choir and spreading the love of Christ through music and worship.
Director of Contemporary Worship
Bryan is the Director of Contemporary Worship at First Presbyterian Church. He has a passion for music & worship and a desire to see lives changed through an encounter with Jesus. After graduating from Baylor University with a bachelors in Church Music and Vocal Performance, he attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he received his masters in Church Music and Voice. As a Thomasville native, Bryan has a heart for reaching the local community for Christ. He cofounded the local non-profit, Inside Out Nation as well as Project Backyard, both of which reach hundreds of people with the gospel and helps serve those in need throughout the local community. We are thankful to have Bryan on the FPC Team!
Director of Communications
Bonnie is the Director of Communications at First Presbyterian Church. She grew up in Thomasville and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and a minor in Health, Medicine & Society. Fueled by curiosity and 70s rock n’ roll, she has a passion for hands-on creative projects that infuse our lives with love, beauty, nature, and a necessary dose of humor. Bonnie has the heart and soul of an adventurer. A thrill-and-chill seeker to the core, she lives for discovering anything and everything about the world around her. In her spare time, she is most likely exploring the great outdoors, splish-splashing her way through the Gulf waters, dancing at a concert, or indulging in her artistic hobbies of photography and writing.
Raye serves as our Executive Assistant. With over 25 years of administrative experience in various industries, she provides organizational support and management expertise to ensure the smooth operation of day-to-day church matters. A native of Thomasville, Raye comes to us with a thorough understanding of true southern charm and hospitality. When she’s not winning the affections of our preschool students or cheering on her Florida State Seminoles, you’ll find her with her family, most likely soaking up the sun in a tropical locale, toes buried in the sand, humming a Steven Tyler tune.
Director of Accounting
Anna is our Director of Accounting. From tax preparation and accounting services to payroll and budgeting, she oversees all church financial matters with confidence and compassion. Born and raised in Thomasville, she earned her Business Administration degree and Accounting minor from Berry College. She and her husband, Charlie, met in Atlanta and have been married for 24 years. They have two girls, Abigail and Sarah. Aside from balancing the books and crunching numbers, she also enjoys traveling and reading. A warm light with a heart to serve, Anna is thankful for the opportunity to use her financial expertise to help FPC do what it is called to do.