Meet our Past Residents
Susan Presley, Pastoral Resident
August 2014 - July 2015
I was born and raised in Michigan. After I graduated from high school in the Detroit area, I moved to Texas (because it's warm!), where I owned a medical transcription company. In 2007, I returned to the Midwest and enrolled at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). I earned a B.A. in Communication and a minor in religion in 2010. In 2014, I graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. My Clinical Pastoral Education was completed at University of Louisville Hospital. During seminary, I served as a pastoral intern at Anchorage Presbyterian Church in Anchorage, Kentucky. I enjoy crafts, the Kansas City Royals, and spending time with extended family. I have an adult son who lives in Chicago and works in urban gardening.
Here's what Susan has to say about her experience at First Presbyterian:
My time at First Presbyterian in Muscatine was invaluable. The combination of mentoring from Pastor Pam Saturnia and the endless support from the congregation made this residency a huge part of forming who I am as a pastor. Pam was knowledgeable, patient and a joy to work with, and the congregation is absolutely delightful. This residency is truly a blessing.
Patricia Greene, Pastoral Resident
August 2012 to August 2013
A native of North Carolina, I graduated from Campbell University in 2009 with a religion major. Deciding that I wanted to explore my love for God and people more fully, I went to Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. While there, my affinity for languages and the New Testament continued, and a passion for worship leadership and pastoral care surprisingly developed! During the summer of 2011, I did a CPE internship at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Following that experience, I interned at a Baptist church in Richmond -- a congregation that shaped me in a variety of ways and which I treasure dearly. In June 2012 I graduated from Union Seminary with my Master of Divinity, and in July I moved to Iowa. I am excited to be a part of First Presbyterian in Muscatine and to work alongside the people here as together we seek God.
Here's what Patricia has to say about her experience at First Presbyterian:
Without a doubt, my year as a Pastoral Resident at FPC Muscatine, was a year that held incredible opportunities and powerful learning experiences for me. I am beyond grateful for my time with this church. This residency allowed me to put into practice much of what I had learned in seminary, and it affirmed my call to congregational ministry in ways I could not even imagine when I began my year in Muscatine. I was able to experience many aspects of pastoral ministry and gained practical knowledge that shaped me into a better minister. First Presbyterian was a place that deepened my love for the church, allowed and encouraged me to explore my interests, affirmed my gifts, stretched and challenged me in needed ways, and nurtured me personally and professionally. The gifts of love and grace this congregation offered to me throughout my residency are gifts that I will always treasure.
Alex Kindred, Pastoral Resident, our first Pastoral Resident
October 2010 through March 2012:
"I was raised mostly in Pentecostal churches. In 2003, I began studying theology and history at Luther College; amid the joys and hardships of struggling with what it means to be a thinking Christian in the 21 st century, I began to feel called to the ministry. Later attending the University of Chicago, I graduated with my Master of Divinity. In 2009, I served as chaplain resident at the Mayo Clinic and worked primarily in psychiatric and oncology. Currently my chief interest is pastoral theology. In 2010 I began the ordination process with the United Church of Christ (UCC). After 17 wonderful months as Resident at First Presbyterian, I began my ministry as Pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Muscatine on Palm Sunday 2012. I was ordained at Faith United Church of Christ (UCC) on May 12, 2012. In my free time I enjoy reading, gardening, and folk music."
Here's what Alex has to say about his experience at First Presbyterian:
I looked at a lot of potential residency sites. Most of them were at large, program-sized churches that each were looking to cultivate very different skills than the ones I would need in a typical first call. What attracted me to Muscatine was the opportunity to be immersed in the life of a church that was likely to resemble the churches I would go on to serve. At First Presbyterian, I was given permission to be a beginner. Over the year that I served as Pastoral Resident, I learned the ebb and flow of congregational ministry. It was an extremely rich experience, one that helped to clarify what God was calling me to live out. Instead of talking about church leadership in a classroom, I was actually in thick of committee meetings, funerals, and worship services. But instead of just being on my own, left to my own intuition, there was a structure in place for theological reflection.I appreciated the flexibility of the program, the Resident Committee's prioritizing my learning and development, and most of all the people who helped remind me, week by week, that grace is incarnational. I can't imagine serving my current solo call without the foundation of praxis that I developed at First Presbyterian.