Our Ministry Staff
Marvin Lindsay, Senior Pastor
Marvin joined the First Presbyterian community in 2016. A North Carolina native, he's a graduate of N.C. State University. Marvin also holds an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta and a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. He served congregations in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as two, yoked churches in Saline and Pettis Counties prior to being called to FPC.
Marvin likes to help people make connections with God and each other through preaching, teaching, and ministries of mercy and justice. His favorite Bible verse is John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Marvin met his wife Laura at N.C. State. They were married in 1994. They're the parents of two red-headed young adults. Marvin enjoys taking walks with his wife, gardening, hiking and camping, reading, and travel.
Wally Landrum, Minister of Pastoral Care and Nurture
Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in the Presbyterian Church, Wally earned his BA in Psychology from Emory University and Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond.
Wally served as the associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico, Missouri for eight years. Along with pastoral care, he enjoyed working with youth and their families.
Wally served as the pastor of the Coates Street Presbyterian Church in Moberly, Missouri for 24 years. He served as a Hospice Chaplain for 9 years and is currently a coach/mentor to 4 rural pastors.
Wally feels called to serve this church as long as we need him to provide pastoral care, and adult education experiences. He leads Bible Studies, classes in the Wisdom of the Enneagram, and he is an independent trained facilitator of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way® curriculum.
Wally has been married to Nancy (a Stephens College graduate) for 27 years; their son Evan is 22.
Preston Turley, Director of Campus Ministries and Contemporary Worship Leader
Preston Turley is the Director of UKIRK Ministries Columbia MO, the campus ministry of First Presbyterian Church as well as Director of The Offering, our contemporary worship gathering. Preston has a Bachelor's degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Mid-America Nazarene University. Building relationships with college students and involving them in real dialogue and education about their faith, as well as leading the people of God in worship are Preston's great passions.
Preston was born and raised in Kansas City and has lived in Columbia since 2009. He is blessed to be walking through life with his beautiful wife, Danielle, and their three sons Grayson, Brantley, and Miles. The family enjoys being super silly, working in the garden, eating BBQ and screaming their heads off for the Mizzou Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Royals! He also enjoys cooking, songwriting, and performing in his band, the Preston Turley Band. It is Preston's prayer that he can lead as a servant, remembering the heart and character Jesus found in Matthew 20:20... "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Audra West, Director of Youth and Children's Ministry
Audra became part of the First Presbyterian staff here in Columbia in March of 2020 as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry. She has always enjoyed working with children and youth, both in her church and in the public school setting.
Audra grew up in Oklahoma and completed her degree in Elementary Education at Oklahoma City University. After graduation Audra began her Career in education by teaching 5th Grade in Mounds. She continued her career in education when her family moved to Columbia in the summer of 2008. While living in Columbia she taught in several classrooms with CPS.
Audra enjoys her life here in Columbia with her husband Jason, and their son Garrick, who are also both part of the FPC Family. She loves spending time with her family, working in the yard and taking walks with their dog, Bella.
“I have always placed a high importance on the value of a strong church family in the development of young people. I look forward to helping lead FPC Columbia using its vision statement - Disciples Making a Difference. Let’s not forget the words from Proverbs 22:6; Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Administrative and Support Staff
Nancy Foote, Executive Administrative Assistant
Nancy grew up in Columbia, graduating from Hickman High School as well as MU. She taught art for Fulton Middle School and St. Peter Catholic School for over 35 years. Nancy became part of the staff in early December 2017. Nancy enjoys paper casting sculptures and utilizing techniques typically used for other media. She also enjoys travelling, especially to visit the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Bible verse that helps her the most is Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Fran Muench, Financial Coordinator
Fran joined the FPC staff as Financial Coordinator in June 2019. Her career background includes experience in operations leadership, project management, and financial services. Fran is a graduate of William Woods University, and she earned her Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College of Financial Services.
Fran grew up in the Presbyterian Church as a minister’s daughter. She, her husband, and their two adult children are all ordained Elders at Trinity Presbyterian. Fran is active in the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network. Her hobbies include gardening, fitness walking, reading, and singing soprano in the Trinity choir. She also enjoys traveling to new places and sightseeing. The Muench family members are fans of the Cardinals, Royals, and Chiefs, as well as Mizzou athletics. Fran is inspired by the Bible verse Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Tony Hayes, Custodian
Tony joined the First Presbyterian staff in October, 2018. Tony was born and raised in Moberly, MO, where he ran his own cleaning business from 1985-1996. Tony enjoys many hobbies including fishing, hiking, exercising, and going to flea markets. When he is not at the church, Tony enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. Tony has enjoyed getting to know all of our members!
James Scott, Assistant Custodian
James cleans and manages the First Presbyterian facilities on weekday evenings and weekends. He joined our team in 2019.