Rev. Kevin S. Jones
Kevin grew up in small-town west Texas. Interested in science and mathematics, he went to the University of Texas where he received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees. He taught mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics for 16 years at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Sensing a call from God to ordained ministry, he left the University and started at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, graduating in 2006. He worked as a chaplain in hospitals and with a hospice agency until 2012 when he moved here. He enjoys reading, movies, being outside and hiking when he can.
While at UT Austin, he met his wife, Mari Lyn, who is also a “second-career” pastor, now serving at Butler Presbyterian Church Butler, MO. Earlier, she had taught high school mathematics, and then became an elementary school librarian. Kevin and Mari Lyn have two daughters: Sarah, who is in graduate school in Chicago, and Mary, who graduated from college in 2012.
Music Director Mark Smith Organist Gay Smith
Both Mark and gay are retired from careers as music teachers in the public school systems.
Church Secretary Debbie Willings
I am a retired elementary teacher after 31 years in education. My husband Ken and I have been married for 41 years. We moved to Calhoun, MO 26 years ago just before my husband retired from the United States Air Force. I am originally from this area and have a large extended family living here. We have two grown, married sons, Matt and Drew and two wonderful daughters -in law who are both named Melissa. They have given us six precios grandchildren. I feel truly blessed to be the secretary at First Presbyterian Church.
Neil Crayden was born in Eustis, Florida and attended schools there. He then started working in the banking industry until he was drafted in 1950. After 2 years he was honorably discharged and returned to work in banking. In 1952 Neil married Ida May Carleton (she died in 2006 from cancer) and to that union was born Diane, Neil Jr., and twins Sharon and Karen. In the early 60’s the family moved to Clinton where Neil joined the staff of a local bank. He worked in banking 51 years, retiring in 1999 and returned to Clinton, where he lives now. The family was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Florida and transferred their membership to FPC Clinton in 1968. He is an Elder, a Deacon, and a Sunday School teacher, and since 2004 has been Church Custodian.
Neil is very active in the community, serving on 2 city committees, member and past president of the Sunrise Optimist Club, Henry County Historical Society, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Golden Valley Shrine Club. He is a member of Boy Scout Tribe of MIC-O-SAY, and member of Clinton Senior Center Service Board. He likes sports, especially tennis, and enjoys being outdoors working around the home. He loves his family and is the proud great grandpa of 10 grandbabies.
Hello! Welcome to First Presbyterian Church. My name is Mary Hubbard. My husband and I moved to Clinton, Missouri in 1989. He has been an elder in the church, and I am now the Financial Secretary.