The Staff

The Rev Dr Richard Johnson, HR has been an ordained ministry for 50 years. Over that time he has collected oodles of favorite verses for various situations and circumstances. But the one that speaks the most to him about how he ought to live is Micah 6:8, He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? NKJV

Quoting Krista DeHaan, Dick’s daughter, in a paper that she wrote about her dad, “Little does my dad know, that his philosophy inspired by the book of Micah chapter 6, verse 8, has been the basis for how he and my mother raised my brother and I. They taught us to be open-minded, to love others, and accept God’s love. My dad is a man deeply enriched in his faith and his never-ending love for learning and teaching. Even though he may be retired, he will never stop doing the Lord’s work.”

That is very true! Rev Dr Richard “Dick” Johnson, HR has been leading an adult education class on Sunday mornings since 2018. He has also donated his time and talent to help fill in the pulpit when the pastor was gone. As of January 2022, Dick has been graciously filling the pulpit at First Presbyterian of Burlington, Iowa while the church is looking for a full time pastor. 

 

Kelle Haller is the administrative assistant to the First Presbyterian Church. Kelle is in charge of all of the ins and outs of the office. If you have any questions at all about the church, membership or activities give her a call and she will answer them.  

Kelle is also the Communications Director. When she isn’t busy with the office, she is working on the website, social media pages, videoing, editing and live streaming the services. 

Kelle is also a wife to Damian and mother to 4 wonderful kids. They moved here in 2016 from western Nebraska. She is an avid Husker fan.  The things that she loves to do in her spare time are sewing, crocheting and crafting of just about anything. 

Randy Lee Webster serves as our Minister of Faith and Worship. Randy is a child of the congregation, the son of (the late) Shirley and Shirley Webster, and returned to our congregation in December of 2013.
 
He received his BA degree in organ performance and choral conducting from Coe College, and his MDiv from Bexly Hall, an Episcopal seminary in Rochester, NY, in conjunction with the Eastman Conservatory, and was ordained an Episcopal Deacon in 2005 and Priest in 2006.
 
Randy has returned to regularly play the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ that he first studied on almost fifty years ago! Among the many things he does, Randy helps to craft out weekly worship services, and oversees the musical portions of our services and directs our choir.  

In August Session approved changing Millie Comiskey’s title at FPC to Youth Christian Education Coordinator.  A resident of Burlington since 2002, Millie grew up in Ames where she was active at Collegiate Presbyterian.  She then attended college at Augustana in Rock Island where she majored in Music Education and volunteered with the youth and music programs at South Park Presbyterian.  Over the years Millie’s job at FPC has changed but this latest shift has her helping re-establish youth group for students in 5th-8th grades.  She is also coordinating our children and youth CE programs on Sunday mornings. Millie is responsible for recruiting teachers, providing curriculum and stepping in when needed for Sunday school.

When she’s not at church, Millie teaches orchestra in the Burlington School District at Aldo Intermediate and the elementary schools. She also sells Thirty-one bags and helps lead her daughters’ Girl Scout troops.  She has two daughters – Annabelle (11) and Alexis (6) and a step daughter Abby (25).  She and her husband Nathan live in town with their 2 cats, Toby and Tom, and their beagle, Luna. 
 
       

   My name is Allison Nalley and I am the nursery attendant for the 2021/2022 school year. I have been attending First Presbyterian since I was a baby. I was baptized and confirmed here.

   I  have been on a swim team for 6 years and I show animals both at the Des Moines County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. I have always been the oldest sibling and cousin in my family, making me the automatic babysitter whenever my parents, aunt and uncle want to go out together. I have taken basic CPR classes and know how to use an AED, along with an online course on childcare through Safe Gatherings. While I’m in many extracurriculars such as the Des Moines County Teen Council, Mediapolis Student Council, marching and concert band, choir, Mediapolis FFA and Des Moines County 4-H. I do some volunteer work mostly with visually impaired students that my mother teaches, and I help with their summer camps.

~Allison Nalley