MEET the STAFF
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The Rev. Dr. David F. Rockness
Pastor/Head of Staff
Dave grew up in Lake Wales, FL, where his father was a Presbyterian pastor and his mother an author and homemaker. He received his college degree from Wheaton College (IL) and completed his graduate work at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before accepting the call to FPC Mooresville, Dave served churches in Newport Beach, CA, as a youth minister, and Litchfield, CT, as Senior Pastor. He continues to have a strong heart for youth and deeply values our church’s commitment to inter-generational ministry that is Christ-centered and missional oriented.
Dave, together with his wife Jodi, has six daughters- Cassandra, Courtney, Kinnon, Kailie, Ciarra, and Karli. He enjoys travelling with family, reading, jogging, church softball, and is an avid Red Sox fan. Although he has tried to remain neutral in regards to the Carolina NCAA sports scene, his daughter’s recent entrance to NC State may eventually influence his loyalties.
Rev. Jason Sentas
Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach
Jason Sentas and his wife Stephanie have four children and came down to Mooresville from the South Shore of Boston. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before arriving here, Jason served at First Presbyterian Church in Quincy, MA for 15 years. Jason loves to laugh, talks a little bit too loud, and enjoys eating dessert first.
Director of Youth Ministries
Bryan Cerrone is married to a pretty incredible wife, Victoria, and has two sweet daughters, Clarabella and Ruthie. Victoria and Bryan have been married since December 2009. He graduated from Gordon College in May 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministries and Graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in December 2016 with a Master's Degree in Theological Studies.
Bryan joined the staff at First Presbyterian Church in December 2016 after serving in youth ministry for several years in Massachusetts, where he grew up.
Blue is his favorite color, specifically royal, cobalt, and electric blue. He loves to fly in airplanes. He loves to toss and spin pizzas. He loves to read. He loves to spend time with his family.
Most importantly, he has a passion for the Gospel. His greatest desire is to make known the name of Jesus in all that he does. He would be glad to sit with you and talk about whatever is on your mind.
Director of Christian Education
Ellen Auten has served as Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian since 1999. Originally from Roanoke, VA, she is a graduate of Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, with a B.A. in History and teacher certification in grades K-9. A former elementary school teacher, she and her husband, Mark, have three daughters, and have recently added a son-in-law: Mary Ellen, a high school math teacher at Asheville Christian Academy, living in Black Mountain, NC; Laura, a graduate of UNC-Charlotte's School of Nursing, and her husband Matt, living in Mooresville; and Rebecca, a student at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.
Ellen enjoys the opportunity to work with all ages in her responsibilities as DCE, and considers it a privilege and joy to work in the educational ministries at First Pres. She is able to combine her love of teaching and learning with our instructions to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18), and encourages the congregation to participate fully in the educational opportunities available.
Director of Music
A true “Carolinian,” Alan was born in Spartanburg, SC and grew up in the country outside Charlotte, NC. He earned his B.S. in Music Education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC prior to teaching school in Charlotte. During that time Alan served as Director of Music at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church before arriving at Mooresville First Presbyterian in September of 1997. Here, he oversees all the music ensembles from 1st grade through adults, including instrumental ensembles, handbells and choirs, and the First Praise Band. Alan and his wife LuAnne, have three children, sons Graham and Jordan are in college and active with the Praise Band. Their daughter Cameron is a freshman at NC Sate University.
Weekday Preschool Director
Lori is a certified K-6th grade teacher and has a master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. She is married to Mark, and they have three children; Noah, a 3rd grader, Jack, a kindergartner and Tess, who is in our Ducks class. Both Noah and Jack attended First Presbyterian Preschool.
Marian joined the staff of FPC in 2017 as the Business Administrator. She earned a Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting as well as a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Lenior Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. She is married to Johnie, and they have two children; Donavan, a sophomore at Lenior Rhyne University and Josiah, a sophomore at Newton-Conover High School.
Tonya has been with FPC since January 2011. Tonya grew up in Huntersville and moved to Troutman after getting married.
Dr. Greg Thompson joined the staff of FPC in 2014 as organist. He has deep roots in music ministry, having served in churches in NC, SC and Ohio. He holds degrees in music from Morris College, a Master's degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Music from the University of SC. Greg is an Associate Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University and spends his summers as Head of Staff Acoompanists at the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria. Greg's skills as an accompanist have taken him throughout the United States and abroad.