Meet the Staff
Ministers: The Congregation
Pastor: Paul Elliott, Interim Minister
Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families: Vacant
Pastor Paul Elliott, Interim Minister
I am a born and raised Iowa boy who has a great love for the outdoors and sports. I attended Iowa State University for my undergraduate work, later Phillips Theological Seminary where I got my Masters of Divinity. I was ordained in 2010 at the church in Erie, Kansas. I first served as a commissioned minister, during that time served four regions for the church. I have served as Interim Minister for the South Carolina Region, Pastor to churches in Iowa, Arkansas, and Kansas. This covers twenty years.
I have been blessed in having Mary, also Iowa born, as my wife and life’s partner for twenty five years. Mary also graduated from Iowa State University. We have two kitties PePe and Omega who are nine and one half years old. I have a daughter, Megan Stiles who is married to Randy Stiles. They have two girls, Anah, and Kathryn and they live in Boone, Iowa. Mary and I have one living parent, Mary’s mother, Eleanor Hand, of Independence, Iowa as well as five sisters and their husbands, children and grandchildren in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Colorado.
I look forward, as your Transitional Minister, to not only serve the church, but to look forward in helping the church to vision its future and its place in Parsons, Kansas, and also to help the church to move on to your new minister. May God bless our work as we do God’s work together.
Director of Music: Lewis Hoyt
Lewis Hoyt earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with majors in voice and violin from Pittsburg State University. He earned a Master of Music degree in violin performance from Pittsburg State University. During the 60’s he was a part of two USO tours and performed for troops who were serving in the Orient. Mr. Hoyt is currently retired after 35 years of public school teaching. He taught orchestra and band in Kansas City, Kansas. Lewis taught orchestra in Pittsburg, Kansas and Independence, Kansas. He is active as a clinician and judge. He plays in several community orchestras and was the assistant concert master of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Lewis has had many major and supporting roles in operas and musicals including Amahl and the Night Visitors, Kiss Me Kate, Little Mary Sunshine and the Fantastics He currently teaches privately in Neodesha and Parsons. Mr. Hoyt has directed church choirs for 32 years. In Kansas City he organized and conducted choirs from 5 churches in performances of major works with full orchestra. He is currently the chancel choir and bell choir director at First Christian Church in Parsons. He and his wife Carol have been married for 36 years and live in Neodesha. They have two children: Evan and Sara and two grandchildren.
Organist: Carol Hoyt
Carol Hoyt earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Wichita State University where she majored in violin and piano. Ms. Hoyt studied violin with Kato Havas (London, England) and was selected for the orchestra for a conducting masterclass taught by Hans Swarowsky (Vienna, Austria). She earned a Master of Music in piano performance from Pittsburg State University and has done post-graduate work in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Jane Magrath. She has been a piano soloist with the Wichita State University orchestra and the Pittsburg State University Orchestra. She won the Wadill Chamber music competition in 1986. Ms. Hoyt studied organ with Susan Marchant at PSU and has been a church organist since 1985. She has served the United Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg, the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott and is currently organist for the First Christian Church and the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. Ms. Hoyt taught class piano and piano pedagogy at Pittsburg State University from 1990-2004. She has 28 years of public school teaching experience and currently teaches K-3 music and middle school Spanish in Parsons.
Office Administrator:Ruth Hutley
Custodian: Jay French
Nursery Attendant: Angelica Jones
SunBeams Pre-School Director: Jean Nash Reeves
Jean is 1 of 6 Children, born to Albert and Bettie Nash. Jean was born and raised in Southeast Kansas andattended LCHS in Altamont. She would later attend Labette College. She is married to David Reeves and they have two wonderful daughters (Heidi and Heather). Heidi Reeves livies in Wichita, KS as a financial analust with Ardent Mills. Heather Reeves Peak lives around Mulberry, KS with her huband Braden and sons, Cade (2 1/2 years old) and Cameron (10 years old). Heather teaches at Alma Middle School for the 6th Grade. Jean is been a member of First Christian Church and serves as a deacon. In 1984 God gave Jean a calling to thelp start Sunbeams Preschool. She has been working there ever since and at present time is the Director of the program and teacher. She enjoys being outside when she can and spending time with family. All this in addition to having worked at Walmart for over 15 1/2 years now.
SunBeams Pre-School Aid: Joyce Austin
Joyce has lived in parsons all her life. Her folks ran a flower shop in the 40th Ward. She met her husband when she was 16 and they have been married 41 years. She has 2 children, Heather and Jeremy and 5 grandchildren. She started working at Washington School when Jeremy started kindergarten for ten years. She moved to the High School for only two years and one year at Garfield School. She then went to work at Commercial Bank for 15 years. She decided that really missed working with kids so she came back to working at the Sunbeams Preschool last year and enjoys her job again. She hopes to retire at 62 and travel the Route 66 from end to the other.