Rev. Dr. Nathaniel D. PhillipsSenior Pastor
We are excited to welcome the Kirk's fifth Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Nathaniel D. Phillips! Pastor Nate will preach from the Kirk pulpit beginning on Palm Sunday, April 9.
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Rev. Dr. Brewster H. (Budge) GereBridge–Interim Senior PastorDr. Brewster H. (Budge) Gere, our Bridge–Interim Senior Pastor, will be working with us as we await Pastor Nate's arrival at the Kirk on April 3. Budge brings a wonderful track record of pastoral ministry from across the country and right here in the Presbytery of Detroit, to help the Kirk through this bridge period between an intentional interim pastorate and our fifth Senior Pastor.Budge has served churches as an Associate Pastor (First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor), Senior Pastor (Wedgewood Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA), Head of Staff (First Presbyterian Church, Farmington Hills, MI and First Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood, MO) and Executive Pastor and Director of the Resident Minsters Program at First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, MI.A native of Clinton, New York, Budge graduated from Dartmouth College as a history major (where he also played goalie for the “Big Green”) and began teaching English at Hamilton High School and coaching their ice hockey team and the Colgate University Freshman Hockey team. There he met Anne, his wife of 48 years. Since 1987, Anne has been a Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Together Anne and Budge are parents to three children, two who live in Ann Arbor and one in New Jersey.Budge next attended Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity. While at the seminary, he had a variety of field work experiences, both suburban and inner-city, and also coached Princeton University’s JV hockey team. Budge and Anne were the head residents of the dormitory that housed Princeton’s first class of female students. During his pastorate in Seattle, Budge earned his Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis on worship, from Princeton Theological Seminary.Since his retirement in 2013, when asked “What are you doing?” Budge will always begin his answer with “when I was in the parish, I found ministries. Now, ministries find me.”We are blessed to have found Budge and to have him with us!
Rev. William L. (Tres) Adams IIIPastor|Congregational Care Ministries
While his given name is William Lincoln Adams III, our Pastor for Congregational Care Ministries goes by his lifelong nickname of 'Tres.' Tres graduated from Allegheny College in 1999 with a BA in Communication Arts and an extensive minor in Economics, where he was also the chaplain of his fraternity. He spent several years in the corporate environment, working in telecommunications, medical sales, and market making and supplier management for an international online auction house. Tres leads our Congregational Care ministries including our Deacons, Caring Ministers, Stephen Ministers, and many other support ministries, as well as leading our Membership Committee. Having worked with youth for over 15 years in a variety of capacities, he continues to lead our Confirmation class. While in college, Tres began working with youth as a summer camp counselor at a Presbyterian Church (USA) sponsored camp and retreat center. He volunteered with his home church's youth program and eventually worked part-time as Youth Facilitator. It was during his work with youth in his home church, Center Presbyterian Church in McMurray, Pennsylvania, that Tres finally decided to answer God's call to ordained ministry and enrolled in classes at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Tres graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2010. During his tenure in seminary, Tres continued his work with youth. He worked part-time as a coach at Chartiers Valley High School near Pittsburgh and served as the Head 9th Grade Football Coach and Assistant Indoor and Outdoor Track Coach. Tres also served as Director of Youth Ministries at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh for three years where he was responsible for the Junior High and Senior High youth programs as well as the bi-annual Confirmation program. During this tenure, he had the privilege of writing the curriculum and designing the current confirmation program. Tres has spent much of his spiritual journey serving the church. He is an ordained deacon and an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served as a Theological Student Advisory Delegate to the 217th General Assembly. Tres has also participated on and led a number of domestic and international short-term mission trips including Mohawk Reservation, Navajo Nation, Mars Hill, NC, Bluefield, WV, Monessen, PA, Niagara Falls, NY, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and Haiti. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tres is a 'diehard Steelers' fan.' His parents live in the Pittsburgh area, and he has two younger sisters who live in Chicago and Atlanta respectively. Tres married his lovely wife, Vionna, in the summer of 2010. They have two young daughters. In his spare time, Tres is an avid runner and has completed several marathons and numerous half marathons. Tres shows his enthusiasm for ministry and sees himself as a 'Jesus Coach.' He has a warm, easy sense of humor and exhibits integrity when working with youth and firstname.lastname@example.org(248) 973-8015Follow Tres on Twitter
Rev. Jessica Hauser BrydonTemporary Supply Associate Pastor|Children and Youth Christian Education
Jessica was called to the Kirk in July of 2015 as the Temporary Supply Associate Pastor to serve various ministries of the Kirk. She is currently the pastoral lead in Children and Youth Christian Education and for Kirk Women. A key verse that is a model for her work is I John 4:11 which reads, Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Born and raised in the Great Lakes region, Jess was educated at Calvin College (BA), University of Michigan (MSW), and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv). In addition, Jessica has training in transitional (interim) ministry through the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Interim Ministry Consortium and experience working with congregations in Georgia and Michigan during times of transition.
Jessica is married to Rev. Troy Hauser Brydon. Together they have three children who help keep their lives fun, challenging, and full. In addition to her involvement at the Kirk, Jessica works as an ELL (English Language Learner) Para-Educator in the Clawson School District. She enjoys good conversation, great coffee, music ranging from Bach to Beck, White Sox baseball, and championing her children in their passions and activities.
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