Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders


Senior Pastor

Rev. Elizabeth Horton

Elizabeth grew up in Walkertown, NC and graduated from Carver High School. Her father was a school principal and her mother a school social worker.  She attended East Carolina University, with a BS in English Education, then headed to Appalachian State University to receive an MA in School Counseling.  She then worked as an elementary school counselor in WS/FC school system before she felt led on a different path.  Her experience working in the schools served as good preparation for…
Administrative Assistant

Carolyn Robbins

Carolyn Robbins, Administrative Assistant Carolyn grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington Senior High School and attended Mars Hill College right after high school, then later graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a major in Early Childhood Education. She then moved to Rocky Mount to live with her best friend at the time and met her husband, Bill, there. All of her daughters, Michael (my stepdaughter), Ellen, and Molly, were born in Rocky Mount. They transferred for Bill’s job a couple…
Minister of Pastoral Care

Rev. June Grubb

Minister of Pastoral Care — Rev. June Grubb A graduate of Catawba College and Lancaster Theological Seminary, June has served congregations in North Carolina, Texas, and the state of Washington as Minister of Christian Education and Associate Pastor. She served for over nine years as Associate Conference Minister in the Rocky Mountain Conference UCC, Denver, CO. She has served as an Interim Minister in several churches, including Chewelah UCC, Chewelah, Washington, Magnolia UCC in Seattle, WA and Peace UCC in…
Financial Secretary

Paula Lopp

Paula Lopp, Financial Secretary Paula joined the staff of First Church in September 1994 when the jobs of secretary and treasurer were combined into the position of Administrative Assistant. She skillfully handled receptionist and secretarial duties along with managing the church finances. She worked as the church Administrative Assistant until September 2013 when she retired from that position. Upon retirement the Administrative Assistant’s duties were divided into two positions: secretarial and financial. Paula continues as the Financial Secretary. If there…
Director of Music

Ellen Peterson

Director of Music:Ellen Peterson, (Adult and Hand Bell Choir) Ellen joined the staff of First Reformed in 2012 as Music Director, leading Adult Chancel choir, the Hand Bell Choir and the “JAM” Choir. Her expertise and energy is exciting to all. She grew up in Lexington and her family attended Second Reformed UCC. Ellen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Music Education and has a North Carolina “A” license in grades…
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