3525  Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone : 910-867-2113
Sunday Services: 8:45 & 11:00

 

Elder Biographies

Tanya Anderson (Class of 2021)

Clerk of Session

Tanya Anderson is not new to MacPherson; she has been visiting since she was a child.  She is part of the Chapman family, who have been members here since the ’60’s.  Tanya was born and raised on Long Island, NY, to Barbara Chapman-Nellis and Tony Nellis, but she often attended MacPherson while visiting her grandparents, Clark and Peg Chapman, here in Fayetteville.  

After getting her degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University, Tanya moved to Fayetteville and began her teaching career with Cumberland County Schools. Tanya is married to Wil Anderson.  She is a member of Circle 7 and active with the children of the church and the CCT team.

 

Neal Bullard (Class of 2023)

Admin/Personnel/Property Team

Neal is a native of Cumberland County and has been a member of MacPherson Presbyterian Church for 55 years. He graduated from 71st High School, Mars Hill University, East Carolina University, and the University of Arizona. He was employed by Ft. Bragg Schools for 23 years and currently operates B&B Used Auto Parts. Neal has previously served as a deacon and elder at MacPherson Presbyterian Church. He is married to Angeline. They have two sons, Frank and Kurt; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

José Cardona (Class of 2022)

Admin/Personnel/Property Team

Hello! I am José Ivan Cardona. I am 68 years old and married to a wonderful wife for 45 years. Her name is Cha H. Cardona, mother of our four children. Two of my children attend this church (Awilda Reyes and Margie Johnston). I served in the Armed Forces of the United States (Army) for 20 years. I am completely retired from any work now. I am also a proud parent and grandfather of 11 grandchildren who are my whole life and my future. (You know some of them! Leo, Eli, Nabia, Jezenia, and Iniaja!) I came to Fayetteville through the Army and have lived here over 40 years. I enjoy the church and the happiness its members give me. The fellowship is priceless. To God Be the Glory!

 

Scott Cummings (Class of 2021)

Evangelism & Mission Team Chair

Scott Cummings is a Harnett County native who served 32 years active duty with the Army. Scott then worked nine years as a contractor overseas, retiring in February 2018. He has a BS from West Point and three Masters’ degrees from Webster University and the Army War College. Scott became a member of MacPherson Church in 1983, and he served as a deacon in the church for over five years. He and wife Victoria have been married for more than 40 years. They have two children: Hank and Lauren.

 

Mary Groening (Class of 2021)

Worship & Music Team

Mary Groening joined MacPherson in 1998 after husband Bill retired and they made Fayetteville their home. Mary taught high school math for 31 years before retiring in 2011. She is active in church as MacPherson’s treasurer, is the head “Knitwit,” is one of the “Ding-a-lings” (handbell choir member), and a member of Circle 5. She also participates in Operation Inasmuch and the West Virginia Mission trip, and she has traveled on the Russia Mission trip. Outside of church she loves playing with and training her dogs, golf, and sewing. (Some of her sewing handiwork can be see on the quilts auctioned for the Autumn Bazaar.)

 

David Hesnard (Class of 2022)

Congregational Care Team Chair

I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, grew up on a cattle ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota, graduated from South Dakota State University in 1974 with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Management and a commission in the US Army. My 11+ years of military service included assignments in West Germany, Fort Bragg, South Korea and Fort Riley. I first came to Fayetteville in 1978 and finally settled here in 1986. In 1995 I married my late wife Susan; in 2006 I came to MacPherson. I have 3 children (Cindy, Paul, and Diane); 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; and claim MacPherson as my spiritual home. My experience here includes serving on the Session leading the E&M Team for 5 years, teaching a number of Sunday school classes, and membership in the MacPherson Men’s group.

 

Don Mollett (Class of 2022)

Long Range Planning Team

I was born in 1960 in Columbus, Ohio. I lived in Ohio until I joined the Army in 1979. I served 25 years in the US Army, retiring in January 2005 here at Fort Bragg. I currently work as a civilian government employee on Fort Bragg. I joined the McPherson Presbyterian Church family 20+ years ago. During that time I have served on the Session once before. Now, after much self-reflection and a great deal of prayer, I feel I am being called to once again serve my church family to the best of my abilities. I have the support of my lovely wife Elizabeth and our entire family. My wife and her family have attended MacPherson most of their lives and I am honored to join them in this life’s journey.

 

Kim Perkins (Class of 2022)

Worship & Music Team

Kim Perkins is the daughter of Harold and Rosie Bunnells. Born in Charlotte and raised in Fayetteville, she lived here all her life until she married husband Tom. At that point, the Army took them several different places during Tom’s 22 years of service. After he retired, they moved home to Fayetteville. They have one son, Damien, and four fur babies: dogs Jingo and Uke and kitties Mr. Jingles and Diesel. She and Tom recently built their “forever home” in Bladen County with the hopes of rescuing some more fur babies and starting their own little farm. In her free time Kim enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Kim graduated from FTCC in 1991 with an AA in Banking and Finance. She worked in mortgage banking for 17 years. She eventually went back to school and earned an AA in nursing from Lincoln University in Missouri. In 2011 she received her BA in nursing from Fayetteville State and she is currently an RN at Cape Fear Valley in the CSICU. She works with patients in recovery straight from the operating room after open heart surgery. A lifetime member of MacPherson, Kim is an ordained elder who has previously served on the Session and as a member of the Christian Education Team. She is currently on Session as a member of Worship & Music. She is also a member of Circle 7.

 

Megan Ray (Class of 2023)

Rotating Teams for 2021

As a Midwest transplant to NC, I have spent my entire life in church. I was raised Baptist, but became Presbyterian in 2010.  I moved to Fayetteville in 2014 to lend a hand to my military brother. I became a member of MacPherson in 2016. While a job promotion moved me to San Antonio for a couple years, in the end, family won out and I ended up back in North Carolina. Now employed at Heritage Place Senior Living, I know I’m in the right place. After working retail for almost 20 years, I’m glad to be working a job that allows me my weekends off to be more involved at church. I usually attend early service, but you may see me occasionally singing in the choir in second service. I helped revive the MacPherson Players. I am always involved in VBS, and help out with Youth Group when my schedule allows. I am so looking forwarding to serving over the next few years, and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us!

 

Dennis Reid (Class of 2021)

Christian Education Team Chair

I was born in North Carolina in 1961. I am married to Kyong Shin, and we have 7-year-old twins: Daniel and Emerald. I also have two daughters from a previous marriage: Angelina (age 35) and AnJuli (age 33). I have two granddaughters and a grandson. My hobbies include hiking, camping, touring National and Zoology Parks, fishing, some golf, and spending time with my family. I completed BCT and AIT in the summer of 1979 at Fort Jackson and entered the Army as a Power Generation and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic. After various assignments including time in Korea, my family and I returned to Fort Bragg and MacPherson in March 2015. I earned an AA in General Education and a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland and am now pursuing an MS in Psychology. I have always been active in local churches where I was stationed, including volunteer work as a Sunday School teacher and youth group advisor. I was instrumental in the development of a prison ministry in Korea. Here at MacPherson I teach Sunday School and work in the nursery.

 

Awilda “Ally” Reyes (Class of 2023)

Evangelism & Mission Team

I am a God-loving Christian, married, and proud mother of three beautiful little girls. I am a Carolina girl, born and raised. Being half Puerto Rican and half Korean, I enjoy all aspects in everyone’s different culture. I’m a military brat of a father who retired 1st SGT from the Army.

I followed Pastor Randall from Hope Mills Presbyterian to MacPherson and here I became a member and made my home. I have been in the handbell choir and now I am a joyful participant of the choir, and enjoy watching my girls grow with the church.

I am the Business Office Manager at Heritage Place. I have been with the company for more than six years and absolutely consider Heritage Place my extended family. I love to laugh and enjoy the laughter of others.

 

Buck Thrailkill (Class of 2023)

Long Range Planning Team Chair

Buck Thrailkill is a professional music instructor and a professional musician. You’ve probably seen him in church and at special MacPherson activities like the TLC dinner, proclaiming the Gospel with his singing and banjo. Buck retired from the Army in 1997 from the Special Operations community. In addition to performing and teaching, Buck is vice president of a custom leather company and an active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Buck has lived in Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg since 1982; he’s been a member at MacPherson since 2008. He has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church for 21 years, including two terms on the Session at Hope Mills Presbyterian. Buck is married to Susan and they have eight children and nine grandchildren.

 

Steve Thrasher (Class of 2023)

Rotating Teams for 2021

Steve began his faith journey when he was confirmed as a member of Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church (NJ) in 1986. He moved his membership to High Bridge Presbyterian Church, Natural Bridge, VA, before graduating from Virginia Military Institute in 1993 with a double major in history and modern languages. His membership remained at High Bridge until he joined MacPherson Church last year. During his service in the Army he attended several Baptist churches and non-denominational, on-post chapels, most recently Cedar Falls Baptist Church, here in Fayetteville. Steve served as an Army field artilleryman for 20 years, with assignments in Texas, South Korea, Georgia, Iraq, California, and North Carolina. During that time, he commanded an Artillery unit in Korea (composed of American and South Korean soldiers) and served in a variety of staff assignments.  His combat service includes deployment to the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an Assistant Inspector General in the 3d Infantry Division, and then 2007-2008 as an artillery battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer. His 350-Soldier artillery had a mixture of responsibilities focused on firing cannons and training approximately 10,000 Iraqi Police. As the police force’s effectiveness increased over time, the requirement for cannon fire decreased, allowing reallocation of soldiers to training more police personnel. Later, in California, he was the Chief of Operations for Fort Irwin, home of the Army’s National Training Center.

 

Jim Wanovich (Class of 2021)

Admin/Personnel/Property Team Chair

My family and I have been attending MacPherson Presbyterian Church since 2008 and became members in 2010. I am a native of Pittsburgh, PA, but the Army has taken our family around the world. I served in units throughout the Army and culminated my 26-year career in 2017 while serving with the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. I am currently the Senior Army Instructor of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (JROTC) at Jack Britt High School. I have been active in the youth group, a member of the Men’s Group and have taken part in the West Virginia Mission trip as well as assisting with the MacPherson Vacation Bible School.

I enjoy all physical activities and like to work around the house doing projects for my beautiful bride, Kim. We are extremely blessed and proud of our children who have grown up in this church and have been mentored by so many members.

Pastor
Rev. James Randall

3525 Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone : 910-867-2113
Fax : 910-867-1142
pastorjim@ncrrbiz.com

    

Church  Secretary
Rene Bahrenfuss

3525 Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone : 910-867-2113
Fax : 910-867-1142
reneb@ncrrbiz.com

    

Director  of Christian Education, Youth, & Family Ministries

3525 Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone : 910-867-2113
Fax : 910-867-1142

    

Director of Music Ministry
Beth W. Walters

3525 Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone : 910-867-2113
Fax : 910-867-1142
bethwalters@macphersonchurch.com                                                                                       

 

 

Macpherson  Presbyterian Church
3525 Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
910-867-2113

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