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


Elder Biographies

Tanya Anderson (Class of 2021)

Congregational Care Team Chair

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 recently married Wil Anderson and they both joined the church last year.  She is a member of Circle 7 and active with the children of the church and the CCT team. Tanya is honored to be considered as a nominee for elder at MacPherson. 


Julie Bekkering (Class of 2020)

Worship & Music Team Chair

Julie Bekkering has been a member of MacPherson Presbyterian since 2004, when she and her father moved here from Michigan to be near her daughter and family. She has previously served six years on Session. She is currently our church organist, a member of the Chancel Choir, and a member of PW Circle 4. She has recently retired and has a passion for rescuing homeless senior dogs.


Neal Bullard (Class of 2020)

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.


Joseph Cade (Class of 2019)

Clerk of Session, Finance Team Chair

I was raised in MacPherson and represent the fifth generation of my family at MacPherson. My wife and I met here as Youth Group members in high school and were married at MacPherson in 1995. I am serving in my fourth term on the Session. We have three daughters ages 13, 10, and 5.  We are active in the Youth Group and very much enjoy Church life at MacPherson. I have been working in various roles for Caterpillar in Sanford, NC for 15 years. I enjoy traveling with my family and playing golf.


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 40 years. They have two children: Hank and Lauren.


Izy Curtis (Class of 2019)

Congregational Care Team

Isabella (Izy) Noelle Curtis was born and raised in Fayetteville (though she considers Wilmington home). She is the daughter of the late John Duncan and Vernon Bain Kinlaw, and she has three brothers. Izy was christened at MacPherson, and both her parents were active members. Izy has served in the office of Deacon at Peace Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville (1987-88). This is the path, the Presbyterian tradition, which Izy chooses to follow to the best of her ability. Izy has a BS in history from Methodist College with a minor in Business Administration. She has also studied at the University of Swansea in Wales and UNC Wilmington. Her chosen profession of thirty years is cosmetologist, but she has also taught English as a Second Language for a variety of organizations: FTCC, Fort Bragg, CFCC, the Society of Friends Church, Pender Prison, and the New Hanover Juvenile Detention Center. Currently, Izy is devoting more of her time to church activities. Any past achievements as well as future work is always a blessing from the Lord, and she gives Him all the praise. She believes it would be a privilege to serve the church in any capacity the congregation sees fit.


Cristy Grady (Class of 2020)

Long Range Planning Team

I was born in Daegu, South Korea, and am an Army Brat. I moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1986 with my family via the Army. I graduated from Westover High School in 2001 and then graduated from UNCP in 2006 with a BA in History. I currently work for Cape Fear Valley’s Physical Therapy Department scheduling patients.

My father is Pastor Jim and my mom is Myung Randall. I have two younger brothers, John and William, and a younger adopted sister, Jada. My husband, Justin Grady, is currently stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea and will be home December 2017.


Mary Groening (Class of 2021)

Evangelism & Mission 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.)


Scott Grumelot (Class of 2019)

Christian Education Team

I grew up in the Unadilla Presbyterian Church in Michigan. I transferred my membership to Stockbridge Presbyterian Church when I was in college when my parents moved their membership. I moved here through the Army in 1989 and met and married Dianne in 1991. I transferred my membership to MacPherson. I have served three terms on the Session prior to this nomination. I have served on the Evangelism and Mission, Worship and Music, and Christian Education Teams.


Susan Penland (Class of 2019)

Congregational Care Team

I have been a member of MacPherson for over 25 years and knew that I was “at home” from the day I first walked in the doors. It has been my honor to serve as a deacon and an elder and on several committees. I am proud to answer God’s call to serve again!


Kim Perkins (Class of 2019)

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. Kim and Tom are parents to son Damien, 15, and they have two fur babies: Jingo and Uke. 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 a supplemental staffing nurse at Cape Fear Valley. 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 a member of Circle 7.


Barney David and Dennis Session EditedDennis Reid (Class of 2021) (pictured middle)

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. Most recently I spent three years in Korea with the 403rd AFSB working as the Deputy Chief of Maintenance Division and TMP. 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 2020)

Admin/Personnel/Property 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 was born August 29, 1975. 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 six years now and absolutely consider Heritage Place my extended family. I love to laugh and enjoy the laughter of others.


Buck Thrailkill (Class of 2020)

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.


Jim Wanovich (Class of 2021)

Admin/Personnel/Property (APP) 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 of almost 25 years, 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. Thank you for considering me for nomination.


Rev. James Randall

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


Church  Secretary
Rene Bahrenfuss

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


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



Macpherson  Presbyterian Church
3525 Cliffdale Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303

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