Our Staff

  • William L. Hawkins  
    Pastor, Head of Staff

    William "Bill" began his pastorate at First Presbyterian in 2001.  A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Bill was ordained to ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1980.  He and his wife Lori have two grown daughters.

    Email: bill@firstpresnb.org

    Phone: 252-637-3270

  • Maren Sonstegard-Spray

    Temporary Associate Pastor

    Maren joined the staff in January of 2018.  She attended Duke University for her undergraduate degree and Princeton Theological Seminary for her Master of Divinity, and she is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She was ordained in 2007 and previously served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia.  She and her husband Jeff have two energetic boys, an old Labrador retriever, and four chickens.

    Phone: 252-637-3270
  • Lloyd Griffith

    Parish Associate

    Lloyd has served for 12 years as Parish Associate on our staff. He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School. In addition he received a Masters Degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He is involved with experiential learning in small groups as we explore together the re-birthing of God in our times.
    Phone: 252-637-3270
  • Daewon Goldenbaum-Yang

    Director of Education and Youth Ministry

    Daewon has been the Director of Christian Education at First Pres since 2012.  Graduate of Drew Theological School (2009), he worked as the Youth & Young Adult Pastor in Tarrytown, NY, before moving to New Bern.  He and his wife Laura have a preschool-age daughter and son. 
    Phone: 252-637-3270
  • Tommy Hall

    Administrative Coordinator

    Tommy has worked as Administrator at First Presbyterian since 2007.  As a native New Bernian, Tommy and his wife Mary along with their three children have been active members of First Presbyterian for over forty years. 
  • Connie MacLean

    Executive Secretary

    Connie has worked as Secretary at First Pres since 2008.   She and her husband, Ron moved to New Bern in 2002 from Annapolis, Maryland.  In her free time she enjoys her grandchildren, quilting, and reading. 
    Phone: 252-637-3270
  • Amber Zapffel

    Financial Secretary

    Email: amber@firstpresnb.org

    Phone: 252-637-3270

  • Pat Rowlett

    Director of Music

    Pat has been Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church since July 1980.  She is a 1973 graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now University) in Laurinburg, NC.  She is Co-Director of the Craven Messiah Chorus (performing Messiah in New Bern since 1981), and Artistic Director of Pro Musica of New Bern, an a cappella singing group.  Married to husband Pete, they enjoy gardening and sailing. 
    Phone: 252-637-3270
  • Vance Harper Jones


    Vance has been Organist of First Presbyterian Church since January 1977.  A native of Washington NC, he earned both B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees at the University of Miami (Florida) and holds the M. Ln. degree from Emory University.  In 2005, he retired as Dean of Library Services at Craven Community College after 29 years.  He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. 

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  • Susan Mabie

    Director of Resurrection Singers

    Susan has been serving in the Music Ministry of First Pres since the Fall of 1997.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison Univeristy in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She and her husband Stephen have one married daughter, and two precious grandkids. 
  • Louis Foye


    Louis has been serving at First Pres since 1982.  A native of New Bern, Louis has been the one making sure everything is set up in our worship, education, fellowship, and meeting spaces.