Who We Are
who we are
158813_Rev. Dr. Steve Fitzgerald
Rev. Dr. Steven E. Fitzgerald

Steve was born in Fayetteville and nurtured in the Presbyterian faith as his family were active at Highland Memorial Presbyterian Church. Steve and his family of origin moved to Raleigh and they became very active at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. It was the wonderful youth leaders and teachers, along with Steve’s maternal Presbyterian grandparents that nurtured him in the Reformed faith tradition. 

Steve is a graduate of Appalachian State University (BSBA) and worked in the investment field for the first decade of his career. He was a stockbroker, a Registered Investment Advisor and a Certified Financial Planner in Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC. Steve was the first student to apply to the brand new Cooperative Baptist Fellowship backed seminary (Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond/BTSR) in 1991 which began on the campus of Presbyterian School of Christian Education. It was the first moderate seminary started in this country after the fundamentalist takeover of all the other seminaries. He completed both his M.Div. and his D.Min. at BTSR. 

Steve served four churches in Virginia and after serving thirteen years at First Baptist Church of New Bern, NC, he returned to his roots in the PCUSA (which he had wanted to do for many years but had to wait for God’s timing). Steve was ordained into the PCUSA by the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina in October of 2014 and served at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Havelock, and then Raeford Presbyterian Church.

Steve has a passion for quality and meaningful worship, spiritual formation, and missions. Steve has participated in missions multiple times in Zimbabwe, Honduras, Belize, Cuba, as well as going to Israel and Jordan three times, two of those he organized and led. Steve also nurtured a long-term relationship with a little kirk in Westray, Orkney Islands (islands north of Scotland). 

Steve enjoys regular dates with his wife, golf, surfing, reading theologically challenging books and spending any time he can with his three grandchildren (who all live in New Bern, NC). He is a people person.

Mac McCall
Director of Christian Education and Choir Director for the Adult and Children's Choirs
Mac graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, with a B.A. in Business Administration and from The Presbyterian School of Christian in 1984, which is now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. He received his Certification in Christian Education in 2005 and was ordained as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA in 2007. He enjoys music, working in the yard, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Debbie. They have two grown children, Payton, and Gavin.
Carolyn West
Church Secretary and Financial Secretary
Carolyn joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church in August of 2007. She and her husband, Steve, attend Westside Baptist Church where Steve is pastor. She enjoys reading, working in her flowers, bird watching and spending time with family and friends.
James Kendall
Church Sexton
James is a native of Cheraw, SC. He joined the staff of FPC in 2014. He is a 1969 graduate of Long Jr. High School and worked at the Pepsi Plant for 19 years. James is married to Arnetha. They have 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren. James loves fishing and traveling. He is a deacon at Word of Life Fellowship Church.
Arnetha Kendall
Arnetha is a native of Morven, NC. She joined the staff of FPC in 2014. She is a 1970 graduate of Bowman High School in Wadesboro, NC and worked at Stanley Tools for 4 years. Afterwards she started her own sewing business which lasted 12 years. Arnetha attends Word of Life Fellowship Church, along with her husband, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren.
Kim Brabham
Director of Mother's Morning Out Program
A Cheraw native, and a member of First Presbyterian Church her entire life, Kim is a graduate of Winthrop University. She has been married to David, a self employed residential contractor, for 27 years. She and David have 2 children. David Jr. is a Clemson graduate and a project manager for Thompson Turner Construction. Laura is a senior at Clemson and will be applying to graduate school in the spring.
Sally Powell
Assistant for Mother's Morning Out Program
Sally was born and grew up in Greenville, SC.  She graduated from Wade Hampton High School and Winthrop College with a degree in Health and Physical Education.  After marrying Phil Powell, they moved to Cheraw in 1975. They have two children, Phillip and Rebekah.  She taught physical education in the Greenville County and Chesterfield County School Districts for 39 years.  Since retiring, Sally and her husband have enjoyed traveling and being grandparents to their 4 grandchildren.  She has also enjoyed getting her “grandmama fix” working with Mothers’ Morning Out Program.
Debbie Jewart
Mother's Morning Out Assistant
Debbie was born and raised in Pennsylvania.  In 1985, she married her husband Randy and moved to Cheraw in 1986.  Randy works for the Town of Cheraw and is a fire fighter.  They have two children, Nathan and Sara.  This past year they became grandparents to Mackenzie Jewart, daughter of Nathan and Jessica.  Debbie has worked with the Mothers’ Morning Out Program for a number of years both part time and full time.  She loves working with children, both watching and playing with them. 
Mary Gulledge
Nursery Director
Mary has served as First Presbyterian Church nursery worker since 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from USC in Columbia, SC and a Masters in Education from George Peabody - College of Vanderbilt University. Mary and her husband, Tommy, live in Cheraw and have one grown son.