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Rev. Kathleen (Kathy) Dain

Transitional Minister

Kathy is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Church of Scotland. She has recently returned from the U.K.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Central Michigan University and Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Prior to entering ministry, Kathy worked in sales and television production. Her shift to ministry was featured in a 2013 Wall Street Journal article entitled: Leap of Faith.

Kathy has produced a number of short documentaries for mission organizations to help share their story. “Each of us has a story to share,” says Dain. “As Christians we are part of the greatest story ever told.”

Pictured with Kathy is her mini-Schnauzer Riley.

Crystal Botha

Director of Family Ministries

Crystal has been serving at First Presbyterian since 2010. Working in ministry has been a lifelong journey for her. Growing up in the Alabama, she has served in music and children’s ministry since the age of 13.  Crystal has an extensive background in music performance as well as education. She has a passion for teaching children and loves to serve the Lord.  FPCT has made an impact on her life, revealed by the loving grace of Jesus Christ. She feels privileged to be an instrument to now share that Good News with others who are seeking God’s presence and considers it a blessing to be able to come to work while living out her faith at the same time. When Crystal’s not at work you can find her out on the water, enjoying Jupiter’s beautiful beaches, playing the piano, kickboxing and spending time with her family. She and her husband together have 4 children, ranging in age from 15 to 28, a dog, and 2 cats. Together they actively serve in mission work here in the community and in South Africa. Email her at crystal@tequestapres.org.

 

Elizabeth Lowe

Preschool Director

 

Elizabeth comes to us most recently from Good Shepherd Church School, Tequesta, Florida. As an educator with 14 years of experience ranging from Kindergarten to Third Grade, her Educational Certification includes two Masters Degrees-one in Reading and another in Educational Leadership which followed her initial Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. During her years of teaching she excelled in curriculum writing, meeting the diverse needs of the children while nurturing a positive classroom community for the children to work, play and grow together. As a mother of three active children ages 4, 7 and 10, Elizabeth knows how to balance a busy life while being dedicated to her joy of working with children and their parents. Email Elizabeth at elizabeth@tequestapres.org.

Anne Hlasnicek

Music Director

Anne comes to Tequesta Presbyterian after serving as minister of music, not only in the Presbyterian Church, but for Lutheran, Episcopal, Catholic, Christian Science, and Reform Jewish congregations. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Muskingum University in Ohio and pursued her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. She has enjoyed teaching choral music, drama, and ESE classes in both public and parochial schools from kindergarten thru university level. She introduced the first drama curriculum in Martin County middle schools and has often traveled with her high school choral groups for special performances, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mrs. “Nick” is, and has been, mom to 2 children and 15 foster children, and with her husband, Steve, has been the creative designer of their party services business. She is also a Master Gardener. Anne and Steve are world travelers and recently visited Israel and Turkey. They have a long list of places yet to see. Anne’s email address is anne@tequestapres.org.

Rebecca Szymczak

Office Manager

Rebecca is originally from Columbus, Ohio but spent the last eleven years in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband John. Their walk with Christ brought them to Jensen Beach, Florida. Rebecca loves the ocean. She also enjoys knitting and sewing. Contact Rebecca at office@tequestapres.org.

Jordan Albright

Youth Leader Communications Specialist

Jordan Albright is our newest staff member. She joins us as Youth Leader and Social Media Specialist @ First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta. Jordan was born and raised in Pennsylvania in the suburbs of Philadelphia- go Eagles! She is a Penn State graduate – class of 2019.#WEARE. In her free time she enjoys making jewelry, going to the beach, and spending time with loved ones.