Staff


 

Pastor – Robert Drake
Office phone: 218-233-1192
Email: robert@firstpresmhd.org

Pastor Robert came to serve the church through a long and winding road. Although he grew up in church, he stopped going immediately after confirmation. This period lasted for about eighteen years. Yet, just because he stopped attending church, he did not stop talking and arguing with God. This experience forms his approach to faith, Christian belief, Presbyterian tradition, and church organization.
 
Having had multiple jobs since graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1993, Pastor Robert spent most of his time as a carpenter, construction foreman, and owner of his own handyman repair business.
 
Sensing a call to ministry, Pastor Robert attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2017.
 
He and his husband were both born and raised in northern Minnesota, and enjoy gardening, running, and cycling. A far-off dream is to own a small hobby farm with Highland cattle, chickens, and goats.
 
Robert currently enjoys listening to 89.1 Ken’s FM, MPR, and years ago was an early fan of Drive-By Truckers and Neko Case.
 

  


 

Office Administrator – Lisa Gigler
Office phone: 218-233-1192
Email: admin@firstpresmhd.org
  
Lisa is originally from Mayville, ND. She attended college at Mayville State University graduating with a BS in Administrative Office Services. She has been married to her husband, Doug, for 30 years. They have 2 dogs -- a Basset Hound, Clarice and a Sheepa-doodle puppy, Luka. They have lived in Fargo for 26 years and love their weekends at the lake near Walker, MN. Lisa worked 20+ years in sales and marketing. Lisa enjoys her volunteer work as a board member of Her Story and is on the planning committee at TNT Kids Fitness. She is also active in her professional networking group.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Music Director – Diane Wray Williams
Email:  dianewraywilliams@gmail.com

"Song is a response to God which engages the whole self in prayer." The role of our music ministry is to lead our congregation in various ways to be a part of this deep prayer. Through congregational singing and response, choir anthems, solos, and instrumental music we unite in faithful worship. Diane brings the experience of a lifetime of singing in choirs to her position.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


Director of Christian Education -- Scott Dobovsky 
 
Exploring one's faith is a journey that is different for everyone.  I enjoy being able to walk with people on their journey.   


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Youth Leader – Scott Ecker
Email: Scott.Ecker@accessrrv.org
 
First Presbyterian Moorhead has been a home for Scott his entire life. He grew up in the Church and was active in all of the Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group activities. After starting college, Scott led the younger youth group for three years. Last year Scott returned to Moorhead and began leading the same kids in the junior high/high school youth group. Scott has always felt at home at First Presbyterian and is always happy to help out our younger members.

 

 

 

 

 

Organist / Pianist – Joni Lordeman

I have played piano and organ for many years. I am happy to serve my church family.

 

 

 

 

  

 
 

 

 Custodian – Clement Sambo

A very proud Cameroonian, Clement also claims Fargo-Moorhead as his second home. He has lived in the area with his wife since 2002. They have 3 children together and also looks forward to taking his 2 older children to Cameroon hopefully in the future. In his free time, Clement loves to play music and enjoys soccer whether it is watching or playing.