Church Staff


Transitional Pastor: Elisa Owen
Email: pastor@crescenthill.church

I am a PCUSA teaching elder ordained in 2007 and the transitional pastor here at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church. I grew up in Louisville’s Highlands and returned here in 2009 to raise my family near friends and extended family. In between, I attended Emory University in Atlanta for my B.A., lived and worked in Madrid, Spain for 3 years, received a MA from John’s Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, worked in Washington D.C. for the 7 subsequent years on the regulatory, financial and environmental issues surrounding the development of electric energy projects worldwide, got my seminary degree at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey, and during and after served churches in Philadelphia, the D.C. area, Louisville, Madison, Indiana and Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Since finishing up my call to First Presbyterian Lawrenceburg in late 2015, I have continued to work part-time on a business I helped start in 2014 that grows plastic and other kenaf based biomass products for U.S. industry on Kentucky farms. And since 2009 I have teamed with my husband James Peterworth, a local realtor, to raise our two girls, Zoe and Cate Peterworth, now 5 and 8.

Director of Music: Debbie Dierks
Email: frododob@yahoo.com

I began working at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in September 1984. My family and I joined CHPC after I was secure that there would be no “conflict of interest” in my participation as a member and an employee. I have an undergraduate degree in Music Education, and I have taught in public school. My Masters Degree is in Piano Pedagogy, so teaching has always been a priority for me; however, my vocational journey has included a wide variety of musical experiences. The things I most enjoy about being a part of this congregation are relationships, fellowship, leading and being led, nurturing and being nurtured and the mutual trust that has developed over the past 26 (!?!) years.

Administrative Assistant: Patti Wilson Marcum
Email: office@crescenthill.church

I became a member of Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in 1989. I worked as a counselor for almost 15 years before making the decision to return to a clerical vocation. I began serving as administrative assistant at CHPC in 2002. I enjoy the supportive nature of my work and the grace-filled nature of this congregation. When not involved with CHPC, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and spending time at home with my husband, Jack, and kitty, Lucy.

Co-Coordinator of Faith Formation and Joyful Noise Leader: Paul Kepler
Email: paulkepler@yahoo.com

I have been a special education teacher since 2004. Jennifer and I joined Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in November of 2009. I began working with Joyful Noise in 2014 became Co-Coordinator of Faith Formation in 2015. I enjoy working with our youth—and learn so much from them. I feel a big part of who I am was formed when I was in a youth group many years ago. In addition to working with youth group, I participate in choir. Rehearsing and singing with others rejuvenates me! Finally, I am glad my two daughters are being raised in this loving, caring, accepting, and justice-oriented community.

Co-Coordinator of Faith Formation and Joyful Noise Leader: Jennifer Thalman Kepler
Email: jenniferthalman1@comcast.net 

Parish Associate for Deacons: Gary Cook
Email: grcookky@gmail.com

Parish Associate for French Language Outreach Ministry: Lengulula Kashama
Email: revkashama@gmail.com

Parish Associate: Mary Love
Email: mbloveky@yahoo.com

I first came to CHPC a couple of months after the Presbyterian Center opened in August 1988. I have served as a Director of Christian Education in Florida, a Pastor of several small churches in North Carolina and West Virginia, an Interim Associate Pastor in Florida, and a staff associate with the Evangelism Office at the Presbyterian Center. I have had a number of secular jobs over the years but officially retired in 2010, which gives me more time for my church and volunteer work!

I really enjoy being on call for our pastor when she is out of town. I also fill in for Patti occasionally when she is on vacation. For 10 years or so I worked with the CHPC youth group but retired from that work in fall 2014. I’ve served on Nurture Council for over 10 years and on CHPC’s Earth Care Congregation team for 3 years. Being a part of this congregation is keeping my faith vital and alive. This is a very special place filled with very special people.

I am an active member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance, and the Alliance for Appalachia working for environmental justice. I also enjoy working on the computer and playing with my two cats.