Pastor: Roger Veliquette
Roger began work as “pastor on deck” with Crescent Hill on August 26, after being approved unanimously by the congregation. Having earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May, he was ordained on October 20 at his home church, Elk Rapids First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids, Michigan.
At seminary, he also completed a certificate in Black Church Studies. During his time at LPTS, he participated in Anti-Racism Training, consultations for Black Church Studies, and served as a member of the Presidential Search
Committee. Roger completed his CPE (supervised work as a hospital chaplain) at Baptist Health and Field Ed Internship at Central Presbyterian Church.
Roger’s wife, Erin, is in her second year in Louisville Seminary and will be working at Central Presbyterian Church
for her field ed internship. They have three children.
Director of Music: Debbie Dierks
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: Faith Grady
I began working at CHPC in late fall 2019, and I can honestly say it has been a joy since day one. The staff and church members have been very warm and welcoming – I couldn’t have asked to be in a better place! I look forward to serving as Administrative Assistant and building a wonderful relationship with everyone!
Coordinator of Youth and Faith Formation: Paul Kepler
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.
Parish Associate for French Language Outreach Ministry: Lengulula Kashama