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!
Seminary Intern: Rebecca Mattern
Dear CHPC community,
What a gift it is to be with you. In this time of pandemic the fellowship you enjoy with one another through zoom is heartwarming, joyful, and connecting. I am grateful for your enthusiastic welcome and excited that God has called us together for this time.
The common thread that tugs my heart in every job I have held – from the steel industry to clinical lab to Youth Ministry and Christian Education is the opportunity to walk alongside others in their journeys of faith and doubt, of celebration and sadness, in comfortable times and hard times. Through my own encounters with grief I have experienced the power of the Holy Spirit through the acts of being present and listening. I feel called to share the enormous love of God with all people through all facets of life and am discerning my call to chaplaincy and/or pastoral care ministry.
My family is in Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, and North Carolina and I relish opportunities to be with them. I love to be outdoors – hiking, pulling weeds, gardening, yard work; I love houseplants, animals, traveling, hanging out with friends, and any opportunity to laugh.
I visited Crescent Hill last year and remember feeling at home in your welcome and in your worship. I am excited to learn with you and look forward to getting to know you, as individuals and as a community, and seeing how the Holy Spirit will be at work in our time together.
Grace and Peace to you,
Parish Associate for French Language Outreach Ministry: Lengulula Kashama