Transitional Senior Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Scott M. Kenefake has been serving Presbyterian Church USA and United Church of Christ congregations for the past 33 years. Born in Columbus, Indiana, but raised Kansas City (Overland Park), Dr. Kenefake attended the University of Kansas and Washburn University School of Law, as well as San Francisco Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
He has been married to, Gail, for 36 years and they have two adult children, Mary Elizabeth, and William. Gail is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is a Software Trainer with Evisions and splits her work time between travel to College and University campuses in the US and abroad and working remotely from home. Mary Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Wellesley College and is a Communications Specialist with Morningstar in London, UK–Morningstar is the largest investment ratings firm in the world. She lives in the London suburb of Belsize Park. William is a 2016 graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a 2019 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He and his wife, Anna, live in Boston, but will be relocating to Kansas City in late 2020 after Anna completes her MBA at Brandeis.
In recent years Scott has focused his ministry on Interim/Transitional Ministry work and is very excited to be a part of the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington as Interim Senior Minister during this important time. He is an Interim/Transitional specialist and has several years of experience in helping congregations through changes in staff leadership and helping them to develop new visions for the future.
Transitional Associate Pastor
Born and raised in Minnesota, Kelley Jepsen has been living as a Hoosier for the last two years. Kelley graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a B.S. in Business, She worked in various supply chain related fields in the Minneapolis area prior to attending Luther Seminary for her Masters of Divinity. In July of 2018, she was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Kelley has been a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis since August 2018. In this residency program, she worked in various areas including Pastoral Care, Mission, and Engagement. As part of her Lake Fellow responsibilities, she also served as a Worship and Preaching Pastoral Resident at the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church in Crawfordsville. In her free time, Kelley enjoys cooking, planning trips, reading memoirs, and staying connected with family and friends. Her expected starting date at FPC will be mid-July.
Alex Koppel has spent the majority of his career as a music educator and musician. While piano is his primary instrument, choral music and singing is his passion. His first undergraduate degree was in Audio and Acoustical engineering, followed by a second undergraduate degree in Music Education from California State University Fullerton, and received his masters in Choral Conducting from San Jose State University.
Alex has worked as a musician for his whole career, in a few facets - from being the production audio engineer at a university, to running a large nationally acclaimed high school music program. He has worked in Catholic and Presbyterian churches, as a keyboard player, organist, pianist, singer, and choir director.
Over the past ten years, Alex has engaged in numerous professional activities, such as performing with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, M83, and more. He has given lectures and been the staff accompanist at conventions such as the California Choral Directors Association and the American Choral Directors Association, as well as being a guest clinician across choirs in California. Alex is currently in his first year at the Jacobs School of Music in pursuit of his Doctorate in Choral Conducting.
Chris Young is Professor of Organ at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. He has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the AGO, and has been heard on Pipedreams, a program broadcast on National Public Radio.
Child Care Coordinator
Crystal Ritter is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied Telecommunications and Business. She has worked with children and families of First Presbyterian Church since 2011. Crystal also works for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation as the Community Events Coordinator for the Arts. In this position, she plans and organizes many events for the city including concerts, movies, art fairs, and works with other organizations to help them put on events in our city parks. Crystal has a long history of working with children. She was the Program Director of Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington's Ellettsville Unit for several years and has taught preschool programs from gymnastics to gardening.
Brian McNulty, Bell Choir Director
Brian received a D.M. in Percussion Performance from Indiana University and currently works in the Instrumental Ensembles Divsion at the Jacobs School of Music. He has served as co-director of the Symphonic Bells of Bloomington and he has studied organ with Colin Andrews.