Our Team

Senior Pastor

Rev. Nathaniel Mathews

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Pastor Nate and Mrs. Anna are from Waverly, Tennessee where they have known each other since kindergarten and were crowned Prom ‘King and Queen’ their senior year of High School.

Both have a heart for God and God’s people. Nate and Anna received degrees in the Social Sciences from Bethel University with the hope of helping others. Nate’s degree in Psychology helped him develop a desire to better understand the needs of those he serves, recognizing the complexity of life we all live with. Anna’s education led her to become passionate about the aging in society, as they are often forgotten. She has worked as a long-term care Social Worker and Hospice Bereavement Coordinator. Currently, her heart is with those suffering from dementia. Anna is also a ‘Certified Dementia Practitioner’.

Nate holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. His seminary journey allowed him the freedom and privilege to ask the difficult questions of faith and spirituality while studying under scholars of their respective fields. Pastor Nate’s time at the seminary also consisted of sharing and learning from a diverse group of individuals from varying faith traditions, whose focus was to learn, grow, and serve (Scholarship, Piety, Justice). Having gone to seminary in the city known for the Civil Rights movement, Pastor Nate has a strong desire to follow God's call for all of creation to experience liberation and wholness.

Nate and Anna’s hope is to share God’s love to the world God loves. We aim to do this by seeking, nurturing, and equipping people to become surrendered followers of Jesus Christ – as a people inspired, empowered, and used by God to change lives through prayer and service with the love of Christ.

Children's Ministry Coordinator (Intern)

Aurora Buchanan

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Aurora has always had a passion for sharing the love of Christ with others, especially children, to help them establish and grow in a relationship with God. She wants all children to know that Jesus loves them. She was shown the love of Christ through a loving and supportive community that encouraged her to grow in her faith; because of this community, she wants to show Christ's love and help others come to know and grow in a relationship with him.

She attended Margaret Talkington for her middle and high school career and currently attends Lubbock Christian University (LCU) to earn her degree in Biblical Text and Preaching, with a minor in Children and family ministry.

Aurora shared: “I want to help all children know that they are loved and cherished by the creator of the universe no matter what situation they come from and that God wants to have a relationship with them.”

She loves journalism, writing, singing, archaeology, volunteering, hiking, camping.

Director of Worship and Music

Ken Smith

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Ken Smith began as worship leader in 2017 and was asked to serve as interim Director of Worship and Music in December '18. He is a lifelong Cumberland Presbyterian, raised in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Floydada, TX. Ken is an ordained deacon, an ordained elder (currently serving on the Session), is very active in Presbytery del Cristo, and has been on Denominational Boards in the past. We at FCPC are very blessed to have Ken serve in this capacity. Ken brings experience and knowledge to the worship team. Ken is passionate about worship, the theology behind our worship, and the Scripture that informs our theology and worship. When asked about his service as worship leader, Ken said: "What an honor it is to be able to serve God's people by leading their services. I feel that my entire life has been leading me to a point where I am able to serve my God and my church in this way." 

Church Secretary

Karen Reid

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We are grateful to have Karen serve in this capacity. Karen helps us all run smoothly. When we asked Karen concerning her life in the church she had this to say: "Other than a wife and mother, I have only worked as an office assistant. I enjoy the 'people contact' I make with church members coming to the office and others who stop by. I find it enjoyable and fun to create new and colorful e-mails and newsletters. I have worked with children in various ways, been chair of ladies organizations several times, a deacon and now a newly elected and ordained elder at FCPC. I remember thinking one time that all I wanted to be in my life was a wife, a mother, and to work for my church. God has helped me to fulfill this desire. I am blessed and thank God every day of my life for giving me this opportunity to serve Him and my church."


Nancy Russell

Nancy Russell began her ministry as organist at First Cumberland Presbyterian in April, 2018. She has served as a church organist since her junior year in high school, and is currently also organist at First Baptist Church for the Traditions service.

At the age of nine, Nancy accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Bellmead, Tx. While in high school, she attended a Youth for Christ rally in Houston where she felt and accepted God’s call to Christian music ministry. Since that time, God has provided opportunities for serving as organist and pianist at churches in Waco, Bellville, Pecos, Stephenville, Paisano Baptist Encampment, and now in Lubbock.

Inspired by an older sister who was also a church organist, Nancy began picking out songs on the piano as early as age three. The first song she remembers trying to play was “It Is No Secret What God Can Do.” She began private piano lessons at the age of eight, and then studied private organ with Dr. Robert Markham at Baylor University while in high school. She continued her organ lessons while in college.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Speech and English, with secondary education certification. She also holds a Master of Science from Sul Ross State University in educational administration. She taught high school speech and English in Bellville and Pecos for 24 years, then began her career in administration as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Dublin ISD. She retired in 2009.

Bringing honor and glory to God and helping provide a worshipful experience at each service is Nancy’s desire and prayer as she prepares music for the Sunday services.


Elected Leaders

Within our tradition, the congregation elects Elders to represent them in the business of Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. Active Elders make up the Session (the governing body of Spiritual Leaders within a specific congregation). The congregation also elects Deacons (when possible) to serve the poor, widowed, sick, refugees and imprisoned. Typical terms are three years. 


Active Session

Diana Akins - Class of 2025
Candy Baack - Class of 2024
Kathy Davis - Class of 2024
Melinda Jones - Class of 2025
Karen Reid - Class of 2024
Valerie Parkinson - Class of 2023
Tyler Pridmore - Class of 2025

Session Clerk - Diana Akins
Moderator of Session - Rev. Nathaniel Mathews

Active Diaconate
Greg Akins - Class of 2024
Edie Fanning - Class of 2023
Glenn Jones - Class of 2025
Cynthia Paulk - Class of 2024
Ray Sparkman - Class of 2024
Teresa Sparkman - Class of 2024