Meet our Staff

Rev. Anne Emery

Rev. Anne Emery

Pastor
 Rev. Anne Emery is a second career pastor who has just completed a six- year ministry in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Her home church is Germantown Presbyterian Church, where she grew in her faith and followed God’s call into ministry.  Anne spent her childhood years with her missionary family in Brazil, and she traces the beginnings of her awareness of God to those days.  A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a B.S. in psychology and a M.S.S.W in clinical social work, Anne has always been a people person with a desire to enhance people’s lives.  From her own life experience, she found that the conscious spiritual journey is the path to true fulfillment and meaning in life.  As a pastor, she enjoys accompanying others on their faith journeys and watching them grow spiritually.  Anne met her husband, Greg Emery, while she attended Austin Theological Presbyterian Seminary, Austin, TX, at the same time he was working on his Masters in Theology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Ca.  They both attribute their coming together as God’s providence.

Mr. Tom Bridgewater

Director of Music

Tom began a lifelong study in music at 18 months old.  While playing with a “Cat and the Fiddle” puzzle, he pointed to the fiddle and told his mother, “I want to play that.”  He began formal studies in the Suzuki Method at age 2, with Ann Hall, who then taught in Jackson.  After Ann moved away from the West Tennessee area, Tom moved his studies to Memphis under the tutelage of Michelle Pettigrew.  At age 7, he began studying piano with Margaret Evans, former organist of First Presbyterian, with whom he continued until his freshman year of high school.  During these years Tom took part in both National Piano Guild Auditions and National Junior Music Clubs.  At age 12, he began studies with Ann Spurbeck, and under her guidance, he continued studies, playing recitals and taking part in ensembles, both in Brownsville and Memphis.  Tom is an alumnus of Memphis Youth String Ensemble, Memphis Youth String Orchestra, Memphis Youth Symphony, and Sewanee Summer Music Center.

His college career began at University of Memphis, where he studied music education.  During this time he furthered his studies on the violin with Soh-Hyun Altino.  While in college, music took Tom to several countries, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and even Kenya.  Tom graduated from University of Memphis in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, in addition to being a licensed educator in Tennessee.  Tom enjoys participating in worship and using his gifts to help others worship God through the gift of music.

Laura Berry July 2014

Mrs. Laura Berry

Office Administrator

Laura is a daughter of Christ, a wife to Matthew, and a mother to Gregory & Jacob. As a child her family traveled the world with her father’s job in the Air Force before graduating from Collierville High School and Southwest Tennessee Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology. She and her husband met at church with help from a Sunday School teacher and 2 years later were married in the same church on December 27th. Three years later they welcomed a son, Gregory Lee, and six years after that a second son, Jacob Austen. Laura loves her family and feels very blessed by the Lord.

Laura has worked for First Presbyterian Church since March 2010 and enjoys being able to help with worship behind the scenes. She is a current member of First Baptist Church Alamo.

Ronnie Richards, organist

Mr. Ronnie Richards

Organist

Ronnie is married to the former Sheri Estes of Russellville, Kentucky. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Ronnie Graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He studied Organ at National Music Camp at Interlochen Michigan and at Sewanee Music Camp at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Mrs. Mary Jane Williams

Pianist

Mary Jane is a graduate of Haywood High School. She attended the University of Mississippi and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Lambuth College in 1973. She taught music and English at Tennessee Academy from 1973 – 1976. She resumed her teaching career in 1987at Haywood Junior High where she taught 7th and 8th grade English until 2012. She is currently serving as the Instructional Facilitator for English Language Arts at Haywood    Middle School.

Mary Jane was married to the late Wayne Williams. Together they led the music program at Allen Baptist Church from 1973 until his death in 2009. They have three children and two grandchildren. Laura Leigh and Baker Moore live in Jackson with their children, Walker and Amelia. Duke and Martha Jo Williams and Brannon Williams live here in Brownsville.