The Rev. Dr. James LundeSenior Pastor / Head of Staff (beginning August 19, 2024)
We are excited about the call to Rev. Dr. Lunde, who will begin his work at First Presbyterian on August 19, 2024. Dr. Lunde comes to us from Warrenton Presbyterian Church in Warrenton, VA, where he has served for almost 8 years. Prior to that, he led Graystone Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN for three years. He was also resident pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN.

Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Jim descerned a call to ministry while participating in youth conferences and while in college working at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center. He is a graduate of Alma College in Alma, Michigan and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. In 2023, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Marie and children Clara, 9 and Ben, 6, as well as cheering on his Michigan State Spartans, traveling, playing golf and tennis, and listening to podcasts.


336-228-1703 ext. 215

The Rev. Carrie Rhoads TuttleTemporary Acting Head of Staff
Carrie is currently the Acting Head of Staff at First Presbyterian.  So, she does “a little or a lot of everything in the life of FPC.”  She preaches regularly and coordinates guest preachers and worship with the rest of staff.  Carrie moderates the Session temporarily and also coordinates the Diaconate and all pastoral care.  She loves a good visit and has been particularly excited about getting our Annual Congregational Retreat to Montreat off and running for the last couple years.

Carrie graduated from N.C. State University with a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Communication. She then worked in the corporate world — Red Hat Software and The Atlantic/Fast Company magazines — before entering Columbia Theological Seminary and graduating with her MDiv in 2001. Carrie served as Associate Pastor of Youth, College and Families here at First Presbyterian Church for five years before relocating to Durham, NC, in November 2008. For almost ten years Carrie did LOTS of supply preaching, some ministry consulting, and she led retreats, workshops and women’s groups while also being a stay-at-home-mom. Carrie previously served as Chaplain at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, NC, and led a women’s group at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC, before returning to FPC as a Parish Associate for Pastoral Care in January of 2020. She lives with her husband, Chris, pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and her three children — Ella Brooks (18), Heath (16) and Wilson (11) in Durham, NC.

Carrie is a big sports fan (go Pack!) and loves a good family adventure. When awash in spare time, she loves gardening, home improvement projects, jigsaw puzzles, Hallmark movies and a good walk/run on a trail. A chai latte will almost always make her happy.

The Rev. John W. JohnsonParish Associate for Communications
John is a life-long North Carolinian and a life-long Presbyterian. He is the son of a Presbyterian minister and a Director of Christian Education. John’s undergraduate degree is in Music Education, received from Stetson University in 1975. He is a graduate of PSCE (Presbyterian School of Christian Education) in 1979 (Master of Arts in Christian Education), and San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000 (Master of Divinity). John served as an educator for 20 years, including 11 1/2 years at First Presbyterian in Burlington! He was ordained in 2001 and served churches mainly in this area until his retirement from active ministry in 2021.

John’s interest in technology has led to his work in this field upon retirement. He is married to Debbie, a retired high school math teacher, and proud dad to Jackie, who is a counselor in private practice in Minneapolis, and Stephanie who is works for an academic testing company in Chapel Hill, where she lives with her husband Will.


336-228-1703 ext. 223

Charlotte Nance-AllbrightM.A, C.C.E., Director of Christian Formation and Education
Charlotte Nance-Allbright, being the daughter of a pastor and public school teacher, knew from a young age she was called to be a Christian Educator. Graduating in 1999 with a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary (Presbyterian School of Christian Education) and Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, Charlotte began her first call as Director of Youth Ministry in Alexandria, VA. Upon completion of requirements, she received the title of Certified Christian Educator in 2006. Charlotte was called to her position as Director of Christian Formation and Education at First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, NC in 2015. Her responsibilities include the ministries of Christian Education, Mission and Fellowship.


336-228-1703 ext. 218

J. Patrick MurphyOrganist – Choirmaster
J. Patrick Murphy, appointed to this position in December 2007, oversees all aspects of music ministry. He holds degrees in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of North Texas. He has studied with Robert Burns King, George Ritchie, Quentin Faulkner, Charles Brown, and Christopher Brayne. In addition, he has completed courses of study in England at King’s College, Clare College, Oxford University, and the Royal School of Church Music. Patrick is involved with the Greater Greensboro Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, for which he has been a past Dean. Also active in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, he has served on many planning teams for the annual Montreat Conferences on Worship and Music. In 2001, he directed this conference. Prior to his appointment at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, Patrick was Director of Music Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, N.C. (1983-2007). During this tenure, he was invited to be an assistant organist at Bristol Cathedral in Bristol, England, and a guest church musician-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Outside of music activities, he enjoys cooking, reading British detective novels, photography, and traveling to the mountains and the coast of his native North Carolina.



Davina Boldin-WoodsChild Development Center Director
Davina has worked in early childhood education for over 25 years, first as a teacher and the last 20 years as a director or owner/administrator. Davina has also attained degrees in the field: Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from NC A&T State University and Master of Education in Birth through Kindergarten Studies in Education and Development (with a concentration in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration) from UNC-Greensboro.

In her previous positions as director she has created and implemented high-quality programming for her staff and led professional development for the child care teaching professionals in the community. Davina believes it is important to collaborate and cultivate relationships with students, families, staff, and community partners to meet strategic goals. She is an advocate for early childhood education and actively supports the importance and impact it has on our children, staff and the community. Her energy and positive attitude are contagious.

Kathleen Seagroves
Church Office Administrator

336-228-1703 ext. 213

Tori Stadler
Financial Administrator

336-228-1703 ext. 217

Tracy Barker

336-228-1703 ext. 210

Ty Mitchell
Facilities Administrator

336-228-1703 ext. 222

Cindy Lamm
Assistant Director of the CDC


Robert Jeffers
Buildings and Grounds

Eddie Lee Lipscomb
Buildings and Grounds

Peggy Brown
Part-Time Kitchen Supervisor

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