Who & Why

Our Ministers and Leadership


Ronald Lowell Shive
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Ronald (Ron) Lowell Shive was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a twin in a family of three sons.  (Ron’s twin brother is also a Presbyterian minister and serves as the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Wyoming.) He grew up in Chattanooga and lived there until his parents moved to Greenville, South Carolina.  Ron studied at Auburn University (B.S., Microbiology), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Erskine Theological Seminary (non-degree), and Union Theological Seminary (D.Min.).  He served as an Associate Minister at the First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina, the Pastor of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Travelers Rest, South Carolina, and the Senior Pastor at the Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Chapin, South Carolina. In August 2002, Ron became the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, North Carolina.

Ron is married to the former Pamela (Pam) Young, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama.  Pam is currently an academic coach at Haw River Elementary School.  They have two children — a daughter, Megan, who is married and is an emergency room doctor in Greenville, SC. Their son, Colin, is a partner with the Tharrington and Smith Law Firm in Raleigh.  Megan and her husband, Marc, have three children, Eva, Lucas, and August, who are the joy of Pam and Ron’s life.


Taylor Barner
Associate Pastor for Student and Family Ministries
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Taylor was raised in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, in the hills of Pittsburgh.  He graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from Grove City College and, feeling called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament during his Junior year, continued on into his theological studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earning his M. Div. in 2016. Taylor has always had a passion for walking with young people in their faith and growing together as Christ’s disciples, having worked previously as the Director of Youth Ministries at Delmont Presbyterian Church and the Campus Ministry Assistant to Seton Hill University at First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, PA.  He believes in seeing young people as not simply the future of the Church, but also as leaders of the present Church, joining in with the multitude of faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.


Carrie Rhoads Tuttle
Parish Associate for Pastoral Care
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Carrie’s primary responsibilities are serving as pastor to the residents of Twin Lakes and the Village of Brookwood, making visits at the hospital and with other shut-ins as needed in coordination with the other pastors, working with the Deacons to further enable their ministries, coordinating visitation work of the Diaconate and Presbyterian Women, and assisting in worship twice a month and preaching in rotation with the other pastors.

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 most recently has served as Chaplain at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, NC, and she leads a women’s group at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC. She lives with her husband, Chris, pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and her three children — Ella Brooks (14), Heath (11) and Wilson (6) in Durham, NC.

Carrie is a big sports fan (partial to Duke) and loves a good family adventure. If you need a color-coded family activity calendar, Carrie is your girl! When awash in spare time, she loves gardening, home improvement projects, Hallmark movies and a good walk/run on a trail. A chai latte will almost always make her happy.


Charlotte Allbright

Charlotte Nance-Allbright, M.A, C.C.E., Director of Christian Formation and Education

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Charlotte claims both Graham, NC and Wytheville, VA her home.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon College in 1996.  In addition to her Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union-PSCE, Charlotte earned her Master of Social Work in 1999 from Virginia Commonwealth University.  While serving as Director of Youth Ministries in Alexandria, VA from 1999 to 2007, she earned her Certification in Christian Education.  Before her call to Burlington, Charlotte served for seven years as Director of Christian Nurture at FPC Lumberton, NC.  She is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) and has led workshops for national and local Christian Education events.  Charlotte has served on Synod and Presbytery leadership committees, outdoor ministry, and strategic planning.  Currently, Charlotte serves as Co-Moderator of the Salem Presbytery EQUIP Team and a member of the General Assembly Special Committee on 21st Century Christian Education.



J. Patrick Murphy
Organist – Choirmaster
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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.


Tori Stadler
Financial Administrator

Tori is a long-time resident of Burlington. She is a CPA and comes to us from Thomas, Chandler, Thomas & Hinshaw, where she has worked since 2017. Prior to that she was the Business Manager at the Burlington School, was in private practice, taught at Elon University, and was engaged in a few other businesses and organizations. Tori received her B.A. in Business Administration from Meredith College and her M.B.A. from Elon University. She brings with her a wealth of experience and she will be a wonderful addition to our staff team.


Jane Cunningham
Communications Coordinator

Jane’s responsibilities include gathering information for and creating/designing publications such as fliers, posters, postcards, pledge cards and brochures; organizing and sending the weekly e-blast; creating images/graphics for the website and e-bulletin boards; photographing events; keeping our Facebook page up to date; and updating the website.

Jane grew up in New England and is a graduate of Brown University; she also attended courses at the George Washington University Publication Specialist Program. She began her Communications career as a copy writer for the Boat Owners Association of America (BOAT/US), then worked for Tulane University and the University of New Orleans Division of Business and Economic Research as a writer and formatter of publications. More recently, she has worked for a variety of churches and schools in NC including St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Goldsboro, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Greensboro, Lancaster Preschool of Greensboro, St. Francis Episcopal Day School of Greensboro, as well as The Second Breath Center of Greensboro, the Episcopal Church Women, the Creative Center of Greensboro and the Episcopal Diocese of NC.

She is the mother of four adult children and lives in Greensboro. She enjoys tennis & pickle ball, walking, cooking, reading, spending time with her children and watching the Carolina Hurricanes hockey.


Davina Boldin-Woods
Director First Presbyterian Child Development


Davina Boldin-Woods 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
  • 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. 

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