Staff Directory

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MATT FALCO

Senior Pastor

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 105    

Email: matt@maxpres.org

Matt Falco was called as Co-Pastor in December 2016 and became Senior Pastor upon Rev. Berry’s retirement in 2017. Originally from Altoona, PA, Matt comes most recently from being Pastor of the Edinboro Presbyterian Church in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Austin Seminary in 2010, and is currently working on a Diploma in Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Penn State University and worked in both construction management and residential/commercial site design prior to going to seminary. His passion is backpacking, and he has done wilderness trips in North Carolina, Colorado, and Wyoming with his family, as well as a monthlong Outdoor Educator course in the Yukon, Canada with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He and his wife Lauren are parents of their two boys, Lucas and Jonah.

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Rachel VanKirk Mathews

Associate Pastor

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext  700

Email: rachel@maxpres.org

Rachel was called to Maxwell Street as Associate Pastor in August of 2018 after completing her Master of Divinity in May at Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, Rachel completed a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at The University of Alabama. Rachel’s husband, Wesley, studied engineering at Auburn, and they are glad to now have the UK Wildcats to cheer on together. They both enjoy being active outdoors and spending time with their cat, and Rachel hopes to continue growing as a gardener.

Rachel believes the church is called to point to God for every person through accessible worship, a table that nourishes the Spirit and belly, and community that is for and with all. At Maxwell Street, Rachel leads the youth, college group, and young adults in developing community and growing in discipleship, as well as discerning how God is calling Maxwell Street to be a witness and advocate for God’s justice in Lexington and in the world.

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TED GENTRY

Organist and Handbell Director

Phone: 859-255-1074  

Email: ted@maxpres.org

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Organist and musicologist, Ted Gentry, earned graduate degrees in musicology and organ performance from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Kentucky. As a musicologist, Ted’s publications include essays on Chopin, Verdi, and Rossini for reference books produced by British publisher Fitzroy Dearborn. Other publications include “Musical Symbols of Death in Tosca” for The Opera Quarterly and “The Origins of Evangelical Pianism” for The Journal of American Music.

Dr. Gentry’s organ performances have twice been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Pipe Dreams.” He has recorded with the Americus label on a joint album with trumpeter Ian Pearson, titled “The Festive Trumpet.” In addition to recitals, he has performed with the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. For more than 25 years, he has served various churches as organist, conductor, and music director. When not involved in music, Ted’s interests include gardening, theology, and all things related to Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

 

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KAITLIN DESPAIN

Choir Director

Phone: 859-255-1074  

Email: kaitlin@maxpres.org

Kaitlin DeSpain is a choir director for Fayette County Public Schools, where she has been working since 2015. Kaitlin holds a B.A in Music Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. In addition to her teaching career, Kaitlin has been involved with community choirs and worked as a church musician for over a decade. Away from work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her pets.

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KATE COPLEY

Office Manager

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 103    

Email: kate@maxpres.org

After leading Veggie Town VBS and launching Godly Play Children’s Church, Kate began working at MSPC in 2000. She is married to Rich, arts writer for the Herald-Leader, and together they have two children. Kate taught high school language arts in Georgia prior to motherhood and moving to Lexington in 1998.  She enjoys baking, creating healthy recipes, reading, and watching interesting movies.  Kate, along with Pam, love planning and  preparing meals at MSPC.

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SHELLI GREGORY

Mission Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 113    

Emergency Assistance Phone: 859-233-0723

Email: shelli@maxpres.org

Shelli Johnson Gregory, grew up in Daviess County, KY and moved to Lexington in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 1994 and her Masters in Social Work in 1997, both from the University of Kentucky. Shelli has been the Mission Outreach Coordinator for MSPC since September 1999 and serves as the Executive Director of Repairers Lexington, a local grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 established by MSPC in 1994. Away from work, Shelli enjoys scrapbooking, traveling, and running her children (Allie age 15, Will age 13 and Clay age 8) to their many extracurricular activities. Shelli’s husband, Bill, is a part-time Engineer at the University of Kentucky Center for Visualization and runs Enomalies, LLC, a technology consulting and development firm.

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MICHELLE GARDNER

Finance Director

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 109    

Email: michelle@maxpres.org

Michelle Gardner is responsible for the financial aspects of the church, including the operating budget. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown College and holds a Masters of Public Administration from U.K. and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from Indiana University. Michelle has held administrative positions in arts organizations in Lexington and Louisville, the University of Kentucky, and the Department for Libraries and Archives. She has worked at the church for ten years. Michelle is married to Jim, and they have a son, Will, who lives in Lexington with his wife, Sonia.

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PAM BOLDT

Church & Facilities Manager

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 109    

Email: pam@maxpres.org

Pam Boldt is the Church and Facilities Manager and Director of the Maxwell Street Nursery School Program.  Pam’s employment at MSPC started in 1987 with the Mother’s Morning Out Program.  In l998, she began working full-time as the director of the daycare, nursery school and Sunday church nursery.   Her most recent position with MSPC as Church & Facilities Manger became effective in 2012, and has included oversight of the building and grounds, coordination of outside groups, facilitation of weddings and other special events, all of which Pam has taken on with enthusiasm and skill. She also shares the responsibilities of cooking and serving meals for the congregational and neighborhood meals with Kate Copley. Pam is married to Joe and they have two sons–Josh and Adam.

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MARRIANNE RUSSELL

Communications Director

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 111    

Email: marrianne@maxpres.org

Marrianne is originally from Detroit, MI. She and her husband  made the venture to Lexington in May of 2012. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from Eastern Michigan University.  Marrianne is responsible for creating print, web and social media items here at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church.  She enjoy country life, art and design, cooking, gardening, anything vintage, and yoga. She has a wonderful husband Greg, an adorable baby boy Crosby, and a lovely dog Maggie.

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WOODY BERRY

Pastor Emeritus

 Woody Berry served Maxwell Street as Pastor (2004-2016), was Co-Pastor with Matt Falco (2016-2017), and now is Pastor Emeritus, an honorary title given by the congregation on his retirement.