Staff Directory


MATT FALCO

Pastor

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 105    

Email: matt@maxpres.org

Matt Falco was called as Co-Pastor in December 2016. Matt comes from being a solo pastor of the Edinboro Presbyterian Church in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. 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. 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. Through this program, he works with both individuals and groups on discernment, contemplative practices, and raising spiritual awareness. While in Edinboro, he helped start a community garden with 40 raised beds, participated in the local university’s conversations about inclusivity in the church, and helped his congregation find new ways of engaging in it’s community and the world. 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. He and his wife Lauren are parents of their two boys, Lucas and Jonah.


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.


RYAN STRAW

Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 104     

Email: ryan@maxpres.org

Ryan Straw joined us in June of 2017. Nicknamed the “Jolly Green Giant”, Ryan comes from Pisgah Presbyterian Church where he served as the Director of Children and Youth Ministry for two years. In addition to MSPC, Ryan serves as the director of The Woodford County PCUSA youth group at Versailles Presbyterian Church. He completed his B.A. in Communication at the University of Cincinnati and worked in law enforcement for 14 years as a 911 dispatcher for multiple agencies across Kentucky including the Kentucky State Police and most recently served as a Probation and Parole Officer in the west Louisville community prior to going to seminary. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity Degree at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a inquirer under care of the Presbytery of Transylvania. He served as a junior student representative and as a member of the faculty and staff led Seminary Council during his first year at LPTS. Ryan enjoys traveling around the country, attending live sporting events and spending time with his family. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, He and his wife Courtney are the proud parents of their seven month old daughter, Lilith.


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.


WOODY BERRY

Pastor Emeritus

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 700    

Email: woody@maxpres.org

Woody Berry has served Maxwell Street as Pastor (2004-2016), Co-Pastor with Matt Falco (2016-2017), and now is Pastor Emeritus, an honorary title given by the congregation on his retirement. He now helps Matt as needed in various areas of church life, while continuing to be invested in the Lexington Community and with Transylvania Presbytery. His wife, Jan, is involved in the music life of Maxwell Street and loves Needles & Angels! Their two adult children live in Austin, TX, where Jan & Woody make regular visits.


JENNIFER MARSHALL

Minister of Music & Family Care

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext 119    

Email: jennifer@maxpres.org

Jenni Marshall comes to us with a similar background in music as her husband Zach, except in organ and piano, rather than voice. She also began at EKU this fall as Accompanist and Part-Time Music Faculty. She has worked as a Lecturer of Music at Bethany College in Pennsylvania and as Organist & Assistant Director of Music & Worship Life at Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, PA. She has her B.A. in Applied Music (Organ) and German from Newberry College, an M.Div. with Christian Education emphasis from Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity, an M.M. in Organ Performance at Winthrop University, and a D.M.A. in Organ Performance with Minor in Music History from the University of South Carolina.


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.


ZACHARY MARSHALL

Director of Music

Phone: 859-255-1074 ext. 112    

Email: zach@maxpres.org

Zach Marshall comes to MSPC with a background in music academically as well as in the church. He began this fall as Assistant Professor of Music at EKU, having worked previously at Bethany College in Pennsylvania.  He has served in church music positions at Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, PA, and First Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC. His educational background includes a B.M in Voice Performance from East Tennessee State (magna cum laude), M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of South Carolina.  His job description at MSPC covers directing the music program with an emphasis on the Chancel Choir.


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.