Beau has been serving First Presbyterian Durango since 2012 and the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over a decade. He loves seeking innovative ways to press on into the church’s exciting future while celebrating it's rich past. He received a B.A. in Religion & Theology from Whitworth University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Beau loves the outdoors, playing guitar, writing and oil painting. But his favorite activity is scattering children’s instruments throughout his living room and playing “family band” with his wife Kristin, son Asher and daughter Eden.
Beau’s Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00-12:30, 1:30-3:00
Bailey Carlson is a Colorado native and a recent Fort Lewis College Alumni. Bailey has been very active in the Presbyterian church since she was young. Before moving to Durango, Bailey was a regular volunteer at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction, CO where she grew up. She was a weekly volunteer in the youth group, on staff as a nursery attendant, taught 5th & 6th grade Sunday school, and was a summer Children's Ministry Intern. When Bailey isn't at work, she loves being as active as she can outside with her friends and her dog, Meshach.
It is not uncommon to see Meshach wandering around the office and greeting those who come in. He may bark when you first walk in the door, but don't fear, he is nothing but a lover. Give him some treats along with a few belly rubs and he will be your best pal!
Bill's Office Hours: T, W, Th (9:00 - 12:30 and 1:30 -4:00)
Other times by appointment
Bill has been employed at FPC since September, 2009. He started as Office Administrator, added Financial Administrator in 2010, and in- house accounting in January, 2012. Bill has been married to his wife, Joyce, since 1983. They moved to Durango from Southern California in 1995. Joyce works at Escalante Middle School in the special ed dept. Their daughter Melissa (29) lives and works in Durango, helping to manage the United Campground with her fiance, Keenan Holt, and subs in the 9R school district. Their daughter Katy (26) lives in Greeley, and works as a marriage and family counselor.
Tom has been the choir director at First Presbyterian Church for 25 plus years.
He is also currently the choir director at Durango High School and Miller Middle School, and has been a music teacher in the Durango schools since 1986. Tom and his wife Jan have been married for 30 years and have three wonderful children: Shauna, Ryan, and Aaron, as well as 4 grandchildren: Lane, Myah, Gavin, and Everly. Tom and Jan enjoy spending their Summers travelling and love living in Durango. Tom also loves the community of First Presbyterian Church, especially the choir members who volunteer their time to enhance our worship experience!
Robin has been the organist and choir accompanist at FPC since July 2004. She and her husband, Dan, landed in Colorado after meeting in Kansas and spending a couple of years in Northern California. A graduate in print journalism from Kansas State University, Robin's main focus is raising their two wonderful children, Gracie and Ozzie, but she also works from home as a transcriptionist and teaches piano lessons. She enjoys being with her family and playing in the outdoors with their two dogs.
I consider myself a Durango Native, living here since I was about three years old. I graduated from Durango High School, with my best memories about the wonderful and award winning band we were blessed with--I was a percussionist. I attended Fort Lewis College on a music scholarship, and graduated with a teacher certification and a BA degree in Humanities, with concentration in Music. Upon completion of my degree, I was hired by the Mancos School district for the “dream career of my life,” spending 34 years teaching band in the high school, Jr. High and beginning levels, teaching elementary music, and establishing the girls’ athletics program at the high school. I also coached all the major sports for girls. The last five years of my career I was blessed with being the only woman in Colorado at that time to have a high school band win the state championship marching band competition three years in a row! As I said, this was definitely a greatly blessed career!
I continued my education pursuit by spending seven years after Mancos in the Ignacio High School Counselor’s office part time, which I also enjoyed, helping the youth in career and further education choices.
I joined the First Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jo was here, but attended member classes with Pastor Bill and now Pastor Alan TeBrink, and joined the bell choir shortly after that. I became the director when Essie Williams retired. This has also been a blessing in my life, because it has kept me close to being able to direct music, and that has been most fulfilling to me, after my career!
Emma Selser is 17 years old and a senior at Durango High School. She moved to Durango at the age of 11 from Missouri City, Texas. Emma is a member of Colours Choir at DHS, and serves as manager of the DHS Cheer Team. Following high school, Emma plans to pursue a career in Nursing.
Rachel Moranty started working at FPC in July this year. She has enjoyed working with this welcoming group of people, and is very grateful for this amazing opportunity. She is 15 years old and moved to Durango about two years ago with her mom and little brother. She is a sophomore at Durango High School. She is involved in the high school’s Troupe 1096 theater program, and has been part of Merely Player’s production of Shrek the Musical as an A/V technician. She has also worked at various concerts this year, including Michael Franti and iAM Music Festival at Buckley Park with her stepdad.
Joe has been at FPC for 10 years as our custodian. He is only here about 8-9 hours a week. He recently retired from the US Post Office. Joe is responsible for keeping our facility clean. He has the thankless job of cleaning bathrooms and emptying trash among other things. In his spare time, he enjoys biking. We appreciate Joe's efforts in keeping up with the cleaning of our building. You don't usually see him, because he is usally here early mornings and late afternoons, but if you run into Joe, be sure and say thanks!!
1159 East 3rd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
Office Phone: 970-247-3175
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed for lunch from 12:30 - 1:30pm