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Our historic church building, our two additional buildings, our gardens and our grounds are all maintained by the joint efforts of our Property Committee and our This Old Church Small Group. Recent projects include the remodeling of our Fellowship Hall, updates to the lighting, fire detection systems, and one of the heating and cooling units, and the installation of a Solar Energy System on the roof of Fellowship Hall.

Much of the time and labor for these projects is generously donated by the members of our This Old Church Small Group, which meets at the church for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month before setting to work. Their service to the church is outstanding, and we owe them great thanks for all they do!

Posted by DebraM

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry, a program based on providing one-on-one, distinctively Christian care, has been a natural extension of the caring programs we have had in our church. Through Stephen Ministry, people who need care:

Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs

Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through personal support

Know they are remembered and supported by other Christians in times of personal difficulty

Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis

Grow in their relationship with their Lord as they experience God’s unconditional love.


            There is no need to face a crisis alone! If you feel you are in need of a Stephen Minister, please contact Peg Woerhle or the church office.



Posted by DebraM

Meet Your PNC

The Pastoral Nominating Committee

Rod Conley

I have been a member of the Saline First Presbyterian Church since April 2008 and served as a Deacon from 2010-2013.  My wife (Sue) and I have 2 children (ages 7 and 9) who are active in the church Sunday School programs and Children’s Choir.  Sue and I are also co-leaders of our Teen Forum, which is our Christian Education offering for the church’s high school age kids.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis and getting involved in coaching activities in my children’s sports teams.

Debra Manchester

In 2006, my husband and I decided to seek out an active, mission-oriented church where we could offer our gifts and talents. God brought us to 1st Presbyterian of Saline, where we have been members ever since. I have been active in Christian Education, (youth and adult classes as well as VBS). I lead two of our Oasis Small Groups and serve on the Small Groups Leadership Committee and as a small groups coach. Additionally, I serve on the Stewardship Committee, the Open Doors (Evangelism) Committee, and the Nurturing, Empowering, Sending Team (NEST). I have taken several Disciple Classes, and I am currently training to become a Stephen Minister. My family of four loves outdoor activities, art, and music. I am a novelist in my spare time.


Ann Valentine

I have been a member of First Presbyterian Saline for over 25 years. I currently serve as Ruling Elder-Worship, Stephen Leader, Stephen Minister, teacher of Disciple, and Chairperson of the Pastor Nominating Committee. I was raised Roman Catholic and converted to Presbyterian when I married the love of my life, Mark. We have been blessed with two daughters raised in the loving care of this congregation. I endeavor to move through this life discerning God’s lead and being open to where that takes me on the journey. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, quilting and pondering the glory of the world. I am a retired Medical Technologist.


Matt Gillingham

I am excited to be a part of First Pres Saline’s PNC! About five years ago, I came to FPS, and it has been nothing short of a shining beacon of light in my life! Since joining, I have been involved in our ministry in Detroit, and I currently serve as the ruling elder for stewardship. I am very interested in the intersection of faith, economics, the environment, and theology, radical discipleship, and I am currently reading a lot about the Resurrection. I am newly married to a smart, energetic, faithful, and deeply caring partner who I met at FPS, and we have two adorable children.


Taylor Jacobsen

I have been involved with this church since my 6th grade in country school, having moved to Saline from the Upper Peninsula (Escanaba). I returned from the service in 1960 to teach high school art, spending my entire career at Saline, the high school that I graduated from. I enjoy being part of the strong mission program that we have developed at 1st Presbyterian, as well as the great educational program that is in place. I have been active in preserving the history of our community by helping to develop the Rentschler Farm Museum, the Train Depot, the 1-room school, and the Bixby Marionette Collection. I like the theory of the essayist and poet Wendall Berry: That it is advisable to put down roots and develop community.


Nancy Ryan

I am a lifelong Presbyterian and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Saline since 1994.  I have served as a Deacon and Elder, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Disciple Bible Study participant and teacher, and a member of several mission teams – all of which have challenged me to grow in faith and discipleship.  I work for Evangelical Homes of Michigan as the Brecon Village Director of Life Enrichment where I partner with residents to bring their dreams, desires and passion to life.  I am passionate about reading, journaling, music and gardening (as long as the mosquitos aren’t out!).


Bonnie Leutheuser

I have been a member of this church since 1987.  I am currently the vice moderator of our Deacons.  I have also served twice as our Open Door Elder and was on the committee that wrote our recent Self Study.  I have found myself drawn to our very young members.  Their love of life and open hearts have led me to be involved in our preschool through 4th grade Christian Education program off and on for nearly 15 years.

My husband, Kurt, and I have been married for 39 years.  We have 3 grown and married children and 5 grandchildren.  I stepped back in the work force, after our youngest child started school, by teaching preschool for 25 years.  I am now retired and find my life full of helping both the elderly and very young members of our growing family and volunteering in our community youth fiddle ensemble.


Posted by DebraM

Hot Chocolate Stand

Our youth will once again be providing hot chocolate and yummy cookies in front of our church building during the Saline Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 7th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

If you’d like to help out, contact Carey Pellerin.

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