Pastors & Staff

Eric Laverentz

Lead Pastor

Reverend Doctor Eric Laverentz is the Lead Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.   He has been in the pulpit since the age of 13. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts (Emphasis on Christian Ethics) from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Theology (Emphasis on Christian Ethics) from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Truman State University.
Eric has served at churches in Tennessee, Ohio and Kansas prior to his call to Oklahoma. Eric is the Director of the Elder Leadership Institute (ELI) and a Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader on Church Leadership.  He is the author of two books,  Is Caesar Our Savior? and Driven as well as numerous journal articles.  He currently serves as a member of the board of the Oklahoma Christian School and was previously a member of the Kansas Human Rights Commission.  Eric is an avid reader, runner, hiker, and Kansas City sports fan.  He is married to Jen and they have four school-age children:  Calvin, Hank, Otto and Penelope.

Support Staff

Blair Merkle

Print Media Coordinator

Brett Hardy

Chelsea Smith

Danielle Jones

Director of Emerging Generations
Administrative  Assistant
Director of Kids Ministry

Jamie Mullings

Jim Pennington

Jim VanHemert

Joe Nusz

Office Manager
Organist & Worship Choir Accompanist
Facilities Director

Karla Launhardt

Kristin Emerson

Kyle Owen

Larry Shields

Director of Finance
Director of Worship Arts 

Mary Singleton

Matt Jones

Melina Owen

Patricia Herrod

Director of ECP
Associate Pastor
Team Lead - Kids Ministries

Shayla Cooksey

Sharon Boecking

Todd Cooper

Tracey Gregg-Boothby

Volunteer Coordinator
Executive Pastor
Assistant Director: Choral Music

Tyler Boren

Director of Digital Communications