Rev. Dr. Eric Laverentz
Eric moved to Edmond with his family from Overland Park, Kansas in August of 2016 upon answering a call to become the Lead Pastor at First Presbyterian. He and his wife Jen have four young children, a daughter and three sons, ranging in age from two to nine years old.
Eric was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and has been in the pulpit since an early age. 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.
Rev. Matt Jones
Associate Pastor for Congregational Care
Matt Jones has served as Associate Pastor for the congregation since 2011 and is currently focused on congregational care. He began his journey with First Presbyterian Church as a visitor in 1998 and joined in 1999. He served from 1998-2003 as musician, vocalist and worship leader in the contemporary worship services. He sensed God’s call to pursue a Master of Divinity degree through Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated in 2007. After serving a congregation in Oklahoma City for four years, Matt was called to First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. He and his wife, Gayle, have four grown-up children and enjoy living near downtown Edmond. Matt concentrates on helping people experience the deep love of Christ.
Rev. Jen Howat
Associate Pastor for Assimilation, Discipleship & Spiritual Formation
Jen is from the east coast and moved to Edmond with her family to begin ministry here @ FPCE in August of 2014. Her primary function is to oversee a comprehensive strategy for assimilation, discipleship and spiritual growth, small group ministry and leadership development. Jen was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, graduated from the University of DE with a BA in Criminal Justice and served as a juvenile probation officer in FL before being called into ministry. After graduating from seminary she served as solo pastor for six years in Kennett Square, PA. Jen is also certified in Life and Leadership Coaching, coaches pastors and consults in the area of organizational change. She loves hanging out with family and friends, is an avid sports fan and loves the outdoors.