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Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Burnetta

Pastor Burnetta

I was born in Troy, NC and lived most of my life near a little town outside of Asheboro, NC called Seagrove, which happens to be the “Pottery Capital of North Carolina.”  After graduating from high school at Southwestern Randolph High School, I attended Western Carolina University where I majored in English Education.  I went on to teach for five years in the North Carolina Public School System—teaching high school English for one year and 8th grade language arts and North Carolina history for four years. In 2005, I answered the call to ordained ministry, and in 2006, began studies for my Masters of Divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  I graduated from seminary in 2009 and followed up my seminary studies with a year-long chaplain residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC.  In 2010, I received a call to serve as the pastor of Millersburg First and Clark Community Presbyterian Churches in Millersburg, OH.  On October 24, 2010, I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament at my home church, Asheboro First Presbyterian Church, Asheboro, NC. On November 14, 2010, I was installed as the pastor of Millersburg First and Clark Community Presbyterian Churches.  This is my first pastorate, and I feel blessed to be here and to serve as pastor of these two amazing congregations.

Fun Facts About Pastor Burnetta

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Thanks to my husband, James Armour (and his dad), I am a huge University of Georgia football fan. He and his mom are UGA grads.

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I became a Mrs. and a Rev. in the same year; my husband and I were married on May 22, 2010, and I was ordained on October 24, 2010

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I love classic rock, especially Tom Petty, Journey, The Eagles, and U2. I have been known to quote classic rockers in my sermons.

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I try to read one classic piece literature each year.

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My favorite Bible verses are Psalm 139 and Jeremiah 29:11.

History of
Clark Community Presbyterian Church

On March 22, 1834, Nathaniel Conklin, a Circuit Rider, started Presbyterian church services in the home of Wm. Craig with twelve charter members. In 1837, George Weatherwax was given a contract to build a log church for the sum of $200. This was built on the level spot of ground at the present cemetery location. Rev. Conklin served as pastor for eight years. He was succeesed by Rev. Marquis, who served for 15 years. Near the close of his ministry, a much larger frame building was erected. The congregation worshipped in this building until Sept. 21, 1902. During that summer a new site was chosen in the village of Clark, where the present Church is located. 

Clark Community Presbyterian Church critical staff & members

Nick Gerber
Nick Gerber
Clerk of Session

I grew up in Holmes County, and currently live in Glenmont. I am a teacher at West Holmes High School. I like to garden, tinker with mechanical things and spend as much time as I can outdoors.

Ann Stotler
Ann Stotler

I am from Clark, OH and have been at Clark Community Church all of my life! I love our church and I’m sure it’s because I’ve always been surrounded by love here.

Gary Wagers Jr.
Gary Wagers Jr.

I've been involved with our church for 33 years. What I like about our church is that everyone is friendly. Fun facts: I love muscle cars, animals and cutting wood.

Sandi Wagers
Sandi Wagers

I've been involved with our church for 34 years. What I like about the church is that everyone feels like family. Fun facts: I love animals, like to exercise (walk), love to work in my flowers.

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Becky Baker

My name is Rebecca (Becky) Baker. I'm originally from Charm. My husband, Ken and I joined the Clark Church in 2008.

Shirley Starker
Shirley Starker
Choir Director

For 66 years, I've been playing the piano & leading the choir at Clark.

Malissa (Missy) Tish
Malissa (Missy) Tish
Custodian

I am originally from Killbuck and now reside in Clark Township in Coshocton County.

History of
Millersburg First Presbyterian Church

In July of 1825, Rev John Stockton was sent to Millersburg by the Western Missionary Society from Pittsburgh to preach for the people of Millersburg. There was no organization at first, but church was held in the log courthouse on the public square or outside if it became full. The Presbytery of Mt. Vernon recognized it has a church a few months later. The first Elders were Samuel Tidball and John Kerr, ordination unknown, but they were acting as a Session in 1830. 

A lot was purchased for a church building in 1836 - the same lot where the present church stands at a cost of $100.00. 
The congregation approved building a church in 1841, completed in 1842. It was a frame building and cost $1500.00. Rev George Gordon was the pastor at time. 
Fire originating from a defective flue, destroyed the church on March 21, 1872. Plans were then underway to erect a brick building. The new church was completed and dedicated on February 15, 1874, which is the church that we have today. Cost of the church was about $10,000, with an additional $2000  being spent on furnishings. The pastor of the church at that time was Rev, A.S.Milholland. A letter was received from Rev. John Stockton, organizing pastor congratulating the church on this fine achievement. 
In 1907 a new addition was added to the church  for Sunday School and a new pipe organ was installed in the sanctuary by the A. J. Schantz Co. of Orrville. The entire improvement cost about $5300. 
In 1922, the church redecorated and otherwise improved the church building. In 1940, the pastor, Rev. Darwin Haynes, designed a  new chancel for the church with the pipes of the organ fronted by a beautiful structure of walnut - wood paneling.  A new Schantz organ was given by member, Helen Adams. 
In 1949, plans were made to excavate a part of the basement area to make room for new classrooms and updated restrooms,  the church kitchen was modernized and the large room off the  kitchen was paneled in knotty pine, also a new Adams St. entrance was constructed.  Rev. Neil Hand was the pastor at the time of these improvements. Cost was around $50,000. 
In 1960, the rooms behind the sanctuary were remodeled.  In 1963, the church purchased the  Tschantz property, having purchased the Schaffer property in 1949.  The two houses were razed and a parking lot was made for the convenience of the church members. Rev. Robert Canon was the pastor when these improvements were made. 
In January 1988, the congregation voted to proceed with remodeling and renovations of the entire church area, except for the sanctuary. It took well over a year for this to be completed and dedication of these renovations was held on May 7, 1989. Cost was around $200,000. The work was done by the Pepper Construction Co. 
In the year 2000, the front entrance was remodeled with an overhead structure, new steps, railings and doors.  A ramp had been added previously in 1986 to accommodate members who had difficulty with steps. The Adams St. entrance was also remodeled with an overhead and new doors. Rev. Eldon Trubee was the pastor at the time of all of these renovations. 
This much work has gone into this property since its purchase in 1836.

Millersburg First Presbyterian Church critical staff & members

John Estill
John Estill
Elder - Member of Session

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and baptized at Oak Lane Presbyterian Church. Not long after my birth, I moved to Millersburg with my family in 1943

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Barb McClelland
Deacon

I have lived in Millersburg since 1969 and have been attending church at Millersburg First Presbyterian Church since 1972.

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Amy Wilson
Deacon

I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. I grew up in the Firestone Park area and graduated from Garfield High School.

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Carole Norman
Deacon

Molli Money
Molli Money

Molli lives in Millersburg with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters, Maici (11) and brand new baby Mila.

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Vicki Wile

I am a life long member of the church presently serving as an elder and also chairman of our mission committee.

Tim Allison
Tim Allison

I live in Millersburg and have attended First Presbyterian for 25+ years. What I like about our church is the friendliness and family type feeling we have.

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Greg Oswald

I graduated from Dalton High School and Ohio Northern University. Married Susan Ryder, together we have four children and 10 grandchildren.

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Kevin Vaughn

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Richard Haun

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Charles McClelland

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Jed Baker

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Cheryl Bird

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Elaine Hand
Clerk of Session

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Debbie Allison
Deacon

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Amy Buzzard
Deacon

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Ruth Vaughn
Deacon