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Our Pastor: Reverend C.J. Thompson

After graduating from King College in Bristol, TN (now King University) with a Major in Bible and Religion and a Minor in Philosophy, C.J. Thompson attended Princeton Theological Seminary.  C.J. and his wife Rachel arrived in Princeton, NJ a week after their honeymoon.  Although C.J. enrolled in seminary with the intent to pursue a career in teaching, God had another plan for him. While interning at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ and the Presbyterian Church in Middletown, PA, C.J. discovered that his true call was to serve as a church pastor.  C.J. and Rachel’s son, Søren, was born just months into C.J.’s first “church call” at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL.  C.J. also served as the campus minister for Presbyterian College and as an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, TN before beginning his current call at First Presbyterian Church of Manchester in 2014.


current Session members

Session is an elected body.  They represent the congregation and make most decisions regarding the governance of FPC Manchester. 

Milt Davis, Clerk of Session

Doug Garrard, Building and Grounds

Deidra Goins, Congregational Growth (not pictured)

Fay Jones, Congregational Care

Lisa Lazalier, Education

Becky Spangler, Worship and Witness


Church Musician

Eliot Hinson


MUSIC Director

Doug Spangler


Church Treasurer

Michael Lazalier