Robert Montgomery, Pastor

Robert Montgomery, Pastor
Robert is the newest arrival at First Presbyterian, Lewisburg--in a way.   He is back home in Marshall County after many years away in Chicago, Lafayette (Indiana), Birmingham and Pulaski, TN.  Robert is married to Emma Armstrong, and they have two children and 3 grandchildren.

"I started out really thinking of the world as a very small place, maybe not much bigger than our family farm and the people I knew in school and in church.  But over the last 40 years, God has absolutely stunned me with the people I have been privileged to meet, some from among the most troubled (and yet most beautiful) places on earth.   I keep learning how easy it is for our minds to want to shrink God down to a manageable size, when it really is true that God is so far beyond our imaginations and all limits and descriptions we try to put on God.

"But the God we meet in Jesus Christ is utterly surprising to me, with the breath-taking and life-changing mercy that God offers everyone.  I am a poor student, but the Holy Spirit keeps showing me that God is as interested in every person on the planet as me and anyone I know.  None of us is the center of the universe, much less the judge of all the earth, but we all matter because God is the God who cares, especially for those the world may deem the most insignificant.  God loves to claim as leaders the least likely among us, so I try to learn from everyone I meet, especially those I am the most prone to underestimate from a human point of view.

"God is source of all love, wherever it is found.  God is the source of all kindness, whenever it appears.  God is the source of all hope, each time it comes to us, refusing to give up even when we do.

"I hope that people might trust God a little more freely and confidently because God decided to call together First Presbyterian here.   It's really the only reason we exist--or should."

Robert Neumeyer, Music Director

Robert Neumeyer, Music Director
I am proud to be part of First Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, for over 8 years now,  with an amazing group of singers who share their hearts and voices in worship every week.

I grew up in New Orleans, LA; graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, and Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, AZ, which led me to Nashville, TN. I've been teaching in Middle Tennessee for over 5 years now; picked up a master's degree in music from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, and am now the choir director at Kenwood Middle school in Clarksville, TN.

When I am not busy racking up the miles between Lewisburg,  Nashville,  and Clarksville,  I spend my spare time going to concerts and shows around Nashville, going on the occasional leisurely road trip, and binge watching just about anything I can find on Netflix when I finally get much needed time at home.

If you have interest in singing with the choir, and seeing how things look on the other side of the pulpit, I'm sure we can find a robe for you. Feel free to contact me and we'll get you some information.

Robert Neumeyer, Music Director

Robert Neumeyer, Music Director
I am proud to be part of First Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, for over 8 years now,  with an amazing group of singers who share their hearts and voices in worship every week.

I grew up in New Orleans, LA; graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, and Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, AZ, which led me to Nashville, TN. I've been teaching in Middle Tennessee for over 5 years now; picked up a master's degree in music from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, and am now the choir director at Kenwood Middle school in Clarksville, TN.

When I am not busy racking up the miles between Lewisburg,  Nashville,  and Clarksville,  I spend my spare time going to concerts and shows around Nashville, going on the occasional leisurely road trip, and binge watching just about anything I can find on Netflix when I finally get much needed time at home.

If you have interest in singing with the choir, and seeing how things look on the other side of the pulpit, I'm sure we can find a robe for you. Feel free to contact me and we'll get you some information.

Naphtali Rothrock, Organist, Pianist

Naphtali Rothrock, Organist, Pianist
Hi, I'm Naphtali Rothrock, and I'm the church's organist. To be more specific, I'm actually the church's organist/pianist/occasional violinist/alto in the choir when the music is easy enough that I can manage to play the accompaniment and sing alto at the same time ...But it's easier to just say “organist,” so let's stick with that.
I've been playing piano, and then organ, at churches since I was about 14 or 15 years old, which gives me all of about 10 years of experience – great for someone my age, but nothing compared to most church organists these days!

I have an Associate's degree in music, and varied experience doing everything from planning and performing solo organ concerts to playing violin in a community orchestra, teaching private music lessons to tutoring college-level music theory, playing in the pit to directing the music for musical theater productions.

Outside of music, I'm a hopeless bookworm (no, seriously. It's mid-August as I'm writing this, and I've already read about 50 books this year). I love to knit and crochet (it's hard to find books that will lie open nicely so that I can knit and read at the same time, but there are some out there!). I'm also a “real food foodie” (can you say “raw milk”? How about “kombucha”?), and I love to cook, create, concoct and ferment things in my kitchen.

So is anyone else sensing the “little old lady organist” vibe I've got going on here? I keep telling people I should have been born about 75 years ago!

Darlene Roberson, Church Office Manager

Darlene Roberson, Church Office Manager
Hello, I am Darlene Roberson and I am the secretary here at First Presbyterian Church Lewisburg, Tennessee.

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas; raised in a bakery where I specialized in custom cake decorating. In 2012 I moved to Lewisburg, Tennessee, where I learned how to solder and later weld, which came in handy when I later met and married a cattleman/engineer. Together we love five children, their five spouses, six grandchildren, two cats, and a hundred cows.

As the church's office manager, I hope to help you in any way I can.