Our Staff

Dr. Adelia Kelso – Dr. Kelso was nurtured in the faith at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, where she heard the welcoming love of God for all people and received her identity as one of God’s precious and forgiven children. Taking that identity ‘on the road,’ she pursued degrees from such Presbyterian institutions as:  Rhodes College (B.A.), Union Presbyterian Seminary (M.Div.), Columbia Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.).  Later ‘down the road’ she served churches in Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina. Having also lived in California and Connecticut, as well as Munich, Germany, and having grown up among mid-westerners who were newly-minted Texans, Dr. Kelso joyfully accepted the call to drive ‘up the road’ to become the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in South Bend in 2011.  There she joined mid-westerners (and transplanted mid-westerners from Malawi and Kenya) in proclaiming the joyful, hope-filled good news of God’s presence with humankind.  Already an avid downhill skier, she loves skiing with her 8-year old son and taught him to sled and ice skate (he’s way better than her at all of that now).  Scouting is also their passion; this year he is earning his Cub Scout Bear rank and she is earning the Wood Badge.  Along with her duties as “chief cook and bottle washer,” chauffeur and catcher of boys-who-fall-out-of-trees, she is planning to teach her son to water ski.

Rev sarah bishopRev. Sarah Bishop – Rev. Sarah is the Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Education. Sarah joined us in June 2013 from Frankfort, KY where she served as the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church of Frankfort. She received her education from Muskingum University (B.A.) and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M. Div.). Rev. Sarah’s ministry is leading education and formation for the diverse children, youth and adults of First Presbyterian Church with imagination, creativity and a wonderful sense of humor.  Outside the church, you can find Rev. Sarah exploring the South Bend Farmers Market, walking her dog, Sammie, down the River walk and playing soccer! Rev. Sarah also values larger church service as she is the Treasurer for the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE); serves on the Presbytery of Wabash Valley’s COM and was a Commissioner to the 222nd (2016) General Assembly of the PC(USA).

 Johnny BoehlefeldJohnny Boehlefeld, Associate Director of Music, Chancel Choir, is a transplant to South Bend after having grown up near Rockford, IL. A classically trained baritone, Johnny graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a Performer’s Certificate, (M.M. ’11.) Johnny has extensive choral experience, having performed in choirs throughout the Midwest that specialized in repertoires as diverse as Renaissance music to contemporary choral works. He has also conducted a variety of choirs over the years, from small church ensembles to large community choirs. Johnny is excited to be taking over direction of the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian after having served as a section leader for the past three years. While his overwhelming passion is for music, Johnny also enjoys watching NFL football (Go Bills!), all things Star Wars, and classic movies. Josh is also married to Kathryn a post doctoral fellow at Notre Dame. They live in South Bend.

josh goinesJoshua Goines, Associate Director of Music and Organist is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been completing a Bachelor of Arts in music with an organ emphasis degree from Andrews University. In August, he will continue his education by beginning his Master’s degree in choral conducting. Joshua has served as organist and music director at the Chapel Hill United Methodist church from 2008-2013 and again in Fall and Winter of 2015-2016. From 2013-2015 he was the choral and hand bell director at Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, VA as well as the organist of First Presbyterian Church of Staunton, VA. Music has been a passion of Joshua’s for as long as he can remember and he has a specific interest in ecclesiastical music. A second, lesser known passion of Joshua’s is food. From 2006-2011 he worked at a summer camp in the kitchen, eventually working his way up to head chef. It is his belief that food, like music, brings together people in a way that most other things can’t. He is thrilled to be a part of the FPC South Bend staff and is looking forward to building relationships with everyone here.”

joshua-boggsJoshua Boggs, Univ. of Notre Dame Music Intern to FPC. Joshua is a Lima, Ohio native who moved to South Bend two years ago to pursue graduate studies.  A conductor and a vocalist, Josh holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.S.M.), where he is a current doctoral student in conducting.  Josh’s experiences in music are diverse – outside of conducting a variety of ensembles and solo vocal work, he is particularly interested in church work.  His background in sacred music has led him to work in many capacities within church music programs of various denominations.   Outside of music, Josh is a foodie (but not a great cook), a huge basketball fan, and a lover of modern art.

bonnieBonnie Tyler – Bonnie has worked at FPC as since 1997 bringing her expertise in personnel. She has cared for children in her office in an emergency and you can ask her almost any question about the church, church history, members or location of something and more than likely she’ll be able to answer you! Her mechanical and technical skills have improved over the years especially if the custodian is having a stressful day, where she needs to take over. However, she does not shovel, blow snow, or mow the yard, at least not at the church. Did we mention her husband is the custodian? She has been a member of the Administrative Personnel Association (PCUSA), since being employed at First Presbyterian, and continues to work on Level II of her Administrative Professional Church Certification.

Bonnie is married to FPC’s church custodian, Ken Tyler, for over 32 years and has a fulltime job keeping him in line both at home and at work!

Carla Fay – Carla works part-time as the church bookkeeper and is also the part-time bookkeeper for a local Christian school. 1+1 = full-time job!  One full time job added to being the mother of five – two in college, twin girls still at home and a married son & daughter in law in Cambridge MA.  Carla still finds time to cross-country ski with her dog, Jenna. We’d say Carla has more than 1 full time job and still always manages to have a smile.


ken cropKen Tyler – Ken started as part-time custodian for the Children’s Center and eventually went full-time in 1998. Technically he has worked at FPC longer than his wife, Bonnie, but who is counting.

You can ask him almost anything from knowing a child’s name in the Children’s Center to mechanical or technical questions for the church. He can probably give you an answer to almost anything although,he might not want to admit that he doesn’t know, because he doesn’t want you to ask his wife!

Ken is married to the Administrative Assistant, Bonnie for over 32 years. They like to golf and travel and attend athletic events for their 2 grandchildren.

Joe Buzalski– is the Sunday custodian. “Sunday Joe” sees that the church doors are open, the walks cleared, the lights on and most importantly – the coffee is made!  Joe’s been doing this at FPC for over 18 years and still shows up every Sunday with a big smile!

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