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DIR. OF MUSIC & ORGANIST
Rev. Ashley Drake Mertz
Rev. Ashley Drake Mertz, originally from Kentucky, earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, with minors in Communications Management and Religion. Her divinity education was at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, where she earned a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Rev. Mertz was ordained in the PC(USA) in March 2014 at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Dothan, Alabama where she served as Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Young Adults. Before seminary she served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. She served as the 2018-2019 Moderator of the Presbytery of South Alabama. Rev. Mertz began her call to Grace First Presbyterian Church on April 1, 2019. She and her husband Lance enjoy travel, building relationships with people, and their dogs Ella and Blue.
Rev. David A. Slyter
The Rev. David Allen Slyter accepted a call to Grace First in October 2009. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS and graduated from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 2004. David previously served at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church in Wimberley, TX as Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry.
Marialice Parish, M.M
Marialice Parish is Director of Music and Organist, a post she has held since 1992. Ms. Parish was reared in Marshall, Texas, and holds degrees in organ performance from Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, and from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She has done extensive post graduate work in organ performance and choral work at the University of North Texas, Denton. She has served churches of many denominations and enjoys teaching organ to interested students. Ms. Parish is also on staff at Texas Christian University as Wedding Organist for Robert Carr Chapel.
Alycia joined our staff in November of 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Utah State University and has experience as a tax accountant and bookkeeper. Alycia has been married to husband, Nicholas Nelson, since 2000. She stays busy keeping up with her three school aged children; Blake, Sydney, and Trey.
In her spare time, Alycia enjoys running, genealogy, and cooking.
Lacey joined our staff in April of 2017.
Donna joined our staff in 2009.
Jan joined our staff in 2015.