Meet the Staff of First Pres – Wausau

We are blessed with a fabulous staff and a strong core of volunteers.

Senior Pastor/Head of Staff: Rachel A. Wann

Rachel joined the staff of First Presbyterian in September of 2014. She is a native of Indianapolis, where she  served two congregations: solo pastor at First Presbyterian Edinburgh and coordinator of community ministries at Second Presbyterian Indianapolis. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Morehead State University, Kentucky, and a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Additionally Rachel serves on the Board of Advisers for Dubuque Theological Seminary and the Finance Commission for Winnebago Presbytery. She is a member of the Wausau Symphonic Band and Wausau Conservatory Flute Choir. Rachel is a vegetarian and a cat lover; she enjoys reading, hiking, geocaching, singing Broadway show tunes, photography, and visiting National Parks.

Pastoral Associate: Joy Nelson-Jeffers

Joy has been at First Presbyterian Church since December of 1996. She works primarily with the Deacons, ministers to the Homebound and is a vital part of the ministry at FPCW. Though born and raised in Wisconsin, Joy was educated and served congregations in Minnesota before coming to Wausau. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She and her husband have one son. Outside of ministry Joy enjoys music and time spent with family and friends.

Director of Music: Michael Fischer

Mike joined the FPC staff in July of 2019 as Director of Music/Organist. More info coming soon!

Administrative Secretary: Kathy

Kathy is a native of the Wausau area but lived in Colorado, then in Qingdao, China for a number of years before re-locating back to the area. Kathy and her husband owned their own business in Colorado. After selling their business, she worked at her church as their Financial Secretary until they went to China. They returned to the states in the summer of 2006 and Kathy joined the team at First Presbyterian Church that September. She enjoys baking and playing piano.

Coordinator of Nursery and Church School: Andrea

Andrea is shy (ha!!) and would rather not post her bio, but please feel free to e-mail her if you want more info or have any questions for her.