Ed Boyce

Transitional pastor & head of staff

Edward L. Boyce, III became the new Interim Pastor in June 2018. He has been an ordained Presbyterian minister since August of 1998. Ed grew up in Roanoke, VA and Richmond, VA. He attended Emory & Henry College for 2 years and transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Religious Studies. After he graduated from VCU, Ed attended Union Theological Seminary in Virginia where he received a Master of Divinity degree.

Ed and his wife, Marian Carmical, have been married 23 years. Marian and Ed met at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, where she earned the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education in the dual degree program. They have a 19-year-old son, Will, who is a rising Junior at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he is a music performance and business major.

Ed has served congregations in North Carolina, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Marian is an ordained Presbyterian minister, who for the last 13 years has taught middle school math and served as a stated supply and parish associate in 2 congregations. 

In his spare time, Ed loves to walk his dog, Rosalita, play guitars, build electric guitars, and listen to music. He enjoys cooking, taking photographs, reading history books, and spending as much time with his wife as is possible.

 
 

Wes Pitts

Director of Christian Education

Wes grew up in Atlanta, GA, and attended Queens University of Charlotte, where he received a B.A. in History with a concentration in Human Rights. In college he was involved with organizations such as the Queens Chapel, Room in the Inn, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and Queens Theater.

After college graduation, Wes went to South Korea and taught English to children ages 3-14. Upon his return to the U.S. he settled in Atlanta and worked for several years, including 10 months in service through AmeriCorps.

It was during his time in AmeriCorps that he began again to feel called to ministry (a feeling he had been ignoring since high school). Wes moved to Chicago to pursue theological education from McCormick Theological Seminary. He graduated with an M.Div. in May, 2014. While at McCormick he had the great pleasure of serving as co-moderator for the student Session, serving on the Board of Trustees, and was awarded the George Tressler Scott Fellowship in Practical Theology.

Wes is married to Liz Whittington. They have two adorable dogs, Norae and Sunae, which they adopted while living in South Korea. Outside of church he is active with the Statesville Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Statesville Development Corporation, and the Queens University of Charlotte Alumni Board. He enjoys cooking, running, listening to NPR, cheering for the Atlanta Braves, and watching Netflix.

 
 

Melody Beaty

Director of Music

Melody brings an extensive musical background to her ministry as Director of Music at FPC. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in flute and a Master of Music degree in voice from Winthrop University, where she studied with voice professor, Jerry Helton. Melody continued her studies with Jane Rolandi prior to moving to New York, where she studied with JoAnna Levy, Patricia Sage, and Frances Wilson. Her professional operatic debut was with the National Opera Company.

In addition to singing professionally, Melody has served as music director for churches throughout her career. She has had opportunities to observe and glean from renowned directors and clinicians, and brings that knowledge to her work as a choral conductor for singers of all ages. At FPC, Melody conducts the Sanctuary, Youth, Junior, Cherub, and Handbell choirs, and organizes instrumental ensembles for special services. Melody also maintains a private studio for voice, flute, and piano students.

Melody and her husband, Thomas, have two daughters. Violet attends The University of North Carolina at Chapel hill and Lilli attends South Iredell High School.

 
 

Neal Hayes

Organist

Neal became the organist at FPC in 2017. He is grateful for the opportunity to make music on FPC’s historic, 35-rank Casavant organ, which was built in 1925 and renovated in 2016. His broad experience as a church musician includes work for churches in Blissfield, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; and Davidson, North Carolina. He also teaches private lessons in organ, piano, and harpsichord. Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Wittenberg University, and he is pursuing graduate study in organ in the Master of Music program at Salem College. 

Neal also is a practicing attorney with experience in copyright, trademark, labor, and employment law. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia. Outside work, he enjoys travel, tennis, and learning languages.

 
 

Falon Speaks

Preschool Director

Falon became the Director of FPC Preschool in July 2014. A native of Statesville, she attended Statesville High School and UNC-Charlotte. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies and Journalism and her M.Ed. from UNC-Charlotte. In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Falon worked in the non-profit sector for four years.

Prior to coming to FPC Preschool, Falon taught kindergarten in Iredell-Statesville Schools for two years and then took a year off to stay at home after the birth of her daughter. She brings to her ministry at the preschool a strong background in education and a passion for helping young children grow and learn.

Falon and her husband, Clay, are members at FPC. They live downtown with their six-year-old, Harper (who attended FPC Preschool) and now attends East Iredell Elementary School in their dual immersion program, their one-year-old, Hattie (who attends FPC Preschool), and their old black lab, CJ.

 
 

Julie Jolly

Office Administrator

Julie Jolly grew up as an Air Force brat (Dad retired from the Air Force after twenty years of service) and moved around often as a child. She finally settled down in the Statesville area in her teenage years where she attended Statesville High School and then graduated from Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville. Julie attended Mitchell Community College and Catawba Valley Community College where she received a Vocational Degree in Surgical Technology, after which she worked at Davis Community Hospital for six years.

Deciding to become a career student, Julie attended college again, finally choosing an Associates in Graphic Art. Julie has worked as an Administrative Assistant for ten years and she joined the team at First Presbyterian Church in February 2018.

Julie and her husband, Wesley, have three children, Anthony, Andrew, and Mary, and one grandchild, Ally.

She enjoys playing with her grandchild, reading, working on the computer, and watching movies.