Pastors and Staff
Aaron Carr – Lead Pastor
B.S. in Church Ministries Clearwater Christian College (Clearwater, FL)
Aaron and his wife Amanda have three children and are both natives of the downriver area, growing up in Riverview. Returning to his roots, he has been serving at First Presbyterian of Trenton since 2005. Aaron comes to us with a vast amount of experience serving over 20 years in Church ministry in Michigan, Florida and North Carolina. His ministry experience includes serving in positions such as pastor and youth director. He has also served as a history and Bible teacher for a Christian school which allowed him to pursue his other passion, coaching. His other ministry experience includes discipling inmates in prisons & detention centers and being instrumental in starting an outreach for the Homeless in Florida.
Ian Leslie – Executive Pastor
Th.M. in New Testament Literature & Exegesis Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas,TX)
M.A. in Christian Leadership Wheaton Graduate School of Theology (Wheaton, IL)
B.A. in History & Education Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Ian has served as CE Director in two EPC churches, and is currently Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian of Trenton, where he has been since 1982. He also served for many years on the faculty of William Tyndale College, in the theology and history departments. Ian’s wife Debbie teaches Kindergarten at Macomb Christian Schools in Warren, and is involved in children’s ministry and the orchestra at the church. The Leslie’s make their home in Grosse Pointe Farms.
David Menzel – Director of Contemporary Worship and Communications
David grew up serving the Lord in a Christian home, he has been involved in leading musical worship for nearly 20 years. After growing up in Michigan he moved around the country (and world) and has had the opportunity to lead worship in Missouri, Idaho, and Australia before returning home. He has been at First Pres since May of 2014. He has a BA in Religion.
David is married to Britta and has four young children.
Dom Marko – Student Ministries Director
Dom first started coming to First Pres in 2011. He came to know the Lord shortly after he began attending the Senior High youth group. He has lived in downriver for his whole life, and became interested in ministry after seeing the impact that the youth group had on his life. He has a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State University in Global Supply Chain Management and plans to attend seminary in the near future.
Dom is married to Morgan Marko with whom he enjoys camping, hiking and reading.
Fran Webster – Traditional Worship Director
Fran Webster grew up attending First Pres Trenton. Her grandfather was an elder, as was her dad who was also the choir director at First Pres for many years. She received her Bachelors of Music Education in 1968 and her Master of Arts in Education in 1970. Both degrees were earned at Northern Michigan University where she taught for two years as a graduate assistant. She taught in the Taylor schools for 30 years, retiring early to care for her mother. Fran also served at a number of Downriver churches as choir director before joining the staff here in September, 2004 as our Director of Traditional Worship.
She states that this is the best job she has ever had. She loves working with the choirs and appreciates the special rapport this staff has. Her First Pres. family is a blessing to her and her husband, Norm.
When not working, Fran can usually be found somewhere with her face buried in a book as reading is her favorite past time.
Morgan Marko – Children’s Director
Morgan grew up in the church and has been working with children for several years. Her passion for kids stems from her grandparents who served as her Sunday School teachers and her mom who has been heavily involved in early childhood programs for more than 20 years. Morgan grew up in Trenton and is currently living in Trenton with her husband, Dominic.
When Morgan is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and camping, eating delicious food and playing with her energetic puppy.
Amy Solomon – Administrative Assistant
Amy Solomon has been a member of First Pres. since 2006. She has lived in the Downriver area her whole life. She has a Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University. She was a middle school and high school teacher in the area before she left teaching to raise her three kids. She is thankful to have a job where she can serve her church family, while doing work she loves.
Amy is married to Matthew and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail, and a son, Elijah. In her spare time, she loves work on her photography business, spend time with her family and friends, travel and shop!
Desiree Merkey – Administrative Assistant
Desiree grew up at First Pres. Her husband, Mark started attending in 1995 and they have been here ever since. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Calvin College and worked in the social work field for 7 years before starting at First Pres and has now been here for over 12 years.
Desiree loves her job because it is always different and fresh. She loves that she has the opportunity to serve other people as God’s hands and feet.
Watching HGTV to see how they can make trash into treasure is one of her favorite pass-times. She likes camping with her husband and has two daughters, one is married and the other just headed to college.
Karen McCartney – Financial Assistant
Karen started her relationship with First Pres when she was in high school and attended youth group. She, her husband Mark, and their two boys, Brian and Joe, became members of First Pres in 2000. Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Information Systems from Michigan Technological University.
Judy Urbanski – Administrative Assistant
Judy started working at First Pres in August of 2000. Judy’s favorite part of her job is interacting with many wonderful people, as well as her church family. In many instances, she says, it has given her insight into her own life and how rich her family life has been over the years.
Mike Johnson – Head Custodian
Mike has been at First Pres since March of 2000. He is at the church building more than just about anyone. If you ever want to talk sports with someone, Mike is your man. He is a huge sports fan and avid golfer.