Get to know or get in contact with our pastors and staff any time! Our church office phone number is 850.438.9619 or you can email any staff member using addresses listed below.


Rev. Robert Thomas Quiring

Senior Pastor

850.438.9619, ext. 111 

Rev. Robert Thomas Quiring started as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in July 2017. As Senior Pastor, he is the head of staff and worship leader, as well as the moderator of the Session.

Robert grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 2006 and received his Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2010. During seminary, he served as a Young Adult Volunteer for the PC(USA) in Nairobi, Kenya.


Robert previously served for seven years as an Associate Pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. While in Naperville, Robert met his future wife, Catherine, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Pensacola native.

Robert enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, reading and sharing his love of Jesus and people.

Rev. John Kupar

Associate Pastor

850.438.9619, ext. 103


Rev. John Kupar started as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in August 2018.


John is a cradle Presbyterian from Lexington, Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. After graduation, John spent two years serving in the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the PC(USA); one year in Los Angeles working with those experiencing homelessness and one year in New Orleans working with Lakeview Presbyterian Church and Mid City Ministries providing services to inner-city children. John said those two years of service were vital in discerning his call to ministry. He graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 13, 2018.


John finds joy in working with youth and young adults, teaching the Bible for all ages, and working with those experiencing homelessness. He enjoys Biblical academics and their implications for life. John is serious in his work especially when reading and translating Hebrew and developing curriculum to meet specific teaching goals including inter-generational projects. You will also find him serious about fun. He loves playing ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and ukulele. He tells corny jokes and dreams of one day “…rightly predicting the final four in the March Madness bracket.”


John’s wife, Katherine Kupar, is also a 2018 graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Katherine and John met in New Orleans in 2014 when they were serving in YAV and they were married in May of 2018. 

Rev. Joan Hedrich Wooten, Ph.D.

Parish Associate

850.438.9619, ext. 109

As Parish Associate, Rev. Joan Hedrich Wooten leads the pastoral care efforts for First Presbyterian Church. She is the staff representative for the Congregational Care and Nurture ministry team, and she helps lead worship and preaches during services.


Joan received her Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia in 2018. Before moving to Florida in 2003, she served as Presbyterian Campus Pastor to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia from 1993 to 2001. Ordained in 1982 by National Capital Union Presbytery, Rev. Wooten served on active duty as a Navy Chaplain from 1982 to 1990 and in the Navy Reserve from 1990 to 2013. She retired from the Navy in January 2013 with the rank of Captain.  
She has served as Stated Supply Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Crestview (2003-2005); First Presbyterian Church, Milton (2006-2008); and Navarre Presbyterian Church (2008-2012). She was Interim Pastor of Lafayette Presbyterian Church in 2015.

Sarah Middleton Uslan

Director of Family Ministries

850.438.9619, ext. 104

Director of Family Ministries Sarah Middleton Uslan organizes and facilitates all family ministries at First Presbyterian Church, including, but not limited to, Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs. She is also the staff representative on the Education and Spiritual Development ministry team.

Tina Buran

Director of Music, Organist

850.438.9619, ext. 112

Tina Buran has been with First Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years. She currently serves as the church's primary organist, and she leads all music programs, including the sanctuary choir, sanctuary ringers and worship band.

Sherrell Thomas

Director of Child Discovery Center

850.438.9619, ext. 113

As Director of the Child Discovery Center, Sherrell Thomas leads the CDC staff. The CDC was established in 1965 as the first integrated child care center in three counties as one of the primary missions of First Presbyterian Church.

Donna Cobb

Office Manager

850.438.9619, ext. 102

As Office Manager, Donna Cobb is the primary office coordinator for First Presbyterian Church. Her duties are varied, as most office tasks go through her first. Donna also assists with designing the church bulletin each week.

Darnetta Williams

Office Assistant, Receptionist

850.438.9619, ext. 100

Darnetta Williams is the office assistant and receptionist for First Presbyterian Church, answering the phones and often acting as the first point of contact for many. Darnetta also assists by updating the church touch list and preparing the church newsletter.

Vicki Nickels

Financial Administrator

850.438.9619, ext. 108​

Vicki Nickels plays an important role as Financial Administrator at First Presbyterian Church, handling all of the church's official transactions.

Linda Black

Building and Grounds Supervisor

850.438.9619, ext. 115

Linda Black is the Building and Grounds Supervisor at First Presbyterian Church, overseeing the upkeep and maintenance for the various church properties.

Patricia Keeby


Patricia Keeby is one of the primary custodians for First Presbyterian Church. Patricia has been with FPC for many years and plays an important role in ensuring the church remains a welcoming environment for all.

Robert Smith


Robert Smith has been at First Presbyterian Church for many years as one of its primary custodians. Robert helps keep FPC clean and inviting for members and visitors.

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