Pastor and Head of Staff

The Reverend Shawn Thomas Smith

Shawn Thomas is a native of Birmingham, AL and excited about the life and ministry at FPC Smyrna. He studied at Auburn University with a degree in Wildlife Sciences, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his Master of Divinity. His passions include innovative worship, teaching, music, and sharing Christ's love. He and his wife, April, have 5 children, 2 boys and three girls: Mason, the super big brother to the Fab Four; Emerson, Thompson, Elliott, and Kathryn (Quadruplets).

"I have a passion for relational ministry. I was called FPC Smyrna to serve this vibrant congregation's desire to communicate faith in many aspects. From small groups and outreach, to worship and fellowship, this congregation understands the fundamental necessity of relationships in all aspects of congregational life." --STS

Office Administrator

Connie Dahlgren

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Connie has been with First Presbyterian since 2003. As the Office Administrator, she has her hands in many different aspects of the day-to-day operations of the church office, as well as the different ministries of the church.

With a diverse background as Executive Assistant and Corporate Meeting Planner for both large and small corporations in her hometown of Louisville, KY as well as Dallas, TX and here in the Nashville area, her skills and vision are an asset in seeing the small details, the big picture, thinking outside the box and taking chances.

Her love and passion for the history of this church and the future growth of this church are evident. Growing up in a home filled with love and faith, she still feels her own faith is constantly evolving; but feels she is home, here at First Presbyterian Church. A home filled with faith, the nurturing love for one another and the community, and a deep love for Christ and His teachings.

Connie is the mother of two adult children. Whenever she can, she loves reading, cooking and baking, and being outdoors.

Director of Christian Education

Darlene Whorton

Darlene was born and raised just outside Syracuse, in central New York. She attended college in Albany, with a passion for nursing. With a slight change in plans, she managed a large, multi-office medical practice for 12 years. In 1991, she moved to Atlanta to study Music Entertainment Management and graduated at the top of her class. It was there she met her husband, Phillip. In 1996 Darlene and Phillip moved to Nashville, where she worked as an Office Manager for Gibson Guitar's Slingerland drum division. Darlene and Phillip have two daughters.

Upon attending FPC Smyrna, her passion for rediscovering Christ and being involved with helping others discover all Christ's blessings, grace and mercy has been a priority. As the Christian Educator, she has the opportunity to provide education, activities, and events that foster growth and to witness the spiritual development of others.

Darlene is also an ordained Elder, the Co-Director of our Mother's Day Out Program and Pre-K teacher, and serves on a variety of committees within the church. She enjoys music, teaching, hiking, the beach, and being with her family.

Music Director

Sam DeGeorge

Sam has been the Director of Music, Organist and Choir Director for over 40 years.

He studied Organ at Middle Tennessee State University with Margaret Wright, Dale Voelker and Darryl Miller. He also studied with Jeanette Carrigan at Scarritt College and Master Classes with Wilma Jensen. Sam studied Choral Directing with T. Earl Hinton and Sandra Willetts.

He was a Music Composition major at MTSU and frequently writes arrangements for the Chancel Choir and Hymns. Sam uses his creativity finding new ways to arrange hymns and choral pieces utilizing the thousand plus sounds in the organ.

If you are interested in joining the Chancel Choir, please contact Sam after worship on Sunday morning. We also welcome anyone that just wants to sing with the choir on special occasions such as Easter and Christmas.

  January 2023  
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