Evans Family

Since 1889 the First Presbyterian Church in Madisonville has had twenty-eight pastors who have served our congregation for at least one year.  On July 24th, during our worship service, we approved the Terms of Call for our 29th pastor. Rev. Jen Kirby Evans has been selected by our Pastor Nominating Committee, approved by our Session, examined by the Commission on Ministry of the Presbytery of Western Kentucky, and now approved by our congregation.

Jen, her husband Rich, and their two sons Trey and William have moved from Little Rock, Arkansas.  Jen served as the Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adults, and Families with Young Children at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock from October 2017 until January of this year.  Prior to that she was Director of Youth and Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC from 2012 until 2017, and Director of Middle School Ministries at FPC Charlotte from 2006 until 2012.  Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock and First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte are both congregations of over 2000 members.

Jen graduated from Elon University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  She then graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2009 with a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education and in 2017 with a Master of Divinity Degree.  She served as a Pastoral Intern at FPC Charlotte from August 2016 until April 2017.

Jen is the creator of the “Parents Take Five Podcast” and has been the host of the podcast since 2019.  Both she and Rich are active in leadership roles at the Montreat Conference Center.  Rich is a Mental Health Therapist.  He most recently had a private practice in Little Rock.  Trey is a rising seventh grader and William is a rising fourth grader.  The Evans family will be living in our manse, so if you see a couple of handsome young men shooting baskets in the gym, be sure to introduce yourself to Trey and William.

Jen’s first Sunday in the pulpit will be July 31st and there will be a potluck luncheon following the service to officially welcome the Evans family to The Best Town on Earth.  Please pray for Jen and her family as they make this transition, and pray that God will continue to use our congregation as a light to this community and that our 30th pastor won’t be needed until well into the future.