Sharon Miller - Director of Music Ministries
Sharon Miller joined the St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church staff in June, 2008, as the Director of Music Ministries. Growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia, she studied both voice and piano and has been involved in church music all of her life. Her musical studies are from James Madison University and Virginia Tech. Sharon moved to Wilmington from Richmond, Virginia where she served the congregation of Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia, heading a large music ministry for all ages. In 2004, she was Co-Chair of Music for the National General Assembly Conference and has been a clinician at several conferences in creative ways to use music in worship. Sharon has also chaired the Presbytery of the James Worship and Music Conferences with guest clinicians Marva Dawn and John Bell. In addition to her choral work, she is an accomplished pianist and enjoys both performing and vocal coaching. Sharon is married to John Miller, Organist at St. Andrews-Covenant and has three children; Katie Miller, a Marketing Director for Time Warner in New York City; Emily Miller, an OB/GYN physician (resident) in Chicago; and Nathan Miller, a Strategic Analyst for Royall Inc. in Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time Sharon enjoys the beach, playing bridge and entertaining friends and family.
John Miller - Organist
John Miller joined the St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church staff in June, 2008, as Organist. A native Virginian, John studied piano from age six and became a church organist at age 15. John has been the organist at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia; Westminster Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia; The Scots Kirk, in Lausanne, Switzerland; St. Michael Church (Lutheran) in Blacksburg, Virginia; and Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. During his time at Salisbury Presbyterian he served on the building committee for the new sanctuary and led the church in the specification, purchase and installation of three pipe organs. John is married to Sharon Miller, Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrews-Covenant and previously was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hauni Richmond, Inc., the United States subsidiary of an industrial machinery manufacturer. In his spare time John enjoys the beach, snow skiing, and gardening.
Cindy Litzinger - Associate Director of Music for Children
Cindy has a BS in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to St. Andrews-Covenant, she was a music teacher in the New Hanover County School District. Cindy is trained and certified as an instructor in both Kindermusik and Orff teaching methods. Her primary instrument is clarinet. She, her husband, and their children are members of Wesley Memorial UMC where she is active in the contemporary worship service’s praise band and adult and children’s hand bell programs.
Jeff Bell – Associate Director of Music for Contemporary Music
Jeff Bell joined the SACPC staff in August 2008. He studied music at Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, Missouri where he was also born and raised. Jeff grew up singing in various vocal ensembles and has played guitar, his primary instrument, for 40 years. Jeff and his wife, Susan, were founding members of the contemporary worship service and Lighthouse Praise Band at Wesley Memorial UMC. They and their two children are still active in the music ministry there.
Steven Nelson – High School Youth Director
I am a Wilmington native and I have always had a passion for the youth in this city. I am honored to come be a part of God’s ministry at SACPC. My wife Jessica is from Plumtree, NC (Avery County) and came to Wilmington to attend UNCW in 2003. I grew up at the beach and Jessica grew up in the mountains on a Christmas tree farm. We are blessed to have family and relationships in two amazing areas of North Carolina. We both graduated from UNCW and began dating in January of 2007. We were married on October 17, 2009. I love basketball, golf, art, and photography. I will take a picture of just about anything and not a week has gone by where I haven’t dribbled a basketball. Jessica loves reading, girl’s ministry, and spending time with her family. She also currently serves as a teacher at Hoggard High School. We both love watching movies together and listening to oldies and contemporary Christian music. You may see us frequently at Ruby Tuesday, Port City Java, Redbox, and working around our new home we recently bought last summer.
Nancy Gresham -Middle School Director
Nancy became Youth Director of Middle School Ministries December 2005 after serving for 2 years as part-time assistant. She graduated from UNC-CH with a BA in education and taught second grade for 6 years here in Wilmington. She was previously employed by US Airways for 22 years and enjoyed her time as a flight attendant (“sky goddess”). She loves working in her yard and aspires to be a famous night club singer one day, singing her renditions of “Girl from Impanema” and “Boots are Made for Walkin.” Her greatest joy has been working with the incredible youth here and sharing Jesus with them. Jer. 29:11
Ginger Powers -Director of Children’s Ministries
Ginger has a degree in education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Keith have lived in Wilmington for 23 years. They have two children at UNC-CH—a daughter who is in law school and a son who is a junior studying public health administration. Ginger has worked in church and children’s ministry in the Wilmingtonarea for over 20 years. She is excited to share her passion for God’s Word and His children with members of SAPC and the surrounding community.
Megan McNamara- SACPC Preschool Director
Megan is originally from the Albany, New York area. She received her B.A. from Geneseo State University and her M.ED. from the University at Buffalo. She and her husband moved to Wilmington in 2005 after spending 3 years in Northern Virginia. She was a school counselor in the public school system before deciding to stay home with her two young daughters. She has been a part of SACPC Preschool as a teacher, parent and Board member. She truly loves this school and its families. Megan is thrilled to be serving as the Director of the Preschool.
Ann Benson, RN, PhD – Visitation Minister
Ann became a member at SACPC in 1995 and has served as Deacon and Elder. Her background is in nursing and sociology. She works part-time visiting members who are homebound, in nursing homes and in the hospital. Ann is married to Robbie and enjoys gardening, warm weather and being outside.