Browning-Family-2015Robert Browning

Senior Pastor

Robert Browning and his wife Natalie along with their children Ric and Margaret Ann came to Christ Presbyterian in June 2005. Robert is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America since 2002. He has a BA in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Before coming to Christ Pres., Robert served as a youth director at Second Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Memphis, TN; Stated Supply Pastor of Ebenezer (ARP) in Charlotte, NC; and Campus Minister at the University of Memphis with Reformed University Fellowship. Robert has also served as the Stated Clerk of Covenant Presbytery since 2009.

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Rich Hawkins

Director of Youth and Worship Leader

Rich Hawkins is the Director of Youth and Worship here at CPC. He has served in ministry to Christ’s church since 2000 and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Clearwater Christian College (FL) and a Master’s degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando). He has been married to his wife, Amy, since 2003 and has four beautiful girls Maya, Emily, Olivia and Eliza.

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Jean-Marie-HarrisJean Marie Harrison

Church Administrator

Jean Marie and her husband, Tom are former members of CPC and attend our daughter church, Christ Covenant Church in Hernando. Jean Marie’s career varied from Human Resources Consultant, Change Management Leader, Benefits Consultant and Project Managers for large global firms. She most recently was a caregiver for her Mom. Jean Marie and Tom have 3 sons and 3 granddaughters.

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boswellCarolyn Boswell


Carolyn and her husband, Walter, have been active members of CPC for fifteen years. They have 7 children and 6 grandchildren. Carolyn handles the everyday accounting business of the church.

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heidiHeidi Shafer

Children’s Ministry Coordinator and Communications Coordinator

Heidi Shafer is our Children’s Ministry and Communications Coordinator. She and her husband, Brock, have three children – Emma Kate, Christian and Brooklyn. Heidi has been a member of Christ Presbyterian Church since January 2009 and volunteered in our children’s ministries prior to taking on the role as our Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Heidi’s passion for serving Christ’s church began as a young child on the mission field with her family.

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powellArron Powell

Sanctuary Choir Director

Arron Powell is our choir director and violinist on our worship team. Arron and his wife, Abby, have 2 children, Isaac and Silas. He is a classically trained musician and teacher. Arron enjoys serving God and others by giving back what God has given through music.

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Patti House

Church Pianist

Patti served as the Assistant Director of Music at CPC from 2001-2011. She, her husband Richard, daughters Mikayla and Carmen recently returned to CPC and she now serves as the accompanist. She has a bachelors degree in Music Education from Delta State University. She is a very active piano, trumpet, and voice teacher as well as playing for many theatrical productions in the Desoto County and Memphis area.

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Elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of the church. The function and role of an elder is to lead the church (1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1-2), teach and preach the Word (1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9), protect the church from false teachers (Acts 20:17, 28-31), exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13-17; Titus 1:9), visit the sick and pray (James 5:14; Acts 20:35), and judge doctrinal issues (Acts 15:16). Elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church.
The men elected as Ruling Elders are:

  • Jim Yates
  • Jerry Morris
  • Mike Salzgeber
  • Tom Gladney
  • Sam Wrigley
  • Joel McClure
  • Reid Greenslade
  • Richard Wright


“The office of deacon is set forth in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church. The office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation.” – adapted from the PCA Book of Church Order, Chapter 9; see also Acts 6:1-7; and 1 Timothy 3:9-13.

The men elected to the office of Deacon are:

  • Doug Dygert
  • Austin Starnes
  • Scott Cosbey
  • Chasen Stout
  • Andy Peterson
  • Jeremy Stump
  • Jeff Price
  • Wayne Maestri
  • Seth Herren
  • Walter Boswell
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