SECOND PRESBYTERIAN STAFF

Pastor

Rev. Cathy Meyer

Cathy Meyer is the pastor at Second Presbyterian.  Cathy was born in New Brunswick, NJ and grew up in Waynesburg, PA where her father was president of Waynesburg College and her mother was the first woman moderator of Washington Presbytery.  She was confirmed at First Presbyterian, Waynesburg, and graduated from Douglass College in New Jersey.

She continued her education at Pacific School of Religion, part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  She has served congregations in Denver, CO; Washington, IL; Ashland, Creston and Nankin, OH; and also served several hospices as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator.  She is a certified Pastoral Counselor.

Cathy is married to Ken Waddell, Chaplain and CPE Supervisor.  She is mom to two children, stepmommy to three children, and Mimi to two grandchildren.  She loves to journal, garden, swim, view art and dance to Motown hits.

 

Director of Music Ministry

       

Dr. Kevin Ford

Joseph Kevin Ford was born in Chickamauga, Georgia. He was granted the BS in Choral and Instrumental Music Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the MME, and the Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from The Florida State University. While at Florida State University he studied conducting with Rodney Eichenberger and served as his assistant conductor for two years. He has also studied conducting with Dr. Andrè Thomas and wind band conducting with Dr. James Croft. Dr. Ford has continued his conducting training through workshops with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Dale Warland, Frederic Fennel, and Arnold Gabriel. Dr. Ford taught High School Chorus, Band and Middle School Band in Rossville, Georgia where his performance groups consistently made Superior ratings at festivals. He was formerly Music Program Coordinator and Choral Director at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was also teacher of conducting and choral music education at the Crane School of Music at The State University of New York College at Potsdam where he founded the Potsdam Community Chorus and formed and directed the chorus for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, NY.

Dr. Ford also served on the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Vocal Music Education prior to his current appointment as Director of Choral Activities at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where his UTC Chamber Singers were the invited featured University Chorus at the 2005 Conference of the Tennessee Music Educators Association in Nashville, TN.

He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, East Tennessee Vocal Association, College Music Society and the International Federation for Choral Music. He is a state officer in the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association where he is the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choruses. Dr. Ford has guest conducted and adjudicated in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New York, North Carolina and in Montreal, Canada.

 

Organist

     

Mr. David Friberg

Besides being the organist at Second Presbyterian, Mr. Friberg is also the keyboard accompanist for the UTC Master Chorale, and is a choral accompanist at UTC. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Chattanooga Music Club, and the MacDowell Music Club.

He received his B.A. and M.A. in organ performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and went on to chair the organ department there.  During his years in the Army, he served as organist at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  He has also served as the chairman of the Division of Fine Arts at Bryan College in Dayton, TN and as chairman of the music department at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA.

He was privileged to be an artist-fellow in organ and harpsichord at the Bach Aria Summer Institute in Stonybrook, NY.  One of the musical highlights of his life was participating in a Bach Organ Tour of Eastern Germany and playing some of the organs J. S. Bach had played.

 

 

Treasurer

Sandra Franklin

Sandy Franklin has been a member of Second Church since 1978.  Transplanted from the north, she worked as a secondary level Math teacher in Massachusetts and after she married in 1974, also in Tennessee.  Sandy changed careers in 1978 to work in the Technology department at what was then called Provident Life & Accident Insurance Company and remained employed there until her retirement in 2014.

She and her husband David raised three children (Katie, Will and Becky) with the nurturing help of their Second Presbyterian church family.  Sandy took on the challenge of serving as volunteer treasurer of Second Presbyterian Church in 2018.  Her email address is mdearest@icloud.com.

 

Office Manager

Susan Vance

EMAIL: office@secondpreschattanooga.org

Susan was born in Pennsylvania and in 1979, as a teenager moved with her family to Florida. Susan graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Keiser University with an associate degree in Computer Graphics & Design and a degree in Business Management.

She has been married to her husband, Gordon C. Vance, Jr. for 31 years! She has two amazing children (step), Gordon III and Stephanie. When their daughter Stephanie got married in 2012 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, they knew grandchildren would soon follow. In May of 2013, Susan, her husband, and elderly mother, relocated to Chattanooga, TN. One year later in May of 2014 her granddaughter, Peyton was born. Grandson, John John, was born in December of 2017.

In Chattanooga, she has worked as an Assistant Manager of Food City and also General Managers for both Krystal’s and Burger King. Susan worked for over ten years at two major churches while living in Florida. Now living in Chattanooga, she realized that her gifts and passion were to work for a church again. She worked as the Administrative Assistant at Rivermont Presbyterian and then in 2020 was blessed to be hired as the Office Manager at Second Presbyterian Church.

Susan and Gordon enjoy life and their grandkids and family, as well as their four dogs, three cats and a 75-gal fish tank. Gordon’s parents moved from Seattle to Chattanooga in 2020. So now there are four generations, all living in Middle Valley, to enjoy life together!

 

Maintenance Sexton

Andrew Wilson

Andrew is from Perry, GA. He has lived in Texas and Clearfield, Utah, where he enjoyed hiking, mountain biking and golf. He worked in a local cabinet shop and became team leader while there. When his parents retired, Andrew and his family moved to Tennessee.

He worked with his uncle in Rossville remodeling houses; and also as a driver for a
co-op delivering produce to the market in Sewanee. After marrying his wife, Kristy, they moved to Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. He started working as Maintenance Sexton at Second Presbyterian Church in May 2014. He enjoys working with the staff and members of the church. Along with their two boys, Isaac and Matthew, Kristy’s mom lives with them and is enjoying retirement. They have two cats that chase each other down the hallway and a dog, Lucy.