Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
First Presbyterian Church is led collaboratively by a team of called leaders who work together to ensure we are doing our best to "cultivate hearts for Jesus from the heart of downtown." We believe that all ministry (paid and lay ministry) is a calling that comes from God, who empowers each of us to unique service according to our gifts and personalities. By working together, we maximize the potential of these gifts for Kingdom-building effort!
Rev. Dr. Dino Rustin
Dino was called to First Presbyterian Church in 2014 as Lead Pastor. He originally hails from the west coast, being born and raised in San Diego, CA. Dino has been serving in full-time ministry since 1999 and has been ordained since 2009, having completed his Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently working on finishing up his Doctorate of Ministry in Church Leadership at Fuller.
Dino and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since the spring of 2018. Between the two of them, they have four beautiful daughters who keep them very busy playing soccer and swimming in the pool. In their spare time, Dino & Jennifer love going to the beach, watching sports, and taking bike rides together around the neighborhood. Jennifer is a Bradenton native and an equestrian jumper who loves to ride her horse a few times a week. Dino likes to run for exercise, and he plays a variety of instruments with the opportunity to perform locally at times.
They are thrilled to be a part of a church that is growing and thriving, with a great sense of call to serve Jesus from the heart of downtown!
Rev. Dr. Lewis Trotter
"Care & Visitation" Pastor
Organist / Director of Music
Financial Admin / Connect Groups Director
Online Ministries Director
Jeremiah & Mariah Sopko
Mariah the 9:00am Worship Leader with Jeremiah our Children's Ministry Coordinator
FINANCE – Kaye Butler
FACILITIES – Paul Marziani
PERSONNEL – Dave Hall + Caroline MacDonald
*CONGREGATIONAL CARE – Caroline MacDonald (+ Deacons)
FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Helen King
*CONNECTIONS – Ralph Garrison
WORSHIP & MUSIC – Rob Gamble
*EVANGELISM & OUTREACH – Tony Catanach
*FAMILY MINISTRY – Barbara Dittmann
MISSIONS – Dwayne Smith
CLERK OF SESSION – Theresa Dahlquist
Christian Education (to Connections)Fellowship (to Connections)Membership (to First Impressions)Strategic Team (dissolved)