While our church engages in the process of searching for our next installed pastor, we are being led by a transitional ministry team. This team will be preaching, leading worship, providing pastoral care, and offering support to our Session and committees.
Rev. David Madewell
David is a native of Owensboro who recently moved back from St. Louis in 2018. Since then, David has been working as a staff chaplain at Owensboro Health. He also serves as an Army Reserves chaplain, with this year marking ten years of service. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and has been grateful for FPC Owensboro for their support in growing him to be a “new Presbyterian.” David is soon to be married this October to his fiancee, Abigail, a Detroit native who works in Owensboro as a chemical engineer. He loves gardening, cooking, walking around his neighborhood, and sitting on the back porch with Abigail and their collie, Lemon.
Jeff, our Director of Christian Education & Mission, is an ordained ruling elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served the church at local, regional and national levels. For 13 years Jeff worked in Nashville, Tennessee at Room In The Inn, a nonprofit serving Nashville’s homeless community. Using his skills as a worship leader and musician, Jeff has served three congregations as music director & organist, most recently at Woodland Presbyterian Church in Nashville, a small but growing urban congregation that is experimenting with new models of leadership. He has also served as worship leader at conferences and retreats, and has led worship numerous times for the PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer Program. Jeff has led the Young Adult Advisory Delegate program at the last several General Assemblies, helping to empower young adults to be leaders in the church. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Jeff holds a degree in political science from Indiana State University. Jeff enjoys being with friends, being a church nerd, and spending time with his family. He became an uncle for the first time in February 2020 and has fallen in love with his niece Maggie.
Dennis Jewett, our Director of Music, is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Vocal Studies and Music Education at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was educated at Carson-Newman College, Southwestern Seminary, and the University of Minnesota. Dennis taught most recently at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where he was a voice and music education instructor. As a church musician, he has served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Churches in Dandridge, TN, Fort Valley, GA, Arlington, TX, and Shreveport, LA. In Minnesota, he served for 16 years as Director of Music at the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina. He recently served for 3 years as Director of Music at the First UCC Church in Salisbury, NC. Dennis’ two sons, Wade and Mason, are married and live in Fort Worth, Texas. He brings a wealth of worship planning and leadership experience and gifts for pastoral care to our transitional ministry team.