First Presbyterian Church of Arlington


Richard (Rich) McDermott

Rev. Rich McDermott comes to First Presbyterian Church, Arlington, TX, from Omaha, NE, where he has been serving as the Interim Sr. Pastor since July 2013.  Rich was ordained in June 1979, and served for five years in his first call as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven, FL.  For the next 5.5 years, Rich served in his first Sr. Pastor position at Union Evangelical Church in Mexico City.  In February of 1990, Rich was called to be the Sr. Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Collins, CO, where he ministered for over twenty-three years. Rich comes to FPCA with over thirty years of service to Jesus Christ. 

 He will begin his service to FPCA on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015.

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Russell Farnell


Director of Music Ministries

Directs the overall music ministry of the church, including the adult and children's choirs, hand bells, music camp, etc.

Kyle Terwilliger

Director of Children and Youth Ministry

Kyle and his family moved to Arlington from Arizona to join the staff at FPCA in January, 2011. Kyle graduated from college in 1991 with a Bachelor of Religious Education Degree and has been involved in children’s ministry since then. He and Diane have been married for 13 years. They have four children - Samuel, Jonathan, Lydia and David. Kyle enjoys clowning, magic tricks and sports.  Romans 8:28-39 has been an especially meaningful passage for Kyle, reminding him that God works everything out for good and that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Oghosa Iyamu

Youth and Children's Ministry Assistant

Oghosa  grew up in Kansas City, MO and has been working in Child and Youth ministry since she was High School, working for a program in Kansas City called “St. Louis Upper room”.  Oghosa felt the call to ministry after a radical encounter with the Gospel at the age twenty-two. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she earned a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Following her undergraduate degree, she attended Dallas Theological Seminary, later transferring to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she is currently earning a Master’s of Divinity. Oghosa’s desire is to see both Children and Youth in this community change the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Oghosa is working part time with Kyle, assisting with children and youth programs.

Cheryl Harris


Organ and Piano

Assists in Sunday morning worship as needed and serves as the primary organist for the Agape youth choir.

Jeanne Chin


Financial Manager

Manages all financial records for the church and provides overall accounting services, etc.

Nicole James

Administrative Assistant

Nicole resides in the state of New Mexico, where she works online for FPCA. She assists the financial manager with accounting responsibilities, as well as various other tasks.

Crystal Tackett

Administrative Assistant

Crystal Lives in Bedford Texas with her husband and 2 children. She loves to spend time with friends and family. Her responsibilities at FPCA include assisting Kyle with the Children and Youth Ministries.  She also has some bookkeeping duties, and helps with various other office tasks.


Sandra Ybarra 


Pre-School Director

Oversees the First Presbyterian Preschool, organizes curriculum, recruits and manages teachers and promotes the preschool.

Jim McCoy


Facilities Manager

Oversees overall facilities maintenance for the church, including office management, equipment maintenance, heating/cooling systems, etc.

Spencer Patterson

Night Security Monitor

Maintains building security for evening meetings, classes, etc. Greets those attending evening activities in the church.