First Presbyterian is blessed by a pastor and staff members, along with the Session, who use their time, energies, passions, and resources to expand membership and further the Kingdom of God, here and now.

Together, they are  all committed to serving God by sharing their talents and supporting the members of our church in a wide range of mission and ministry.

pastor john erthein


John Erthein was born in 1967 and raised in New York City and on Long Island. He was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church and still appreciates their liturgy and the way they celebrate Communion. However, as a young adult, John felt called to become Presbyterian because of the richness of Reformed Theology. As…


The middle child among 5 children, Cindy Wade Markham was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and moved to Attapulgus, Georgia at the age of 15. She graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1982 and later moved to Bainbridge in 1988 as a single mom of two. Cindy started working at Kres Jewelers where she met her…


The treasurer is responsible for the management of congregational funds.  The treasurer works closely with the Stewardship & Finance ministry.


Bennett is someone that many of our congregation have known since he was a toddler. He has been a part of Bainbridge First Presbyterian for almost his entire life. If he is not at the church, chances are you’ll find him out playing soccer or maybe out on the river. This church’s youth are the…


Michael has been involved in church music for 31 years and is retired from his position as the Director of Choral Activities for Cairo High School. In his tenure as Director of Choral Activities for Cairo High School, Michael won many Regional and State Music Competitions and Honored Educator on six different occasions. Michael is…


The Buildings & Grounds ministry is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and oversight of our property, buildings and church van, with the assistance of the custodian and hired contractors and vendors.