Allen Thompson

Allen Thompson, Pastor (

Allen was born in Charlottesville and lived in Tazewell until the age of 12, when his family moved to Lenoir, NC. He attended Duke University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and then spent three years at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta as Pastor for Evangelism.  Allen was called to become the pastor of First Presbyterian in March of 2011 and married his wife, Kelsey, in 2012.  Allen’s interests are golf, cooking pigs, ice climbing, Tech football, soccer, and spending time in Montreat and Linville, NC.  Allen and Kelsey have a daughter, Catherine Islay (“eye-lah”), who was born in 2016, and are also the parents of a vizsla puppy, Dempsey.



Jackson Weller, Youth and Children’s Ministry Director (

Jackson Weller has been the youth director at First Presbyterian since August of 2003.  Jackson grew up in Virginia Beach and moved to Danville to attend Averett University.  He attended seminary at Columbia International University and moved back to Danville to marry his wife, Sara, a Danville native.  They have three children, and when not busy with them, Jackson enjoys cooking, lending a helping hand to neighbors, and telling old sea tales of growing up near the beach.  Jackson also serves on the board of Son Servants and will be the featured speaker at the 2015 Son Servants mission experience in Harlingen, TX.


Heather Anderson

Heather Perryman, Music Director

A native of southside Virginia, Heather has made her major life’s work the sharing of music in worship and education.  She began performing in church at the age of seven and has been a choral director and music educator for Pittsylvania County Schools for thirteen years, currently as conductor for the Tunstall Middle and High School choirs.  Heather has directed and accompanied church choirs for the past sixteen years.  In her spare time, she works on the other side of the podium, singing with the Danville Area Choral Arts Society and Averett University, as well as giving private lessons and composing piano literature. Heather holds a Masters’ Degree in Music Education from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Averett College.



Dick Stoakley, Church Administrator (

Dick grew up in Charleston, WV, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy after two years at WVU. Following his term of active service as a naval aviator, he moved to Richmond, where he met his wife, Carol. They relocated to Danville, and Dick worked for Westinghouse in South Boston. After retirement, he was called to be the Church Administrator at FPC, and has held the position since 2003. Dick has a daughter in Charlotte and a son in Seattle, with one grandson and one granddaughter. Dick and Carol are music lovers who travel often, and Dick is an avid golfer and cyclist.



Erin Parris

Erin Parris, Day School Director

Erin is a fourth generation member of First Presbyterian Church and a second generation graduate of the First Presbyterian Day School, which she has led since 2011.  She attended Radford University and lived in Roanoke before returning to Danville with her husband, John.  They have two daughters, who have been the third generation of Erin’s family to attend the Day School.  As her photo suggests, if you cannot find Erin in Danville, then you can find her at the beach!




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