Meet Our Staff

Pastor Bill Perman

The Rev. Bill Perman

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Bill came to First Presbyterian as Pastor in August 2010, but his association with the church actually began many years ago. He and his wife, Deb Krause-Perman, were married at First Pres and remained friends of the church. A native of Washington state, Bill has served at several churches in the St. Louis area, most recently at Southampton Presbyterian Church.

A native of Yakima, Washington, Bill spent most of his time growing up in and around the Seattle area. Baptized in the Roman Catholic faith, his upbringing was an ecumenical faith journey through the Episcopal tradition to the Swedish Covenant Church. Bill graduated from Seattle Pacific University, a Free Methodist school, with a degree in Religion/Greek. Feeling the call to ministry, he began his theological education at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves, at which time he joined and became a candidate in the PCUSA. Bill graduated from Columbia Seminary (of the PCUSA) in Decatur, Georgia with a Master of Divinity with academic distinction.

In 1992, Bill and Deb (also a PCUSA minister) moved from Decatur to Webster Groves to start their respective ministries – Bill as a Solo Pastor and Deb as an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Eden.

The Krause-Permans live in Webster Groves on the campus of Eden Seminary, where Deb is now Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament. Bill and Deb have two daughters. Bill is a potter, bakes sourdough bread and pizza regularly, enjoys cooking, cycling and sailing.

David Stephens

David Stephens

Director of Music

David joined the staff of First Presbyterian in 2000 as Church Administrator and Music Assistant, and became Director of Music in 2001. A St. Louis native and graduate of Webster University, he is trained in both classical and jazz voice. He is a life-long church musician with passions in many different genres of music and liturgical forms.

David appears regularly as soloist and professional choral musician throughout the St. Louis area. He has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995. David is also a composer and arranger, with much of his work written for and debuted by the Music Ministry at First Presbyterian.

Liz Horsley

Liz Horsley

Organist and Accompanist

In 2003 Liz joined First Pres as organist/accompanist, and unexpectedly discovered this would be her favorite church job.  She enjoys the energy and engagement of the people at First Pres.

Liz is the other “in house” composer/arranger for Orff, handbell, piano, and vocal music.  Much of what she writes is for the congregation to share in services.

Other interests have been performing with Collegium Vocale, The American Kantorei, Metro Theater Company, and board memberships with The College School and Collegium Vocale of St. Louis.  She enjoyed a teaching career in several St. Louis area schools, most recently Bellerive School in Parkway School District and the University of Missouri in St. Louis.  Liz is now learning to teach yoga.

She graduated from Webster University with Bachelor and Master degrees.