Pastor: We are in the process of hiring a pastor. More information to be provided soon!
Monica Hix, Minister of Music
My journey with First Friends began in early 2015 as the Interim Minister of Music. Within just a few weeks, I felt like I had discovered my spiritual home. The diversity, the rich tradition and deep love of music, the contemplative spirit, the warm hospitality, and the gifted and compassionate staff are just a few gifts of this community that I cherish. It is a place where I can share my passion for sacred music as a vital and authentic way for us to encounter the holy.
I’ve been in ministry for more than 25 years. I was ordained as a Baptist minister yet have served in a variety of ecumenical settings. I grew up just north of here in Reidsville. My husband, Phil, and I have lived in Greensboro for 32 years. We have two children – our daughter, Lesley-Ann, and her husband, Blake, live in Charlottesville, VA, and our son, Reid, lives here in Greensboro. In addition to my work at First Friends, I offer Spiritual Formation opportunities for groups and individuals.
If you play an instrument or love to sing, I would love to share more with you about the opportunities here at First Friends.
Pam Reese, Treasurer
I am from Greensboro, and First Friends Meeting is the church my family was attending when I was born. I have been a Quaker all my life. I graduated from Rockingham Community College and Guilford College. I worked as the Director of Accounting for a large dairy cooperative for many years. My husband, Jim, and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 1995. After 17 years there, we moved back to Greensboro in 2012 in order to be living close to my family again. My work with the staff at First Friends began in 2013. I am also on the Hospitality Committee, and I work with the Food Pantry. I like to read, attend various sporting events, spend time with family and volunteer. I am glad to be a member of a church community where I feel welcome and very much at home. I am also happy to be working with such a wonderful and caring group of people.
Ellen Ramsey, Office Manager
I was born in New London, Connecticut. During my formative years I spent many summers with dear family friends who happened to be a well-known Quaker family of Ledyard, Ct., Priscilla Watrous, Helen Watrous. The Watrouses offered me my first introduction to the Religious Society of Friends.
I attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and worked at Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield, Connecticut before relocating to Greensboro. After relocating to Greensboro I was employed by the Center for Creative Leadership for 26 years. During that time I also became involved in church support, designing web sites and publishing bulletins for various churches. Over the years, I became of member of a United Methodist Church, a Baptist Church and presently, a Bible Church in Kernersville.
Being office manager for First Friends has been one of the warmest experience of my life. I know that I am among true and supportive friends, and feel as though I have now come full circle.
Feel free to email me if you ever need assistance.