First Presbyterian Church of Kannapolis was established on June 27, 1909. Our commitment to spread the gospel and serve the Kannapolis community has never been stronger.
ECO – A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
ECO is a Presbyterian denomination that exists to serve the local church. We invite followers of Jesus who share a Reformed, Presbyterian heritage to reclaim a sense of covenanted biblical community. The name ECO is not an acronym. It reinforces our passion for strengthening the ecosystems of local churches. We believe the Church is a living organism that needs life-giving resources to help it grow, thrive, and multiply. ECO’s name also draws from the Greek term oikos, meaning “household,” used in the Bible to reference the network of relationships that nurture an individual.
Visit the ECO Website for more information.
- Connecting leaders in accountable relationships
- Encouraging collaboration
- Ministering out of God’s unrelenting grace and covenant with His people
- Committing to a shared way of life
- Uniting around a shared theological core/li>
- Nurturing gospel-centered leaders
- Advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Planting new missional communities
- Serving our communities and God’s world in Jesus’ name
- Standing within our Reformed and confessional heritage
- Affirming the life of the mind
- Embracing the value of representative government
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Reverend Stuart Bond
Stuart Bond is a Certified Transitional Pastor for ECO. he has previously served in Upstate New York (outside of Saratoga Springs), Southern Oregon, Thousand Oaks, CA and Gig Harbor, WA.
“My goal,” says Stuart, “Is to both walk with the church by leading us in spiritual growth during this time as well as preparing for the future and a new pastor.”
Stuart and Cindy have four grown children and have been married for 26 years. “Cindy is just an amazing sounding board for me.” Cindy has worked with young moms and parenting and sometimes joins Stuart in counseling. “When we met, I had two and she had two,” said Stuart. “So we became a blended family.”
Those four kids are now adults living in Oregon, California, New York and Virginia Beach. Cindy and Stuart have three grandchildren–two in Virginia and one in California. Cindy and Stuart think you should know they actually have one more child: Max, their labradoodle.
David Hamilton has served First Presbyterian Church Kannapolis since 2014. He and his high school sweetheart Amy are blessed with four children; Banagher, Linden, Violet, and Amias. David has a passion for Christ and using his gifts in music ministry to draw people into deeper experiences with God. David and Amy formerly served First Presbyterian as interim youth workers from 2002-2003. He loves the people of this church and desires to make Christ known by making stronger and more disciples of Christ.
David is a native of Kannapolis, NC. He earned his high school diploma from The North Carolina School of the Arts, a Bachelor of Music from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory in vocal performance and opera. As an operatic performer he has performed roles with Sarasota Opera, Opera Carolina, Anchorage Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, Boston Opera Collaborative, Greensboro Opera, Bronx Opera, The Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts (Little Rock), The Israel Vocal Arts Institute (Tel-Aviv), Centro Studi Italiani, The University of Miami at Salzburg, and Tacoma Opera. Among his favorite operatic roles are Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes, and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera. His repertoire includes 15 operatic roles, more than 400 art songs, and a dozen or so symphonic works spanning music from the 17th-21st centuries. His art song projects include Songs from World War I, Songs for Tenor & Clarinet, Die Schöne Müllerin, Shakespeare Songs, Songs by the Mighty Handful, Women Composers in Song, Opera Composers in Song, Songs by Goethe and Pushkin, A Celebration of American Art Songs, Dichterliebe, and Boston Art Songs.
He currently serves as Professor of Voice at Catawba College, Music Director at First Presbyterian Church Kannapolis, and Choral Director at Erwin Middle School. His voice students have won vocal competitions at The National Association of Teachers of Singing conference, and can be seen in such diverse venues as American Idol, The Old Courthouse Theatre, Latin Music Festival of Charlotte, and Opera Carolina. His awards include NATS Finger Lake District First Place, MTNA Vocal Competition First Place, and The Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions Ron and Charlotte Payne Award. He is a member in good standing of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. He has served numerous churches and parishes across the country as a staff singer.
Director of Children’s Ministries
In October of 2018, Michelle left her 15-year career as an Assistant District Attorney to follow God’s call into service for Him and spend more time with her family. Michelle loves connecting with the children and youth of First Presbyterian and encouraging them to grow in their faith. Having previously served as Children’s Choir Director at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, she also enjoys leading our youth in special musical productions throughout the year. As an active member and former chair of the Missions Team, she encourages children of all ages to use their gifts in service to our Lord.
Michelle graduated from Catawba College in 2000, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Management and Pre-Law Studies. She received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2003. She is married to Ryan and they are proud parents of twin boys, Landon and Noah.
Michelle loves traveling and having fun with her family, especially at the beach or Walt Disney World! She has a passion for music, all things Hawai’i, and packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. She also enjoys helping Ryan in the garden, shopping, and good food (Melting Pot, anyone?). Michelle is grateful to be on staff at First Presbyterian, and excited to see how God leads our church in the months and years to come!
Kay Brewer Yates
Kay was born and raised in Kannapolis, attending A.L. Brown High School and receiving a double
major in Music Education and Church Music from Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC. While at
Pfeiffer, she was a member of various choral groups, including the Chapel Choir, Symphonic Choir,
Chamber Singers and the touring Concert Choir. These activities provided many travel experiences,
within the US as well as two overseas tours, visiting England, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Kay has a lifetime love for music, beginning as a child growing up in West Point Baptist Church,
Kannapolis. She started piano lessons at age 8, and began playing the organ for the church when she
was 15. She has served as organist for several local churches. Kay has taught both private piano and
voice lessons. She also taught as an elementary Music Specialist for Cabarrus County Schools for 25
Kay is president of the auditioned 70-voice Piedmont Choral Society, based in Concord at Forest Hill
UMC. This group presents a number of programs throughout the year, including an annual “Old
Fashioned Hymn Sing”, a series of all patriotic music concerts and two formal concerts, in May and in
December. Formal concerts are accompanied by a professional orchestra ranging in size from 5 to
25, and feature classic choral masterworks and beloved seasonal favorites.
Kay began her position as organist at First Presbyterian in June 2014.
Office Manager / Bookkeeper
Terri loves what she does – and you can tell! She has worked in churches in both Kannapolis and Mooresville and helps keep us straight. She is married to Bruce and has two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys technology, chess, photography, reading, music and crafts, and always has a smile on her face.
Irene loves children! She has worked at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for many years.