First Presbyterian welcomed Pete to our staff as Interim Pastor in September of 2019. An ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Pete has served in ministry, particularly in congregations in Georgia and North Carolina, for more than forty-five years.
Along the way Pete with his wife Margaret served on the staff of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as Peace Associates in Europe. For fourteen years Pete served as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Asheville. Following his ministry in Asheville, Pete was called to be President of Montreat Conference Center, the largest conference center serving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Pete retired from Montreat after six years of service there. In retirement he has served as Interim Pastor at the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, as a relationship and funds development consultant for NEXT Church, a movement of renewal within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as a coach for church leaders, and now as Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Greer.
Pete and his wife Margaret, an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister have two grown children, both ordained ministers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and both married to ordained ministers. They are also proud grandparents of seven grandchildren ranging in age from twelve to five years old and including two sets of twins.
As Interim Associate Pastor, Berry primarily works with Youth and Young Adult Ministries here at First Presbyterian. He will also provide pastoral care, assist with worship and work with the congregation on New Member activities.
Berry joins us after finishing up a sabbatical in which he, his wife and two children spent time living on a sail boat and traveling along the eastern coast of the United States and through the Carribean. Prior to that Berry served at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain, NC and White Memorial Presbyterian in Raleigh, NC. He is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Al Masters, Pastoral Associate
Al joined First Presbyterian in July 2019 as a part-time pastoral associate, but has known this congregation for many years as his late wife, Carol, was a member and deacon here. Al has been a pastor and campus minister in the upstate for many years and continues to serve in various capacities during his “semi-retirement” as he calls it. At First Presbyterian, Al will assist with Sacraments, provide pastoral care and lead worship as needed. He can be reached by email or by calling the church office.