Rev. Molly Smothers is our new senior minister. She is a native Lexingtonian and has double degrees from Transylvania University in Philosophy and Humanities, a Master’s Degree from UK in Ethics, and an MDiv from Lexington Theological Seminary where she has also done doctoral work. Pastor Molly has held senior pastorates in Cynthiana, Mt Sterling, and most recently Morehead. She has also served as interim senior minister at churches in Independence and Owensboro.
She has done quite a bit of work in the area of Celtic Theology, in particular how it has influenced Appalachian culture. Some of her favorite authors are Thomas Merton, Anne Lamott, J Phillip Newell, Thich Naht Hanh, Eugene Peterson, and Kathleen Norris.
Pastor Molly and her husband Leon live on a 26 acre farm in Rowan County. Leon is a civil engineer and is retired from the Division of Water in Frankfort. They have three children, and three grandchildren.
Michael Brian Welch, Minister of Music, is a tenor vocalist, composer, and conductor in the central Kentucky region. He is currently a choral conducting graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky University, where he is a member of the EKU University Singers, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir & Opera Workshop. Welch holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance and composition from Eastern Kentucky University. He has experience as a tenor vocalist, voice instructor, composer, music minister, actor, conductor, writer, instrumentalist & stage manager. Regarding composing, his works include music for chamber ensembles, solo voice, and many choral works. As a singer, Welch has experience in, opera, musical theatre, art song and gospel. As a conductor, Welch currently serves as the choir director for the Stamps-Baxter School of Music. He also works as a music theory teacher, conducting mentor and voice technique instructor.
Scott Jarvis, Maintenance and Housekeeping, has been married to Linda for 25 years and is the proud father of three sons. He enjoys baseball games, camping, and hanging out with his family. A retired Fire Marshal from 21 years of dedicated service to the Georgetown Fire Department, Scott handles all maintenance and housekeeping for First Christian Georgetown.