Pastor Hylden

Pastor Hylden serves as our senior pastor. He moved to Ashland from Pleasantville, NY. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He enjoys coffee at the Downtown Perk, reading, cooking, running, hunting, and gardening. 

Peggy Yoder


Peggy Yoder came on staff as the bookkeeper in 2006 and for the past several years has been the Treasurer as well. She attended OSU and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Accounting. She and her husband, Steve, moved to Ashland in 1982 and have been members of First Presbyterian Church ever since. They have 3 children, Chris, Dan and Liz, who have all grown up in the Presbyterian Church. Peggy is also a Trustee, chair of the Finance Ministry Team, a Stephen Minister and coordinator of the Presbyterian
Mother’s Group.

Jim Savage



Kennedy Risner

Kennedy Risner

Administrative Assistant

My name is Kennedy and I am so excited to be part of First Presbyterian! I moved to Ashland in 2018 and resided in Greenwich before that. I graduated from South Central High School in 2018, and recently started attending esthetician school. I enjoy spending my time outdoors, hanging out with my family, doing skincare and spending time with my "fur baby" named Bear. I'm so excited to meet all of you!


Li Dolly Dong

CCO Staff Partner

Li Dolly Dong has been serving as CCO Campus Pastor since June 2018. She is also the Chinese Church Pastor at FPC and a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary. Dolly loves coffee, cooking, reading, and making new friends.


Alan Pepsny


Alan Pepsny has been organist at First Presbyterian Church since 1990. He works at Farm and Home Hardware. He and his wife, Sabrina, have 3 sons: Keith in Seattle, David in Kenya, and Mark in Lorain. They have 9 grandchildren