2929 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28209
p 704/372-6836
f 704/372-6910
cdc 704/375-5652
info@selwynpres.org

Staff

Rush Otey, Pastor

Contact Rush:
rusho@selwynpres.org
(704) 372-6836 ext. 105

Rush grew up in Gainesville, Georgia.  He was ordained in 1973 by the Mecklenburg Presbytery. His formal education includes: BA, English, cum laude from Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; study at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Doctor of Ministry with honors from Union Theological Seminary, Virginia; and a post graduate fellowship at Duke University Divinity School.

Prior to arriving at Selwyn in 2002, he served as chaplain and assistant minister at Davidson College/Davidson College Presbyterian Church, as director of the Uniting Campus Ministry at Louisiana State University, as pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker, Georgia (northeast Atlanta), and as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Florida.

Rush has served on the boards of numerous community groups, is a member of the editorial board of Journal for Preachers, was a participant in the Pastor-Theologian program of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, and has held leadership roles in several Presbytery and General Assembly committees.

Rush and wife, Debbie, have two adult children.

Rush's interests are music, gardening and outdoor work, sports, reading and writing.


Emily Phillips, Director of Christian Education

Contact Emily:
emilyp@selwynpres.org

(704) 372-6836 ext. 103

Emily has lived in Charlotte for 35 years and with husband, Randy, has raised three daughters, Denise, Catherine and Abigail. Emily enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.

She received her B.S. at Salem College, her Masters in Education from Georgia State, and has a CAS from Harvard. She is a Certified Christian Educator.

She works for Selwyn part-time and completes her day as Lower School Chaplain at Trinity Episcopal School in uptown Charlotte. She likes to read and travel and says she uses her spare time wisely by reading about places she wants to travel!


Lori Raible, Associate for Congregational Life and Adult Christian Education

Contact Lori:
lorir@selwynpres.org
(704) 372-6836 ext. 104

Lori has served Selwyn Avenue as an associate pastor since 2009, but has been on the staff since 2007. Having graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2005, Lori enjoys staying connected to the seminary community as she is able.  Lori graduated from Wake Forest University where she ran track and cross-country before embarking on a sales career.

She met her husband Rob along the way, and they have two children who love to run the halls of Selwyn, Joe (8) and Maeve (7).

Lori is active in the NEXT Church Community, has served as a conference leader at Montreat Conference Center, and was selected as fellow for the interfaith clergy program at the Chatauqua Institute in 2010.  

Lori enjoys writing, running, photography, and sneaking away to Charleston with her husband when they can.



Mary Bowman, Associate for Mission

Contact Mary:
maryselwyn@gmail.com 
(704) 372-6836 ext. 108

Mary grew up in Columbus, Ohio but has been a North Carolinian since her days as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Before graduating from seminary, Mary worked in development and student life at Duke, Queens, UNC-Charlotte, and UNC-Chapel Hill.  She completed her Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, while also taking classes at Union Theological Seminary.  She is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and has also served as a Stephen Minister there.

Mary has lived in Charlotte for over 20 years with her husband and two sons. 
She enjoys walking with friends, reading, learning to garden, and the outdoors.

She serves as part-time Associate Pastor for Mission.


Erin Mills, Youth Director

Contact Erin:
erinm@selwynpres.org

Erin graduated in 2011 with her Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte where she focused on ministry with adolescent and teen girls. Upon completing her degree she was awarded a fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree in Christian Education. 

In 2000, she graduated from Davidson College (BS in Biology with a neuroscience concentration) where she was a member of the Southern Conference championship swimming team and the Patterson Court Council. In 2006, she completed her M.A. in clinical psychology at UNCC, and her thesis was chosen for presentation at the American Psychological Association annual convention in 2007.

Previously Erin served as a volunteer youth coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. She is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators and the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association. 

Erin and husband, Roger have three children, Ella, Jack and Hudson.


Fred Spano, Director of Music

Contact Fred:
freds@selwynpres.org
(704) 372-6836 ext. 109

Fred's formal education includes a B.A. in music education (piano concentration) from William Penn College in Iowa, a Master of Music in music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; and a Ph.D. in choral music education from Florida State University (2002).

Along the way he has served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of Martin, Tennessee, as choir director and pianist for Pisgah United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, as children's choir music teacher at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton and at Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, New Jersey. From 1992-1999, Fred worked for Academic Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador where he taught elementary through high school general and choral music, as well as serving as the Director of Music in the final two years.

Fred is also the Coordinator of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He held a similar position at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 2002-2008, and spent a year as visiting professor of music education at the University of Memphis.

He has presented research and numerous workshops at regional, national, and international music conferences.


John Siler, Organist

Contact John:
jsiler4@att.net

John received his Bachelor's Degree in Music (organ concentration) from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Music Education from the University of South Carolina.

He has taught in public schools and colleges and continues private piano and organ instruction in Belmont, where he grew up in the First Presbyterian Church. For over twenty years John served as organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, and from 2004 to January 2009 served as organist at Dilworth United Methodist Church in Charlotte. 

John enjoys composing church music and at present, has ten published anthems with GIA, Chicago, and Kjos, San Diego.

John and wife, Jan, have two children and two grandchildren.


Marsha Cooper, Church Administrator

Contact Marsha:
marshac@selwynpres.org
(704) 372-6836 ext. 101

 

 

 


Tonya Moore, Accountant                     

Contact Tonya:
tonyam@selwynpres.org
(704) 372-6836 ext. 107

 

 

 

 


Reba Hardaway, Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Contact:  
rebah@selwynpres.org
704-372-6836 ext. 100

 


Cynthia Kara, Child Development Center Director

Contact Cynthia:
cynthia.spcdc@gmail.com
(704) 375-5652

 


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