Our Staff

Pastoral & Educational Staff


Rev. Dr. Tom Groome
Interim Pastor and Head of Staff

Reverend Dr. Tom Groome is a lifelong Presbyterian.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA in 1998 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia in 2003. Tom was called to serve the Tupelo church in August 2006 after serving the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC for eight years.  He served a one year term as Moderator of St. Andrew Presbytery for 2013.

Rev. Groome was raised in Vicksburg, MS and graduated from LSU in 1980 with a B.S. degree in Marketing, which is also where he met his wife, Leslie. They have three grown children; Rebecca, who is married to and lives in Temple City, CA, Thomas, who lives in Tupelo, and Anna who is married and lives in Augusta, GA with their two grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with immediate and extended family, reading, and woodworking

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SARASara Benedetti
Associate Pastor for Faith Formation

Sara attended Hope International University where she received a B.A. in Youth Ministry and Psychology. During and after college she worked at several churches with youth ministry programs, which helped lead to her attending Princeton Seminary, were she graduated with her M.Div. in 2011. Since then she has been ordained and served in Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery where she was the Program Director and Resident Pastor from 2012-2014 at Dwight Mission Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center.

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David HoldenDavid Holden
Director of Outreach & Involvement

David has previously served as a local church pastor, a member of the national staff of the United Church of Christ, and a chaplain with Hospice of the Bluegrass. He graduated in 1986 from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in English. In 1990 he received an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is married to the Rev. Bennie Braddick, Pastor of Twin Pines Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Lexington. He has two children, Sarah and Lucas, and a step-dog Jack. His interests include drumming, running, reading and technology.

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 Jackie Graves
Parish Nurse

Jackie earned a BS in nursing from Northern Illinois University and holds a certificate in Parish Nursing from Marquette University. Her career focus has been community health. Jackie is a volunteer for Safe Kids Coalition and is a board member for Interfaith Counseling Center.

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Childcare/Parent’s Morning Out/Preschool

Jen Brown PictureJen Brown
Director of Children’s Ministry

Jen is a graduate of Transylvania University with a BA in Business Management and Marketing. She has a lifelong history of volunteering, teaching and leading in youth, children’s, and nursery programs and ministries. She has served as WOW Storyteller for 3 years here at Second Presbyterian before stepping into this role. She has three children: Ashton, Christopher, and Ryan who keep her on her toes.

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Amy Pitzer

Director of Second Presbyterian Preschool and Little Learners

Music Staff

Gary Anderson
Director of Music and Adult Choir

With undergraduate studies from Millikin University and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Gary has served as director of music in numerous churches both in Illinois and here in Lexington. In addition he is Professor Emeritus at Transylvania University, Gary is Conductor and Music Director of the Lexington Chamber Chorale, a professional chorus.

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Martha Anderson

Martha is a music instructor at The Lexington School. She is a member of the Lexington Chamber Choral and previously served as organist at First Presbyterian Church. Martha is a graduate of Millikin University. She is married to Choir Director Gary Anderson.

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Donna Phillips
Handbell Choir Director

Donna is the Coordinator of Music programs for Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky and Director of Music for The Pleasant Hill Singers. A native Kentuckian, Donna is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in Music Education and Music Performance.

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Jessica Bailey 
Children’s Choir Director 


Jessica is the director of our children’s choir, Kids for the Kingdom. She is currently a student at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education with a minor in Theatre. She has a breadth of Choral and Music Education experience, starting a children’s choir at her home parish in Madison, Georgia and directing a number of Musical Theatre summer programs. Jessica works hard to provide a fun and safe environment for the kids to explore their spirituality through music. 






Administrative Staff

ScarletScarlet Hall
Director of Finance and Operations

She is a Kentucky native and lives in Lawrenceburg with her husband, Jim, and their youngest daughter, Sidney (13). They also have two older children who reside in Lexington, Lauren (23) and Austin (21). Scarlet and her family are members of First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg. She attended the University of Kentucky where she received her B. A. in Accounting.

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Shawn Phelps

Shawn is married to David Phelps and has two sons, Justin and Kevin, and one daughter, Taylor.  Shawn and her family returned to Lexington, her home town, in 1998.  She is a member of Southland Christian Church.  In her spare time, she likes to travel and spend time with her husband and children.

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Rita Wells
Part-Time Secretary

Rita lives in Winchester with her husband and has spent her career as a Receptionist/Secretary/Legal Assistant. She brings a wealth of knowledge (20 years) on communication, data organization and interaction with people.  She enjoys painting watercolors and spending time with her grandson.










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