Rev. Dr. George R. Sinclair, Jr. was installed as Pastor of Government Street Presbyterian Church on December 8, 2002. A North Carolina native, George earned his undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy from Highpoint University in 1975. He holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Before coming to Mobile, George served Presbyterian churches in Warsaw, Il, Lenoir, NC, and LaGrange, GA. He and his wife, Paula, have two married children and four grandchildren. Their daughter, Meredith, is an Assistant Professor of Secondary English Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Their son, Sean, lives in Mobile and is a chef at the Royal Scam. George enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, and is an avid bike rider. Paula is employed at UMS-Wright Preparatory School where she teaches 8th grade Algebra. She also serves the church as an Elder.
Associate Pastor for Youth and Christian Education
Rev. Kathryn Threadgill joined GSPC on August 3, 2009. Kathryn serves as Associate Pastor for Youth and Christian Education. Her specialty, and passion, is to the youth of the church and their spiritual formation. Kathryn grew up in Fairhope, AL after being adopted into a family of 13 brothers and sisters who came from all of over the world. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina where she majored in Bible and Religion with the concentration in Youth Ministry. Kathryn graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2008 with a Masters of Divinity. She was ordained in June 2009 at her home church, Spanish Fort Presbyterian.
Director of Music and Fine Arts
Terry D. Maddox, M.M. is a native of Indiana. Terry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Religion, with an emphasis in organ performance, from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Maddox also attended Harlaxton College of Grantham, England for a year. He received a full fellowship and assistantship from Loyola University of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. He has currently completed half of his work towards a doctorate in Music. Terry is married to Rebecca Rasmussen Maddox, a former politician, singer, jeweler, and artist. Terry has served as an educator for three private, Christian school systems in the position of Director of Fine Arts for twelve years of his career. Currently, he is in his fifteenth year at GSPC where he serves as organist, choir director, and administrator of music and fine arts programs of which the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society is a part. Terry also serves as Assistant to the Cantor for Touro Synagogue of New Orleans and Music Director. He has held this position for nearly nineteen years. He also is Adjunct Professor for Spring Hill College's Chorale Program and Music Education program; and organist/choir director for St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. For the last six years Terry, and his wife have directed the Boy's & Girls Club of Lower Alabama's Honor Choir. In 2009, Terry conducted John Rutter's Requiem which was performed as the featured evening program in the near-capacity filled Isaac Stern auditorium. In the spring of 2007 and again in March 2009, Terry prepared and led a large choral group to Carnegie Hall. In 2007, a presentation of Gabriel Faure's Requiem was given and Terry served as an assistant conductor. Terry has also led several "Choir Trips with Friends" to Europe, visiting and singing in Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Terry is a member of the American Guild of Organist, Temple Guild of Musicians, American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Music Educators National Conference, Chorus America, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Music Fellowship of the United Methodist Church. Additionally, Terry served as Adjunct Professor of Organ and Liturgy Studies for the University of Mobile and Artistic Director for the Eastern Shore Choral Society.
Director of Children's Ministry
Shawn Walker joined Government Street Presbyterian Church on June 1, 2011. Shawn serves as the Director of Children's Ministry. She has been a member of GSPC since 2003 and has served as a Deacon. She hold a BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama and an Early Childhood Education certificate from Howard Community College in Maryland. She has taught Kindergarten for twenty years and dance classes at Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center for eighteen years. Shawn is married to Duke Walker, a Captain in the United Sates Coast Guard, and together they have three children.
Director of Hospitality
Sallye Irvine joined the GSPC staff in June 2013. She serves as the Director of Hospitality. She is a lifelong Presbyterian and has been a member of GSPC since 1993. Sallye was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA, graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a B.F.A. in news editorial and received her M.A. in journalism, with an emphasis in nutrition, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a free-lance food and wine writer for over 25 years and continues to write as a columnist for Mobile Bay Monthly. She is married to George Irvine, an attorney and native Mobilian, who serves as an Elder at GSPC. The Irvines have four children.
Doug Friesema is a recent graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia where he studied Economics at The University of Virginia. Doug will be with Government Street Presbyterian from August 2013 to August 2014, primarily serving with the church's urban mission ministries and camps. He is a candidate for ordained ministry with the Presbytery of The James and hopes to enter into small church ministry after his time in Mobile. In his free time, Doug is slowly learning to bake bread and studying the Spanish language. Doug's fiancée, Claudia, lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she serves Columbia Seminary as its Associate Director of Recruitment and Student Services.
Bonnie Johnston joined GSPC staff in August of 2007 as Bookkeeper. Bonnie is a native of Lydia, Minnesota, where she grew up with her four brothers and one sister. She earned her undergraduate degree in Bible from Vennard Bible College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. There she met her husband, Daryl, of 36 years. Daryl holds a undergraduate degree in Bible and Christian Education from Vennard College, a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. Bonnie served as Bookkeeper for Vennard College. Then Bookkeeper and Office Manager for Christway Ministries in Duncanville, Texas and also bookkeeper for the Mid-States District of the Evangelical Methodist Church. She is the mother of three children and seven grandchildren.
Carrie J. Diamond joined GSPC in January of 2011 as Office Manager. Carrie is a 2000 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She is the mother of two young children. Her husband, Matthew, is the owner of Diamond Properties a real estate company in Mobile. When Carrie isn't working, she enjoys reading, running, organizing and spending time with her family.
Food Services Director
Shelia Smith came to Government Street 25 years ago. Her first three years here she worked in the nursery. She says, "the only cooking experience I had was at home growing up. Mom had each of the girls do a night in the kitchen. She would teach us how to make this and that." Shelia grew up in Mobile, the second of seven children. Every weekday morning she arrives at work at 5:30 and begins cooking breakfast for Coffee Club. Approximately 80-100 homeless people from the streets of Mobile turn up each morning to eat. After Coffee Club, Shelia prepares up to 50 sandwiches and hot meals for the Meals on Wheels deliveries. Shelia is the chef for most of the church functions throughout the year, including Forums, Urban Mission Camps, holiday events, special services, and Sunday coffee hour. As she leaves each day for home she says, "if the creek don't rise, I'll see y'all in the morning."
Marilyn Mills joined GSPC in May of 2011 as Assistant Sexton. Marilyn is a long time resident of Mobile, Alabama and is one of ten children. Marilyn has been married to her husband, Stanley, for over 30 years. She is a proud mother of two girls and one grandson. Stacey, Marilyn's oldest daughter, is a graduate of Faulkner University and Christian, her second daughter, is a student at Bishop State Community College. Marilyn is a member of True Life Baptist Church.