• First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Staff

Kip Murphy, Senior Pastor
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Kip Murphy begins his ministry as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs on May 12. Prior to this, Kip serv
ed as the pastor at First Presbyterian in Williamsburg, Iowa for nearly seven years. He earned his M. Div. from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS) after an academic career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City from 1993-2005. Kip is completing his Doctor of Ministry degree from UDTS with a focus on enhancing the ministry of Teaching Elders through revitalization of the ministry of Ruling Elders. Kip looks forward to his ministry at First Presbyterian in Harbor Springs. He loves the idea from early church father, John Chrysostom, that “the church is a hospital for sinners.” It’s a reminder that the church needs to be a place where we can be honest about who we are and what we’ve done. It shouldn’t be a place where we have to pretend we have our lives altogether.

Kip and his wife, Lee, are looking forward to life in northern Michigan. Both were raised in Colorado and love the outdoors in all four seasons. They have three children. The eldest, Kevin, lives in Des Moines, Iowa and works for Principal Financial Group there. Their second child, Katie, is a high-school English teacher in Tama, Iowa. Their youngest, Ellen, is a junior at Central College in Pella, Iowa. She is majoring in Religion and is discerning whether or not to go to seminary upon graduation. Outside of work, Kip and Lee both enjoy reading, hiking, cooking together, music, and just being in one another’s company. We are also looking forward to learning to snowshoe and cross-country ski.


Monica Pavel Kissinger, Director of Arts & Music Ministry
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Linda O'Dell, Administrative Manager
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Linda joined the staff of First Presbyterian in 2014, moving here from Omaha, Nebraska. She was educated in finance and began her professional career on Wall Street. She has been working in Church programming and management since 2000. During that time, she has ‘worn many hats’ and gained knowledge and many blessings from each of those roles.

Linda has moved here with her husband,Tom. Tom serves as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix.

Linda has three children: a daughter in New York City, a daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Jacksonville Beach, FL and a son in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has two sons and two grandsons in Atlanta.

Linda and Tom enjoy many outdoor activities: kayaking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and hiking.   Linda enjoys music, reading, writing, communicating with her family and spending time with their cocker spaniel, Joey and their finnish lapphund, Kimma.  

Linda enjoys her role here at First Presbyterian and especially getting to know her friends at FPCHS! Please stop by the office or give her a call anytime!


Katie Flood, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministry
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Hello everyone! My name is Katie Flood. I’m blessed to be the new Young Life Church Partner at First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Michigan while I was in college. In 2014, I graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a major in Communication and two minors in Spanish and Organizational Leadership Practice. During my time at Hope College, I had a group of middle school students that I mentored through Wyldlife. I spent a semester off-campus, living and interning in the city of Chicago. Since graduating from college, I’ve had various jobs including an internship with the high school ministry at a church in Plymouth, MI, and an opportunity to work as an Assistant Director for SpringHill Day Camps in Chicago.

I’m passionate about community, intentional conversations, and empowering the next generation.

I’m looking forward to moving to the area because I’ll be near the lake again. I’m excited about getting to know the congregation and being involved in the community of Harbor Springs.

You’ll often find me reading a book, spending time with family and friends, and with a good cup of coffee in my hands.

I’m excited to get to know all of you. Please don’t hesitate to say hello!




Join Us for Worship

  • 10:00 a.m. Sunday (8am & 10am Sundays - June through August)
  • Worship for all ages
  • Children attend Children's Church after the welcome & children's message
  • Nursery care available
  • Refreshments in the Gathering Place
  • Special accommodations include wheel chair accessibility, large print bulletins/hymnals, and hearing assist
  • Communion takes place the first Sunday of the month

Church Location

First Presbyterian Church
7940 Cemetery Road
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
Phone: (231) 526-7332
Office Hours:M-F 8:00am-4:00pm

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Prayers Needed?
Do you know someone who you would like to be added to our prayer list or who needs a visitation? Please let them know first, and then call the office (526-7332). We will ask for the correct name spelling and any other information that they would like to be shared with our Deacons. Stephen Ministers are also available to support these needs.