Meet our Minister and Staff

Rev. Cheryl R. Peeples – Minister

Pastor Cheryl Peeples came to FPCU in June 2009. She is a graduate of Rhodes College, formerly Southwestern At Memphis (B.A.) and Memphis Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Prior to coming to FPCU, she served congregations in Christiansburg, Virginia and in Germantown, Tennessee. Pastor Cheryl and her husband, John, have two adult children who still live in Virginia with their wives – Taylor (Chelsea) and Anderson (Ginny). They feel very blessed to be a part of this congregation and appreciate the uniqueness of T’Burg and the possibilities for ministry that are available to us all here.  Pastor Cheryl serves on the General Council of the Presbytery of Geneva as Past Moderator of the Presbytery and as a member of the Presbytery’s Nominating Committee. She is also an officer of the Trumansburg Area Churches ecumenical group. Email her at CherylRPeeples@gmail.com.

Alice Ploss – Music Director and Accompanist

Ms. Alice Ploss has enjoyed directing choral ensembles of all ages and kinds for over 30 years, including school, church, college and community choruses and productions.  She has served as accompanist for and as a member of numerous singing groups.  Ms. Ploss is the director of the Trumansburg Community Chorus and until recently, choral music teacher at Trumansburg Middle School, where she was also musical director for many Middle School theatrical productions.  Her recent international music experiences include conducting the Chiba International Singers, accompanying and vocal coaching productions with the Tokyo International Players, singing in the Tokyo International Singers Chorus, and studying Japanese Taiko Drumming. She is serving as an Adjunct Professor at Ithaca College for the 2015 Spring Semester.  She sings with ephemera, a vocal improv group in Ithaca, and has a small private voice and piano studio.  She has a BM in Music Education (organ) from SUNY Fredonia, and a MS in Music Education (voice) from Ithaca College.

Sandra Wayman – Accompanist

Sandra Wayman has been thrilled to be helping out her aunt, Alice Ploss, since summer 2016, sharing the organ bench and helping to accompany the choir. Sandra also plays for the Christian Science Church in Ithaca, and occasionally subs for other churches as well. Sandra studied organ performance as her minor at Allegheny College while majoring in Environmental Science. She then did her master’s at Washington State University in Soil Science and is currently working at Cornell University in the Soil and Crop Science Department as a Research Support Specialist in the lab group of Dr. Matt Ryan. Sandra loves sustainable agriculture, cover cropping, and local food. When not taking soil samples or playing the pipe organ, she can be found riding her bicycle, cross-country skiing, cooking, or traveling.

Kristin Parry – Administrative Assistant  and Custodian

Kristin Parry provides administrative services to the Pastor, staff and church organizations.  Kristin brings a wealth of computer knowledge gained from operating her own online business and her experience as a retail manager for a big box store, which aid her in keeping up the online presence of FPCU and taking care of the administrative needs of FPCU.  In her job as our custodian, Kristin keeps our Chapel and Sanctuary ready for the many events we have through the week here at FPCU. She quite enjoys being a part of FPCU and working with the members here.

Vicki Whittaker – Nursery Caretaker

Vicki croppedVicki Whittaker is our Nursery Caretaker and provides loving care for our babies and younger children from 9-11 on Sunday mornings in the Chapel during the hours of Sunday Studies and Worship. Children are always welcome to remain with their parents throughout the morning. We know that at times, you may like for your child to be taken care of in another setting and Vicki is in the Nursery to help. In the nursery, there is the opportunity for children to play and rest.