Dr. Robert S. (Bob) Crilley
Dr. Crilley has been Pastor of First Presbyterian since May 1993. Bob is a gifted preacher who has the ability to communicate with the congregation as if he were talking to each member individually. He has won several preaching awards and authored the book "Veiled Glimpses of God's Glory" (CSS Publishing). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1984) with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. He received his theological education at Princeton (Masters) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Austin College. He previously served Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, Maryland for five years. Bob enjoys reading, writing and playing the tuba (Lake Cities Community Band).
Son of the long-time pastor at Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit and a native of Michigan, Bob is an avid fan of Detroit sports teams and his beloved UM Wolverines. Bob is married to Judy and they have three daughters.
Ashley Abraham Hood
Rev. Hood is our Associate Pastor. Ashley has a passion for worship leadership, pastoral care, multi-generational/multicultural ministry and missions. She received her Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and has participated in extensive Clinical Pastoral Education at Methodist Hospital and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Her prior church service includes serving as Minister of Spiritual Life at Presbyterian Village North (Continued Care Retirement Community), Interim Associate General Presbyter for Nurture of Church Professionals, and Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Dallas.
Ashley is a native Texan and a UT Austin alumni and Longhorn fan. She is married to Doug and is the mother of a middle school daughter and middle school son. They have Lab/Great Dane who is also very much a part of the family. Her interests include cycling, tennis, reading and cooking. She is always up for an adventure, especially one that introduces new people and cultures.
Jodi is our Director of Christian Education. She is a Certified DCE and joined our staff in November 1999 after a 14 year stint at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dallas. She also served as DCE at Central Presbyterian in Waxahachie from 1982-85. Jodi is a native Oklahoman and is a graduate of Oklahoma State. She received her MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond VA. Jodi is a life-long Presbyterian and has a passion for the connectional nature of the Presbyterian Church. She has directed and served on planning committees for a number of conferences throughout Grace Presbytery and the Synod of the Sun. She has also served as vice moderator and moderator of Grace Presbytery. Jodi's experience in developing a Christian educational ministry for all ages, and her boundless energy, enthusiasm and ideas have given a great boost to our Sunday School program and Youth Ministry.
Jodi's favorite companion is her beloved dog, Gretl. Her interests are clown and puppet ministries, hanging out with Gretl and just being around people. She has over 500 clowns in her collection. She has had 2 motorcycles and yearns to have a one again.
Tom is our Director of Communications and Director of Youth Ministries. He is a twenty-five year veteran of professional youth ministry in the Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian denominations. Tom is a native of both Kansas and Texas and is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Tom is a co-founder of The Center for Youth Ministry, a training program for beginning youth ministers. Most recently, Tom was on the staff of Grace Presbytery, serving in the area of Church Professional Support. Tom has been a volunteer for Presbytery youth events and a Bible Study Leader at Camp Gilmont. Tom has authored for Congregational Ministries Publishing and Westminster John Knox Press, having written several chapters of Senior High and Junior High curriculum.
Tom has two children, Grace (a junior at St. Mary's University) and Mary (who attend schools in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD). Tom loves to kick around on social media, go for long walks in the mornings, and listen to great music. Tom is an avid fan of Arsenal Football Team, an English Premiere League soccer team and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Tom is a co-host of a fan-based podcast about his beloved baseball team. On many weekends, you can find Tom at the Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark, where he serves as a PA announcer.
Rick, our Director of Music, is a Dallas native. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas, he met his future wife, Dee, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, where he had been a long-time member. He played jazz with the trio Les Amis prior to graduate studies in choral conducting at the University of Colorado at Boulder (where he eventually earned no music degree but rather a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). After retiring from a long career at Verizon, Rick has returned to school, pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree at Perkins/SMU. He has served as the Music Director at College Hills Christian Church in San Angelo and Village Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida and as the Interim Choir Director at First United Methodist Church in Hurst. Prior to his call to Music Director here at First Presbyterian, Rick was the Director of the adult handbell choir and also formed Canticum Novum, a small choral group. Many of Rick’s numerous musical compositions for choirs, organ, handbells, and other instruments have been presented in worship.
As a composer of choral music, hymn tunes, liturgical music, instrumental music, and some straight-ahead rock, Rick has his own catalog of compositions that he sells on his website at http://www.redstonehousepress.com.
Jiha Choi, a native of Korea, began her piano studies at the age of five. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was a teenager and continued piano studies. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School during her high school junior year.
After further study at the New England Conservatory, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Cameron University, where she was awarded numerous honors and scholarships including the prestigious Presser Scholar Award. For her Master’s degree, she received a Teaching Fellowship from the University of North Texas College of Music, a highly competitive award which is very rarely given to a Master’s degree student. During her Master’s, she studied organ as a secondary instrument and became an organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, TX. She is currently working on her doctorate in piano performance and held Teaching Fellowship for four years from the University of North Texas.
In addition to her performances as a soloist, Choi has extensive experience collaborating with other musicians, as well as giving instruction in keyboard skills and piano classes.