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The Reverend Laurie Fields

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Rev. Fields grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church there and served as an elder during her high school years. Rev. Fields then went to The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, for her undergraduate degree. Following graduation from Wooster, she attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, for her Masters in Divinity degree. Rev. Fields was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) on June 24, 2001.

    Rev. Fields served as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, from 2001 - 2006. She was then a member at large in the Presbytery of Utah for 4 years before moving to Marion in 2010. For the last 6 years, she served as the Director of Faith Development at First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale.

    Rev. Fields is married to the Rev. Wade Halva, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Marion. They have 2 daughters, Madeline, age 13, and Catherine, age 10. In between driving to ballet classes and swim meets with the girls, the family spends time with their 2 cats, Luke and Knox, and their dog, Molly.

    In her free time, Rev. Fields enjoys sewing, reading, and practicing yoga. She has been an active member of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois for 7 years and is currently the Presbytery moderator. She is excited about the possibilities for ministry in Harrisburg and looks forward to getting to know the congregation.



Amy Schlabitz

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Amy and her family have been members of our congregation for several years, joining when Sam Foskey was serving as Pastor.  She started working part-time as church secretary in February, 2016.  

She graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona (where she learned to read the Navajo Language) with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Bilingual/Multi-cultural Education, and later completed her Masters of Education degree in Instructional Technology through American-International University Online.

She also works as a substitute teacher in Harrisburg Schools, which she has done for nearly 10 years.  When she is not at church, you may often see her with a group of children at East or West Side Schools.

Before her children started school in Arizona, she worked part-time at Victory Lutheran Church, in Mesa, Arizona on their Mininstry Admin Team.  Her job involved helping put together church bulletins for up to four weekly worship services, a weekly activities/announcements sheet, monthly newsletters, and member files, as well as restocking children's worship bags each week.


Office Hours

Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday Closed



Bill Wright

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