Pastor Richard Schwartz was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Sarah was born in Mansfield, OH, but also lived in Kentucky and Virginia for her father's job in ministry. Richard and Sarah have been married for over 30 years. Richard and Sarah have three children: Hannah , Alex, and Emma. Hannah and her husband, Andrew, are stationed at West Point, NY. They have one son, Wayland Richard. Alex lives in Chattanooga. Emma is a junior at Murray State University. Richard and Sarah also have two rescue dogs: Gus (Sarah's dog), and Lucy (Richard's German Shepherd). They both enjoy reading, kayaking, and finding good local places to eat or get coffee. Richard and Sarah love to be outside on the water when the weather is nice. They also enjoy spending any time they can with their grandson.
Richard and Sarah met at a Young Life event during high school. They ended up in the same circle of friends, attended Virginia Tech together, but did not date until after graduation. At Virginia Tech, Sarah studied Human Services and Richard studied Economics. Sarah has worked in social services, banking, as well as positions in grant writing and coordinating. After college graduation, Richard worked at Bank of America before attending Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He served as an Assistant Pastor in Clover, SC and in Peoria, IL before moving to Clarksville. Richard became the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in 2002.
Richard and Sarah lead and host the Sango I Community Group in their home. Over the last 18 years at CPC, both Richard and Sarah have served in many capacities including teaching Sunday School, working in the Nursery, and serving with the Men's/Women's Ministries. Richard oversees the Peacemaking Ministry. Richard says, "Among my favorite things in service as a pastor is preaching, teaching, leading, and by-standing. That is, watching the Holy Spirit do His work in the lives of people, maturing them in their walk with Jesus."
Stephen met his wife, Tina, in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. The Lees have been married for over 30 years. They have five sons: Zachary (married to Abby), Micah (married to Emily), Nicholas, Josiah, and Slate. Stephen is an architect at Vision Architects Firm. Tina enjoys scrapbooking/photo books and dabbling in mixed-media arts which she shares with the girls at church by hosting her "Girl's Art Day." Stephen enjoys gardening as well as hiking and camping with his sons. Tina and Stephen have been members of CPC for over 18 years. Tina and Stephen currently lead and host the Sango III Community Group in their home.
Over the last nearly two decades, Tina has taught Sunday School, worked with the Children's Ministry, and has served as the Nursery/Toddler Ministry Coordinator for the last 11 years. Tina Lee feels that welcoming and teaching our young ones is a top priority for the Church in sharing the love Christ has for our little ones. She wants our little ones to know that church is a place where they are loved and valued and to provide an environment that they look forward to coming to and in which they hear the truth of God's Word.
Stephen has taught Sunday School for middle schoolers for the last 17 years. Stephen loves to study God's Word as he prepares to teach and he is passionate about communicating gospel truths to our young teens. He also heads the Pastoral Renewal Team. Stephen has served as an elder for 16 years. He enjoys being mentored by the leadership of the church and loves to encourage and support our pastor. A favorite aspect of serving as an elder is meeting and hearing the testimonies of new member prospects.
Dave Smith and his wife, Paige, met when they were both teachers at the same school. The Smiths have been married for 24 years. They have one son, Brendan. The Smiths have been attending CPC for 11 years and have been members for 10 years. Dave has served as an elder since 2012. The Smiths currently attend the Sango II Community Group. Dave says his favorite aspect of being an elder at CPC is the "satisfaction of seeing people grow in Christ."
Dave served as both a battalion and, later, as the Rear-Headquarters Group Chaplain at 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, deploying twice with them during Operation Iraqi Freedom II and III. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California, and, most recently, a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dave enjoys spending time with his family, a good deal of reading, fly-fishing and tying, hunting and shooting, gardening, and beekeeping. The Smiths share a love for exploring new places, especially historical ones.
The Stitt family was one of the core families who partnered with the McDaniel family and began worshiping together in 1997 as Clarksville PCA, now Christ Presbyterian Church. John also served as an active elder from 1996 - 2010. He resumed being an active elder in 2020. The Stitts currently attend the Sango I Community Group.
John is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. After eight years on active duty in the army, he spent twenty years in private practice in Hopkinsville. He is currently practicing at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell. He volunteers at five crisis pregnancy centers in Kentucky and Tennessee, including the Hope Pregnancy Center and Alpha Alternative.
Dina is a teacher by education who beautifully manages the Stitt home and supports John’s practice of medicine since before medical school.
Their children are John and Rachel Stitt of Herndon, KY, Mary Elizabeth Stitt of Oxford, MS, and James Hunter Stitt of Denver, CO.
John enjoys reading and learning, spending time with family and friends (including their animals), firearms and their history, and anything and everything Ole Miss. He loves being a doctor and caring for others.
Dale and Amy Massey met at the top of a ski lift in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Masseys have been married for nine years. They have two children and one grandchild. Dale and Amy enjoy music, gardening, cycling, and fly fishing. Amy is a municipal bond trader for a national broker dealer. Dale is a retired assistant mountain manager of the ski resort where they first met.
Amy and Dale began attending CPC in January 2012. They became members in July 2012. Dale serves as a deacon and co-teaches the Junior High Sunday School. Amy joined the Music Ministry Team in 2013 and became the team's leader in 2015. Amy also serves on the Pastoral Renewal Team. Amy and Dale attend the Sango II Community Group.
JOHN MICHAEL STITT
John Michael Stitt has been attending CPC since the early beginnings at Pastor Curt McDaniel's house. John Michael became a deacon in 2020. They currently attend the Sango I Community Group.
John Michael is a Network/System Administrator for Hopkinsville Electric System and EnergyNet. They are a municipal-owned electric company and also provide Internet service to over 3,500 customers across three counties.
His wife, Rachel, is a first grade teacher in Clarksville at Northeast Elementary School. They have one son named John Ryan.
John Michael enjoys training for and competing in strongman competitions, reading, and binging Netflix.
Asa Stone grew up in Jackson, Tennessee. Kacyanne grew up in South Bend, Indiana. Asa and Kacy met at church in Jackson. The Stones have been married for 42 years.
Asa worked as a truck driver for the Coca Cola Company, as a machinist, and held many positions in the journalism, marketing, and writing fields. Before having children, Kacy worked as a social worker. Asa and Kacy have two sons and two grandsons. Their favorite pastimes include ballroom dancing, golfing, stamp collecting, and redoing their home. They spend much of their time caring for their twin grandsons.
The Stones are founding members of Christ Presbyterian Church and have been attending for over 20 years. Asa serves as a deacon. The Stones attend the Sango I Community Group at the Schwartz home. Asa's favorite aspect of serving as a deacon is the privilege to distribute the Mercy Fund as an almoner.