Stephen Earl - Interim Executive Presbyter
The Rev. Stephen G Earl is the Interim Executive Presbyter for Homestead Presbytery. He has served in ministry in the PCUSA for almost 40 years as: a missionary in Brazil; a pastor in small and large congregations in Washington State, Virginia, and South Carolina; 12 years as the Coordinator for International Volunteers and Mission Personnel for the General Assembly; and six years as the Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry in the Presbytery of the Peaks (Central & Southwest Virginia). His passions in ministry include mentoring, coaching, and supporting pastors; working with congregations in transition; and cross-cultural service. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, and did his doctoral work at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.
Steve was born and raised in Port Townsend, WA, about two hours from the Pacific Ocean and the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. He is a lover of theater, good books, all kinds of music, movies, and the arts. Hiking, cycling, walking, and traveling are some his favorite things to do in his free time.
Raymond Meester - Stated Clerk
Ray grew up on a small farm in Grundy County, Iowa; in the Deaf world as both of his parents, as well as four uncles and aunts were deaf. He has been a life-long Presbyterian, having served Presbyterian Churches in Kansas and Iowa, and now serves Heritage Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.
His wife Ramona has been an educator for the deaf, having taught in Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. They have one daughter Gina. Both Ramona and Gina are elders in the PC(USA). Gina currently serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns of the PC(USA), and is a student at Louisville Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
Bachelor of Arts, Sterling College, Sterling, KS
Masters of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Doctor of Ministry, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Activities and Affiliations:
On the General Assembly level, Ray served on the Program Agency Board of the former United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Women’s Thankoffering Committee of United Presbyterian Women, and on the Administrative Committee of the Office of Worship. He served nine years as a governor-appointed member of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and am a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and the Association of Stated Clerks
Cheryl Rennick - Treasurer
Jesalyn Draper - Administrative Assistant
Jesalyn was born in Sidney, Nebraska but grew up all over the country and world, with her high school years being spent in Italy. She is from a BIG family and in total, has 6 siblings, 3 nieces and 2 nephews. With no desire to be a parent herself, Jes takes pride in being the "Best Aunt" and spoiling her nieces and nephews with lots of sugar before sending them back to their parents.
Being bit by the travel bug early in life coupled with her passion for photography, she spent the summer of 2017 as a Photographer in Maine before coming to the Presbytery. She is a registered member of the Rosebud Lakota Sioux tribe of South Dakota, and while she wasn't raised on the reservation, she is passionate about her tribe and culture. Her hobbies include baking, writing...especially about mental health, and listening to music, as well as going to live shows. Fun Fact: Jesalyn has been on tour TWICE as a Tour Manager for two different musicians!