Our Staff

Pastor LeeDr. A. Lee Zehmer, Pastor
Dr. Zehmer is a graduate of James Madison University, Union Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Before coming to First Presbyterian in 2005, he served as Associate Pastor for five years at the Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Virginia, and as Pastor at Bethlehem Church outside of Charlotte, North Carolina for 9 years.

Lee and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters. Lee's interests include playing the guitar, amateur radio, swimming, and he is a certificated private pilot.

Meredith TroutMeredith Trout, Director of Christian Education & Formation
Meredith has a degree in Religion from Presbyterian College. Before coming to Lexington, she served for four years on the educational staff of the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. She worked with middle school youth and families, and with the larger staff, she helped train lay leaders in transformational ministry.

Meredith is married to Roland, and they have two sons. Meredith's hobbies include: reading, running (completed the Kiawah Island Marathon), and spending time with her family and friends.

Shelley JenningsShelley Jennings, Director of Music

Shelley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Salem College and a Master of Music degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served as Director of Music at Lebanon United Methodist Church in High Point, NC for ten years. Shelley is also the part-time lower school music teacher at Westchester Country Day School. Prior to teaching at Westchester, she was an elementary music teacher for Davidson County Schools, serving mainly the West Davidson area. Shelley is married to Dustin, a professional trumpet player and middle school band director. They have a 2-year-old son.


Connie BurlesonConnie Burleson, Organist
Connie holds an Associate of Arts degree from Wingate College, a Bachelor of Music degree from Meredith College, a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Handbell Certification from Queen's College.

Connie has served as Vice President and President of the Salisbury Music Club. She is a music teacher for Davidson Academy. She is a past President of the Meredith College Alumnae Organization of Salisbury and was organist for Meredith College's Alumnae Weekend in 2003. She has received the Most Outstanding Music Award from Wingate College and has served as an accompanist for the N.C. Lutheran Synod Workshops.

Connie is married to Lanny, and they have two daughters, Ashley and Meredith.


Jack HarmanJack Harman, Director of Contemporary Worship





Alma Carlton, Financial Secretary

Misty Priddy, Preschool Director

Jeanna Carlton, Office Manager