Elders and Deacons
Pastor Charlie Perkins is originally from East Tennessee and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1984. After serving as a submarine officer for five years, he helped train power-plant operators and was awarded a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in Secondary Education. He received his M. Div. from Westminster Seminary, Escondido, California in 1997. He has served as pastor of Prescott Presbyterian from 1997 to the present. He has been active in church planting having a significant role in the organization and establishment of Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Cottonwood and Concho, Arizona. Charlie and his wife Mary Jane are parents of four children between the ages of 16 and 22. He enjoys his family, coffee, his five dogs, and a cat.
A fact you should know: He holds to the doctrine of the sovereignty of God yet he sees no evidence his cat has bought in.
Elder Christopher Elley was born outside London, UK in 1945. He spent his early years, however, in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) after his family relocated to Southern Africa after WW2. Growing up, he was a keen member of Life Boys and Boys Brigade, a Protestant Church outreach for young boys. Church attendance was promoted and God began His work on Chris at an early age. After serving 4 years in the BSAP, a paramilitary unit during the Bush War in that part of the world, it became clear that raising a family under those conditions would be almost impossible. He, his wife Ginny, and their first child, Heather, emigrated to the US in 1970. Soon after, Tony their son was born and the Elley’s started a new life in California. In 1978, Chris was offered a transfer to Arizona and that is when he discovered Prescott. He went through a dry spell in his Christian walk until 1981 when God, in His mercy, drew him back into the church family at First Baptist Church Prescott, serving as a deacon and eventually as chair of the board. It was a time of great growth in his walk with the Lord. In His Providence, Chris and Ginny were led to the Prescott Presbyterian Church (PPC) to be introduced to the Reformed Tradition. Blessed be the Lord. After serving unofficially as a deacon for a few years, Chris was officially received as a deacon in 2009. In 2014 he joined two others as an Elder on the local Session at PPC.
A fact you should know: Chris’s early attempts at courting Ginny in 1967 were challenging as her father was a featherweight boxing champion of Rhodesia, sometimes making access to his love a tad difficult.
Elder Arie Hilbrands was raised on a ranch outside Madras, Oregon the second son of a family of 10 children. The family worshiped at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bend, Oregon. Upon completion of High School he joined the army and served in Italy and Germany in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Arie lived on Guam for 10 years building and constructing schools and mission facilities on the island. Upon returning to the states, Arie served as a deacon at Immanuel PCA in Mesa, Arizona. After moving to Prescott in 2005 Arie was elected as deacon for Prescott Presbyterian in 2009, and then as an elder in 2014. Arie and wife Carolyn have 16 grandchildren, located in various parts of the country.
A fact you should know: Arie is a true dog lover. He and Carolyn have two rescue dogs that are raising them!