Elders and Deacons

Charlie2aPastor Charlie Perkins

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.

Chris Elley

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.

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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!

Jeff Parker

Elder Jeff Parker was raised in a military family. Despite many moves, he identifies Maryland as his childhood home.  He grew up attending military chapel Sunday School, VBS, and worship services. He graduated in 1969 from the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in zoology and an ROTC commission in the Air Force which led to assignments in Asia, Europe and across the country.  He was led to a reformed understanding of the faith from the writings of Francis Schaeffer.  He enjoys reading church history and has a fondness for the writings of Jonathan Edwards.  On moving to Arizona in 2012, he joined Prescott Presbyterian and was ordained a ruling elder in 2014.  Jeff and his wife Patt have four grown children who they allow to raise their four granddaughters.  They have a dog and cat that rule the home.  They enjoy reading, travel, and conversations of consequence with friends.

A fact you should know: Their one life’s flaw was not moving to Prescott much sooner!

Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan has a 1982 BS BA degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Jon and his wife grew up and met in Massachusetts and moved to Arizona in the early 1980s. Jonathan worked for 32 years at the same company in various positions of systems tester, systems analyst, programmer and the last 10 years as a IT Engineer.  They raised their family and home schooled their children in Phoenix, AZ.  After living 35 years in Phoenix they moved to rural Coconino County attending Prescott Presbyterian 55 miles away to the south.  In 2018 they decided to be closer to their Prescott Presbyterian church family so they bought a house in Prescott.  Jonathan has served as elder since early 2018.