Mike Littell, Senior Pastor
Born and raised in Chicago, Mike graduated from Bethlehem Seminary in Minneapolis in 2013, then moved to Dayton to join the ministry of SDPC. Mike was ordained in the PCA in 2014 and installed as Senior Pastor in May 2018. In 2008 he met and married Megan, and together they have four wonderful children.
Dan Whitley, Director of Children’s Education
Dan graduated from Wright State University in 2007 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught elementary education for the past 11 years. Dan and his wife Emily have attended South Dayton Presbyterian since being married in 2004. As the Director of Children’s Education ministry Dan oversees SDPC's Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Church and Children's Summer Outreach programs.
Dan was born and raised in Kettering. He and his wife Emily have two children; Eli and Quinn, who are 8 and 4 years old respectively. When not at church Dan enjoys spending time with his family, weight lifting, and building with Legos.
Emily Whitley, Nursery Coordinator
Emily has been a member of South Dayton Presbyterian Church since 1994 and has been involved in the hospitality committee, and helped with teaching the preschool Sunday school class. She and Dan met at a singles group at another church and after much persistence and chasing she finally married Dan. She worked as a receptionist at a physical therapy office until she had her first son Eli. Then she started teaching the toddler class in the church nursery and continued teaching after she had her second son, Quinn.
Emily likes cooking, watching movies, and painting landscapes in acrylic.
Jim Tipps, First Service Worship Leader
Dr. James W. Tipps has been the Coordinator of Music Education at Wright State University since the Fall of 1992. Jim is also the conductor of the Wright State University Men’s Chorale. Prior to his appointment at Wright State, Jim taught elementary school general music and high school choral music in Georgia, and conducted Men's Glee Club and Choral Union at Florida State University. Additionally he worked extensively with church music as a conductor, pianist, organist, and consultant in the Midwest and southeastern United States. We are blessed to have Jim lead worship for our 8:30am Service on Sunday Mornings.
Lauren Coleman, Second Service Worship Leader
Lauren joined the SDPC staff after joining the church and seeing the need for a contemporary worship leader. Her father has been a minister of music for over 30 years, which contributed to her interest in leading. Along with working for the church, Lauren also has a passion for animals and works at a local vet clinic. She and her husband have two (crazy, but) wonderful boys and a house full of animals that occupy their time outside of work and church.
Kitty Drake, Administrative Assistant - Bookkeeper
Kitty joined the SDPC staff in December, 2008. She comes to us with 7 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant to the Worship Pastor at another area church. With a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Wittenberg University, she has used her gifts to serve as adult and children's choir director at churches in Ohio and Arizona. Currently, she is active in the music/worship program at her church.
Kitty has served as a Development Department Volunteer at the Miami Valley Women's Center in Kettering. She and her husband of over 40 years, TL, have been stationed in 4 states and in Japan while TL served in the U.S. Air Force. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Jordan Hole, Administrative Assistant
Jordan started in the office at SDPC in January 2018. He began attending in May 2017 and became a member in October 2017. He has a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. He previously served as an analyst in donor resources at Moody Bible Institute, and was a barista in the Dayton area until starting at SDPC. He is originally from Ohio, and he lived in Illinois for 5 years before coming to Dayton. In his free time, Jordan enjoys being with his family and friends, writing and making music, playing with coffee equipment, and reading.
The PRESBYTERIAN cHURCH IN aMERICA
The Reformed Church traces itself back through the ages of God’s people. We are the children of: Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, the Church of Jesus Christ, the fathers and mothers of the church, and the Reformers of the 16th Century. We do not distinguish ourselves as a particular sect, but as members of the One Church of the One God, who worship that One with all the Saints of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The Westminster Assembly, and its offspring
At the beginning of the English Civil War, parliament called an assembly of pastors and theologians ("the Westminster divines") together. Their job was to recommend a revised confession of faith for the official Church of England, in order to eliminate the abuses of power which had arisen out of the episcopate. Having begun in 1643, the Westminster Assembly completed its theological work by 1647, and was formally disbanded in 1652.
Members of the assembly were “varied in outlook within a generic Calvinism” (Letham, WA) and they produced a remarkable statement of faith, faithfully articulating Reformed and biblical consensus of the Christian faith. The almost immediate rejection of the Westminster Confession in its own land meant that English Presbyterianism was something of a stillborn child, but one which continues to influence people in many countries. Descendants of Westminster’s vision include denominations all over the world.