Pastors & Staff

REV. Sarah Marie Bigwood

Head of Staff, Pastor

As the leader of this historic downtown church, I look forward to preaching, teaching, and working with our well-trained and talented staff to provide inspiring ministry. I will also provide strategic leadership as this congregation thinks creatively about the future of God's ministry in the expanding Fargo-Moorhead area.
I came to my faith as a young adult at Augsburg University. After graduation, I became a computer consultant which is where I met my husband, Tom, a life-long Presbyterian. Together we found a small church in St. Louis Park where I was baptized and we began volunteering with the junior high youth group. My growing faith and love of ministry propelled me to enroll at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where I received a Master of Divinity degree.
For the past 25 years, I've worked with various churches to build up their youth, young adult and family ministries as well as assisting with an after school program at Liberty church in North Minneapolis. I've served as an associate pastor in Golden Valley, MN and a head pastor in Southampton, New York.
Tom and I enjoy traveling. Our biggest adventure (so far) was spending three months in Japan prior to starting our family. We also enjoy building things. We gutted and remodeled our former home and used our skills to lead a church-wide project to build accessibility ramps for under-served seniors in Minneapolis.
Tom and I live in West Fargo with our two children, Robby and Katie, and our two dogs, Nube (corgi) and Emmett (beagle). We have extended family in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana.


Associate Pastor

Mary has been the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo, North Dakota since 1992.  She grew up in Southwestern Minnesota and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. degree in biology.  She was a research technician at the Mayo Clinic before starting seminary at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1989.  While at Princeton Mary received the Robert P. Goodlin Award for pastoral care and clinical ministry.  She went on to complete two residencies of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Minnesota Hospital and at Abbott Northwestern/Minneapolis Children’s Hospitals before beginning her call to the Fargo Church.
Her primary responsibilities include pastoral care to and nurture of the congregation, and outreach beyond the walls of the church building –  missions within the community and region, as well as with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya.
Mary and her husband of 23 years, Tom, have two young adult children, David and Sarah.  She’s a “dyed in the wool” Minnesota Vikings fan and has never met a Sudoku or Cryptoquip she didn’t like!

jan lundgren

Business Manager

Jan Lundgren joined First Pres in 2014 as the Business Manager where she processes contributions, does the financial reporting and payroll.  Previously, she spent 8 years as the part-time bookkeeper for Messiah Lutheran Church, which is also her church home.  Before moving to Fargo, she was a staff accountant/payroll for a manufacturing firm in Minneapolis for over 10 years.  She enjoys meeting congregants, loves her coworkers and appreciates the flexibility her position offers to attend her children’s activities.
Jan has been married for 21 years to husband, Michael. They live in North Fargo with their three children, Sophie, Natalie & Daniel, and a naughty cat, Rufus.  An avid reader, you’ll usually find her with a book in hand when she’s not on a walk, attending one of her children’s events or folding countless loads of laundry.

penny andrist

Coordinator of Children's Ministries

Education: MA in Learning Disabilities
BA in Psychology/Secondary Education
Certification in Elementary Education
Minor in Coaching
Penny Andrist has been on the staff of FPC for 14 years as the Coordinator of Children’s Ministry. She reviews and selects curriculum for all levels of elementary Christian Education, oversees the nursery, recruits and trains teaching volunteers, plans special events and the annual Children’s Worship Service, and directs VBS.
Penny Andrist began her teaching career in 1984, first working in public schools in Williston, ND and then as a self-employed consultant and educator for businesses, associations and the UND Continuing Education Staff. She started her own Children’s Music company, Penny & Pals, in 1990 and continues to write, record and perform in a wide variety of family-friendly venues. She conducts music and movement workshops with youth every summer, has recorded seven award-winning albums and numerous commissioned works, including curriculum, theme songs and jingles.

In her free time, Penny loves almost any outdoor activity – hiking, biking, running and gardening – and anything musical, especially her ukulele! She is married, has one old cat and lots of other family that she hangs out with, usually at the kids’ table.

kayla bones

Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Kayla Bones (she/her) has served as the Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at First Presbyterian Church since June of 2015. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a degree in religion and music in May of 2015. Most recently, in May of 2019, Kayla earned her MA in Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary.  
Kayla is interested in thinking about the future of the church and how we do ministry together. The questions she asks are: How do we live out our faith in our daily lives through our relationships with one another? How do we watch for and name God’s action in the world? How do we engage young people in the life of the church?
In her spare time, Kayla likes to binge-watch PBS Masterpiece Theater shows and reality TV, read, play board games and trivia, and travel.

sally harmon

Music Coordinator/Organist

Sally Gunkelman Harmon was born and raised in Fargo. Following 12 years of private piano lessons before college, she graduated from NDSU in 1976 with a BS in Music Education/emphasis on Piano Performance. Sally became a church musician, accompanying children’s choirs and playing for church services while a young teenager, and continued on to become Assistant Organist and then Organist and Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Fargo. She joined the staff of First Presbyterian in 2010. Sally and her husband, David, have three grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Rick Fiebiger

Facility Manager

Rick Fiebiger is the Facilities Manager at First Presbyterian Church. He has been with First Presbyterian for 19 years.
Rick works closely with the Building and Grounds Committee to ensure the church and grounds are well maintained. The historical aspects of the church are very interesting to him.
He is an avid reader and enjoys gardening on his homestead.

Drew Brovold


Drew was born in Fargo, ND, where he attended West Fargo High School and graduated in 2009.
His hobbies include going to concerts and Frisbee golfing. His favorite bands are Modest Mouse and Pink Floyd.
Drew previously worked in fast food management. He is excited to learn as much as he can about the facilities and upkeep of the church.

Casey LeMier

Communications & Administrative Assistant

Casey LeMier (they/them) was born in Fargo, North Dakota. They studied at the University of Jamestown for a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Information Technology. They enjoy playing with their cat and expressing themself through various creative outlets; drawing, painting, and cross-stitch are some of the most recent ways.
Since starting in August of 2022, they have been hard at work learning the ropes and familiarizing themself with the responsibilities of what it takes to work at a church. They are pleased with the job they have been doing and look forward to continuing their work here at First Presbyterian.