Meet Our Staff

Matt McNelly


Matt McNellyMatt is the pastor of PPC, serving our congregation since 2006. After graduating from Whitworth University in Spokane (where he met and married his wife Amy), he served as Director of Jr. High Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. God’s call on Matt’s heart to full-time ministry took him to Princeton Theological Seminary to complete a Master’s in Divinity degree and an MA in Youth Ministry. Matt is currently working on his doctorate in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

After graduation, he served as associate pastor of youth ministry at a congregation in southern California, where he also quenched his thirst for surfing! Today Matt serves and shares his musical talent by leading contemporary music. He has a heart ready to share the gospel and is passionate about caring for all ages in the church, and particularly about helping our youth find a firm foundation in Christ. Matt also serves as the Volunteer Chaplain for the Pullman Police Department.

Interests: playing his guitar, surfing (the amber waves of grain will have to do for now), attending Cougar sporting events, and grilling meat. Matt and Amy are parents to 3 lovely young ladies—Lydia, Eliza, and Naomi—and precious boy Jonah!


Church Officers

We are so grateful for our staff, and we also believe that each member of our church is a minister and contributes to the life, ministry, and direction of PPC. As a church of the PC(USA), members of our church serve as Elders and Deacons within our congregation, coming together to discern and direct the activities of our church.  Listed below are our current Elders and Deacons:


Elders are the spiritual leaders of our church and together with the pastors, govern the life of the church.

Class of 2020

Marie Mayes             Finance &

Valerie Hudson            Fellowship

Donna Scott

Class of 2019

Jason Sampson              Clerk of                                            Session
Christian Education

Travis Cocking            Nominating

Phil Watson                     Mission

Deacons provide special care for those in our church and community, especially those who are ill, injured, struggling, or lonely. Moderator: Linnea Rash

Treasurer: Shelley Nice
Custodian: Yi-Jiang “E.J.” Guo