Meet Our Pastors & Staff

The Rev. Albert G. Butzer, III


Al Butzer’s three greatest joys in ministry are:

1) Helping people make sense of the intersection of the ancient world of the Bible and the modern world in which we live;

2) Encouraging people to develop mature and authentic lives of faith that reach upward to God in praise, wonder and worship, and reach outward to others with grace and compassionate service;

3) Standing with people in their moments of great joy and deep sadness.

Al grew up in a Presbyterian family in Buffalo, New York, where his grandfather was a minister, his father an elder in the church, and his mother the music teacher in the church’s weekday nursery school. A graduate of Tufts University near Boston, Al holds two degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Prior to his call in 2007 to First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, he served churches in Short Hills, New Jersey, Oak Park, Illinois and Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to work in the local congregation, Al has been active in presbytery throughout his ministry and was elected the 1992 Moderator of Chicago Presbytery. He has served three times as a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church.  He is the author of a book of sermons entitled, Tears of Sadness; Tears of Gladness, and has another volume of sermons scheduled for publication in 2016.

Betsy and Al have been married since 1980. Betsy, a self-employed interior decorator, grew up in Snyder, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. They are the proud parents of two young adult daughters. The Butzers enjoy sailing their boat, Morning Star, on the beautiful waters of the Chesapeake Bay.  Additionally, Al is an avid photographer with an enthusiastic interest in seascape and landscape images.

The Rev. Emily Béghin

Associate Pastor

Emily was born in Carmel, Indiana and spent her first 12 years of childhood as a Methodist in Indianapolis. In 2002, Emily moved with her family to Scottsdale, Arizona. There, they immersed themselves in the life of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Emily graduated in 2012 from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in German. She went on to study at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas and graduated in 2015 with a Master of Divinity. Upon graduation she went on to become a Lilly Resident Minister at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor where she flourished as a young pastor amongst peers and leaders in the church.

Emily’s greatest joy in ministry is the privilege of growing in relationship with those she ministers to. Through her work in pastoral care, Emily has enjoyed getting to know the amazing children of God, their faith, stories, fears, and hopes.  

Her ministry is enhanced by her therapy dog, Bandit, who makes pastoral care visits with her. Bandit was passed to Emily in her grandfather’s will on Christmas of 2011 and has been a blessing in his ability to bring joy, calm, and love to those who need comfort.   

In addition to her dog, Bandit, Emily also has a hedgehog named Atticus. In her spare time Emily can be found hiking, painting, playing trumpet, or swing dancing.  

Emily’s hope is that the church will always seek to draw closer to God, following in the way of Jesus Christ, moving with compassion, kindness, and grace.

Jacqui Horton

Director of Christian Education

Jacqui Horton is a Virginia Beach native who graduated from First Colonial High School, attended Old Dominion University, then traveled to Greensboro, N.C. to achieve her BA in Religion from Greensboro College. For twenty five years she served as Director of Christian Education and as Youth Minister in churches located in Virginia, North Carolina, and Oregon. She has a passion for storytelling, creative writing, and Biblical teaching for all ages. She feels a strong calling to help individuals identify and grow their talents by enabling them to serve church and community in fulfilling ways. Jacqui says “A-ha!”, is her favorite word because it evokes images of wonder, discovery and joy as we seek a closer relationship with God and one another. Jacqui is proud of her young adult daughter Kelly, who resides locally. Her hobbies include cooking, needlework, reading, music, learning about and laughing with people.

The Rev. Lyndsey McCall

Director of Youth Ministries

The Rev. Lyndsey McCall received her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Applied Ministries from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 2007. In the fall of 2007 she began her studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and earned her Master of Divinity in 2011. Since graduation from seminary, Lyndsey has served as a chaplain in a retirement community, worked for three small rural churches, served as a Christian educator and an After School Director, as well as the Presbytery of the James Youth Ministry Coordinator. Before Lyndsey came to First Presbyterian Church, she was called and ordained in April 2014 as the Director of Monroe Camp & Retreat Center paired with a position as Director of Christian Education at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

Lyndsey is particularly passionate about Youth and Camp/Conference Ministry, since these ministries were formative to her faith journey. In Lyndsey’s spare time she enjoys staying busy by visiting family on Lake Gaston in VA, spending time with friends in Richmond, VA, and attending conferences for her continued education. Lyndsey loves to travel to new places and adding pins to her world map after a trip. On her bucket list, she would love to travel to all 50 states and to as many countries as possible. Lyndsey’s dream destination is Bora Bora, but feels extremely blessed to have traveled already to Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, Scotland, England, Ireland, Spain, France and Italy.

Randy DuVall

Director of Missions

Randy grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from The College of William & Mary in 1975 and the University of Richmond Law School in 1977. Randy was a trial lawyer in private practice in Tidewater from 1979 until June 2011 when he retired from active practice.

In 2006 Randy made a mission trip to Biloxi, Mississippi with a group from First Presbyterian-Virginia Beach to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007 he organized the church’s first foreign mission trip to Ocosingo, Chiapas, México where a group worked with the Tzeltal-speaking people through Hebron USA, a Christian mission organization. Thus began a life-changing reorganization. In the ensuing years, Randy has worked frequently in Chiapas, spending six to seven weeks annually every summer except one since 2009 in residence in Chiapas coordinating mission trips for Hebron USA. He currently serves as president of Hebron USA, having served on the Board of Directors since 2008.

In 2012 Randy began taking courses at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in order to become a Commissioned Ruling Elder (formerly Commissioned Lay Pastor). He completed his studies in late 2013 and was commissioned by the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia in 2014. He was selected to serve as the church’s first Director of Missions in April 2014.

David S. Kunkel

Music Director

David studied piano from age five thru high school. His piano teacher told him he would not make it as a concert pianist and that he should switch to organ since he had such long legs, arms, and fingers. Trouble was, there was no organ within reach so he stuck with piano out of necessity. After graduation David joined the Navy and his first duty station was as a piano player for thirteen months in frigid Iceland. For the rest of his twenty-two years in the service he was the Navy Chapel Organist. In 1981 David joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church in February as the organist. In 1987 he took on the additional role of Choirmaster and in 1991 became the Music Director.

Kimberly Markham Nickerson

Assistant Music Director

Belinda Valet

Director of Children's Music and Handbells

Belinda has served at several churches as an organist and choir director since 1972 and has been directing handbells since 1989. In 1996 she became Director of Handbells at First Presbyterian Church and Director of Children’s Choirs in 1999. Belinda is a member of Handbell Musicians of America and has attended numerous AGEHR conferences to master handbells. In 2004, she received a certificate of Church Music from Virginia Wesleyan College. She is married and has two wonderful children.

Antoinette Anglin


Antoinette received early musical training from her mother.  Formal lessons began at age four (piano) and eleven (organ). She has held various church positions since the age of twelve, when she became Assistant Organist at Winfield Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Antoinette holds the DMA in Organ Performance from the University of North Texas, where she was a Teaching Fellow.  Prior to moving to Virginia Beach, she was the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Kinston, North Carolina, serving the Diocese of East Carolina for a number of years on the Commission for Liturgy and Music, the Spiritual Resources Commission, and the Schola Cantorum.  From 1990-1992 she was the Dean of the East Carolina chapter of the AGO.

Ivy Robinson

Assistant Treasurer

Pat Ludwig

Administrative Assistant

Carla Stevenson

Office Assistant

Bo Ludwig

Housekeeping & Maintenance