Meet our Staff



David Klanderman


Pastor David Klanderman began his ministry at First Presbyterian Church in September of 2010.  He enjoys the many joys and challenges that come with his position and feels privileged to serve this spiritually growing church family.  Some of the things he has most enjoyed so far in his time here are the small groups of Bible Reading Times and the start-up of the FPC Food Pantry.

Pastor David was born in Baldwin, Wisconsin.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and graduated with a degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  He earned a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.  At age 37, he got “the call” and attended Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan where he earned a Masters in Divinity.  His background is diverse with work experience that has taken him from working in a radio station, life insurance, and 21 years as a nursing home administrator.   He has served 5 churches in Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona.   He enjoys all aspects of ministry: preaching, leadership, teaching, outreach, and pastoral care, just to name a few.  He volunteers as a local Hospice chaplain, as well as an on-call hospital chaplain.  David married his wife Elizabeth 11 years ago.  Together they have four children and four grandchildren, and two precious Bishons – Gabriel and Dickens.  In his spare time he helps Elizabeth with their Bed and Breakfast (Plum Panache’), and likes to work in the yard and around the house as well.  P.D as he likes to be called is also known for his awesome cheeseburger chowder soup, which he makes from scratch, and his sense of humor.


Janet Brickey

Financial Secretary


Jan’s job is to record and deposit all financial gifts to the church as well as record and deposit all other payments and transfers of money.  Jan keeps quarterly records of tax deductible pledges and gifts that can at any time be sent to those making the gifts especially at the end of the year.  Jan has served in this position for over 15 years.  All records are recorded in a computer program entitled Membership Plus.

Jan has been married to her husband Ron for 53 years.  She and Ron have a son and a daughter and 7 grandchildren.  Jan has been a member of this church all her life.  She has served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Preschool Board President, a Session member, and on search committees for both a Pastor and a Director of music.


LuAnn Pilcher


Lu Ann Pilcher grew up in Ottumwa and knows the history of the area well. She has been married to her husband for 35 years, and together they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Lu Ann has spent 15 years of her life as a church secretary, the last 5 years of service have been to First Presbyterian Church.  When asked what her favorite part of her position is she says she treasures being a part of the FPC family.  When Lu Ann is not at church keeping us all organized and operations running efficiently, she enjoys fishing, camping, and working in the garden, not to mention she is a fabulous cook!


 Michelle Dickinson


Michelle is a fifth and sixth grade band director in Oskaloosa. In 2010 she graduated from Centeral College. She has previously played organ for her home church in Greenfield IA. and also in Atlantic, IA. She is excited to share the love of Christ through her music ministry.