Pastor Bill Hornback

Pastor Bill Hornback has been the minister at First Presbyterian Church since 2018. Bill and his wife, Kathleen, have raised seven children and they have 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. During his 50-plus years as a pastor, Bill has served churches in three states.

“After a short retirement, I felt God led me to this wonderful congregation of people at First Presbyterian Church,” he said. “I’m grateful to serve here.”

Bill enjoys participating and directing community theatre in his free time.

Assistant Pastor Nancy Cameron

Pastor Nancy Cameron has been on staff since June of 2022. Her duties include overseeing the GriefShare ministry , the prayer ministry, and “other duties” as needed. She grew up in Ottumwa, graduated from OHS, UNI, and an MA from UNC. After attending Memphis Theological Seminary, she did 12 years of pulpit ministry in Arkansas, and has filled the pulpit in several churches here in Ottumwa.

She is a watercolor artist, musician, and loves reading, and playing with her cat, Joey.

“I love this church and it’s people and am so glad God called me to serve here.”

Lu Ann Pilcher

Lu Ann Pilcher is First Presbyterian’s faithful secretary. Lu Ann grew up in Ottumwa and knows the history of the area well. She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Lu Ann has worked as a church secretary for more than 25 years, and has served at First Presbyterian Church since 2007. She likes to do crafting projects.

SteVe Miller

Steve Miller is the church’s choir director. Steve retired from Ottumwa High School as an instrumental music instructor after 39 years in education. He continues to teach private lessons. Steve and his wife, Cheryl, have two children and four grandchildren. Steve is active in Rotary International and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys being an amateur radio operator.

Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller has been the organist at First Presbyterian Church since 2018. Cheryl has taught private piano lessons since she was in college. Cheryl and her husband, Steve, have two children and four grandchildren. Cheryl’s interests include gardening, cooking, and watching old movies.


Scott Bullock is the church custodian and handyman. He has one child and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Scott likes to work in his yard and relax.