Ann and Frank Aichinger, Co-Pastors

Ann and Frank Aichinger



Ann and Frank are excited about joining with Central Presbyterian Church in ministry. 

Ann is a child of Central Presbyterian Church, she grew up here when her father, George Fitzgerald, was pastor.  She went to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and then to Princeton Theological Seminary.  She was an Associate Pastor in Paducah, KY and then pastor of the Rocky Creek and Jefferson Churches in South Carolina.

Frank grew up in suburban Chicago, and went to University of Virginia where he received a degree in Architecture and then to Princeton Theological Seminary.  He served churches in the mountain of North Carolina, was an Associate Pastor in Roswell, GA and then pastor in Sumter, SC.

Ann and Frank met while in the post-graduate program from Columbia Theological Seminary.  They married in October of 1993.  In 1994, they moved to Fort Myers, FL.  Frank was pastor of Grace Presbyterian  Church, while Ann was Parish Associate, as well as working as Stated Supply, Interim Presbytery Exec for Youth, Director of a Mentoring program in the schools and for five years as Campus Minister at the new Florida Gulf Coast University.

In 2003, they became Co-Pastors of Middletown Church in suburban Philadelphia.  In 2008 they felt a call to start a new church development and were hired by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina to start a Presbyterian Church in Conover, NC.  They have worked to build a multi-cultural congregation with a special outreach to the de-churched in the area.  It is time for that congregation to thrive with only one pastor. 

They have an adopted son, Chauncey, who is a entrepreneur in Fort Myers, FL.  He has twin girls, Sydney and Sophia, who are 4 years old and a son, born March 10, 2016.  Frank and Ann also have two cats, Esther and Socks. 


Patty Caldwell - Office Manager

Patty Caldwell is the senior member of the church staff, having worked at Central since 1987. She is a native Bristolian and a graduate of King College (English major). Patty has been active in the APA (Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church USA) since 1991 and has achieved her Level III Certification plus Advanced Studies as a “Fellow in Church Administration.” She competes in Senior Olympics and has won several medals at the District and State levels in running (sprints), swimming (IM, Breast, Butterfly, & Back strokes), softball, field events, and horseshoes. Patty is an avid quiltmaker and needleworker and belongs to the Bristol TN-VA Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Her other interests include anything Star Trek, reading, jigsaw puzzles, going to waterparks, and riding rollercoasters.

Patty and her husband, Tommy, have two grown daughters - Karen Coleman (married to Jake) who teaches first grade in Gallatin, TN and Susan Roosen (married to Ryan) who is now a stay-at-home mom of their grandson, Julian Thomas who was born May 8, 2015.  They also have two cats who run their home. 


Becky Widner - APPLE Academy Director 

I am originally from Utica, in upstate New Your, and moved here with my family in 1977.  I graduated from Sullivan Central High School, and married my high school sweetheart, David Widner.  We recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  We have two daughters: Elizabeth (age 28) and Emily (age 25).  I left a position as Checking Operations Coordinator at a local bank to spend more time with my girls when they were smaller.  This not only allowed me to be involved with their school activities and extracurricular activities, but also transitioned into the opportunity for me to operate a child care business from my home, whick I maintained for 18 years prior to joining APPLE Academy. 


Donna Leonard - APPLE Academy Bookkeeper

Donna Leonard has served as APPLE bookkeeper since 1999 and is a long-time Central Presbyterian Church member. She grew up in Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee and received her BA degree from King College. She enjoys flower gardening and arranging and has a growing collection of daylilies (and most of the weeds native to Southwest Virginia). Her son, Brandon, currently resides in Washington, DC. 


Robert Campbelle - Choir Director

Robert Campbelle grew up in Columbia, SC and became active in his church and in music at an early age. Following completion of his undergraduate degree in music theory at Furman University in Greenville, SC; he served 5 years in the U.S. Army, first as a performer with the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point and then as a teacher for the Advanced Band Leader courses at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA. After the Army, he received the Master of Arts degree in music theory & education from Columbia University-New York, followed by extensive doctoral study at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Robert has served as a part-time music director almost continuously since his freshmen year at Furman, serving churches in South Carolina, New York, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has sung with a number of civic and semiprofessional choral groups, including 15 years with the Cincinnati Camerata, and is active as a composer and arranger; with numerous performances by local and regional orchestras, choral groups, college choirs, and of course church choirs—including his own. Robert has recently retired from his full-time job for the past 25 years in technical writing and project management with CGI in Lebanon, VA.

Robert and wife Susan moved to Bristol in 2008 after living 18 years in Cincinnati, OH. Hobbies include cooking, reading, composing, house projects, and catering to their cats’ every whim. 


Joy Smith-Briggs - Organist


Joy Smith-Briggs joined the Central staff as organist in September, 2011. Joy started her organ career in a small Baptist church in her native Easton, PA. As a teenager, she played the piano in a tent for a Moravian congregation that was starting a new ministry in her neighborhood. She later became the organist/choir director at that church.

A graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN, she has a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish. While working for the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in Indianapolis, IN, she met her husband, Guy, a faculty member and administrator at UVA-Wise, who took her from her beloved flatlands and cornfields of IN to the mountains of SW VA where she became a 'mountain woman'. She retired as director of Family Crisis Support Services, a domestic violence and sexual assault program in Norton, VA.

Joy has served as organist in Episcopal, Lutheran, Christian Scientist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches in PA, IN, KY, VA and TN. She comes to us from Sinking Spring Presbyterian in Abingdon, VA. Joy holds a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (CAGO) certificate, which requires extensive study and playing of specific repertory, all of which is judged and graded by independent AGO adjudicators.

Her interests include her 4 children, 6 grands and 2 greats, all of whom live scattered about the country, so she spends her time gardening, searching out antiques and spending time at the best organ in Bristol, TN/VA. She considers herself greatly blessed to be a part of the CPC church family.

The household includes her husband, Guy, 4 cats and 2 dogs. 


Rob Hollo - Contemporary Worship Leader

I came to Central in March 2006 to be a substitute for a couple of months on the drums for the Praise Team. Little did I know then that I would be leading the group some years later! I'm originally from Litchfield, IL and did most of my growing up in Taylorsville, NC. I attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. Music has always been a big part of my life. I began piano when I was 6,and later learned guitar, bass, drums, organ, trumpet, trombone, french horn and a little mandolin. I played in my first praise team at the age of 14 at Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, NC and have been a part of contemporary worship ever since playing in churches throughout Taylorsville and Boone, NC, and now Bristol, VA. 

I live in Bluff City, TN with my twin daughters, Malin and Audyn, younger daughter, Olivia, and 4 dogs. I enjoy sports, music, food and friends.  


 Josie Russell - Director of Youth and Young Adults

I was born in Louisiana (GEAUX LSU Tigers), but grew up in Bristol, VA. I began attending Central Presbyterian in elementary school with my best friend, Rebekah Hay, and continued attending into my adult life. Central quickly became my home church, and I spent many years leading worship with my dad on the Praise Team and working with the youth group. I've grown up at Central, and am very excited to be back with my wonderful church family as I work with the youth and young adults!

In my free time, I enjoy singing, musical theatre, and spoiling all the kiddos in my life! I don't have any kids of my own (yet), but am "mommy" to my sweet pups Lexie and Winston. I am very close to my family and friends, so most of my time is spent hanging out with them!