We have a wonderful, dedicated staff at Second Presbyterian Church ready to meet your spiritual needs. Please feel free to contact any of our staff by calling (989) 792-1023 or emailing at the addresses below.
Rev. Philomena Ofori-Nipaah
Pastor Philomena has been the Interim Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church since June 2020. She had previously served various churches in ----------- and Michigan. She received her BS degree in Botany at the University of Florida and his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Michael was born and raised in Saginaw, just down the road from the church. He has played music all his life, starting from playing with older siblings, learning by ear, then taking formal piano lessons. Michael has been employed as a musician in various churches since he was 13, and has always enjoyed the experience! When he left home, he traveled to Arizona to study piano with Brazilian pianist Dr. Caio Pagano at ASU. Afterward, he lived in rural Bolivia for 1 year teaching music at NPH orphanage. Upon returning to the states, Michael earned a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy under the guidance of legendary teacher Gary Amano of Utah State. Along the way, he studied composition, voice, conducting, guitar, percussion, and more! He has performed a blend of original and cover music in concert halls, churches, restaurants/bars, farmer's markets, people's homes, outdoor festivals, and at the heart of many downtown streets throughout the country! Michael is blessed to walk this adventurous journey with his beautiful wife Emi, and little son John. They are so happy to be a part of this church family!
Ms. Knutson joined the staff at Second Presbyterian Church in 2010. She is a graduate of St. Catherine's University in Minneapolis, MN. As the Christian Education Director, Peggy oversees all the educational opportunities and activities from birth to adults. She directs Vacation Bible School and occasional Taize services throughout the year. Peggy has three grown sons and one grandson. She loves to sing, play guitar, and do home improvements during her off time.
DJ and Tammi Sova
DJ and Tammi have been working with the Youth at Second Presbyterian Church for many years. Tammi is a life long member and DJ has been a member since high school. They have three children; Isaiah, Gannon, and Piper. The Sovas are responsible for co-leading the Youth Group with Samantha Engel. They plan and facilitate your events and fundraisers. In his spare time, DJ enjoys coaching his kids in whichever sport they are playing. The both enjoy camping and the outdoors.
Samantha coordinates our Youth Group with DJ and Tammi Sova. Samantha has worked with the Youth since 2018. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and fur children.