Leadership and Staff

Leadership and Staff


Priest Lake Presbyterian Church is led by a group of elected members, called elders. Each year, three new elders are chosen by congregational vote for a three-year term. The pastor of the church is a teaching elder. The elected elders are called ruling elders. All together, 10 elders meet monthly to pray and listen for God’s will. The pastor has only one vote on this leadership team, called a Session. Because we believe we are a ministry of all believers, PLPC encourages all members to prayerfully discern their gifts, talents and skills.

The church is healthier and more fully a true church when all find their place to serve Christ.


Pastor – Rev. Dr. Cindy Schwartz

Rev. Dr. Cindy Schwartz joined the PLPC family as our called pastor on July 2, 2017.

Cindy is a child of God, a wife, a mom, and a pastor. She and her husband, Jonathan, have three daughters: Myriah, Daria, and Anastasia, now young women and out of the house except Myriah, who is a special needs adult.

Cindy grew up in the Midwest, but has lived in the South for most of her adult life and calls Tennessee home. Cindy completed her divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, but she also has a diploma in Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She practiced as a psychologist for 12 years and served for 10 years as director of Living Waters House, a non-profit center serving church leaders in the Mid-South.  Prior to her installation at PLPC, Cindy served as an associate pastor at Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova, Tennessee, for eight years. Cindy and Jonathan are committed to bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world through prayer, teaching the Bible, and service to the larger community. Their family enjoys theater, walking when it is nice outside, and crafts. Cindy loves to read, meet for coffee and make jewelry.

Susan Rowell, Church Secretary

Susan Rowell was born and raised in Nashville where she lived with her parents and two older sisters. She has been secretary at PLPC since 2012 and really loves her job, especially spending time with the congregation. Susan has been married for 25 years to her husband, Henry. When Susan isn’t at the church, she enjoys spending time at home with Henry and their two dogs, as well as working outdoors and cooking.

Melissa Campbell, Music Director

Danny Dickerson, Pianist

Wayne Hill, Custodian