Pastor and Staff


Noé Juarez 

Pastor and Head of Staff

Pastor Noé was born in Peru. Attended the San Martin Teaching Institute and got his degree in History and Geography. In 2003 married Laurie and moved to Greensboro, NC. He got his Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary and a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke University. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, Noé served as a pastor at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. And then as an associate pastor for Mission and Family Ministries at Highland Presbyterian Church, in Lancaster PA for 7 years. In 2017, he also completed his Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary and taught Practical Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Laurie and Noé have two children: Paul Santiago (15) and Ella Gloria (13). They also have a beautiful, spoiled little dog named Gemma. In the last few months, they were Ayacucho, Peru as missionaries serving in a non-profit, implementing libraries, helping a Presbyterian church, and teaching at a local Seminary.

In his free time, Noé enjoys playing guitar, charango, and Peruvian flute. He also enjoys playing soccer, reading poetry, and traveling. Pastor Noé and his family are super excited to be called to serve at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro.

Phone: (919) 734-5392 ext. 13


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Chris Watkins

Director of Music

Chris was born in Greensboro, NC.   He attended Guilford College graduating Magna cum laude with a Master’s degree in organ performance and choral conducting.  He received a scholarship and assistantship to pursue his doctorate in organ performance and choral conducting at the University of South Carolina.  Chris has served churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.  He performed in the White House by special invitation of the President for two Christmas concerts for members of the Senate and their families.  He also performed for five Southern governors in their Executive Mansions including Governor James Martin and Governor James Hunt of North Carolina.  Chris’s hobbies include studying English history, painting, and cooking for friends.  He wants to use his talents to bring out the talents of others in order to give them back to God with a joyful heart and sound.

Phone: (919)734-5392 ext. 12


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Mary Florence Taneti

Director of Christian Education

Mary Florence Taneti, a native of South India, has completed a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA. She is a PCUSA Certified Christian Educator. She had earlier received graduate and post-graduate degrees in the field of Accountancy from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Before joining First Presbyterian Church, she has worked in the fields of microfinance, refugee resettlement, child development, and church administration. 

Mary's love for telling stories and teaching children dates back to her own childhood when she helped her schoolteacher mother. In her teaching, she uses Godly Play. Mary is grateful for the Christian nurture she received from her Sunday school teachers. She wishes to be a guide to young people, as they grow in faith. She enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening. Colt, her 4-year old Aussie-Doodle loves working at church with her. In her spare time, she watches Indian movies and tv shows on Netflix, with her husband, James, and children, Vismai and Vismitha. 

Phone: (919) 734-5392 ext. 19 


Nona Andrews

Church Administrator


Nona is a native of West Virginia. She began her nearly 35-year career with the federal government in Washington, DC. Upon relocating to North Carolina, she worked for the Department of Defense at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Her experience included administrative positions in Civilian Personnel, and the Base Chapel. Most of her experience, however, was in the Operations directorate and command, serving as Secretary to the Director of Operations and later as Resource Advisor for the Deputy Commander for Operations. She began her second career at First Presbyterian Church as Office Manager in 1996 and worked until 2001. Nona has an associate degree from Pikes Peak Community College and has studied at North Carolina Wesleyan College. She has served as Church Administrator since October 2012. Nona has a daughter, Rebecca, and two grandchildren, Patrick and Sarah.

Phone: (919) 734-5392 ext. 10


Jean Whitaker

Finance and Membership Administrator


Jean graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1988, with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She also has been a Notary Public since 1994. She has lived in Goldsboro since 1972 and she is the mother of two children, Jennifer and Joseph. She has been a Financial Administrator here at FPC since July 2002.

Phone: (919) 734-5392