Our Resident Ministers
First Pres welcomed our tenth cohort of Resident Ministers in August of 2019. Rev. Amy Ruhf, Andrew Frazier, and Rev. Khayla Johnson arrived full of energy, vision and passion for ministry and leadership here in Ann Arbor and immediately began an intentional process of on-boarding here into the life of First Pres.
Andrew Frazier arrives in Michigan from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He grew up Presbyterian in Carrollton, Georgia, and as the son of two singers, Andrew’s childhood was filled with music. It’s not surprising that he graduated from University of Georgia with a degree in voice performance. He spent the years between college and seminary waiting tables, and he says of that time: “I learned about myself in ways I would not change and it was through those sometimes painful experiences that I was called back to the church and to seminary.” A member of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, Andrew feels particularly called to pastoral care, worship and congregational life. He says: “I believe we grow the most during transitions – times when we’re invited to draw nearer to God and to one another – and I’m excited to grow in faith and love with the First Pres community.”
Rev. Khayla Johnson
Rev. Khayla Johnson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, surrounded by a large family – her great grandmother had fourteen children – and raised in the Presbyterian tradition. Khayla writes that “on any given Sunday you can see four generations of my relatives worshipping together at St. James Presbyterian Church. My unique Christian family understands the values of our faith tradition and teaches that tradition to their children and grandchildren.” After her undergraduate years, Khayla worked in youth and young adult ministry. Having graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in May, she is now poised for the next phase of her growth as a leader. She observes, “I am passionate about the work of social justice and advocating for those around me. I am passionate about the importance of teaching in the church and helping individuals deepen their relationships with God. God has called me to lead; God has called me to preach, teach, and build up communities in a variety of places.” Her interests include photography, drawing, and sports. “Photography gives me a chance to capture authentic moments of people-seeing people in ways they don’t see themselves and giving people memories. I enjoy spending time behind a camera, rather than being in front of one. While in seminary in Atlanta, I used photography to create the “We Are Columbia photo exhibit,” a visual story about the people, history and future promise of seminary students and leaders, past and present.
Rev. Amy Ruhf
Rev. Amy Ruhf comes to us by way of Messiah College, California University of Pennsylvania and Princeton Theological Seminary. After completing an undergraduate degree in sports medicine, Amy served as the athletic trainer for Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, school district from 2008 to 2016. She received a commission in the US Navy Chaplain Candidate Program at the rank of Ensign in 2016 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade on April 20, 2018. Amy completed her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2019 and was ordained in her home church in Ambler, Pennsylvania on June 30. Upon leaving Ann Arbor in 2021, Amy will serve as a Navy Chaplain, wherever that might be.
Prior to attending seminary, Amy served as a deacon, a small group leader, a teacher and has been active in the music ministry of the church. She’s organized successful fundraising events to benefit children with severe disabilities. While at Princeton, she completed a meaningful program in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital that prepared her well for the challenges of pastoral ministry. Amy enjoys anything that gets her outside – backpacking and hiking, running, playing softball and fly fishing. She’s a reader, a singer and a handbell player. Amy says “my greatest interest in ministry is relational living. I seek to live in healthy relationships with God, with other people, and with nature and seeks to help others do the same.”