Leadership and Staff

Staff photos courtesy Marty Hadding


Rob Looper

Senior Pastor

Born into a military family in Smyrna, Tennessee on December 18, 1963, I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of American sub-cultures. After my father retired from the Air Force in 1972, my family returned to my parents’ home of Pickens, South Carolina and the red clay hills of my heritage. There I was educated in the public school system and attended both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, graduating from the latter with a B.A. in English in 1988. Nonetheless, my blood still runneth orange! It was during my time at USC, through Reformed University Fellowship, ( that I came to know the Lord and believed God was directing me to pastoral ministry.

In 1989 I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. During that time I met my wife-to-be, Lisa, while she was pursuing a Master's of Arts in General Theological Studies. We were married in 1992. In 1993 I received my M. Div., was ordained in Missouri Presbytery and ministered at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church in suburban St. Louis until 1998, working primarily with small groups and discipleship. From 1998 until 2001 I served Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after which I received the call to McIlwain. This call had special meaning for us because Lisa was born in Pensacola and attended McIlwain as a child; it was for her a place full of many memories and where she came to know the Lord. Now the Lord is giving us, together with our family, new memories.

Lisa and I have three children, Hannah (1997), who is in college, Bennett (1999), and Laura (2002), both of whom attend a local Classical Christian school. I enjoy playing guitar, reading, playing guitar, dates with my wife, Friday-night family time, playing guitar, and I languish between seasons of College Football (Go Tigers!). Did I mention I enjoy playing guitar?

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Dennis Louis

Pastor of Discipleship

I was born in the Bahamas to a Jamaican immigrant who came to the Bahamas with nothing more than the clothes on her back, the shoes on her feet, and a small bag with a few personal effects. Though I was raised in what can only be called a melting pot of religious beliefs, I came to know the Lord about year before I went to college in 2003. It was at college that may faith strengthened and I became a student of God’s words. Before graduation, at the request of my future wife, Theresa, I began attending McIlwain Presbyterian Church, where for the first time I was introduced to the Reformed faith – and my life was never the same. It was also at McIlwain that I felt a call to gospel ministry.

By God’s providential hand, I went to Reformed Theological Seminary ( in Jackson MS where I spent the next three years preparing for ministry. It was a time of great learning and spiritual maturity. Upon graduation from RTS the Lord led us to return to McIlwain.

My wife and I have three children, Maddyson (2009), Virginia (2011), and Caden (2012). Yes, we have our hands full. Still, I find time to indulge in reading, writing, and planting gardens.

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Donny Monk

Music Ministry Coordinator

McIlwain welcomed Donny as Music Ministry Coordinator in 2015. He is originally from Leesville, Louisiana, about which he says, "That is where I was born into a great family, learned to read and write, developed life-long friendships, had some of the best teachers on the planet, came to know the Lord, learned to love and make music and so much more. It's the place I'll always call home." Over the years, he has served on staff at a number of churches, traveled the world on concert tours and recorded albums as a soloist and session vocalist. He is author of the children’s book, Three Wise Mice and co-author of Silent Night - A Mouse Tale. Several of his songs and choral arrangements have been published. Donny and his wife, Kathy have five adult children and are grandparents of seven grandchildren. Their youngest, Aimee, still lives at home along with her menagerie of critters.

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Eric Coplin

Youth Discipleship Coordinator

We are pleased to announce Eric as the newest member of the McIlwain ministry staff! God willing, Eric and his family will arrive in Pensacola in March of this year. Please check here regularly for updated information.

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Lori Fullerton

Publications Coordinator

Born in Chattanooga, TN, Lori, like her sister Sara Clark Conner, grew up in Pensacola. A third-generation McIlwainian, granddaughter and daughter of McIlwain Elders, she is now the wife of Glen, a current McIlwain Deacon. While her primary duties include the planning, development and production of all McIlwain publications, Lori’s greatest joy and privilege is assisting in the planning and leading of corporate worship as a part of the Worship Team and McIlwain’s Pianist. The mother of three young children, any spare time Lori finds would be spent doing crafts, handwork or playing the piano.

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Tiffany Rott

Church Secretary and Publicity Coordinator

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Lee Black

Facilties Maintenance Coordinator

Working as Facilities Maintenance Coordinator here at McIlwain Presbyterian Church allows Lee the up-close opportunity to appreciate its turn-of-the-last-century architecture that, in his words, is "awe inspiring." Lee was born in Pensacola and has lived in this area nearly all his life. He and his wife Debbie have two children. In Lee's spare time he has been known to make a few cast nets and throw them over fish.

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Susie Kimmel

Women's Ministries Coordinator

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Juli Poole

Nursery Coordinator

Juli Poole was born and raised in Pensacola, where she graduated from UWF with a degree in Biology in 2008. The next year she married her husband Kevin, who is a second-generation McIlwain Deacon. Kevin and Juli have two boys who keep them both busy. Juli has a heart for the “littles,” as she calls them, and enjoys teaching and loving on them. She joined the staff at McIlwain in 2014 as the Nursery Coordinator. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

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Karen Witter

Financial Secretary

Karen has served as the Financial Secretary at McIlwain since 2002.  She, her husband Frank and their family moved from northern Illinois to Pensacola in 1979.  A mother of 4 and grandmother of 11, Karen spends a great deal of her time helping care for the grandchildren that live in the home.  When she has time Karen enjoys reading, scrapbooking and doing crafts.  Karen also enjoys teaching Sunday School and working in the Awana program of a sister PCA church.

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