Our Staff


  • Cyndi Conway

    Church Administrator    

    Cyndi has been the Church Administrator since April 2015 and has a passion for serving the congregation of RRPC!  Originally from upstate NY, Cyndi has made Harrisburg her home for the last eight years, and has lived in NY, CT and MD at various times in her life.  She has two beautiful daughters, Kimberly and Sally, and loves to entertain and feed people!  


  • Sharon Vanpelt

    Director of Christian Education  

    Sharon Vanpelt is a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She holds degrees in Christian Education from Lenoir-Rhyne College and Pfeiffer University. Before coming to Rocky River in 2016, she served churches of various size in Kannapolis, Concord, and Charlotte. She also serves the church through presbytery leadership and ministry with national Christian educators. Her favorite parts of her job are seeing the looks on children’s faces when they are having a great time at church. When she is not working, she enjoys reading and travelling, spending time with her husband and two sons.


  • JD McNutt

    Youth director    

    I received a degree (ok - 2 degrees) in engineering from Tennessee Tech University but later on felt God calling me to ministry and it has been an interesting and beautiful journey! I then became a student at Pfeiffer University and received an M.A. in Christian Education. I work full time at a residential home for children, Thompson, where I serve as the Spiritual Care and Expressive Arts Manager. I have a 15 year old son, Clai, and 2 dogs (Speckles and Lil).



  • Stephanie Campbell

    Music Director    



  • LAURA SMITH

    ACCOMPANIST

    Laura Smith is delighted to be part of the staff of Rocky River Presbyterian Church as accompanist. Laura is a native of Concord, and now lives in Kannapolis with her husband, Tommy. She started playing the piano at the age of five and first played in worship at age 14. She felt the call from God to serve Him through music, and, as an answer to that call, received a degree in Church Music from Pfeiffer College. She has been involved in music ministries as accompanist and/or music director since then. In addition to her work in music ministry, Laura also has been teaching preschool for 23 years, and is currently teaching at Kimball Memorial Lutheran Child Care in Kannapolis. Some of Laura's interests are musical theater, reading, and all things Disney!