Dr. Crilley has been Pastor of First Presbyterian since May 1993. Bob is a gifted preacher who has the ability to communicate with the congregation as if he were talking to each member individually. He has won several preaching awards and authored the book "Veiled Glimpses of God's Glory" (CSS Publishing). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (1984) with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. He received his theological education at Princeton (Masters) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Austin College. He previously served Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff, Maryland for five years. Bob enjoys reading, writing and playing the tuba (Lake Cities Community Band).
Son of the long-time pastor at Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit and a native of Michigan, Bob is an avid fan of Detroit sports teams and his beloved UM Wolverines. Bob is married to Judy and they have three daughters.
Rick, our Director of Music, is a Dallas native. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas, he met his future wife, Dee, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, where he had been a long-time member. He played jazz with the trio Les Amis prior to graduate studies in choral conducting at the University of Colorado at Boulder (where he eventually earned no music degree but rather a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). After retiring from a long career at Verizon, Rick has returned to school, pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree at Perkins/SMU. He has served as the Music Director at College Hills Christian Church in San Angelo and Village Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida and as the Interim Choir Director at First United Methodist Church in Hurst. Prior to his call to Music Director here at First Presbyterian, Rick was the Director of the adult handbell choir and also formed Canticum Novum, a small choral group. Many of Rick’s numerous musical compositions for choirs, organ, handbells, and other instruments have been presented in worship.
As a composer of choral music, hymn tunes, liturgical music, instrumental music, and some straight-ahead rock, Rick has his own catalog of compositions that he sells on his website at http://www.redstonehousepress.com.
Jiha Choi, a native of Korea, began her piano studies at the age of five. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was a teenager and continued piano studies. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School during her high school junior year.
After further study at the New England Conservatory, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Cameron University, where she was awarded numerous honors and scholarships including the prestigious Presser Scholar Award. For her Master’s degree, she received a Teaching Fellowship from the University of North Texas College of Music, a highly competitive award which is very rarely given to a Master’s degree student. During her Master’s, she studied organ as a secondary instrument and became an organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, TX. She is currently working on her doctorate in piano performance and held Teaching Fellowship for four years from the University of North Texas.
In addition to her performances as a soloist, Choi has extensive experience collaborating with other musicians, as well as giving instruction in keyboard skills and piano classes.