Rev. Sam Codington, pastor:
A native of South Carolina, Sam has participated in the ministries of the church at home and abroad, in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He attended college in Columbia, South Carolina, and shortly thereafter moved to California where he attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. During seminary Sam had the pleasure of giving special focus to studying the work of theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Jürgen Moltmann.
Sam met his wife Esther in her hometown of Paso Robles, California. They lived in California for four and a half years, and upon Sam’s completion of seminary, they moved to South Carolina where Sam began a yearlong hospital chaplain residency. Concurrently, Sam served as a pastor of two Presbyterian congregations.
In the summer of 2015, West Haven called Sam to be their pastor. Sam, Esther, and their son Ezra are happy to call West Haven home.
Running, reading, and cheering on his favorite college football team are among Sam’s hobbies.
Helen Marks is married to Rick Marks, and they moved back to Rocky Mount a few years ago after his work took them to Texas and then Alabama. She is involved in the community serving as Neighborhood Association President and is on the City of Rocky Mount’s Community Code Appeals Board. Helen participates in West Haven’s Shawl Ministry and 2nd Wednesday Cafe. She also serves on the Finance Committee of the church she attends. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, sewing, and crocheting.
Director of Music Ministries
Tom Parker is a lifelong resident of Rocky Mount and a graduate of N.C Wesleyan College with a BA degree in music/organ performance. Since the 1980’s he has served many area churches as organist, accompanist, and music director. He also teaches private piano and organ lessons. On weekdays he is the parish administrator for the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rocky Mount.
Carol is married to William White. In addition to being custodian of West Haven Presbyterian, she has been employed as a custodian at Nash-Rocky Mount Schools for the past 13 years. She has also been self-employed for 9 years keeping things, Clean and White (the name of her business).
She is youth adviser leader at her church. Carol loves people, loves the work she does, and is grateful for her many blessings.