Our Staff & Leaders

Rev. Bryan Crotts, Pastor | Email

IMG_2308   36d3fc1   MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR Dear Friend, We are so glad that you have found our church! For God’s glory, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is group of believers united in Christ endeavoring to make disciples and proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in the Burlington area and throughout the world. To assist us in that goal we center our lives around five main areas of ministry: worship, discipleship, fellowship, mercy and stewardship. I would love to speak with you about how the church can help you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ! Please feel free to contact me by calling (336) 944-2892, or join us for worship on the Lord's Day.


Rev. Bryan P. Crotts became Pastor of the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Bryan is a native of Burlington, North Carolina. He attended Ms. Bolden's Playschool, Burlington Christian Academy, Turrentine Middle School and is a 1995 graduate of Walter Williams High School. He grew up in a Christian home, was baptized into the covenant community as an infant and was always under the influence of God's Word through the ministry of his parents, Christian school and church.  Though he professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in his younger days, a most influential moment in his walk with Christ came during college when he understood his unworthiness before a holy God due to sin.  It was then that a serious faith in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ became a strong reality in his life. After spending a number of years working in a family-owned furniture business, Bryan began to sense a call to pastoral ministry. He received his bachelor’s degree in Bible and Religion in 1999 from King College in Bristol, Tennessee. In 2003, he completed work for his Masters of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, as well as was licensed to preach the Gospel by First Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP). After his ordination in 2003, he served as Associate Pastor at Huntersville Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church in Huntersville, NC and in the same position at Christ Community Church (ARP) in Greensboro, NC. Pastor Crotts has also served as Teacher at Providence Presbyterian Church (OPC), Greensboro, NC and as interim pastor at Princeton Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Johnson City, TN. Pastor Crotts has been married over 18 years, has three children and devotes much of his time to family and church. When he has free time, he enjoys being outdoors and working on his older home.

Ed Limon, Music Director & Organist | Email

limonEd serves the church as both a talented organist and director of the church's adult choir, handbell choir, and children's choir. His favorite Bible verse is Phillippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and his favorite hymn is "And Can it Be."

 Julie Snow, Pianist | Email

snowJulie grew up here at First, and became the pianist in 1988. In addition to playing for services and working with the choir and other groups during rehearsals, she also serves as a Sunday School teacher. She is married to Jay Snow, and they have two sons. During the week, Julie works as an elementary school librarian.

Mandy Crotts, Interim Volunteer Ministry Coordinator | Email

Mandy manages the weekly publication needs of the congregation.

Laurene Howington, Financial Secretary | Email

Laurene manages all financial and business matters of the church.

The Session of Ruling and Teaching Elders

Moderator: Rev. Bryan Crotts Vice Moderator: Jay Snow (2018) Clerk: John Robinson (2018) Bill Haynes (2017) Ferald Mann (2019) Ruling Elders Emeritus Jim Knox & Gene Parks The Diaconate Chairman: Glenn Owens, 2018 Vice Chairman: Larry Isley, 2019 Secretary: Stephen Robinson, 2017 Congregational Officers Trustees: Jim Knox, Steve Kyaw, Gene Parks, Ferald Mann Congregational Treasurer: Laurene Howington Congregational Secretary: John Robinson Congregational Chairman: James Constable