Meet the Staff
Rev. Mark Hinchcliff was installed as pastor of our congregation in August 2014.
The Rev. Mark Hinchcliff, currently the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, Virginia, and his wife, Tracy Hinchcliff, Director of Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, came to the area in 2014. Rev. Hinchcliff attended and received degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and attended Seminary at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas receiving a Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Hinchcliff’s personal background includes, among others, 13 years as a Special Agent for the United States Treasury Department while at the same time acting as a lay Youth and Campus Ministry Coordinator for his home church in San Antonio, Texas. First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville is Rev. Hinchcliff’s fourth installed ministry that began with churches of diverse ethnic and economical standings, Hospice Chaplaincy duties, with military and law enforcement interaction. Rev. Hinchcliff believes these real life experiences have instilled a strong call to mission outreach in this area as he looks for continued community involvement.
Cynthia Dobrinski has been the Organist of First Presbyterian since 2001. She plays for Sunday worship, accompanies the Chancel Choir and soloists, and plays for other special services of the church as well as weddings and funerals. Recently, she was named Music Director and supervises all aspects of music for the church. She directs the Chancel Choir, Worship/Praise Band, and adult handbell choir, and assists volunteers in the children's music program, G.P.S.
Cynthia received her B.M. in organ performance from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, and studied organ and harpsichord in Cologne, Germany, on a Fulbright DAAD fellowship. She received her M.M. in organ performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Well-known as a composer, arranger, and hand-bell clinician, Cynthia has taught hand-bell and composing workshops in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Japan, and Singapore. Her music has been played and recorded in many parts of the world, and she is the recipient of numerous ASCAP special awards.
Deborah Burgess comes to First Presbyterian Church with a wide range of education and experience that spans from Austria to many points of the United States.
Her studies include graduate vocal and German language study from the American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria; Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary; advanced piano and vocal study at Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC; Bachelor of Music in education at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, just to name a few. She also has extensive training and education in opera and theatrical studies as well.
Her experience includes Director of the Patrick Henry Community College Chamber Music Recital Series; Music Assistant and Pastoral Internship at Mercy Crossing, Martinsville, VA; Worship Leader at New Life Community Church, Ridgeway, VA; Worship leader at Martinsville Christian Fellowship, Martinsville, VA; Pianist at Open Door Church, Suffolk, VA and Co Pastor / Worship Leader at Praise Tabernacle, Ahoskie, NC. She also has experience in teaching voice, piano, theory, organ, guitar, violin, bass, strings, clarinet, recorder, beginning brass, percussion, and other woodwinds.
Deborah was raised in Levittown, New York but has lived in the Martinsville area for over 30 years. She has mentored many young students with her love of music and ministry and it seemed her house was always full of either young people, home groups, or friends from church. She has a great faith that saw her through the loss of her husband 15 years ago and that faith shows through in her music, today. Her mother and 2 sisters reside in Florida where she likes to visit, but she loves Martinsville and she says she just can’t see herself moving away. Deborah is now learning to paint which she finds both challenging and rewarding.
If you are interested in joining the praise band for the early contemporary service, please contact Deborah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam, a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, has been volunteering in various aspects of children’s ministry since he was in middle school. In 2019, he became the Director of Youth and Family Ministries. He facilitates various ministry opportunities for children, youth, and families such as Vacation Bible School, Camp Peaks Summer Day Camp, youth Sunday School classes, youth retreats, family fellowship outings, and special seasonal events for the fall, advent, and spring seasons. He also serves as an adult advisor for the Presbytery of the Peaks Youth Council.
Sam received a B.A. in Literary Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Roanoke College. He then received an M.A. in Screenwriting and Film Studies from Hollins University. In his free time, Sam enjoys writing, watching movies, playing handbells, and freelancing as an “amateur professional” organizing consultant.