Minister and Staff













Pat Harden

Director of Music and Organist


As choir director at First Presbyterian Church, Pat Harden ensures that our worship makes “joyful noise unto the Lord.” From our large pipe organ or the beautiful grand piano, her music fills the sanctuary, as accompaniment to her own lovely voice, another soloist, the choir or the congregation.

Pat earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been concert pianist, music director, vocalist and teacher of art, music and the humanities. As a professor at Rockingham Community College and former director of the Rockingham County Community Chorus, she is loved by the community as well as by First Presbyterian Church.

Her wit and enthusiasm rise up from the choir loft occasionally during services, but only choir members know the full extent of her wonderful temperament. Because of Pat, the “joyful noise” during choir practice is often 50% laughter.