Jeff Binder

Pastor Jeff joined First Presbyterian as our Interim Minister on July 1, 2023. Originally from Ohio, Jeff has served congregations all over the country, including in Oregon and Florida. Most recently, he has completed an interim position in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He has a degree from the College of Wooster and did his seminary training at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has completed the PCUSA interim training and also many other educational opportunities, including training at Princeton University, Iona, Scotland, in the Holy Land, and at the Taizé Monastery in France.

Rev. Binder enjoys running and hiking, and has a special interest in the intersection of spirituality, church transition, and the outdoors. He is an experienced choir singer with a bass
voice, and a fan of the Cleveland Browns and the Ohio St. Buckeyes.

Renee Huff
Choir & Artistic Director

Reneé Janette Sokol Huff is a multi-talented artist whose work spans a wide range of musical and performing arts disciplines. As a mezzo soprano with a doctorate in Vocal Performance, her voice comfortably navigates between genres, making her a versatile performer known for her sultry tones and dramatic range. Her experience in music and performing arts education is extensive, having served in various capacities at colleges in Virginia and North Carolina, where she has not only taught but also developed innovative programs.


Beyond her educational contributions, Reneé's leadership skills shine through in her roles as a Choir and Artistic Director, where she has directed plays, workshops, and festivals, and served as a judge for numerous competitions. Her commitment to community is evident in her ongoing role with the 1st Presbyterian Church of Staunton, VA, and her involvement with Gathering Grove Productions, a theatre company focused on human rights.


Reneé is also deeply engaged in creative projects, including original roles in new musical works and contributions as a singer/songwriter. Her performances in operatic roles and as a soloist in major works have been critically acclaimed, showcasing her as a dynamic and impactful figure in the arts. Alongside her husband, Anthony, she explores her faith through music, further highlighting her diverse talents and passion for connecting with audiences on various levels.

Heidi Marsh
Office Manager    |

Heidi Marsh came to First Presbyterian Church in September of 2012. She and her family moved to Staunton during the summer of 2011 from Northern Virginia, and love the area and its friendly residents. A lifelong Tar Heel, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. degree in Human Resources.

After growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina, Heidi moved to the Washington, DC area, where she met her husband Simon, a chef from Great Britain. While in Washington, she worked in publishing for the American Chemical Society for 10 years.


After having her two sons, Ben and Cameron, she decided to work from home exclusively for several years. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, taking walks, reading, and spending time with her family and their cat, Maggie.