History of Hunter


Who we are

Hunter Presbyterian is a small church that values listening, neighborly caring, and the warmth and sincerity of moral commitment. We strive to carry on the Reformed legacy of commitment to social justice, heartfelt and active missions, love of reading, and thoughtful conversations. Hunter Presbyterian Church is a place where young and old can come for quiet prayer and active service. We honor each person’s unique story and commit to nurture their special gifts, leadership, and spiritual calling.


A snapshot of our church’s life includes:


  • The Hunter Presbyterian Choir. We attract some of the best musicians from the University of Kentucky graduate music programs.  

  • Eco-Justice. Several years ago, Hunter youth led the congregation to become the first Earth Care certified congregation in our presbytery.  

  • Community Outreach. This summer we started a community garden that connects us in fellowship with our neighbors.

  • Inclusiveness. We seek to model Christ in welcoming everyone.

  • As a congregation, we are mindful of the Reformed Christian tradition, but, seeking God's guidance and grace, we are always reforming.

History of Hunter Presbyterian Church


Since its founding in 1931, Hunter has been a neighborhood church committed to serving the local community. Hunter actually began in 1927 as the Rosemont Sunday School. Organized by First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, and located on what was then the southern edge of the city, it offered residents of the area regular Bible study and worship opportunities. Within a few years, the Rosemont Sunday School became a new congregation, and under the leadership of Dr. H. H. Pitzer, Hunter Memorial Presbyterian Church was established on March 8, 1931, with the election of its first officers.


Over the years Hunter has maintained a reputation for thoughtful preaching, strong music and Christian education programs, and a passion for justice. Today these areas remain at the core of who we are.

What We Believe


As Presbyterians, we’re part of a broad theological tradition that traces its roots back to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century and in particular the writings of John Calvin. Presbyterians hold many beliefs in common with other Christians, but we’ve tended to emphasize certain views about who God is and what our relationship with God is about. Together these views add up to a distinctive theological outlook.  For more on the national Presbyterian Church (USA), come to the PC(USA) main website.


We are deeply committed to democratic governance. Church members elect the leaders of the church, and send representatives to the regional and national governing bodies.  Our long history of self-government arises out of our Reformed theology that highlights the liberating, guiding power of the Spirit in prayerful, loving, and egalitarian community life.



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Rev. Jason Santalucia, Pastor

Jason joined Hunter as Pastor in September 2009. Prior to moving to Lexington, he served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hudson Falls, New York, for six years. Jason holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Loyola University in Maryland, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Penn State University, and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has published poems in New Letters, Solo, and several anthologies. Jason is married to Daisy Rhau, and they have two children.


WillWhiteHeadshotWill White, Director of Music Ministry

William White moved to Lexington in June 2015 from St. Cloud, MN where he graduated magna cum laude with All-College Honors from St. John’s University with a BA in Music-Piano Performance and has recently graduated with his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. William is currently serving as the Director of Music Ministry at Hunter Presbyterian Church, Collaborative Pianist for the Lexington Singers, and Administrative Assistant for UK Choirs. Back in Minnesota, William served for nine years as the Pianist and Music Director at Living Waters Lutheran Church ELCA and two years as the Associate Artistic Director for The St. John’s Boys’ Choir. In addition to his conducting duties, William has also served as Collaborative Pianist for the Great River Chorale, the St. Cloud State University Men’s Choir, the Sartell-St. Stephen High School choirs and has accompanied numerous high school, collegiate, and community musical theatre productions. In the summer of 2013 William was awarded the Advocate for Choral Excellence award for the Central District of ACDA-MN.

Songhwa Chae_PortraitSongHwa Chae, Organ Scholar

Pianist SongHwa Chae is currently pursuing her doctorate in piano performance at University of Kentucky. Mrs. Chae is a native of Korea, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in church music with an emphasis on piano performance from Seoul Theological University, where she also worked as piano instructor for 5 years. Mrs. Chae came to America with her husband, SinHyung Seo, who is a Ph.D student in intercultural studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. They have two lovely children, HaeRin and Christopher.


Kevin EddyKevin Eddy, Property Manager

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Kevin Eddy grew up in Pikeville, Kentucky and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Kevin retired from the U.S. Military with seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and fourteen years as a sergeant with Kentucky Army National Guard Aviation, where he served as a Black Hawk Helicopter Crew Chief. Kevin also worked for twenty years as a warehouse manager for W. T. Young Storage Company but was downsized from his position in September 2009. Kevin has continued his love for sports and as an official for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the National Softball Association. He was married twenty-nine years ago in the Versailles Presbyterian Church to Debby who is an industrial nurse for the J. M. Smucker Corporation and a native of Versailles. They have been foster parents for seven years for medically-fragile children, and maintain relationships with all of the children who have been in their home. Both enjoy travel and movies, and frequently travel to Columbus, Ohio to visit their foster son, Anthony. Also, they love animals, as many strays have found their way into their home. If you see Kevin in the building, please introduce yourself and thank him for all his hard work keeping maintenance costs low, working with contractors on projects, and looking for best solutions for keeping church buildings and rentals functional and beautiful.


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Lynn Davis, Administrative Assistant

Lynn joined Hunter in September 2014 as the Administrative Assistant. She also serves as the Office Manager at her own church, Pisgah Presbyterian Church and is an Equine Insurance Agent for Markel Insurance. Prior to her church work, Lynn was the Director of Sales for the Lexington thoroughbred farm, Darby Dan. During her spare time you will find Lynn at the barn taking care of and riding her retired event horse, volunteering at local horse shows, and playing with her dog.





The Session: Ruling Elders

The body of elders elected to govern a particular congregation is called a session. They are elected by the congregation and in one sense are representatives of the other members of the congregation. On the other hand, their primary charge is to seek to discover and represent the will of Christ as they govern. 'Clerk' is the title given to the leader of the session as well as leaders of higher church governing bodies, such as the Presbytery, the Synod, and the national General Assembly.


Clerk of Session:

Ruth Beattie 


Anne Chesnut

Shelley Hufford

Suzi Kifer

Barbara Rogers

Kelly Telech

Betsy Taylor

Val Zeps



At Hunter we believe each person has gifts to contribute to the mission and ministry of the church. One way we share our gifts is by serving on committees. Committees consist of members and interested attendees who focus on furthering particular areas of the church. Below is a list of our committees with descriptions of the work they do. 

Christian Education

This committee is responsible for planning, purchasing and implementing curricula and programs for classes involving all age groups, from the nursery age to senior adult members and friends of the congregation. Chair:  Kelly Telech

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This committee seeks to communicate Hunter's activities, values, and vision within the congregation, and to the world outside.  We work to understand the needs and interests of our neighbors, and to share the work of the PC(USA) nationally and internationally. Chair:  Betsy Taylor

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Congregational Life

The mission of this committee is to engage our members and neighbors in meaningful and enjoyable events, both within our congregation and in our wider community, so that all may experience God’s love and care through Christian hospitality. This includes picnics, benefits, speakers, festivals, and more. Chair:  Ruth Beattie

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The mission of this committee is to seek out members of the congregation who are called to be leaders and officers of the church. Chair:  Harry Lockhart

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This committee seeks to discover the mission needs and opportunities within our community and to facilitate involvement of members and friends to promote God’s love through service. This committee provides support, funding and volunteer time to many worthy causes, including the Unity Garden, Evergreen Life Services, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and many others. Chair: Suzi Kifer

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Maintaining quality staff leadership requires both thoughtful and personal care. Personnel members consider salaries and wages, annual employee reviews, training/continuation of education allowances for support and program staff, and benefits concerns. Chair: Anne Chesnut

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This committee is responsible for effective management, maintenance, use and acquisition of property, facilities and equipment. Chair: Val Zeps & John Goodrich

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Spiritual Care

This committee assists the pastor(s) in spiritual care of the congregation.  It participates in congregational visitation with the pastor(s), including ministry in crisis situations, life transitions, and spiritual growth. Chair: Shelley Hufford

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This committee's main duties are conducting an annual stewardship campaign, recommending an annual operating budget to the Session (our governing body), and preparing monthly financial reports.  Chair:Harry Lockhart 

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This committee’s main duties are to creatively engage in planning worship in partnership our pastor and our Director of Music Ministry. Chair: Barbara Rogers & Cindy Isaacs

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Facility Rentals

Our church building is available for rent to outside groups for a charge. If you are interested, please call the church office at 859-277-5126.

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