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Presbyterian Church of Washington

Church in Transition

Welcome to the Presbyterian Church of Washington! Our church was formed 173 years ago and is currently a Matthew 25 church where we believe we are called by Jesus through our mission statement. We enliven our spiritual life by experiencing God among us, grow in love for one another as children of God, invite all to share in our Fellowship and demonstrate God’s love through service to others. Presbyterian Church of Washington is currently in the process of seeking a new pastor to guide and lead our congregation and be a strong leader with our staff. In the meantime, we are enjoying some pleasing and meaningful sermons led by wonderful gifted guest Pastors.

Aaron Bounds

Director of Music Ministries

Aaron Bounds, Assistant Professor Aaron Bounds is in his sixteenth year as Director of Bands at East Central College. Aaron has also been an adjunct music instructor at St. Louis University as the director of their Concert Band for a decade. At East Central College he has taught World Music, Fundamentals of Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Low Brass private lessons, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band and Concert Band. Aaron has also developed and taught Music Appreciation: The Age of Rock & Roll as well as Jazz Appreciation. In 2006,

Aaron received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and in 2008 he received his Master’s in Music, both from Missouri State University in Springfield. Throughout his studies at Missouri State, Aaron performed with many ensembles including MSU Jazz Band under the direction of Jerry Hoover, MSU Lab Band directed by Randall Hamm, MSU Wind Ensemble under Dr. Belva Prather, and the MSU Orchestra with Dr. Robert Quebbeman. During this time, Aaron also performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for two summers (2003, 2004). In 2015, Aaron worked with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass tech as well as visual assistance.

Currently Aaron stays busy by balancing his local Jazz combo “Friends of Aaron,” his position as Director of Music Ministries for the Presbyterian Church of Washington and his beautiful family; Emily (wife) and two sons, Carl and Theodore.



Our Worship Accompanist, Mrs. Emily Bounds, leads service on the piano and organ each Sunday. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, with vocal and instrumental studies, from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

Emily is the Vocal Music Teacher at Clearview and Campbellton Elementary, serving students from Kindergarten to 6th grade, here in Washington. She volunteers to lead an after school choir at both buildings to help enrich student’s who love music and want to learn more about singing techniques. Mrs. Bounds will be taking her “Blue Notes” to sing at a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium as well as participate in the East Central 7 Region Honor Choir. She previously taught in the Rockwood School District, with ages ranging from Kindergarten to Seniors in High School. She taught and assisted in choir, orchestra, band and guitar classes.

Her husband, Aaron Bounds, leads the choir and bell choir. They were married here in 2008. Emily was hired to play bi monthly, in 2014. Emily and Aaron were hired as a music/worship team in 2018. They have two beautiful boys, Carl and Theodore.

Emily feels a calling to serve our congregation and feels blessed to be in a place where there is such a sense of community, belonging and a love of God. Her passion for music and how God speaks through her playing, is such an important part of her personal worship and growing faith. 

Ann Hart

Office Administrator/Financial Secretary

Ann Hart has been our Office Administrator/Financial Secretary since February 2024. Ann is a Michigan native who graduated from Southern College in Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She and her husband Troy have been Missouri residents for many years. They have two daughters.  Their oldest daughter is a dietician at a VA hospital in St. Louis and is married to a chemical engineer, and their youngest daughter is a college student.

Ann has held various positions as an internal auditor and an accountant, however her favorite job was homeschooling her children.

In her leisure time, Ann plays the piano, cooks, reads, and likes yard work.

Craig Matzes

Youth Director

Craig Matzes is our Childrens Ministry Coordinator and has been a member of the team since 2021. Craig previously served as the Youth, Children's, and Family Director at St. Peters UCC, and grew up in the Methodist tradition giving him a multitude of denominational experience.

Craig lives in Washington with his wife Michelle, and 2 of their 4 children Amelia age 6 and Miles age 2. Their other children Austin age 22 resides in St Louis County and Madison age 19 attends SEMO.

When not at Church Craig and his family can often be found roaming Target or spending time together. 

Andrew Brehe

Live Stream Operator

Andrew Brehe is the Live Stream Operator for our Sunday worship services. He joined our staff in 2021 and was trained by members Ed Bonney and Jolene Patterson, who developed the Live Stream operation during the pandemic so our own members and the public could worship with us online.

Andrew was homeschooled in Washington, and graduated in from East Central College in 2018 with an A.A. Degree in General Automotive Technology. Two years later at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis he received an A.A. Degree in Automotive Technology, with an emphasis on General Motors products.

Andrew is currently employed by Purcell Tire and Service Center in Washington, working primarily on commercial tires for semi-trucks, dump trucks, and other large vehicles. 



Ken is our longest tenured employee. Ken has been on staff at PCW since 1988! Ken and his wife, Anna, have two children and three grandchildren. In his spare time, Ken enjoys bowling, working in his yard and playing with his grandchildren. Ken has enjoyed developing strong relationships with many of our members over the years.


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