First Congregational Church of Naples Leadership
First Congregational Church of Naples is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team..
Rev. Les Wicker
Dr. Les Wicker is the organizing and senior pastor of the church. Rev. Wicker is a creative and energetic pastor. A visionary, Rev. Wicker responded to the call to found this new church in Naples in 2004 and has led the church from a fledging group who met in a school cafeteria to the growing, dynamic church it is today.
A graduate of the Divinity School of Duke University, Rev. Wicker also holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro focusing on marriage and the family. As such he is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist. During the course of his ministry, Pastor Wicker has received numerous awards for church growth and community outreach, among those, the “Distinguished Public Service Award,” for community service and outreach. He is the author of several books, including the best seller sourcebook for pastors, “Preparing Couples for Marriage.” Other published books include The Miracle Church, and “Kaleidoscope, Perspectives on Life, Faith, and Country.”
Fran Smith serves as our office administrator. As a graduate of the Wood Business School of Manhattan, New York, Fran brings many skills to the office. Fran serves as receptionists and oversees the general operations of the church office. She is also responsible for the kitchen and social hall, keeps the church calendar, and serves as the booking person for all events at the church.