Ruskin Falls, Minister
After beginning as this church’s temporary, part-time minister in 2008, Ruskin was installed into what is now a full-time, permanent position in 2010. Before coming to Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church, he served two other Arkansas churches, First Presbyterian Church, Walnut Ridge, and First Presbyterian Church, Camden. Ruskin’s job is to give the church theological guidance through faithful preaching and teaching, responsible pastoral care, and reliable congregational leadership.
Ruskin’s aim as giver of pastoral care is: to attend to the moral and spiritual struggles of others as both non-condemning listener and critical advisor, confident in the power of the word of God to bring out in all of us what is best about us.
His aim as teacher is: to lead probing and responsible examinations of matters crucial to the church; to nurture a sense of theology as a joyfully serious task and critically faith-filled way of looking at things; to keep us properly skeptical of oversimplified answers to complexly difficult questions; to help us give unflinching attention to how historically conditioned Christian life and faith always are; to encourage others to think soundly and responsibly for themselves; and to learn from those he seeks to teach.
His aim as preacher is: to work with sensitivity, insight, and perseverance at learning to proclaim God’s word in human words that will invite understanding and renewal in the church; that will encourage among worshipers an honest, attentive, responsible, and forthright witness of faith and hope and love; and that will embolden worshipers to do God’s goodness justice.
Jane Anne Spikes, Secretary
Jane Anne Spikes has been a member of Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church since 1968. Jane Anne came to us in 2008. Before she became our secretary, she had been branch manager of two national paramedical companies. Jane Anne is married to Lonnie and they have one son and one granddaughter.
Elizabeth May, Music Director
Elizabeth May has been the Music Director of Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church since 2007. Elizabeth has a BSE in music education from the University of Arkansas and attended Aspen School of Music in Aspen, Colorado. She was music chairperson of Kappa, Kappa, Gamma biennial conventions from 1964-1994. Elizabeth has taught piano and voice for over 30 years, and has directed and been a member of the Happiness Singers (a volunteer choir that sings in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools) since 1971. She is a member of the Little Rock Musical Coterie, Junior Club May’s Mozart’s, MTACA, MTNA, the Aesthetic Club, and the Schola Cantorium at the University of Arkansas. Elizabeth was the 1963 winner of the International Polyphonic Competition in Arrezzo, Italy. She is married to Bill May and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Randy Gates, Treasurer
Randy Gates became a member of Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church in 1960. He graduated from Hall High School in 1967. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1971 with a B.S. in accounting. Randy married Rachel N. Gates in 1979 and has three children and three grandchildren. Randy retired from the IRS after 34 years as a Revenue Agent in 2007. He has served as Church Treasurer since 2008.
Sally Renée Todd, Pianist and Organist
Sally Renée Todd, pianist, fortepianist and harpsichordist, holds the B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with a cognate in Arts Administration. She is currently ABD in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, with a special focus in historical keyboards. She has served on the piano faculties of the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Lovett School of Atlanta, and Arkansas Tech University, and has also taught courses at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro as a graduate teaching assistant. In addition to early keyboards, she has specialized in new music, giving premieres of new works. She has performed in various early music and new music festivals around the country and has been heard in live and recorded broadcast on NPR affiliates and on the internationally broadcast Harmonia Early Music. Ms. Todd is also an active member of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America, and a former board member. In addition to her work in music, she has held positions in the sciences, including serving as Assistant Director of the Biocomplexity Institute of Indiana University. A member of MTNA, she has adjudicated for state and regional competitions of the North Carolina and Arkansas state MTNA and NFMC organizations. She currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, performing and teaching at the Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church and freelancing while completing her dissertation on an unpublished work of a major composer of the 20th century, Walter Piston.
David Harper, Sexton
David has attended Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church since being baptized by Dr. T. B. Hay in 1958. He became a member of the church in 1969. In 2013, David became the church’s sexton. He can be found most Saturday mornings using the weed eater and lawnmower. Other days you can find him with a mop in his hand; vacuum cleaner; dust rag; etc. By working for the church, this has enabled David to attend UALR and finish his Bachelor’s degree in Geology: Environmental Geology. After graduation, he plans to back-pack and spend some time on local trails and mix in some geologic mapping. David intends to resume his studies and obtain a Master’s degree in Geology.