Phil Price  |  Pastor & Head of Staff

A native of Pennsylvania, Reverend Phil Price majored in History at Bloomsburg University, a state school in Pennsylvania.  After college he moved to Richmond, Virginia, to attend Union Theological Seminary and The Presbyterian School of Christian Education (PSCE). He received both his Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Christian Education.

Phil met his wife Kathy at PSCE, and they were wed halfway through his time in Richmond. They welcomed son Eric into the world in July 2002. Phil has served as a solo pastor in rural, southeast Kentucky and as an associate pastor in Evergreen, Colorado. He was called to pastor Twin Falls First Presbyterian Church in 2004.

In addition to his pastoral role at First Presbyterian Church, Phil serves as Clerk of Session for The Presbytery of Kendall for Presbyterian Churches U.S.A.,  volunteers as on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley, and is a member of the Magic Valley Inter-Religious Dialogue group. Phil enjoys reading, watching a variety of movies and TV shows, and building Lego creations and golfing with Eric.

Call Phil at the Church Office at 208-733-7023 or email him at

Barbara Mix  |  Organist & Director of Handbell Choir

Barbara has been the organist, pianist, and Hallelujah Handbell director at Twin Falls First Presbyterian Church for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education. After her husband finished Graduate School at the University of Denver, they moved to Twin Falls.


She is a Past President of the  Idaho Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Past Idaho Chair for Handbell Musicians of America (HMA). Currently, Barbara has a large piano studio  called Magic Valley Academy of Music and is a collaborator for the Music Programs in the Fine Arts Department of College of Southern Idaho (CSI), and serves as organ faculty for the CSI Summer Music Fest - a music day camp for students age 12 to 18.


Barbara’s family includes son Adam and his family (Leanndra, Brendan & Aidan) in Twin Falls, daughter Amie and her family (Tim & Bethany) in Hillsboro, Oregon, and two wonderful brothers and their families in Colorado.

Melanie Halsell |  Director of Choral Music

Melanie Halsell has been the director of FPC's Chancel Choir since around 2000. She attended Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University) in West Virginia, West Virginia University, and The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


She says, "The Chancel Choir at Twin Falls First Presbyterian Church tolerates me as their director despite all those degrees. I am blessed, because they are truly dedicated beyond all imagination."

Melanie is employed as a music teacher for grades K-8 with the Filer School District in Filer, Idaho. She is married to Dr. George Halsell, a professor of music at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls. They have two sons: Simon is a junior studying Anthropology at the University of Idaho, and Elias is a freshman at CSI.

Her extended family includes everyone at Twin Falls First Presbyterian Church, Melanie says. So come join the family!

Zlatko Pogorcic  |  Operations Superintendent

Twin Falls First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is incredibly fortunate to have Zlatko as our Operations Superintendent. Zlatko is a full-time Custodian/Grounds Maintenance Manager for the Twin Falls School District 411, and has worked early mornings helping maintain the building and grounds at FPC for more than six years.

Zlatko was born in Bosnia. He and his wife immigrated first to Germany, then to the United States, in the wake  of the Bosnian  Civil War, which lasted from 1992–1995. They settled in Twin Falls, Idaho, and our community is the better for it.