Living to Serve Him

NATE ADAMSCo-Director of the Choir and Band

Nathaniel Adams was born in Racine, Wisconsin and moved to Palm Beach Gardens when he was nearly 13 years. He began attending The Kings Academy and, upon graduating, attended the University of Miami to study Vocal Performance. After a year at Miami, he felt led to transfer to Palm Beach Atlantic University where he continued to major in Music, and where he would soon meet his future wife, Kristin – who now serves at MPC as the Children’s Ministry Director. He currently is teaching music at an elementary school in Riviera Beach. He loves all sports, and is a Chicago Cubs fan since birth. Other interests include sports, home projects, and spending time with Kristin and their son Levi. 

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KRISTIN ADAMSDirector of Children's Ministry

Kristin was born in Rockledge, Florida and moved to West Palm Beach in 2005 to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she would major in Elementary Education with a minor in Music. She met her future husband, Nathaniel, during one of her music courses and they were married in November of 2011. Kristin and Nathaniel welcomed their son, Levi, into the world in February, 2016.  Kristin has served in children’s ministries by way of teaching Sunday school, children’s sermons, Vacation Bible Schools, etc. at various churches throughout her life and has enjoyed being an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church for the past seven years. Her passion is to excite children about the grace and love of Christ and to encourage them to seek after Him. Currently, she is a teacher at a West Palm Beach elementary school. Her interests include baking, cooking, and singing in the church choir.

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ELEONOR SHAWCo-Director of the Choir

Eleonor Shaw received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she also met her husband, Elliot. In addition to her love of music, Eleonor is passionate about missions, working with the children of MPC through music, and building relationships with people within the MPC community. One of her favorite passages from the Bible is 1 John 4: 9-12 because it depicts what true sacrificial love is, our deep need for salvation from our sin, and how that love should compel us to live. It says “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

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ZACK KRALIKYouth Director

Zachary Michael Kralik is currently the Youth Director at Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach, FL.  Zack loves working with youth! He has a deep calling to ministry and is currently completing his Master of Divinity (MDiv.) at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Zack is a native of West Palm Beach and loves being able to impact the youth in his hometown with the love of Jesus.

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ELAINE HAUGANDirector of Administration

Elaine was born in West Palm Beach, FL and is in fact a 5th generation Floridian! She attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, majoring in vocal music. She enjoys administrative work and serves in the office as the only administrative staff.  She was in Preschool Ministry for almost 30 years; serving in that ministry for many years at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, and for five years at Memorial, as well.  She has been married to Jack for over 30 years. They have three children: two daughters (living in this area) and a son who currently works for and attends PBAU, as well as a grandson. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

  In addition to church work, Elaine is passionate about music and barbershop harmony. She is a member and Associate Director of a local, award-winning Sweet Adelines International barbershop Chorus (Women of Note).  If she has any spare time after that, she also likes to crochet, read, cook and play golf with Jack.

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TALYA GOODWINAsst Director of Children's Ministry

Talya was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating with a Fashion Merchandising degree. She moved to Florida in 2003 and eventually found a home in West Palm Beach, where she married her husband Chad Goodwin in July 2009. They have two girls, Taylor Grace, 5, and Riley Faith, 19 months, who were a big part of her initial journey into Children’s Ministry. Talya started in the Nursery and eventually began teaching Sunday School. She became an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church for three years. During that time, she was also able to finish her MBA at Keller in Healthcare Administration but found a new calling along the way. Talya has been blessed with the opportunity to serve in other areas of the church such as Children’s Sermons, Vacation Bible School and Special Events. Her passion is not only teaching children about Christ but learning and growing along with them. Talya believes in the power of teaching through the word and love.

AL SMITHMaintenance and Construction

A Rhode Island native, Al says he cannot go back because Florida weather has spoiled him. A lifelong construction worker, Al is a master carpenter and an adrenaline junkie. He loves to (legally) drag race in the West Palm scene, especially against our local law enforcement’s team.