Say hello to the leadership team at Saint Giles

Meet our leadership

Say hello to the leadership team at Saint Giles. Have questions or comments for someone in particular? Contact us by clicking our images.

Marilyn Hedgpeth - Bridge Interim Pastor

Marilyn Hedgpeth is a native North Carolinian (Charlotte), and a graduate of Salem College and Columbia Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Hedge, were second-career seminarians, serving churches in West Virginia and North Carolina. Before retirement in 2020, Marilyn served in several capacities at First Presbyterian Church in Durham for 17 years. They now live in Winston-Salem, which is central to their three children and grandchildren, whom they see as often as possible.

Rev. Hedgpeth became the Bridge Interim at St. Giles in June.

James Brown - Youth Program Director

James Brown joined the Saint Giles Family in the summer of 2016, a week before taking a group to Montreat. Before that, he lived with his family in Miami, FL, and was a member at Central Presbyterian Church, where he was an ordained deacon. Later, he was at Riviera Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. James has always been active in the community he lives in. He is currently a member of The Presbytery of New Hope Youth Council and serves as the music team leader since 2017. James is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.


James loves building fellowship and relationships between churches and the larger community. James is passionate about helping young people discover how faith intersects with their busy lives, and how a relationship with God impacts one person and a whole community.

James has been a full-time stay-at-home-dad for the last 5 years with his two amazing daughters. James loves singing and playing the guitar and bass guitar in his spare time. James is a go-getter and enjoys a challenge, using his creativity to solve problems and bring people together. James enjoys playing sports and being active, among other things.

Web Payne - Office Administrator

Web Payne is the newest member of the Saint Giles team. He is a Raleigh, NC native who enjoys traveling, mid-century architecture, spending time with his family, and of course technology. He nurtured his love of graphic design and multimedia creativity at the School of Comm. Arts. After college, Web moved to Portland, Oregon for a while and was able to further his creativity by helping local churches and organizations with marketing designs and branding. 

Web has been back in the triangle for the past few years where he has worked at both the local and state government levels. His previous full-time job was with a local green energy startup where he served in the role of Marketing Strategist/Designer.

Mona Dowell - Music Leader/Accompanist

Mona Dowell was born and raised in the Philippines as a missionary kid. Growing up in a multicultural and interfaith context, she learned the value of difference as strength and the Christian imperative to respect all people as sacred.

Mona draws her worship style from a wide interpretation of the word "folk". She is particularly interested in how congregations can engage and hopefully embrace different styles most especially from the diverse variety of American sacred music. This means cultivating a vision of worship that places differing musical styles in conversation and not competition. 

 She holds a Masters in Divinity from Duke Divinity School and has completed a Residency at UNC Hospitals as the Neurosciences Chaplain. Mona hopes to cultivate an inclusive and accessible style of worship that encourages congregants to get involved as they can whether through song suggestions, singing, working on instrumentation, or collaborating on the overall vision of what sacred music can be at in the unique space of Saint Giles.

Janet Cherry - Choir Director/Accompanist

Janet Cherry is a native North Carolinian from a family farm in the northeastern part of the state. She is a graduate of Meredith College with the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in organ performance. Her career focus has been in church music and education. She has taught as Adjunct Instructor of Organ at Meredith College, taught piano and organ through Meredith’s Community Music School, and maintained a private piano studio in her home in Cary.

During many years of church work, her ecumenical approach to church music has led her to serve churches of several different denominations. Her roles have encompassed organist, choir director and handbell director positions. She encourages all church members to find their musical “voice” – as singer, instrumentalist, handbell ringer, congregational member in the pews – and joyfully proclaim their faith.

In her spare time, Janet likes to travel, read, garden, hike and kayak.

Jim Hodge - Pastor Emeritus

Jim Hodge served Saint Giles from August 1998, until his retirement at the end of April 2012. He graduated from The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was ordained in June 1972. He and his wife, Carol, served churches in Winter Haven, Florida, Elba, New York, and Bel Air, Maryland prior to coming to Raleigh. Carol and Jim have three grown sons, Greg, Phill, and Andy, and two grandchildren, Max and Violet. Upon his retirement, the congregation conferred the status of Pastor Emeritus on Jim. He continues to do a little preaching in retirement and can be seen, from time to time, enjoying his motorcycle or heading off in his camper.