Meet our leadership
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Lance Perry - Interim Pastor/Head of Staff
Rev. Lance Perry comes to Saint Giles after completing a bridge interim for two yoked Presbyterian churches in Lenoir, NC. Prior to that, He served five congregations as interim pastor across North Carolina. Lance was trained and began interim ministry in 2014, following 25 years as a solo pastor and head of staff in congregations in North Carolina, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Rev. Perry's personal objective as an interim is to be a helpful and supportive resource for congregations in transition. Congregations can greatly benefit from an intentional time of transition clarifying their identity, addressing unresolved issues, and developing strategies in order to prepare the way for a new pastor. Serving as pastor to the congregation and process coach for the pastor nominating committee, I love to help congregations find renewal, health, and hope for the future.
Lance is married to Kathy Beach who is pastor of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, NC. Together they have five children, three of whom are still living at home.
Lance likes to spend his spare time playing guitar, hiking, reading, traveling, and attending folk/bluegrass music festivals.
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 - Worship Leader
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.
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.