Leadership
& Staff

Our church is led by a pastoral team of four plus our music & arts minister, parish associates and administrative staff. 

Officers
& Governance

The Kirk’s Governance structure assigns governance and ministry decisions to appropriate bodies and staff.

Ministry Teams
& Committees

A Ministry Team is a group of individuals with a shared call to particular forms of service to the mission of the church.

our pastoral team

Senior Pastor

Associate Pastor for Christian Nurture & Mission

Associate Pastor for Community Life & Discipleship

Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adults

Director of Music & Arts

Organist / Accompanist

Associate Pastor for Kirk of Holly Springs

Learn About Our Pastoral Team

Jody Welker, Senior Pastor Preaching at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church Cary, NC

Jody Welker has served as Pastor and Head of Staff since July, 2004. He has served congregations in Newton, NC, Red Springs, NC, Bristol, TN, Morehead City, NC, and Auburn, AL.

Jody was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and is married to Sharon. They have two grown children, Anna and Joe. Jody’s education includes the completion of his B.S. degree in Education at Auburn University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has received additional training in administration, leadership development, spiritual growth, preaching and worship from the Alban Institute and other organizations.

At the Kirk, Jody is the lead pastor for preaching and worship. He provides leadership to the Session (governing body) as the moderator. His staff responsibilities include support for the Finance Committee as well as other ministry teams. He not only enjoys preaching, but also enjoys teaching. Beyond the Kirk, Jody is active in Presbytery and was a 2004 Commissioner to General Assembly.

He has a passion for youth and children as he has been a presenter for the LOGOS Systems Associates for several years. Missions are important to him as he has led mission trips to Zambia, Mexico, and Honduras over the years. Most recently, he has been an active participant in the Kirk’s Guatemala Mission partnership.

Jody enjoys social time with family and friends and attending sporting events. He plays golf as a “social duffer” and enjoys running for exercise. Jody and Sharon like to travel and especially enjoy time in the mountains.

Stephanie Arnold Workman - Assoicate Pastor at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, a church in Cary NC

Stephanie is Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Mission. She has been at the Kirk since 2003 and was ordained in 2005. While she moved many times in her younger years (Oxford, England, New Mexico, Illinois, Texas and Louisiana), she claims Louisiana as home.

She received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. During her time at the Kirk, Stephanie has gotten married to Jim Workman, another Presbyterian minister. Together, they have an active and adorable son, Clinton.

Melinda Merkley King, Associate Pastor at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Chruch in Cary NC

Melinda Merkley King is our Associate Pastor for Congregational Life and Discipleship.

She is originally from Delaware and still returns to the First State to visit friends and family. She is a 1991 graduate of James Madison University and a 1995 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Since her ordination, Melinda has served churches throughout central North Carolina as solo pastor, director of youth ministry, stated supply associate, and supply preacher. Melinda is married to Brian King, and they have two  sons, Oliver and Isaac. Melinda’s favorite things include good books, good food, good times with family and friends, and Jazzercise.

Her mission statement is “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

Jordan Davis, Associate Pastor at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Chruch in Cary NC

Jordan is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults. She received her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2014 and was ordained to the position of “church relations officer” at Union in 2015. Jordan is a native of the Triangle, having grown up in Raleigh, and now lives in Durham.

She received her undergraduate degree in both Music Performance and Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jordan is married to Marc, a professional guitarist, and finds great joy in cooking, being outside, and playing with their cats.

Dr. Larry Abernathy, Director of Music at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary NC

After being away from his home state over twenty-years, Dr. Larry Abernathy was called to serve as the Director of Music Ministries and Arts at the Kirk in January 2010. Prior to being called to the Kirk, he served Reid Memorial Presbyterian in Augusta, Ga. He has served congregations in Columbia, SC, and Petersburg, VA. He has one son, Lawrence.

Larry’s education includes a DMIN degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, a Master of Music degree from Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY, where he was awarded the performance award in organ performance, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wingate University. He has had post-graduate studies in Organ Performance and Choral Directing at the University of South Carolina and Peabody Conservatory.

His choirs have recorded for the Georgia Public Broadcasting Network and been invited to sing at Westabou Arts Festival and at the yearly Lessons and Carols service with the Augusta Collegium. The Kirk choir has been invited to lead in worship at Montreat Summer Worship. In addition to presenting in the public school system in SC, and serving as clinician at handbell festivals, he has served as a presenter for LOGOS Systems Associates for several years.

Jonathan Sherrod, Associate Pastor at the Kirk at Holly Springs, NC

Jonathan Sherrod is the Temporary Associate Pastor for the Kirk of Holly Springs, the Kirk’s satellite campus in southwest Wake County. From a family of Presbyterian ministers, Jonathan is originally from South Carolina, but he has called North Carolina home for a majority of his life.

He graduated from King College in Bristol, TN, (where he first met Jody who was serving 1st Pres in Bristol) in 1987. A 1992 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Jonathan has served congregations in a variety of capacities: stated supply, interim, full-time solo, and, now, Associate Pastor for a New Worshipping Community and satellite campus. He has also served the PC(USA) as a camp director for 12 years having served multi-site outdoor ministries in North and South Carolina.

Jonathan is married to Dr. Camille G. Sherrod, a veterinarian working in North Raleigh. They have a daughter,  Zane. The Sherrod’s make their home in Knightdale along with their cats and dog. Jonathan enjoys Marvel and Star Wars movies with Zane, taking walks with Camille, and cooking on the grill. While not a great golfer, he enjoys the game, especially when playing with the Presbyterian Minister’s group.

Parish Associates & Nurse

Learn About Our Parish Associates & Nurse

Rev. Willem Bodisco Massink, was born in the Netherlands and served his country as an MP in the Dutch Army. He graduated from the State College for Agriculture with a B.Sc. degree in Tropical Agriculture and received his M.Div. from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York in 1974.

Willem became pastor of the United Protestant Church of Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles, returned to the USA in 1977 and for the next 30 years served churches in up-state New York and Pennsylvania. He was honorably retired in 2007 from Susquehanna Valley Presbytery. Willem is married to Janet and they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

Alice is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and came to North Carolina with her husband John in 2012. While raising her family of four children, she attended seminary at Union (VA), Pittsburgh and San Francisco, earning MDiv and MA (Christian Education) degrees.

She has served the church in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as a pastor, church educator and presbytery staff. She has a background in theater and dance, and now she and John keep busy traveling and doting on their 11 grandchildren.

Troy is a native of Virginia and his wife Lynda is a native of West Virginia. They married in 1973 and have two children and two grandchildren. They have been visiting the Kirk three or four times a year, since their daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Neil Horman, joined the Kirk almost 2 decades ago. “We have always felt welcome here.”

Troy received a BA in Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1975 and D. Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1979. After graduation Troy was ordained and installed as the Pastor of the three small Presbyterian Churches in southeastern North Carolina; Black River Presbyterian in Ivanhoe, Caswell Presbyterian in Atkinson, and Currie Presbyterian in Currie. He served those churches until May of 1983.

He values the education he received at VCU and UTS but even more what he learned from the people of Black River, Caswell, and Currie who in accepting him as their minister gently taught him what it means to be a pastor.

Since that first pastorate he has served as the Pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Hickory, NC (1983-1989), Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church in Rutherfordton, NC (1989-1999) and St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Orange Park, FL (May 1999-October 2016).

Ron McMenamin, with his wife, JoAnn, retired to North Carolina in 2004 after serving Presbyterian churches in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri for forty years. They met at Ganado Mission, a mission compound on the Navajo Reservation in NE Arizona. JoAnn was working as a Medical Missionary and Ron a short term Christian Educator.

They have three children living in Chapel Hill, Morrisville and Groisse Isle, (Michigan) Ron is a graduate of Dubuque Theological Seminary and the D.Min program of Princeton Theological Seminary. He has additional certification in Church Business Administration.

He has served as Interim Pastor at the Outer Banks Presbyterian Church in Kill Devil Hills, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Cary, White Memorial Church in Johnson County and Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church in Durham. He has been volunteering as a Parish Associate at the Kirk since 2005.

A parish nurse is a registered nurse who works with a faith community to address holistic health (mind-body-spirit) and provides education, advocacy, resources and caregiving.

Caryn may be contacted at:
nurse@kirkofkildaire.org

Administrative Staff

Learn About Administrative Staff

Carl has been with the Kirk since 2017. Carl and his wife Lynne hail from Portsmouth, Ohio, where Carl was executive director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University for 18 years. Carl has a DMA degree from the University of Michigan and continues to perform on the horn in a variety of professional ensembles.

Lynne who is a graduate of U of M in biological sciences is currently on the teaching faculty of the Campaneria Ballet Studio in Cary. Lynne was also active at Second Presbyterian Portsmouth serving multiple terms as President of Trustees, was PW of the Year and co-director of God’s Food Pantry.

Carl and Lynne love to cook, garden, and shop and being near family in the Cary area.

Ellen is a native of North Carolina. She is a 1986 graduate of the business school at UNC-CH and has specialized in non-profit accounting. She and her husband have two mostly grown daughters. Ellen spends her free time reading, exploring local parks, and taking Spanish classes.

Cyndi is the first person you see when you walk into the church office. She joined the staff in August 2015.

Joel is our part-time office assistant. On his office days, he is the second person you see when you walk into the church office. Joel is a long-time member of the church and is also great at answering questions and providing encouragement.

Governance & Church Officers

The new Governance structure (adopted by the congregation in 2012) assigns governance and ministry decisions to appropriate bodies and staff, while seeking to be flexible in addressing the changing needs of our congregation.

Our model consists of four primary components:

  1. The Session
  2. Committees of the Session
  3. Ministry Teams (in some cases incorporating Sub-Teams)
  4. Staff

The Session is ordinarily composed of the Teaching Elders and thirteen (13) Ruling Elders, including one Youth Elder. Its focus is the larger issues of our church: discerning the mission and direction of the church, establishing goals in cooperation with the Ministry Teams, and participating in denominational issues.

The two standing Committees of the Session are the Personnel and Finance Committees. These two aspects of the church’s life are so interwoven with the policies and actions of the Session that they demand direct Session representation.

A Ministry Team is a group of individuals with a shared call to particular forms of service to the mission of the church. Ministry Teams are empowered by the Session to work independently, within policy guidelines, to achieve the goals of the church. Responsibility for the day-to-day business of the church rests with Ministry Teams.

The Staff are guided by individual job descriptions and, as a general principle, serve as mentoring, coaching resources for one or more broad areas of ministry.

The governing year runs from April to March of each year, with the installation of incoming Ruling Elders occurring in March, and their terms of service beginning in April and ending in March.

The fiscal or stewardship year runs from January to December of each year.

Hope Brown, Clerk

John Fisler

Sharron Scroggin

Don Stephenson

Leah Spendley (Youth Elder)

Kristin Anderson

Kevin Overcash

Kristen Wallace

David Wells

Mary Bethel

Barney Hale

Edla Prevette

Muriel Roberson

Frank Rogers

Kirk Session 2016
Class of 2016

Session Members
L to R:  Hope Brown, Sharron Scroggin, Mackenzie Lamb (Youth Elder 2016-17), Don Stephenson, John Fisler

Class of 2020

Session Members
L to R: Kevin Overcash, Kristen Wallace, Kristin Anderson, David Wells

Ministry Teams & Committees

General

Ministry Team Leader:  Kathy Wells

Ministry Team Members: 
Ann Branch
Carol Bennett
Marilyn Caldwell
Edie Graham
Carol Hatley
Kathy White
(Funeral Guild: Beverly Wait)

Session Liaison: Kristin Anderson

Finance Liaison: Judi Nagy

Staff Assignment: Melinda Merkley-King

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Sally Flint

Ministry Team Members: 
Lisa Clark
Rena Hatcher
Linda Menton
Marcia & Boyd Schroeder
Karen Slack
Lorie Stouthamer
Kathy White

Session Liaison: Frank Rogers

Finance Liaison: Judi Nagy

Staff Assignment: Melinda Merkley-King

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Virginia Anthony & Kristin Anderson

Ministry Team Members: 
Kristin Anderson
Hope Brown
Stephanie Bynum
Carol Christenbury
Melody Cleland
Janice Coats
Allison Connors
Lynn Heckerman
Diane Luparello
Hannah Lugiano
Betsey McFarland
Carol Parks
Debbie Railton
Kat Russell
Marylou Semones
Penny Shields
Lorie Stouthamer
Carol Wells

Session Liaison: Kristin Anderson

Finance Liaison: Judi Nagy

Staff Assignment: Melinda Merkley-King

 

Ministry Team Leader: Theresa Pinson

Ministry Team  Members: 
Rena Hatcher
Craig Nygard

Session Liaison: Barney Hale

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Rena Hatcher

Ministry Team  Members: 
Steve Pogue
Doug Schartzer

Session Liaison: Barney Hale

Finance Liaison: Judi Nagy

Staff Assignment: Melinda Merkley-King

 

Ministry Team Leader: Sharron Scroggin

Ministry Team Members: 
Dick Hart
Joel Huenemann
Joe Lugiano
Kevin Overcash
Lynnie Sullivan
Rich Woynicz



Sub-Team
: Office & Technology

Sub-Team Leader: Steve Pogue

Ministry Team or Sub-Team Members: 
Roy Dixon,
Del Richards
Doug Shartzer
Rich Woynicz



Session Liaison: 
Sharron Scroggin

Finance Liaison: John Fisler

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker & Carl Daehler

 

Ministry Team Leader:  John Fisler



Sub-Team
: Finance

Sub-Team Leader: John Fisler

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Warren Alvis
Judi Nagy
Cheryl Porter
Jeff Tucker



Sub-Team
: Stewardship

Sub-Team Leader: OPEN

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
OPEN



Sub-Team
: Endowment

Sub-Team Leader: Russ Emrath

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Belinda Briscoe
Boyd Schroeder
Oden Semones
Bill Stokes

Finance Liaison: Judi Nagy



Session Liaison: 

John Fisler & Don Stephenson

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Greg Barnes & Ruth Menechella

Ministry Team  Members: 
Dave Buning
Stephanie Bynum
Emyr Edwards
Edie Graham
Liz Railton
Mandy Ritter

Session Liaison: Kristen Wallace

Finance Liaison: Judi Nagy

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker

 

Ministry Team Leader:  n/a

Ministry Team Members: 
Alicia Coleman
Chris Daniels
Royce Espey
Mary Ellen Taylor

Session Liaison: Mary Bethel

Finance Liaison: Jeff Tucker

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker

 

Missions

Ministry Team Leader:  Jan Marallo

Ministry Team Members: 
Virginia Anthony,
Willem Bodisco Massink
Melody Cleland
Barney Hale
Linda Hale
Richard Jackson
Betsey McFarland
Tony Segreti
Wendy Segreti

Session Liaison: Kevin Overcash

Finance Liaison: Cheryl Porter

Staff Assignment: Stephanie Arnold-Workman

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Jan Marallo

Sub-Team Leader: Virginia Anthony & Hal Jordan

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Barney Hale
Carol Hamilton
Patty Snow

Session Liaison: Kevin Overcash

Finance Liaison: Cheryl Porter

Staff Assignment: Stephanie Arnold-Workman

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Jan Marallo

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Kristin Anderson
Jan Marallo
Estella Morales
Edla Prevette
Gethsemane Soto
Beverly Wait
Marietjie Wessels

Session Liaison: Kevin Overcash

Finance Liaison: Cheryl Porter

Staff Assignment: Stephanie Arnold-Workman

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Jan Marallo

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Mike Anthony
Willem Bodisco Massink
Joan Humphreys
Jan Marallo
Betsy McCorkle
Betsey McFarland
Edla Prevette
Tony Segreti
Wendy Segreti
Sharon Welker

Session Liaison: Kevin Overcash

Finance Liaison: Cheryl Porter

Staff Assignment: Stephanie Arnold-Workman

 

Worship

Ministry Team Leader: Kay Guyton

Sub-Team Leader: Warren Alvis

Ministry Team or Sub-Team Members: 
Debbie Railton
Carol Wells

Session Liaison: David Wells

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker & Larry Abernathy

Ministry Team Leader:  Kay Guyton

Sub-Team Leader: n/a

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 

Pews: Charlie Davis
Acolytes: Betsey McFarland
Ushers: Oden Semones
Flowers: Rena Hatcher
Sound System: Bob Setzer

Session Liaison: David Wells

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker & Larry Abernathy

Ministry Team Leader:  Kay Guyton

Sub-Team Leader: Don Beebe

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
(rotating)

Session Liaison: David Wells

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker & Larry Abernathy

Ministry Team Leader: Kay Guyton

Sub-Team Leader: Pattie Stephenson

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Virginia Anthony
Stephanie Bynum
Pauline Houlden
Liz Pogue
Jan Stone

Session Liaison: David Wells

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jody Welker & Larry Abernathy

Ministry Team Leader:  Kay Guyton

Sub-Team Leader: Larry Abernathy

Ministry  Sub-Team Members: 
Various choirs as detailed in the Music & Arts brochure

 

Ministry Team Leader:  Kay Guyton

Sub-Team Leader: n/a

Ministry Sub-Team Members: 
Judi Alvis
Bill Boyle

 

 

Education

Ministry Team Leader:  Betsey McFarland

Ministry Team Members: 
Jennie Pitchford
Lee Anne Ryan
Karen Stancil
Emily Stone

Session Liaison: Muriel Roberson

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Stephanie Arnold-Workman

Ministry Team Leader:  OPEN

Ministry Team Members: 
David Chrest
Rebecca DeFazio
Kate Frohman
Betsey McFarland
Sara Ridings
Leah Spendley

Session Liaison: Muriel Roberson

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Jordan Davis

Ministry Team Leader:  Bob Milks

Ministry Team Members: 
John Dreese
Patricia Dreese
Lori Houck
Joan Humphreys
Dot Rascoe

Session Liaison: Edla Prevette

Finance Liaison: n/a

Staff Assignment: Stephanie Arnold-Workman

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