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

Interim Senior Pastor

Associate Pastor for Christian Nurture & Mission

Associate Pastor for Community Life & Discipleship

Director of Music & Arts

Associate Director of Music & Organist

Learn About Our Pastoral Team

Lynn has most recently been the Interim Pastor at Saint Andrews Presbyterian, Raleigh and previously at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian, Chapel Hill. She has served several other congregations and has been an active member of New Hope Presbytery. Lynn attended and received a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Reverend Lynn Stall’s extensive experience equips her well to lead the Kirk through the next phase of our transition to identify a permanent head of staff. We are excited and thankful to welcome Lynn to the Kirk.

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; New Jersey; and Louisiana). She claims Louisiana as home, though she has now lived in North Carolina for longer than anyone else.

She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Religion from Wake Forest University and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. During her time at the Kirk, Stephanie has gotten married to James “Jim” Machado Workman, another Presbyterian minister. Together, they have a very active and adorable son, Clinton, and a rescue dog named Sandy.

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.”

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.

Dr. Moon Choi joined the Kirk staff in 2016. A native of South Korea, he is a pianist, organist, and collaborative musician. He earned a master’s degree at New England Conservatory of Music under Professor Victor Rosenbaum. At the Conservatory, he received multiple scholarships and won the conservatory’s honors piano competition. Granted a full scholarship, he earned another master’s degree in Collaborative Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University. Since coming to the USA, he also studied Organ under Dr. Tom Handel, Dr. David Lynch, and Mr. Christopher Jacobson at Duke Chapel.

As a solo recitalist and guest artist, Dr. Choi has enjoyed an active performing career throughout the United States, South Korea, Russia, and Italy. He performed at Jordan Hall in Boston and was invited to perform in the Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City.


Dr. Choi was a pianist for the Korea National Opera and performed more than 50 concerts with their artists. He worked as staff pianist for the New England Conservatory in Boston and he was invited to be an instructor for young musicians at the Iksan Art Center in South Korea.


Previously, he served as pianist for the First Presbyterian Church in Holt, Michigan, and as Music Director and Organist for the University Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan. Now, he serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at the Kirk.

Parish Associates & Parish Nurse

Learn About Our Parish Associates & Parish 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.

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

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 joined the staff in August 2015 and is the first person you see when you walk into the church office. She lives in Apex with her High school sweetheart (Chris Wilson), 3 children (Madison, Bryce & McKenna), and 2 dogs. Cyndi loves spending time outside gardening, cooking and watching her kids play softball and baseball. 

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 Governance structure 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 five primary components:

  1. The Session
  2. Committees of the Session
  3. The Deacons
  4. Ministry Teams (in some cases incorporating Sub-Teams)
  5. 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.

In 2020 the Session approved the ordination and installation of individually commissioned Deacons at the Kirk. The Kirk Deacons provide pastoral and congregational care for an initial term of two years and may continue beyond with yearly re-commitments.

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.

John Aman
Nora O.
Tina Steed
Bob Steinfeld
Bill Stokes
Kelly Trimyer

Lynne Hicks
Lindsay Ray
Jackson Riley
Patty Snow

Susan Auman
Shirley Church
Emyr Edwards
Brent Mastalli
Anna Shartzer

Ann Branch
Carol Bennett
Barry Harmon
Barney Hale
Hannah Lugiano
Jerry Rankin
Melanie Rankin
Karen Slack
Helen Stanfield
Kathy White

Ministry Teams & Committees

Mission Ministry Team

Justice and Equality Ministry Team

Worship Ministry Teams

Education Ministry Teams

Other Ministry Teams

Committees