Staff of Saint Giles

Katherine Kussmaul
PASTOR/Head of Staff

Katherine joined the Saint Giles family as pastor in April 2014. Prior to this call, she served congregations in Urbana, Illinois, Cary, North Carolina and Leeds, England. Katherine is a graduate of The Aquinas Institute of Theology (Doctor of Ministry in Preaching), Duke Divinity School (Master of Divinity) and The College of Wooster (Bachelor of Music Education). She enjoys preaching, teaching, pastoral care and opportunities to nurture spiritual development through question-asking, quiet conversation and reflection. Katherine treasures time laughing with friends & family, sharing meals, walking & talking, and playing with Dibley, her fun & friendly bichon frisé.

Emmie Brown

Emmie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and its policies and procedures to her role as Office Administrator.  She has worked in many different types of offices and is excited to be back working for a church.  Emmie enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and engaging in other creative endeavors.  She lives in Apex with her three cats and two young daughters.  

Mona Dowell
Worship Leader
James Brown
Youth Program Director

James 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. He has been a member at Cary Presbyterian Church since moving to North Carolina in 2015. 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.  He loves singing and playing the guitar and bass guitar. James has been a full time stay-at -home-dad the last 3+ years with his two amazing daughters, Paisley and Isla. 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.

Eddie Adams

Native of Snow Hill, NC, and a graduate of Appalachian State University where he obtained degrees in Music Education and Music Performance.  He has recently completed a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at East Carolina University and currently serves as the director of choral activities at Millbrook High School where he conducts the school’s four choirs, prepares the vocalists for the annual spring musical, teaches AP Music Theory, and facilitates the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for music. He is a member of the Music Educators of North Carolina and the American Choral Directors Association. 

Jim Hodge
Patty Pace
Organist/Collaborative Pianist

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.

Patricia Pace joined the St. Giles congregation as Organist in January 2020, having served as organist in various congregations across the U.S. for over 40 years.
Patricia holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Baylor University and Master of Music degree from University of Kansas. In 2008, Patricia
returned to higher education to earn a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, both from Campbell University.
Patricia works full time as a mental health counselor at Patricia Pace Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist,
and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Patricia’s expertise includes recovery from trauma, complex grief, sexual assault, domestic violence, and addictions, and
pre-marital, marriage, and family counseling. Additionally, Patricia is an ordained Baptist Minister and served as Hospital Chaplain at both Wake Med Main Campus,
and UNC Rex Hospitals offering trauma recovery and grief care. Patricia enjoys spending time with her three adult children and three dogs, as well as practicing and teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

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5101 Oak Park Road,  Raleigh, NC   27612

(919) 787-4790

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