Staff of Saint Giles

Lance Perry

I come to Saint Giles after completing a bridge interim for two yoked Presbyterian churches in Lenoir, NC. Prior to that, I served five other congregations as interim pastor across North Carolina. I 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.

My 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.

I am married to Kathy Beach who is pastor of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, NC. Together we have five children, three of whom are still living at home.

The things I love to do in my spare time are play guitar, hike, read, travel and attend folk/bluegrass music festivals (Merlefest 2021!). I also love dark chocolate and almost all desserts.

Nichelle Pagan

Nichelle is our temporary Office Administrator. She has background in Business Administration and Customer Service. When it comes to taking care of The St. Giles Church Family, she is happy to help and is here to serve you! She has attended several parochial schools through out her earlier years. She enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She resides in Durham, NC with her family.

James Brown

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.

Mona Dowell

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 unique space of St. Giles.

Patricia Pace

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.

Jim Hodge

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.