Staff of Saint Giles
Head of Staff
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.
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.
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.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
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 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.