Staff of Saint Giles
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.
Youth Program Director
James is a Miami, FL native but loves living in the Raleigh area. James is an ordained deacon and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and he has worked with youth at multiple churches while in Florida. 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. James enjoys working on cars, building and DIY, and playing sports. James is married to Emmie, our office administrator, and together they have two daughters.
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.
Pastor for Children's Ministry & Creative Transformation
Vanna joined the Saint Giles community as pastor for Children's Ministry and Creative Transformation in October 2018. Her ministry experience includes serving churches in Cary, Asheville, Candler, and Hazelwood, North Carolina, as well as Greensburg, Kentucky and Tallahasee, Florida. She served Wild Goose, Inc. as Senior VP for the past four years, and she was on the Morning Show on MIX 101.5/WRAL-FM for 17 years. Vanna brings an eclectic background of Music Education (Western Carolina University), Music Theatre (Florida State University), Nonprofit Management (Duke), and ongoing Theology training. As a "Childless Mother", Vanna's passion for children has always defined her. In her spare time she has a meditation, fasting, and silence practice that keeps her grounded and Cooper, a rescued Lhasa Apso, that rules the house.
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 Cary with her husband, James, four cats, and two young daughters.
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.