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.

James Brown
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.  

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 Cary with her husband, James, four cats, and two young daughters.  

Mona Dowell
Worship Leader
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

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.

Patty Pace
Organist/Collaborative Pianist

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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