Staff of Saint Giles
Bridge Interim Pastor/
Head of Staff
I come from a long line of Dutch Reform missionaries who worked in India, China and Iraq building agricultural colleges and hospitals.
My father worked in the RV industry and my mother was a teacher. We moved all over the United States (Illinois, Florida, Washington D.C) until finally settling in Pendleton, Oregon – a town famous for its woolen shirts and rodeo. I was an AFS exchange student and my year in Poitiers, France changed my life.
A campus pastor at the University of Oregon mentored me. I first attended Harvard Divinity School and later received my M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
In San Francisco, I met my husband David whose family lived in South Dakota, until they moved to Jaipur, India. We were married for 30 years.
My ministry took place in the San Francisco Bay area. I was a pastor at an inner-city church in Oakland, a large suburban church and a neighborhood church in San Jose. Between these pastorates, I served as the Director of Communications for San Francisco Theological Seminary, as a staff consultant for a Human Resource firm and as the Director of the Interfaith Council on Economic Justice in Silicon Valley.
In 2011, I left California to become a pastor in the French Reformed Church. I first served in a historically Protestant region in the South, and then went to Reims where my parish included “champagne Protestants” as well as African immigrants. I then served a congregation in Elkhart, Indiana. Both France and Indiana were cross-cultural ministries.
I’ve been told that one of my gifts is being able to nimbly navigate new cultures and organizations. The other is that I’m an adventurous cook! I’ve become part of the French expat community here in the Triangle, joined several hiking groups and have decided to make North Carolina home.
I have two adult daughters. Both are redheads (a fact that gives me and my grandmother great joy). Janna is in her first year of residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Marika works for Yardi Systems in Raleigh, NC. I moved to Raleigh to be near her and my first granddaughter, Maevis. Returning to my Dutch roots, my grandmother name is Beppe. But, only Maevis is permitted to call me that!
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.
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.
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.
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.