Staff Directory

Christopher Edmonston - Pastor

Christopher Edmonston

Pastor

Christopher Edmonston began ministry at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in September of 2011. His primary responsibilities are preaching, teaching, pastoral care, membership development, staff development, and long term planning. Christopher has moderated Presbytery Committees, serves on the Montreat Retreat Association Board, and serves as the President of the Board of the Presbyterian Outlook. He is a contributor to the forthcoming Feasting on the Gospels and is on the national strategy team for NEXT Church, a renewal movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was recently recognized as a William Friday Fellow (2011-13). Christopher is a graduate of Davidson College, Union Presbyterian Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Columbia Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry).

He is married to Colleen Camaione-Edmonston, who is a 7th grade grammar and literature teacher at St. Timothy's School here in Raleigh. They have three children, Patrick, Gabriel, and Amelia, ranging from sixth grade to first grade, all three of whom attend St. Timothy's as well.

Read more at pastoronpoint.blogspot.com.
919-834-3425, ext. 246
Blake Daniel - Pastoral Resident for Congregational Ministry

Blake Daniel

Pastoral Resident for Congregational Ministry

Blake serves as the Pastoral Resident for Congregational Ministry. He works closely with White Memorial's Young Adults group, helping to provide education, fellowship, and service opportunities for the "20- and 30-somethings" in our midst. He is also the pastoral liaison for College Ministry, helps lead the Monday Night Men's Bible Study group, and shares in general worship and pastoral care responsibilities at WMPC. Blake loves following Jesus, listening for the Spirit, and bringing glory to God with the White Memorial family as we journey together in faith.

Blake grew up in Georgia and is a graduate of UGA and Duke Divinity School. He lives in Durham with his wife, Erin, their little boys Luke and Isaac, and their puppy Penny. Let him know if you're ever hankering for a cup of coffee or a burrito - he'd love to share one with you.
919-834-3425, ext. 251
Tracey Daniel - Associate Pastor For Christian Education

Tracey Daniel

Associate Pastor For Christian Education

Tracey joined the staff in 2005. Tracey's ministry is in the area of congregational care to families with young children and milestone ministries. Tracey enjoys teaching, offering pastoral care, planning educational and fellowship events and leading worship.

Tracey has a Masters of Theology degree from Duke Divinity School and completed her Masters of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2013. Tracey is a candidate for Teaching Elder under the care of New Hope Presbytery. Before joining the staff of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Tracey was Director of Christian Education at an area church. She began her career as a public school teacher after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tracey is married to Dan Daniel. Together they have two daughters and three sons ranging in age from 16 to 25. In her free time, Tracey enjoys running, reading and baking. A perfect vacation would include hiking in the mountains or walking on the beach.

919-834-3425, ext. 247
Gary Fulton - Associate Pastor for Administration and Outreach

Gary Fulton

Associate Pastor for Administration and Outreach

Gary has been at White Memorial since January 1, 1998. He has primary responsibility for the administrative and financial operations of the church, and provides leadership for the church in planning, organizing, and coordinating community outreach and world-wide mission efforts. He holds a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Gary is married to Jane. They have three grown children, Jeff, Laura, and Carol. Gary enjoys running and has completed several marathons and half marathons.
919-834-3425, ext. 201
Lisa Hebacker - Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care

Lisa Hebacker

Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care

Lisa has served White Memorial since November, 2005. Her primary responsibilities are in Pastoral Care and related programs. Lisa is a Princeton Seminary graduate, holding both Master of Divinity and Master of Theology Degrees. She has recently begun her Doctoral work in Pastoral Counseling.

Lisa is married to Rene; their son Benjamin is a fourth grader. Beyond ministry and family, Lisa also enjoys sewing and needlework, paper crafts, reading and travel.
919-834-3425, ext. 208
Nolan Huizenga - Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Nolan Huizenga

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

As Associate Pastor for Discipleship, Nolan nurtures churchwide fellowship, shepherds new members, and helps people find ways to deepen and live out their Christian faith in this particular church community. Nolan finds inspiration in the inherent diversity of his pastoral work: worship leading, preaching, teaching, contemplative practice, pastoral care, community building, Biblical and theological study, and figuring out how to follow Jesus creatively in the 21st century. Most importantly, Nolan invites people to tell the truth about their lives, and to experience the grace of Jesus Christ where they most need it.

Nolan has degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Drew University, and Houghton College. He loves good books, music, aviation and space exploration, photography, great conversations, and getting out to see the world.
919-834-3425, ext. 234
Gloria Johnson - Associate Pastor for Community Ministry

Gloria Johnson

Associate Pastor for Community Ministry

Gloria has been at White Memorial since September 1, 1993. Her undergraduate degree is from Meredith College in Religion/Sociology/Social Work. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree from Duke Divinity School. Gloria is married to Jerry, and they have three grown sons. She enjoys travel, and volunteer work in the community.

Gloria has the primary responsibility for Presbyterian Women, community outreach, agency grants, and congregational service projects. She also leads several Disciple classes and the Presbyterian Women's Bible Study.
919-834-3425, ext. 207
Judy Pidcock - Parish Associate for Senior Adult Ministry

Judy Pidcock

Parish Associate for Senior Adult Ministry

Judy joined the staff of White Memorial as a Parish Associate for Senior Adult Ministry in February, 2013. She was ordained in 1987 and has served congregations in Columbus, Ohio, and Rochester, New York. Her areas of ministry experience include worship and preaching, adult education, pastoral care and visitation, membership, and congregational life. Judy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Duke University and her Master of Divinity degree from Yale University.

Judy moved to the Raleigh area in 2004 with her husband, Jim Peterson, and their two sons, Graeme and Neil Peterson, who are currently in high school. She volunteers with Triangle Pastoral Counseling, Inc. and Enloe High School. Her interests include traveling, reading, and cooking.
919-834-3425, ext. 238
Chip Pope - Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families

Chip Pope

Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families

Chip began his ministry with White Memorial in April 2014. He has primary responsibility for the middle school and high school youth ministries and their families. Chip is excited about building relationships with these youth and parents, along with all members of the WMPC church family, walking alongside them in their faith journeys, and assisting them in discovering who and what God is calling them to be and do as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Chip earned an Associate Christian Educator Certificate from the PC(USA) and holds a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is married to Elissa and they have two children, Celia and Lily. Chip enjoys being outdoors, hanging out at the local coffee shop, and is a big Auburn sports fan.
919-834-3425, ext. 213
Cynthia Baggett - Director of Weekday School

Cynthia Baggett

Director of Weekday School

Cynthia joined the staff as Weekday School Director on July 1, 2014. She is a former Weekday School student, teacher, and parent and longtime church member. Cynthia looks forward to continuing to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all the children as they learn about themselves and God's love.

Cynthia has Masters of Education degrees in Literacy Studies and Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support from UNC - Chapel Hill. She has taught various ages for the last 20 years, from preschool through middle school. Before joining the staff of White Memorial, she taught special education at the Trilogy School for 12 years.

Cynthia is married to Ward Baggett and has four children - Carlee, Wyatt, Laura Lilly, and Bo. In her free time, she enjoys reading, craft projects, playing with her children, and taking care of her six chickens. Her dream day would include the beach, a book, and a forbidden Coke!


919-834-4637
Laura Boyd - Director of High School Ministry

Laura Boyd

Director of High School Ministry

Laura is the Director of High School Ministry. She is excited about bringing her many years of experience in working with adolescents and young adults in higher education and her clinical counseling practice to White Memorial. Laura holds a Master's Degree in Counselor Education, with a specialty in Student Development in Higher Education, has completed advanced course work in psychology from East Carolina University and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. Laura has worked as a Director of University Admissions, college academic advisor, college career counselor and in clinical mental health counseling.

Laura enjoys reading, running and laughing. She married to her college sweetheart and has a one daughter, Abby-Kate, who just began her Kindergarten adventure.
919-834-3425, ext. 240
Colleen Aguirre - Office Manager

Colleen Aguirre

Office Manager

Colleen handles the scheduling of church facilities, she maintains the office equipment and trains staff on its use, and she coordinates our office systems with support staff and others. She also coordinates the office volunteers, including our receptionists.
919-834-3425, ext. 202
Macy Aguirre - Assistant Director of Food Services

Macy Aguirre

Assistant Director of Food Services

Along with the Director of Food Services, Macy manages food production for most meals. She is a talented baker who plans our dessert menu, decorates cakes for special events and produces all desserts "from scratch".
919-834-3425, ext. 227
Angie Altstaetter - Administrative Assistant for Weekday School

Angie Altstaetter

Administrative Assistant for Weekday School

Angie provides administrative support for the Weekday School.
919-834-4637
Thay Aye - Custodian

Thay Aye

Custodian

Thay is responsible for a wide variety of custodial and maintenance duties.
919-834-3425, ext. 214
Elizabeth Bailey - Coordinator for Membership & Engaged Discipleship

Elizabeth Bailey

Coordinator for Membership & Engaged Discipleship

Elizabeth registers prospective members, compiles information for all new member "Beginnings" classes, maintains the church membership records, compiles information for the annual directory, prepares a monthly statistical report for the Session, and serves as a resource for linking members with ministry needs and volunteer opportunities.
919-834-3425, ext. 206
Saw Gen - Custodian

Saw Gen

Custodian

Gen is responsible for a wide variety of custodial and maintenance duties.
919-834-3425, ext. 214
Jody Grayson - Finance Manager

Jody Grayson

Finance Manager

Jody is responsible for maintaining and tracking church finances, including member donations and church expenditures.
919-834-3425, ext. 204
Terrell Grimes - Food Service Assistant

Terrell Grimes

Food Service Assistant

Terrell is an honor student in the Culinary Arts program at Wake Tech. He assists in the church kitchen on Tuesdays and Sundays.
919-834-3425, ext. 227
Alex Guevara - Facilities Maintenance Manager

Alex Guevara

Facilities Maintenance Manager

Alex is responsible for the management and maintenance of all church facilities, coordinating grounds upkeep and supervising the custodial staff.
919-834-3425, ext 230
Rick Gulley - Lead Custodian

Rick Gulley

Lead Custodian

Rick is responsible for organizing and performing a wide variety of custodial and maintenance duties.
919-834-3425, ext. 214
Karen Haneline - Webmaster

Karen Haneline

Webmaster

Karen is responsible for maintaining the website, developing web-features and helping the staff maintain their web content.
919-834-3425, ext. 219
Tonya Higgins - Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Tonya Higgins

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Tonya serves as the receptionist part of the week, maintains reservations for church events, provides administrative support for the office, Young Families, Older Adults, Keenagers and Presbyterian Women, mails grief booklets, sends out memorial confirmations, maintains the Sunday Shuttle schedule, and coordinates all van reservations.
919-834-3425, ext. 216
Lindsay Jordan - Director of Senior Adult Care

Lindsay Jordan

Director of Senior Adult Care

Lindsay has the privilege of working with the most senior of our adult congregation since 1995. Most recently her responsibilities have involved those who are not able to participate as fully as they would like. She visits members who are no longer able to come to church (our In-Crowd) and encourages others to do so: Deacons, Friendly Visitors, Circles. She helps plan the Afternoon Communion Service in October, the Old Time Hymn Sing in May, our senior travel adventures, leads the Care Givers Support Group, and arranges for our staff to have lunch with our church members in retirement communities.

She and her family joined White Memorial in 1983. Her daughter lives in Durham and her son and his family are in Raleigh. Lindsay loves the beach and everything it offers: walking, biking, kayaking, reading, and watching sunsets. She loves to cook and to eat. However, her favorite hobby has become her grandchildren. God has blessed her richly in her life and in her work. Thanks be to God!


919-834-3425, ext. 220
Daniella Kamis-Brown - Administrative Assistant for Education and Youth

Daniella Kamis-Brown

Administrative Assistant for Education and Youth

Daniella assists the Christian Education department, from age 2 through Adult, including youth. She maintains all signed Safe Sanctuary policy, youth medical and photo release forms. Any childcare or audio/visual equipment needs are scheduled through Daniella. She also manages the official White Memorial Facebook page (White Memorial Presbyterian Church Raleigh). Like us today!
919-834-3425, ext. 212
Page King - Nursery Coordinator

Page King

Nursery Coordinator

Page has been the Nursery Coordinator for the Sunday morning nursery since 2004. She has been a teacher at White Memorial's Mother's Morning Out (MMO) program for 18 years. Page has strong ties to the Presbyterian Church as her father was a Presbyterian minister for over 40 years. Page has a Bachelor Degree in Communication from Wake Forest University. She is married to Jak King and has three children, Thorne, Darden and Blair.

Contact Page with questions or concerns regarding the Sunday morning nursery at White Memorial.
Donna Lupo - Director of Food Services

Donna Lupo

Director of Food Services

Donna meets with staff and church members to plan meal events, plans menus, procures food and supplies, develops new recipes, manages kitchen finances and supervises all food production.
919-834-3425, ext. 231
Sujin Matthews - Interim Organist

Sujin Matthews

Interim Organist

Sujin has had the privilege of associating with a variety of Protestant and Catholic congregations as an organist, choir director, and administrator. With an Air Force family background (her father is a retired Presbyterian Chaplain Colonel, presently serving locally as a supply Pastor), Sujin has experienced a diversity of cultures.

To assist her parents, Sujin relocated to Cary from southern Maryland in late 2008. She was involved as a guest organist at various churches in the area while she continued with her doctoral program. Sujin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ and a second Master’s degree in Theory Pedagogy, both from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

As an avid animal lover, Sujin hopes one day to pursue veterinary work, especially in research and rescue organizations. She recently lost her beloved mini Schnauzer to cancer, but Sujin enjoys hearing stories about other family pets.
Jill McElroy - Director for Middle School Ministry

Jill McElroy

Director for Middle School Ministry

Jill is our Director of Middle School Ministry. She loves working with students, teaching them as they grow in discipleship, and integrating them into various parts of ministry. Whether it is playing a game at PYC, sharing a talk about Christ's love, or serving Raleigh and the world, Jill is planning activities as well as participating in aspects of students' lives. She loves watching students' growth in faith and in their community. Jill received her Bachelor's degree in Communications from Carson-Newman University.

She enjoys any music, exploring the outdoors and big cities, meeting new people, and time with family and friends.
919-834-3425 ext. 245
Emily Nelson - Communications Director

Emily Nelson

Communications Director

Emily joined us in January 2013 as the Communications Director. She handles all aspects of church publicity utilizing every medium possible to promote events and creatively tell our story.

Emily is a graduate of Elon University with a major in Corporate and Broadcast Communications. She has worked in the advertising and retail industry for over fourteen years. She is also a graphic designer and published fictional writer.

Emily is married to Walter Nelson and they have two young sons, Luke and Grady. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending quality time with the men in her life!
919-834-3425, ext. 236
Noe Paw - Custodian

Noe Paw

Custodian

Paw is responsible for a wide variety of custodial and maintenance duties.
919-834-3425, ext. 214
Betty Peterson - Finance Assistant

Betty Peterson

Finance Assistant

Betty works part-time in the finance office maintaining computer records for contributions and other receivables.
919-834-3425, ext. 203
Carolyn Pittman - Director of Mother's Morning Out

Carolyn Pittman

Director of Mother's Morning Out

Carolyn coordinates all activities related to our Mother's Morning Out program.
919-834-3425, ext. 233
Ruth Ann Pulley - Food Service Assistant

Ruth Ann Pulley

Food Service Assistant

Ruth is the longest-serving member of the kitchen staff. She is responsible for planning and preparing Tuesday morning breakfasts, makes the best macaroni and cheese known to mankind and bakes a few of our desserts and most of our rolls.
919-834-3425, ext. 227
Susan Roberts - Adm. Assistant - Music and Congregational Ministry

Susan Roberts

Adm. Assistant - Music and Congregational Ministry

Susan supports the Congregational Ministry and Music programs.
919-834-3425, ext. 210
Katy Schafer - Interim Confirmation Director

Katy Schafer

Interim Confirmation Director

Katy is the Interim Confirmation Director and is excited to work with the 8th graders of White Memorial. She has an undergraduate degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and an extensive youth ministry background. She is looking forward to helping kids grow in their faith and supporting them as they journey toward full membership in the church.

Katy has four children: Hunter, Hannah, Tory and Skye (two in middle school, two in elementary), and is a busy mom. She is married to Mac Schafer and is a native Floridian from Ponte Vedra Beach. Katy enjoys the sun too much and is an expert shark tooth hunter at the beach.
919-834-3425 ext. 237
Debra Seifer - Publications Coordinator

Debra Seifer

Publications Coordinator

Debra is responsible for print publications: newsletters, bulletins, bulletin inserts, newsletter features, and various other print materials. She also manages the print schedule for inserts and features to help maintain a smooth work flow for herself and Walter Wilkerson, the copier operator.
919-834-3425, ext. 217
Lynn Springfield - Director of Elementary Ministry

Lynn Springfield

Director of Elementary Ministry

Lynn was called to this part-time position in September 1995. She holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia, both in Education. She also holds certification in teaching learning disabled children and academically gifted children.

The major way that Lynn encourages the faith development of children is by planning and resourcing Church School for grades 1 - 5. Lynn’s other areas of ministry include Vacation Church School, Mid-Summer Celebrations, Communion Workshops, Worship Workshops, and the 11:00 Children in Worship program. She also coordinates children’s artwork for worship bulletins. Her favorite way of interacting with our church's children is skating with them at Jellybeans.

Lynn and Mark have three young adult children: Jonathan, Anna, and Matthew. Lynn enjoys walking with her friends and is an NPR junkie. Her favorite get-away is snow-skiing with her family.



919-834-3425, ext. 232
Rebecca Turner - Pastoral Assistant

Rebecca Turner

Pastoral Assistant

Rebecca is the pastoral assistant to Christopher Edmonston. She schedules all baptisms, weddings, and coordinates the details of Witness to the Resurrection. Additionally, she compiles information for meetings of Session, Diaconate, Officer Training and the church-wide Nominating Committee.
919-834-3425, ext. 222
Agnes Vaglio - Director of Children’s Music

Agnes Vaglio

Director of Children’s Music

Agnes joined the White Memorial staff as Director of Children's Music in September 2006. She is coordinator for the Children’s Music Ministry which includes the Cherub, Carol, and Joyful Noise Choirs. Agnes is the director of the Joyful Noise Choir and is a member of the Chancel Choir. She also serves as a Church School music leader and assists with the summer Grandparent/Grandchild Day Camp.

Agnes earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Church Music from Meredith College and a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Education from Butler University. She is a retired public school music teacher who enjoyed thirty-nine years of teaching. Twenty-nine of those years were in the Wake County Public School System.
Gwen Whiteman - Director of Young Children's Ministry

Gwen Whiteman

Director of Young Children's Ministry

Gwen began her call at White Memorial in December 1994 and would tell you the years of service have been a joy and a privilege. Gwen's focus is children ages 2 through kindergarten. During the week she can be found in W314 or the Luther building, communicating with parents, teachers, and colleagues, creating materials, designing educational space, planning workshops, children's worship experiences, and gathering resources for Church School. Sunday mornings are a highlight, when Gwen enjoys growing in faith and love with adults and children at White Memorial.

Gwen holds a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Miami University and a Master Degree in Educational Curriculum and Supervision, also from Miami University. She is married to Andy Whiteman. Her current hobbies include swimming, biking, running, and travel. Gwen and Andy have two grown children, Allison and Andrew, and a cat that has lived way longer than cats are supposed to live.



919-834-3425, ext. 221
Walter Wilkerson - Copy Equipment Operator

Walter Wilkerson

Copy Equipment Operator

Walter is responsible for producing most of the printed material for the church. He also maintains an extensive collection of audio and video copies of past services.
919-834-3425, ext. 225
Ricky Wright - Custodian

Ricky Wright

Custodian

Ricky is responsible for a wide variety of custodial and maintenance duties.
919-834-3425, ext. 214
Karl Zinsmeister - Director of Music

Karl Zinsmeister

Director of Music

Karl joined the White Memorial staff in July 2007. Previously, he held similar posts for churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenwood, Mississippi; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. He has also served as an Instructor and a Conductor of Handbell Choirs for the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey; St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. In addition to serving churches at the local level, Karl has participated in worship and theology committees at the Presbytery level and as a national board member for Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Karl loves the opportunity to combine interests in music, teaching, creative arts, nurture, and worship which results in ministry through music. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in church music from St. Olaf College and Westminster Choir College, respectively; and a D.A. in music education, choral emphasis from the University of Mississippi at Oxford.

Karl and Lora Z. live in Fairfax Hills where they enjoy gardening, cooking, and sharing southern hospitality.
919-834-3425, ext. 211