Clerk of Session
Rhonda has served in many capacities since joining CPC in 1999. This includes one term as a deacon and she is in her third term as an elder. This is her second term as Clerk of Session. She also chaired the Budget and Finance Team and led the last Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. The Carliles have two married daughters and two granddaughters. Weekdays she works at the Durham Bulls.
Jeff joined CPC in 1994. Jeff and his wife, Carolyn, have two grown children, Megan and Matthew. He is currently serving his third term as an Elder, and has previously chaired and co-chaired the Fabric of Faith Capital Campaign and Budget & Finance Team. Currently, he is a member of Budget & Finance and Visioning teams. Jeff is a supporter of and volunteer for the Wheels 4 Hope organization.
Wendy joined CPC in 2003. She and her husband Greg have been married for 16 years and have a son and a daughter. Wendy has been a CPC nursery volunteer and coordinator, a Sunday School shepherd, and has participated in Disciple Bible Study, a covenant group, and the CPC family retreats. She is currently the Session liaison for the Missions ministry team. Wendy works at SAS where she is an R&D manager in Advanced Analytics.
A member of CPC since 1999, Matt married Dar here, and their 15-year-old son, Campbell Luke, was baptized and confirmed here.
He was raised Presbyterian and followed in those well-worn footsteps into college. He had his "time away from church," as a grandparent might say... but returned when he and Dar met. Matt then fully "immersed" himself in church life after their marriage. They were welcomed by so many - the Hargraves, the Orts, the Suitts, and many more. It is that "Welcoming Tradition" that continues to inspire and draw him in.
When they had family losses this "church family" rallied around them as if God's own hands were holding them close. In many ways it was exactly that... God's own hands. They had the support and love needed to endure whatever was in store for them. That is what drew them in further - the love, the support, the grace, the sweet gentle voice saying "I am here to meet your needs in this place, with these, my people. Come and let them love you and know it is My will for you here and to be safe."
Matt has enjoyed being a Shepherd with the very young ones. He has been energized by the youth as an advisor to the Senior Highs and as mentor and Team Lead on ASP. His fellow Christ, Coffee and Conversation friends have allowed him to teach Sunday School on occasion. He served as a Deacon for one year as the new Diaconate was started a few short years ago. He has recently started serving on the Personnel and Administration Team. Each of these opportunities has opened his eyes and heart to what God wants for all of us... to be in closer relationship with Him. CPC gives us that space and place to "plug in" and connect. As broken as he is... God still finds ways to use him here at CPC. If He and you all will have him, he would be honored to serve as an Elder of Cary Presbyterian Church.
Henry Gibbs is originally from Deep Creek, VA. He has lived in this area since 1972, when he came to Raleigh to attend NCSU. He met Onita, the joy and love of his life, on campus. They have three adult sons and two grandchildren. In 1979 he and Onita moved to Cary and shortly thereafter joined Cary Presbyterian, where they were members until 1992. During this first time at CPC he was involved with several church committees and served as a Deacon and Elder. They worked and watched as the sanctuary we now worship in was being built.
Henry went on his first ASP summer mission trip in 1999 while at another church and has been fortunate to miss only one year since then. It was a great joy to Henry that Cary Presbyterian was involved with ASP and has had such a strong tradition of involvement.
Henry retired in 2013 after 34 years of working in what he knew as the Equipment and Inventory Control Unit of the NCDOT Division of Highways.
Building and Grounds
Al grew up in Montreat, NC at the time it was headquarters of the Presbyterian Church and when he and his wife bought several Jersey Mike Sub Shops in Cary 11 years ago, they found a new church home at CPC. Their two children were babies then and have benefitted from many activities at the church. They have made many friends here and he hopes to help any way he can to give back to the church that has given them so much.
Julie Henry and her husband Free joined Cary Presbyterian in 1989 and have raised their three sons in the church. Julie has served as a Deacon and has been involved in the music ministry at CPC for many years, singing in the chancel choir and ensembles, directing the Rainbow and Youth Choirs, and leading numerous musical productions. Julie has been active in Presbyterian Women, served on the 50th and 60th anniversary planning committees, participated in ASP and is currently part of the Visioning and Communications Teams. A lifelong Presbyterian, one of her most formative experiences was participating in Disciple Bible Study at CPC, where she deepened her understanding of the Bible and made wonderful friends. When she isn't volunteering, Julie works as vice president of Communications for the North Carolina Hospital Association.
Su is thankful to God every day and participates behind the scenes working with the "ever faithful food warriors", pulling together food and fellowship at funeral and other receptions. She is part of the card ministry. She and her three children often join her Mom and Dad at church on Sundays. She views serving on Session as an opportunity to learn more about CPC and the CPC family.
Brandon is a life-long Presbyterian and native North Carolinian from the Sandhills. His home church was Eureka Presbyterian Church, in Whispering Pines, NC. When he went off to college at Appalachian State University, it was natural for him to join the Westminster Fellowship campus ministry. Not only did he graduate with a degree in Computer Information Systems, but he met his future wife, Angie, there in the campus ministry. Today, she is our Preschool Director. They have three sons, Riley, Avery, and Bennett. Brandon has served CPC as a Senior High youth advisor, a SundaySchool Shepherd, plays for the CPC "White Lightning" softball team, and serves on the Ushering Team.
Budget & Finance, Stewardship (team lead)
Boyce grew up Presbyterian and since 1995 he and his wife, Linda, have been part of CPC. Their two sons grew up in CPC. He is the church board representative for Presbyterian Campus Ministries – Raleigh, and a support partner for The Carying Place. He has served on several church support teams, was on the audit team for church finances and one of many who worked on the mortgage elimination campaign. His favorite pastime – playing on the CPC softball team.
Music and Worship, Health Ministry, and Communications
Conniesue and husband, Walt, joined CPC in 1979 and have seen many changes. Her service is wide-ranging from Sunday School Teacher and superintendent, to Christian Education Committee chair, Youth Group Advisor, Chancel Choir, and a 30+ year Covenant Group member. Professionally she was on the NCSU faculty, Meredith College Graduate School Dean, the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the EPA. Their son, his wife and granddaughter live in Cary.
Personnel Ministry, Missions Ministry
Scott grew up in Ridgewood, NJ and attended church at West Side Presbyterian. After four years in the Military, he relocated to the Triangle Area where some of his family had moved. Here he met his wife, LeNelle (from Raleigh). They've been married 15 years, live in Apex and have three sons. They joined CPC in 2003. He has volunteered for all of our youth groups, went on a special mission trip to Guatemala and enjoys playing on our CPC softball teams. He is a Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Red Hat.
Scott Peoples has been a lifelong Presbyterian and was raised just outside Philadelphia. Scott and his wife Denise joined CPC in 1991 and, due to job moves, were absent for four years, returning in 1999. In their short absence the church had doubled in size! Their children, Abby and Ellie, are both CPC confirmands, and Abby was baptized at CPC.
Scott (with Denise) has served as a middle school youth advisor (including for one of our current Deacons!), Deacon on the Buildings and Grounds Team and Deacon chair. He also has served as an adult Sunday School teacher, ushering team member, and as a member of the interim pastor selection committee. Currently he is employed with Bayer CropScience as a business manager for soybean traits. He looks forward to serving CPC with compassion.
Kecia and her husband Matthew joined CPC in 2010. She is a graduate of Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland. She first began attending Presbyterian churches in college and found that Cary Presbyterian was a good choice her family. She is currently a stay-at-home Mom with their son. She has served in the past as a nursery worker coordinator and looks forward to the challenges awaiting her as a member of the Session.
Jerry grew up outside Richmond, Virginia and moved to the area in 1971. He and his wife, Carroll (now deceased), joined Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church where in 1972 he was ordained as an Elder. They moved their membership to Cary Presbyterian in 1984. Jerry has served a number of terms as an active Session member. He has been a member of or chaired a number of Cary Presbyterian committees including Christian Education, Equipping, Music and Worship, Youth and Families and several long range planning groups. He has also served on committees and commissions of Presbytery and currently is a member of the Commission on Ministry. Jerry is the father of two grown children and grandfather to five.
Tom was raised in the Lutheran tradition but found his place as a Presbyterian when he joined CPC in 1996. He and his wife Tia have two daughters. He has been active in the church as part of Presbyterian Men, on seven ASP teams, various local mission activities, and as an educator. Tom and Tia are co-facilitators of the Young Families Sunday School class. This will be his second term as an elder. He is the session representative of the Visioning Team.
Born in Richmond, VA, in her father's senior year at Union Theological Seminary, Peggy has always claimed to be genetically Presbyterian. Her parents were missionaries to Brazil, so her first memories are from the mission field. Their example of service to our Lord has informed her life and her desire to serve Him as well.
Peggy moved to Cary in 2007 and joined CPC in November of that year. It was the church she and her mom visited the first Sunday she was in town, and the warmth and friendliness of the members and the quality of the music and preaching kept her coming back. She is active in the Chancel Choir, is a member of the Abigail Circle of PW, and is enjoying being a part of the Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry. Although an inactive Stephen Leader, Peggy often serves as a "plug-in teacher" to help train new Stephen Ministers. She has previously served on the Personnel Team and assisted in Financial Audits.
As a proud Legacy graduate of UNC-CH, Peggy is a rabid fan of all things Tarheels! Family and friends are important to her, and growing and nurturing those relationships is high on her list of priorities. Since most of her family and many of her friends live elsewhere, she enjoys travelling to visit them as often as she can. Peggy retired in 2014 after working in several different professions, from teaching to retail to banking to real estate to church administration - she never figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up!
Ordained as an Elder since 1997, she has served one term on CPC's Session and look forward to the possibility of "re-enlisting" for service to the church in this capacity.
Cathy joined CPC in 1986. She has served as Nursery coordinator, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session, Personnel Committee member, Budget & Finance Committee member, Building & Grounds Committee member, chair of the Stewardship Committee. and on two Pastor Nominating Committees. She is the mother of four adult daughters and has six beautiful grandchildren.
Photos by: Paul Sausman