Pastors and Staff

Bridge Interim Pastor: Reverend Dr. Duane Hix

As of February 1, 2020, Duane joins CPC during our final stages of the head pastor search. A retired Presbyterian minister and husband of CPC’s recently retired Christian Ed Director, Medora Hix, Duane is a familiar presence through his occasional teaching and preaching at CPC. Duane will lead worship services on most Sundays in addition to his primary responsibilities as Head of Staff and Moderator of Session.

Education: B.A. 1972 Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa (Philosophy and Religion); M.A. 1974 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  (Religious Studies); PhD  1981 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Religious Studies); M.Div 1981 Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Family: Duane is married to the fabulous Medora Hix! They have three children spread from here in Cary (Emmie) to New Orleans (Adam) to Duane’s home state of Iowa (Brittney). They have five grandchildren, including Paisley and Isla, who manage to make their presence known at CPC! 

Contact Duane here.

photo of Associate Pastor Mitzi Lester-ThomasAssociate Pastor for Adult Faith Formation: Reverend Mitzi Lesher-Thomas

Mitzi is primarily responsible for guiding and facilitating ministries that engage adults in educational and relationship endeavors that inform and nurture their Christian faith. 

Mitzi is a native of Northern Virginia but has lived in North Carolina since 1999. After serving as hospital chaplain at UNC Memorial, Mitzi was a solo pastor in Duplin County and then in Sanford before taking time away from ministry to be with her then young children. Prior to coming to CPC, Mitzi served at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian in Chapel Hill.

Education: BA, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA; MDiv/MA in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, VA.

Family: Troy, Mitzi’s husband, is also an ordained PC(USA) pastor who is currently serving in interim ministry.

Contact Mitzi here.

photo of CPC Youth Fellowship Coordinator Rev. Alan BancroftYouth PLUS Coordinator: Reverend Alan Bancroft
Alan oversees and helps coordinate the educational, fellowship and missional ministries for youth (5th-12th grades) so as to create cohesive opportunities for Christian faith development and nurture. He is an ordained PC(USA) pastor with more than 10 years of experience including Youth, Campus, and Transitional ministries. Most recently, he served Discovery Church in Clayton, NC as interim pastor. He has been a campus minister for UKirk Nashville, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry serving Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, and associate pastor for youth and families at Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Alan is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary.

Alan, his wife Gracyn, and their two sons live in Cary.

Contact Alan here.

Children’s Ministry Coordinator: Jennifer PierceJen oversees and coordinates the educational and care aspects of CPC’s ministries with children (infants through 5th grade) and their families to enhance their Christian faith development. She is originally from New Jersey but has lived in North Carolina for over 25 years. She has a B.S. in Science from Fairfield University in Connecticut. In addition to being on the church staff, she also teaches at the Preschool 3 days a week.

Jennifer is married and has three children.

Contact Jen here.

photo of CPC Finance Manager Barbara CarewBarbara Carew, Finance Manager
Barbara maintains the financial records for both Cary Presbyterian Church and its Preschool. Previously she has worked as an audit and tax accountant for a CPA firm in Chevy Chase, MD, and as Controller/VP of Finance for a home builder and real estate developer in Bethesda, MD. Barbara has a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

Barbara has been married to her husband, Chip, for more than 30 years and they have two daughters.

Contact Barbara here.

photo of Cary Presbyterian Preschool director Angie KeithAngie Keith, Preschool Director
Angie works with the Preschool staff to maintain strict standards, according to our state license. She connects with church board members to keep our Preschool program up to date, while staying true to the standards that have made Cary Presbyterian Preschool known for excellence for more than 30 years. Angie has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.

Angie and her husband, Brandon, have three sons.

photo of CPC Office and Communications Manager Phil MeltonPhil Melton, Communications & Office Manager 
Phil manages the day to day communication activities for CPC, including oversight and production of published materials from bulletins to handouts, as well as CPC’s digital media and online presence. Phil also ensures the efficient and effective operation of the church office. Phil graduated from Oral Roberts University and UNC Greensboro.

Contact Phil here.

photo of CPC Building and Grounds Manager Ron NorrisRon Norris, Building & Grounds Manager
Ron’s day-to-day responsibilities include maintenance of the function and appearance of the church and preschool property. He works closely with the Building and Grounds Ministry team. Ron also has worked as a carpenter/contractor and construction superintendent.

Ron is married and has one son.

Contact Ron here.

photo of CPC Choral Director Ed YasickEd Yasick, Director of Music
Ed oversees the entire music program at Cary Presbyterian Church, ensuring a balanced and extensive music ministry to and with all ages. In addition to directing and accompanying the Chancel Choir, he organizes and coordinates the participation of all the choirs, musical groups, ensembles, as well as vocal and instrumental soloists in the Sunday morning services of worship, seasonal services, and any other special services. Ed also is the Choral Director and Fine Arts Chair at Cary High School and an adjunct music professor at Central Carolina Community College.

Ed earned a B.S. in Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Master of Music Education, UNC Greensboro; and did Doctoral work at Boston University. Ed holds National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence through Young Adult Music.

Contact Ed here.