Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Senior Pastor Jody Welker

Jody Welker, Senior Pastor

Jody Welker has served as Pastor and Head of Staff since July, 2004.  He has served congregations in Newton, NC, Red Springs, NC, Bristol, TN, Morehead City, NC, and Auburn, AL.

Jody was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and is married to Sharon. They have two grown children, Anna and Joe.  Jody’s education includes the completion of his B.S. degree in Education at Auburn University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.  He has received additional training in administration, leadership development, spiritual growth, preaching and worship from the Alban Institute and other organizations.

At the Kirk, Jody is the lead pastor for preaching and worship.  He provides leadership to the Session (governing body) as the moderator.  His staff responsibilities include support for the Finance Committee as well as other ministry teams.  He not only enjoys preaching, but also enjoys teaching.  Beyond the Kirk, Jody is active in Presbytery and was a 2004 Commissioner to General Assembly.

He has a passion for youth and children as he has been a presenter for the LOGOS Systems Associates for several years. Missions are important to him as he has led mission trips to Zambia, Mexico, and Honduras over the years.  Most recently, he has been an active participant in the Kirk’s Guatemala Mission partnership.

Jody enjoys social time with family and friends and attending sporting events.  He plays golf as a “social duffer” and enjoys running for exercise.  Jody and Sharon like to travel and especially enjoy time in the mountains.

Send Jody an email at jwelker@kirkofkildaire.org

Feel free to contact us at (919) 467-4944 or

Stephanie Arnold Workman

Stephanie Arnold Workman

Associate Pastor for Christian Nurture & Mission

Stephanie is Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Mission. She has been at the Kirk since 2003 and was ordained in 2005. While she moved many times in her younger years (Oxford, England, New Mexico, Illinois, Texas and Louisiana), she claims Louisiana as home. She received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. During her time at the Kirk, Stephanie has gotten married to Jim Workman, another Presbyterian minister. Together, they have an active and adorable son, Clinton.


Send Steph an email at saworkman@kirkofkildaire.org

Amanda Golbek

Amanda Golbek

Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adults

From Portland, Oregon, Amanda joined the Kirk staff in November 2013 to pastor Youth and Young Adults. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. After going on mission trips near and far, attending Triennium (the PCUSA’s Youth jamboree), participating in Presbyterian Campus ministry, and walking over 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago on pilgrimage, Amanda accepted her call to ministry, specifically to serve youth and young adults. Before coming to the Kirk, Amanda served for a year as the Assistant Minister of Groomsport Presbyterian Church, a small seaside village in Northern Ireland. She is a self-proclaimed coffee addict and book lover. Amanda has one older brother.

Send Amanda an email at agolbek@kirkofkildaire.org

Melinda Merkley King

Melinda Merkley King

Associate Pastor for Community Life & Discipleship

Melinda Merkley King is our Associate Pastor for Congregational Life and Discipleship. She is originally from Delaware and still returns to the First State to visit friends and family. She is a 1991 graduate of James Madison University and a 1995 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Since her ordination, Melinda has served churches throughout central North Carolina as solo pastor, director of youth ministry, stated supply associate, and supply preacher. Melinda is married to Brian King, and they have two teenaged sons, Oliver and Isaac. Melinda’s favorite things include good books, good food, good times with family and friends, and jazzercise. Her mission statement is “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”


Send Melinda an email at mmking@kirkofkildaire.org

Musical Staff

Dr. Larry Abernathy

Dr. Larry Abernathy

Director of Music and the Arts

After being away from his home state over twenty-years, Dr. Larry Abernathy was called to serve as the Director of Music Ministries and Arts at the Kirk in January 2010.

Prior to being called to the Kirk, he served Reid Memorial Presbyterian in Augusta, Ga. He has served congregations in Columbia, SC, and Petersburg, VA. He has one son, Lawrence.

Larry’s education includes a DMIN degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, a Master of Music degree from Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY, where he was awarded the performance award in organ performance, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wingate University. He has had post-graduate studies in Organ Performance and Choral Directing at the University of South Carolina and Peabody Conservatory. His choirs have recorded for the Georgia Public Broadcasting Network and been invited to sing at Westabou Arts Festival and at the yearly Lessons and Carols service with the Augusta Collegium. The Kirk choir has been invited to lead in worship at Montreat Summer Worship. In addition to presenting in the public school system in SC, and serving as clinician at handbell festivals, he has served as a presenter for LOGOS Systems Associates for several years.


Send Larry an email at labernathy@kirkofkildaire.org

Parish Associates

Warren Bock

Warren Bock

Willem Bodisco Massink

Willem Bodisco Massink

Rev. Willem Bodisco Massink, was born in the Netherlands and served his country as an MP in the Dutch Army. He graduated from the State College for Agriculture with a B.Sc. degree in Tropical Agriculture and received his M.Div. from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York in 1974. Willem became pastor of the United Protestant Church of Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles, returned to the USA in 1977 and for the next 30 years served churches in up-state New York and Pennsylvania. He was honorably retired in 2007 from Susquehanna Valley Presbytery. Willem is married to Janet and they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

Nola Boezeman

Nola Boezeman

Parish Assistant

Nola Boezeman is the Chaplain at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University Divinity School.

Alice Fisler

Alice Fisler

Ron McMenamin

Ron McMenamin

Paul Shields

Paul Shields

Administrative Staff

Carl Daehler

Carl Daehler

Church Business Administrator

Carl Daehler, the Kirk’s Business Administrator, hails from Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was executive director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University for 18 years. For the past two years, he has been treasurer and chief financial officer and served as volunteer business administrator at Second Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth. He has served multiple terms on Session at both Second Pres and at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Carl earned his DMA degree in horn performance from the University of Michigan and continues to perform in a variety of professional ensembles. He was founder and conductor of the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra that for ten years toured throughout the Midwest and received national awards for the performance of works by contemporary American composers.
Carl’s wife, Lynne, is currently on the teaching faculty of BalletMet Columbus where she has taught all levels of students since 2002. She has owned and operated her own ballet studio and currently is guest teacher at three area studios. Lynne is also active at Second Presbyterian serving multiple terms as President of Trustees and co-director of God’s Food Pantry.
Carl and Lynne love to cook, garden, and shop. Their daughter, Leda, following her graduation from the University of Michigan in December, will begin a career at Ford Motor Company’s advanced technologies division.


Send Carl an email at cdaehler@kirkofkildaire.org

Cyndi Wilson

Cyndi Wilson

Office Administrator

Cyndi is the first person you see when you walk into the church office. She joined the staff in August 2015.


Send Cyndi an email at cwilson@kirkofkildaire.org

Joel Huenemann

Joel Huenemann

Office Assistant

Joel is our part-time office assistant. On his office days, he is the second person you see when you walk into the church office. Joel is a long-time member of the church and is also great at answering questions and providing encouragement.


Send Joel an email at jhuenemann@kirkofkildaire.org

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