Meet Our Staff
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.
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Carl has been with the Kirk since 2017. Carl and his wife Lynne hail from Portsmouth, Ohio, where Carl was executive director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University for 18 years. Carl has a DMA degree from the University of Michigan and continues to perform on the horn in a variety of professional ensembles.
Lynne who is a graduate of U of M in biological sciences is currently on the teaching faculty of the Campaneria Ballet Studio in Cary. Lynne was also active at Second Presbyterian Portsmouth serving multiple terms as President of Trustees, was PW of the Year and co-director of God’s Food Pantry.
Carl and Lynne love to cook, garden, and shop and being near family in the Cary area.
Ellen is a native of North Carolina. She is a 1986 graduate of the business school at UNC-CH and has specialized in non-profit accounting. She and her husband have two mostly grown daughters. Ellen spends her free time reading, exploring local parks, and taking Spanish classes.
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