Church Leaders

Sam MartinRev. Sam Martin
Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it} Reverend Sam Martin is serving as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at James Island Presbyterian Church. Sam has an Associate of Science Degree from Louisburg Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Asheville, and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Sam grew up in the United Methodist Church and began his ministry in the mountains of North Carolina.After playing baseball for the legendary Coach Russ Frazier at Louisburg, Sam signed a letter of intent to Clemson University but was drafted and signed with the Cleveland Indians. After a year, he was released and picked up by the St. Louis Cardinals. After reaching triple AAA, Sam left to complete his education. For nearly thirty years, Sam has served churches in Western North Carolina, eastern North Carolina, and in the low country of South Carolina. Sam has served United Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian (U.S.A.) congregations. His athletic background was employed by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he was on staff for five years as Area Director of twenty five counties in eastern North Carolina. He has five years of new church development experience, is an avid story teller and loves to meet people and hear their stories of how God is transforming their lives. In his “spare time”, he loves to hunt and fish and spend time outside.Sam married “his bride” Amy Strong nearly thirty years ago, after having been introduced to her by his older sister. Together, Sam and Amy have two beautiful children, Caleb and Amy Kate. Caleb is 21 and is a junior at the Citadel and a U.S. Army contract. He graduates in 2017 and will commission in the Army as a second Lieutenant. Amy Kate is 18 and is participating in a dual enrollment program as a high school senior and college freshman living in Bluffton, South Carolina. Amy is employed by Palmetto Infusion and has been an R.N. for nearly thirty years. Together, they are very excited to serve the James Island Presbyterian Church.

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Cameron SmithCameron Smith
Associate Pastor
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Cameron is a child of the South Carolina Lowcountry and has enjoyed life in and around Charleston her entire life. She first felt called to full-time ministry while serving as an intern for Christian Education and Youth Ministry during her college years. She and her husband, Jason, were married in 2001. After graduating from College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies, Cameron first began serving James Island Presbyterian as the Director of Christian Education. While continuing in this ministry, she felt called to ordained ministry and pursued a Masters of Divinity from Erskine Seminary. Cameron was ordained as a teaching elder in January of 2013 and installed as the first Associate Pastor for James Island Presbyterian.Cameron and Jason have four wild and wonderful boys, and they enjoy spending time exploring the Lowcountry together and gathering around the table with family and friends. Her greatest joy in ministry is helping to connect people to God and one another by leading opportunities for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and service. In these congregational ministries, she hopes to build up the Body of Christ so that James Island Presbyterian will be equipped to shine God’s light and share God’s love with the world.

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Henry MeeuwseHenry Meeuwse
Associate in Ministry
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Henry Meeuwse serves as the associate in ministry and is the staff liaison to the outreach and mission ministry unit of session. He also serves as the director of the James Island Presbyterian Foundation, Inc.Originally from Michigan, Henry received a BA (education, sociology) and MA (counseling and personnel administration) from Western Michigan University, a secondary school counseling certificate from Eastern Kentucky University and work toward a MSW from the University of Kentucky. In 2013, Henry graduated from the South Carolina Presbyterian Lay School of Theology.Henry serves on the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery’s Vision Task Force/Transition Team, Committee on Representation and on the advisory board for the Lay School of Theology. He also serves on the boards for the Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Inc. and the Charleston Ansonborough House.

Henry previously served in lay ministries with Haven Reformed Church (Michigan), on the mission staff of the Reformed Church in America (Eastern Kentucky), Annville Reformed Church (Kentucky), First Presbyterian (London, Kentucky) and Sue Bennett College (Methodist, Kentucky).

Married to Kristi, a K-5 teacher at Drayton Hall Elementary, they have three adult sons (Chris/Amanda, Michael & Matthew), one adult niece/daughter (Kelsea/Adam), three grandchildren (Bronson, Savannah and Noah) and one very pampered Shih Tzu (Coco).

Henry enjoys reading traveling, kayaking, exploring waterfalls, hiking, Clemson & Michigan State football, antiquing, and time with family.

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Barbara ManakerBarbara Manaker
Director of Music
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Barbara Ector Manaker is the director of music at James Island Presbyterian Church. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with piano as her major instrument. She taught Elementary music in private and public schools in Maryland and here in Charleston for more than 8 years. She directed a choral program in all schools and even started the Handbell Choir at Porter Gaud School.Barbara’s passion for church music began at an early age. She sang in church choirs all her life. While at Porter Gaud School and while she attended UNCG, she studied under wonderful directors. This choral education continued when she attended the Montreat Worship and Music Conference for the last 25 years.After becoming a member of the church and Chancel choir of JIPC in 1989, Barbara was asked to direct the youth choir in 1990. This quickly expanded to directing the Adult Bell choir in 1991. Soon after that, a search for a new Chancel Choir director began and Barbara was asked to take the job. She has been the director ever since. During this time, the choral program has expanded to 6 choirs (Cherubs, Elementary, Mid and Senior Highs, Youth Bells, Adult Bells and Chancel Choir.) This has been Barbara’s dream job, working at a church she loves, with a staff and congregation she loves.

Barbara has also taught private piano lessons since 1988. Being inspired by her teacher and sister, Jan Pesavento, she continued in her footsteps teaching students of all ages to play the piano. Many of these students are members of JIPC and are participants of the church music program.

Barbara has two grown children, Elissa Keathley, who will be married to Jake Watson in January of 2016, and Taylor Keathley, who is a junior at Clemson University. Barbara lives on James Island with Seth, her husband of almost 15 years.

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Jan PesaventoJan Pesavento
Organist
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Jan Pesavento is the organist at James Island Presbyterian Church. Jan studied organ at Furman University under Dr. Lindsay Smith and received a BA in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston with an emphasis in piano performance. She later received an MAT from the Citadel in Education. Jan has been involved in church music most of her life either as a participant in a children’s or adult choir or as an accompanist when needed. She has attended the Montreat Music and Worship Conference every summer for over 20 years.After serving on several organist search committees at JIPC, Jan found herself offering to be the interim organist in 1999. It wasn’t long before she was offered the permanent organist position after overseeing the installation of the new Allen Renaissance combination pipe and digital organ in 2000.Jan has taught piano since 1971 and has recently begun to teach organ as well. At least 10 of her former students including her sister, Barbara are now professional musicians, many of them serving as church musicians in Presbyterian churches. Her passion is inspiring a love for church music among her students and the congregation.

Jan also oversees the pre-service music program at James Island PC where all ages and levels of musicians share their gifts by playing various musical instruments before services at JIPC. Her husband of 43 years, Charlie is a retired dentist. They have three married sons and three grandchildren: Walton, Erin, Eli and Rowan, John, Alison and Ada, and Daniel and Meghan Pesavento.

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Beth ParlerElizabeth Parler
Administrator
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Elizabeth Parler joined James Island Presbyterian in 1993, and she joined the staff in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston and had additional studies in Public Administration. Prior to working with JIPC, Beth worked in the local private-non-profit community, working with the Juvenile Restitution Program, Inc., an organization that worked with juvenile offenders as well as the victims of their offenses. Beth has recently joined the board of the Remember Niger Coalition, one of JIPC’s mission partners.Beth is married to David Parler, the principal of Fort Johnson Middle School on James Island. They have two children: Catherine, a senior at Converse College; and Alex, a sophomore at Wofford College.

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Allison HubbardAllison Hubbard
Director of Discipleship
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Allison is a longtime Charleston resident and was confirmed at JIPC in 1996. She studied biology at Presbyterian College along with courses in religion and Christian Education. In 2008, she accepted a call to Youth and Children’s ministry at JIPC where she worked with all children birth to age 18. During that time, she studied youth ministry through Columbia Theological Seminary. In 2011, she married Chris Hubbard, a childhood friend, and they welcomed their daughter Summer into the world in 2013. She resigned from her position in 2014 in order to spend more time with Summer. While she loved working part-time and being at home, the call back to ministry persisted and she is excited to be back on staff at JIPC. She looks forward to helping develop cohesive discipleship opportunities for JIPC members young and old. When not at church, the Hubbards love being anywhere outside, especially at the beach, fishing, swimming, or out on the boat!

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Angela DwigginsElizabeth Tinga
Director Of Children’s Ministry
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Elizabeth Tinga is a native of Greenville, SC and has called Charleston home for the past five years. Elizabeth is a lifelong Presbyterian and is passionate about equipping the youngest members of the church with a solid foundation of faith. Elizabeth is a bride-to-be and will be getting married this September to fellow church member Michael Souter. When not wedding planning, Elizabeth enjoys trying out the newest restaurants around Charleston. She is excited to begin this new chapter at James Island Presbyterian and is diving in to her call as Director of Children’s Ministry.

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Angela DwigginsAngela Dwiggins
Administrative Assistant
{This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}Serving as the administrative assistant, Angela enjoys each opportunity to help everyone who calls or visits the office. She has worked for the church since 2012. Angela especially loves working with her dedicated church volunteers.A native of Charleston, Angela graduated from College of Charleston in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She lives in West Ashley with her husband, Stephen, and dog, Marley. In her free time, Angela enjoys fitness and nutrition and has recently completed her first full marathon. She grew up in the church with her mother serving as a church organist for many years and now finds great joy in serving God as the administrative assistant for JIPC.

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Ricky WillisRicky Willis
Sexton

Nursery Coordinator
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Marilyn Muckenfuss
Clerk of Session

Stephanie Pritchett
Treasurer

Session – Class of 2016

  • Heather Anderson
  • Debbie Berry
  • Gayle Bustraan
  • Ann Carswell
  • Matt Carter
  • Elisha Clyburn
  • Chris Crane
  • Lynne Dillehay
  • Andy Fairey
  • Chris Hoffman
  • Steven Long
  • Sherry Mahoney
  • Mark Mitchum
  • Marilyn Muckenfuss
  • Harold Noland
  • Emily Oswald
  • James Steed
  • Joshua Stokes
  • Beth Tyrrell
  • Sue Urie
  • Melissa VandeWiel