Church Leaders

Sam MartinRev. Sam Martin
Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
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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
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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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Barbara ManakerBarbara Manaker
Director of Music
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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 K. Watson, who is married to Jake Watson and lives in Greenville, SC; and Taylor Keathley, who works with Fox Music House. Barbara lives on James Island with Seth, her husband of over 15 years.

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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 is married to David Parler, the principal of Camp Road Middle School on James Island. They have two children: Catherine, a student at Union Presbyterian Seminary; and Alex, a student at the MUSC College of Medicine.

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Allison HubbardAllison Hubbard
Director of Discipleship
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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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Elizabeth Tinga SouterElizabeth Tinga Souter
Director Of Children’s Ministry
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Elizabeth Souter is a native of Greenville, SC and has called Charleston home for the past eight 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 married to Michael Souter. Elizabeth enjoys trying out the newest restaurants around Charleston, being outdoors, meeting people, and above all exploring her call here at James Island Presbyterian.

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Elizabeth Tinga SouterHugh Knight
Organist
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Hugh was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated with degrees in Music and Business from Furman University in 2002. He has been a teacher and coach at Porter Gaud for the past 18 years. At Porter Gaud, he teaches courses in Music Theory and Music Appreciation. He also directs the jazz band, handbell choir, and serves as the musical director for the annual Upper School Musical. In addition, he is the accompanist for the lower and middle school choirs. He is also heavily involved in athletics where he is the head boys and girls coach for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. At James Island Presbyterian, he served as a substitute organist/accompanist for a full year before officially coming on staff 2 years ago as the full time organist and handbell director. He is married to Meredith Knight and they have 2 daughters, Allison and Anna.

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Ricky WillisRicky Willis
Sexton

Nursery Coordinator
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Beth Tyrrell
Clerk of Session

Stephanie Pritchett
Treasurer

Session – Class of 2019

Reverend Sam Martin
Reverend Cameron Smith

  • Nancy Brownell
  • Debbie Berry
  • Jon Frye
  • Ann Carswell
  • Amanda McKendrick
  • Catherine McLoud
  • John Pritchett
  • Lynne Dillehay
  • Ed Gilstrap
  • Lynn Anne Gillen
  • Mary Beth Meggett
  • Steven Long
  • Paul Roof
  • Mark Mitchum
  • Beth Tyrrell
  • Harold Noland
  • Emily Oswald
  • Joshua Stokes
  • Sue Urie
  • Scott Graule
  • Mahlon Newlin

Deacons – Class of 2019

  • Ken Abernethy
  • Louise Bavier
  • Shannan Bickerstaff
  • Dottie Coleman
  • Charlotte Culpepper
  • Julie Erickson
  • Chris Hubbard
  • Taylor Keathley
  • Billy McCord
  • Beth Moore
  • Shannon Moore
  • Russ Neimy
  • Cheryl Stepka-Tracey
  • Bonnie Thompson
  • Morgan Tremayne
  • Barrett Ulm
  • Paul Urie

Trustees – Class of 2019

  • Kevin Tingley, Chair
  • Elton Culpepper
  • Allie Oswald
  • Karin Roof
  • Julianne Stokes