Rev. Jim Huffman
Pastor Huffman began serving as Interim Pastor at St Philip on November 1, 2018.
Pastor Jim, born in Baltimore, MD, has lived and studied from coast to coast. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was ordained in Luray, VA 1976. He retired in 2015 after serving in six calls.
Rev. Elizabeth Neely
Director of Children and Middle School Ministries email@example.com
Pastor Elizabeth Neely is excited to be the Director of Children and Middle School Ministries here at St Philip.
She lives in Raleigh with her 3 year old daughter Hannah, her husband Jack, an IT professional who sings with the North Carolina Master Chorale, St Michaels Episcopal Church, and the Raleigh Convocation Choir, and two cats, Pogo and Claire..
Pastor Elizabeth graduated from Lenoir Rhyne and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She has served in several church settings as well as in hospital and hospice chaplaincy.
Pastor Elizabeth is passionate about children and youth having opportunities to be active and involved in church. She has towers of books about faith formation and sharing faith in community, and too many pinterest boards of craft and activity ideas. She loves seeing God in other people and she drinks too much coffee. She enjoys being a part of St Philip.
Director of High School & Transitional Ministries
I have been privileged to serve alongside the children and youth, currently focusing on high school youth, here at St. Philip for nearly 9 years. Youth are an extremely important part of the Body of Christ and I feel strongly called to encourage youth in finding their spiritual gifts and in understand their value in the Body. In so doing I am energized by their gifts, their ideas, and their willingness to let me join them on their faith journeys and to be a part of my own. I am so blessed to see youth grow in their leadership, confidence, and faith!
I am child of God, a wife, and mother of two. I enjoy riding horses in my free time, as well as hanging out with my dog, 2 cats as well. You may find me posing as a musician playing guitar/bass in the Crossing worship service. And, as a graduate of N.C. State I am a Wolfpack fan through and through. I am a questioner and wonderer and I invite all of God’s children, of every age, to jump in to explore together the faith walk God has set before us!
Dr. Jay Pierson
Interim Choir Director
Dr. Jay A. Pierson a Michigan native holds the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Voice Performance and Literature. His undergraduate degree in Voice and Choral Conducting is from Olivet College in Michigan.
He has had a fulfilling career as an academician, church musician, performer, conductor, composer, pianist/organist and harpist for over three decades. Jay was on the full time music faculty at Bucknell University, East Carolina University and adjunct professor at Santa Clara University and UNC-CH. He has served as Music Director at Old First Presbyterian Church in SF, Our Redeemer Lutheran in Greenville, NC, and Chapel in the Pines in Chapel Hill.
He has performed as soloist with many symphony orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Washington DC Bach Consort and Brighton Symphony and has performed leading and comprimario roles with regional opera companies. Published by Lorenz and GIA, Jay is an active composer and arranger. He is also an announcer for WCPE, The Classical Station 89.7 FM. Jay lives in Raleigh with his two feline buddies, Gracie and Woody.
My wife H’Bong and I were born and raised in Viet Nam, and St. Philip Lutheran Church sponsored us when we were refugees from Viet Nam. We have two adult children—Adam and Elle, both who have served in the United States Military Service.
We are members of St Philip Lutheran Church. We have represented St Philip Lutheran Church at several NC Synod Assemblies, and also have done a presentation at a NC Synod Assembly.
My wife H’Bong began work as the St. Philip custodian on May 1, 2001 and served as the custodian for several years.
While H’Bong worked as the custodian for St Philip, I worked at Lutheran Family Services for a number of years and helped coordinate their refugee program. When the economy caused my position at Lutheran Family Services to be discontinued, I started doing similar work with refugees for an agency in Durham. When H’Bong took a factory job with ConAgra Food Plant in Garner, I became the St. Philip custodian.
H’Bong worked at ConAgra Food Plant in Garner until June 2009 when they had a serious explosion that injured and killed numerous employees. H’Bong happened to have been sick the night of the explosion, and so fortunately wasn’t injured by the explosion. ConAgra closed the plant down after the explosion and all of the employees lost their jobs.
We live in Raleigh, and look forward to meeting and getting to know you.