Our Church Leaders

effective June 30, 2019

Within our common ministry, some women and men are chosen for particular work as Ministers of the Word and Elders. In Ordination, we recognize these special ministries, remembering that our Lord Jesus said:  “Whoever among you wants to be great must become the servant of all, and whoever wants to be first among you, must be a slave of all”  (Matthew 20:26-27).

Within our common ministry, some women and men are chosen for particular work as Ministers of the Word and Elders. In Ordination, we recognize these special ministries, remembering that our Lord Jesus said: “Whoever among you wants to be great must become the servant of all, and whoever wants to be first among you, must be a slave of all” (Matthew 20:26-27).


Class of 2020 | Dave Jackson, Sarah Stevens, Tina Smith, Nathan Walker
Class of 2021 | Ken Carrington, Rob McCready, Chuck Medberry, Patterson Smith
Class of 2022 | Gary Jaffe, Katie Mai, Aled Pritchard, Felicia Sanders


Class of 2020 | Rebecca Darwin, Carol Howe, Erin Mellen, Sally Caithness (Walker)
Class of 2021 | Geneva Frayer Canty, Dawn McCready, Debbie Smith, Denise Girard, Martha Lackey
Class of 2022 | Sara Gouldon, Joshua Hall, Sue Henderson, Lucie Medbery, Nicole Schuerman, George Smythe


Moderator of Session: Cress Darwin
Clerk of Session: Tina Smith
Christian Education: Sue Henderson, Erin Mellen, Aled Pritchard, Gary Jaffe
Finance: Chuck Medbery, Aled Pritchard
Missions: Sarah Morton, Sarah Mitchell, David Savard
Property: Rob McCready
Music & Worship: Tina Smith, Sarah Morton
Presbyterian Women: Diaconate
Congregational Care: Diaconate
Communications: Ken Carrington
Presbyterian Men: Brad Milner, Jimmy Howe
Tea Room: Cathy Hinson, Dolly Hamlin
Stewardship: Dave Jackson, David Savard, Rebecca Darwin
Church Historian: Pat Mellen


Jessica Brock, Ken Carrington, Llewellyn Clarke, Lee Lingle, Jordyn Pritchard, Debbie Smith, Nathan Walker, Cress Darwin (ex-officio)


Spence Roddy, President
Patterson Smith, Vice President
Peggy Hay, Secretary


geneva canty

Geneva Frayer Canty was born in Evanston, Illinois. She is the mother of two children. She was baptized in Mother Emanuel as a small child and returned as an adult and ended up transferring her membership from Emanuel. She found her home at Second Presbyterian by way of our Women’s Wednesday Night Bible Study. She enjoys gardening, fishing, Salsa and traveling. She has traveled to Ghana, West Africa with the CSO Gospel Choir.

Ken Carrington

Ken Carrington was born in Grovetown, GA, has two sons, Tripp and Beckett. He is the River Dogs announcer and a musician. He plays the flute, bagpipes, and Irish whistle and loves sound design, being a DJ, and teaching the Children’s sermon.

Rebecca Wesson Darwin

Rebecca Wesson Darwin grew up in Columbia and attended the University of North Carolina. She went on to have a successful career in publishing in New York City before she and Cress moved back south. She launched Garden & Gun in 2007 where she continues to serve as cofounder & CEO. Rebecca serves on the church's Finance Committee and has previously served as an elder of the church.

Denise Girard

 Denise Girard is from Pennsylvania and graduated from Edinboro University of PA. She and her husband, Charlie, moved to Charleston in early 2016 and joined Second Presbyterian soon thereafter. She has three grown children and works for Sanders Brothers Construction. She has formerly served as a Sunday School teacher, elder, and deacon in PA. 

Sara Gouldon

Sara Gouldon has previously served as a deacon at Second, as a Sunday School teacher, on the Mission Committee and faithfully works the Tea Room. She has volunteered with Parks Conservancy projects and on the GCC Gateway Walk committee. Sara is retired from MUSC and currently serves as the After-School Program Supervisor at Charleston Day School.

Joshua Hall

Joshua Hall was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and it is his military service to the United States Air Force in Air Transportation and Logistics that brings him to Charleston and Second Presbyterian Church. Being a triplet and coming from a family of eleven siblings, he knows nothing short of the importance of family, community, and togetherness. In his free time, he enjoys "soaring the skies" as a private pilot, going fishing, tending to his small farm of chickens, ducks, goats, and greenhouses, and playing the piano or trumpet, and he is also a member of the Second Presbyterian Choir.

Sue Henderson

Sue Henderson has been Director of the Second Presbyterian Kindergarten since 1977. She has served as an elder and as a deacon at Second and on the Christian Education Committee. She has been on the Boards of The Charleston Museum and Life Management. Sue is a graduate of The College of Charleston and has taught kindergarten for 35 years.

Carol Howe

Carol Howe has been a member of Second since 1983. She previously served as an elder, a Sunday School teacher, Circle leader and Moderator of Presbyterian Women. Carol’s love of Second Presbyterian has been nurtured by the many long-term friendships and relationships established in worship and activities with other members. She and Jimmy adore their six-month-old grandson, George. Carol loves a good book, attempts at cooking, and other creative experiences.

Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson was born in Midland, Michigan, went to college at Michigan State, and graduate school at the University of Florida. He currently works at Boeing as an Authorized Qualification Representative. He has been a member of Second Presbyterian since 2014. 

Gary Jaffe

Gary Jaffe and his wife, Cassie, first stepped foot into Second Presbyterian Church in 2004 when they were dating in college. Second has since become a beacon of hope and love in their lives. They officially joined the church in 2007, were married in the sanctuary later that year and both of their children have been baptized here. Gary is a resting Elder and he has been actively involved in the church for many years. He is excited to once again contribute as a Session member and looks forward to being a steward of God's grace through this calling

Martha Lackey

Martha Lackey is a long-time member of Second Presbyterian. She is an Operating Room nurse at Roper and she and Edward have two sons.

Katie Mai

Katie Mai moved to Mt. Pleasant from Connecticut in 2017 with her husband Chris and their dogs, cat and bird. Katie graduated from Syracuse with a BFA and continued on to become an award-winning brandingand packaging designer. After discovering a greater passion through volunteer work, Katie has shifted gearsand plans to begin her Masters of Social Work this fall at USC.

Dawn McCready

Dawn McCready and her husband, Rob, joined Second Presbyterian in 2017. They moved to Charleston two years ago from Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She has been a very involved member and she and Rob are responsible for the re-illuminated bell tower and stained glass in the sanctuary.

Rob McCready

Rob McCready and his wife Dawn joined Second Pres in 2017 after moving to Charleston two years ago from Connecticut. Rob is a retired electrician and serves as a member of the Property Committee. He and Dawn are responsible for the re-illuminated bell tower and stained glass in the sanctuary.

Chuck Medbery

Charles (Chuck) Medbery grew up at Second Presbyterian and is a retired physician. Chuck and his wife Lucie moved from Kansas back to Charleston and joined Second Pres in 2015. They have two grown children who were baptized here. Both Chuck and Lucie volunteer at the Tea Room.

Lucie Medbery

Lucie Medbery grew up in the Disciples of Christ Church (Texas). She and Chuck settled in Kansas City for more than 20 years and retired in 2015 to Charleston, Chuck's hometown. This is their “family church,” where their children were baptized and where their daughter got married. She is a retired teacher and has been involved in an outreach program with the Gibbes Museum of Art.

erin mellen

Erin Mellen is a longstanding member of Second Presbyterian and currently serves as the Children’s Sunday School teacher. Erin loves history and travel and after graduating from Columbia Colleges she lived in South Korea and Germany before she and Pat settled in Charleston after his retirement from the army in 1972.

Aled Pritchard

Aled Pritchard was born and raised in Scotland and grew up in the Presbyterian church. He met his wife, Jordyn, while traveling in 2007 and immigrated when they married in 2008. They moved to Charleston in 2010 and found a home at Second Presbyterian in 2014. He enjoys traveling, rugby, and watching Everton and UGA football. Aled and Jordyn live in West Ashley with their three young children.

Felicia Sanders

Felicia Sanders is a native of Charleston, is married, and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Felicia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and caring for others. She is a faithful member of Second Presbyterian and gets great comfort from attending Bible study and working in the church. On June 17, 2015, Felicia was at Bible study along with 11 others, including her son Tywanza, aunt Susie, and granddaughter. Tragically her son, aunt, and 7 others died. Since that fateful day, Felicia has been healing, caring for her granddaughter, and attending to speaking engagements related to the shooting at Emanuel.

Nicole Schuerman

Nicole Schuerman moved to Charleston in 2016, joined Second in 2017 and has since frequently served as our greeter on Sunday mornings. She grew up in the Presbyterian Church in Illinois and loves to travel and read.

Debbie Smith

Debbie Smith is a native of Charleston and is retired from MUSC. She has been a member of Second Presbyterian Church since 1985 and has served and volunteered in various ways throughout the years. She is an avid gardener, enjoys word games, playing in the bell choir, travel and spending time with family and friends. Debbie has also volunteered her time in the community tutoring young children in reading. She lives on James Island with her husband of 46 years, Patterson and their two Chihuahuas. She has two grown children.

Patterson Smith

Patterson Smith has been a member of Second Church for over 30 years. During that time, he has served as a Deacon, an Elder, and Chair of several committees. Currently, he co-chairs the Property Committee. Patterson and his wife, Debbie, are both active in church activities.

Tina Smith

Tina Smith was born in Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Georgetown with a BS in nursing, and eventually settled with her husband, Ralph, in Bethesda, MD where she lived for 30 years. She is now retired from the Medical University Hospital Authority and resides in West Ashley near her two daughters. Born and raised in the Presbyterian Church, she has been a member at Second Presbyterian since 2009.

George Smythe

George Smythe was born and raised in Charleston as a lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church. Prior service includes two terms on the Diaconate and three terms on the Session. He works in the mortgage division of South State Bank and is married to Therese. They have five grown children, two dogs and a cat. My hobbies are hunting, fishing and spending as much time as possible with his family.

Sarah Stevens

Sarah Stevens was born and raised in South Carolina. A graduate of Presbyterian College and USC, she is now a co-owner and speech language pathologist at Chatterbox Kids, Inc. She has been a member of Second Presbyterian since 2009 and has been involved with Chapel leadership, the downtown Bible Study group, and has served as a deacon as well as on the Stewardship and Music & Worship Committees.

Nathan Walker

Nathan Walker is from Little Rock, Arkansas and Tennessee. He and Sally have been married for eleven years and have two children. He is the Professor of Architectural History at College of Charleston and has been in Charleston for two and a half years.

Sally Caithness (Walker)

Sally Caithness (Walker) was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and was raised in both Scotland and England. After studying for her MA in History at Edinburgh University, she decided to go back to school to study Graphic Design, traveling to Nashville, TN to learn. It was there that she met Nathaniel. They have been married for 13 years and have two children, Lily and Eliot. They have lived in some lovely places including Savannah, Charlottesville and Providence before coming to the even lovelier city of Charleston.