Second Church Staff
Senior Pastor - The Rev. Cress Darwin
Cress Darwin is a Texas boy, born and raised in Fort Worth where he attended Texas Christian University. He received a BFA in theatre with a secondary focus on broadcast media. These interests led him to New York City where he was actually able to make a living as a “New York actor,” off-Broadway producer and television writer/producer specializing in documentaries for the A&E network series, Biography. He is married to the former Rebecca Wesson from Columbia, SC, whom he met in New York on a Super Bowl Sunday. Rebecca is founder of Garden & Gun magazine. She and Cress have two daughters, Lily and SaSa. Cress received his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, taught in the Speech and Communications Department and earned a Masters of Theology in ethics.
Director of Children, Youth and Christian Education - Sarah Craven
Sarah was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an avid Steelers fan! After attending Eastern University in Philadelphia were she earned a BA is Youth Ministry/ Communications (99’), she moved to Charleston South Carolina to begin working in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. She met her husband, Chris, while at her first positions at St. Thomas, North Charleston and they have been married for 16 years. Together they have three children, Jonathan (11) and Abigail and Shiloh (9). You can usually find the family either at the soccer fields or in the dance studio. She and her family are very excited about their new adventure in the Presbyterian Church. Sarah enjoys gardening, reading and generally being outside whether it be camping or at the beach.
Church Administrator - Suzann Lilienthal
Suzann has worked at Second Presbyterian since 2012 and has over 23 years experience in Human Resource Management. When time permits she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and entertaining guests.
Communications Coordinator - Jordyn Pritchard
Jordyn is from Peachtree City, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with honors with a BFA in art and a minor in religion. She has worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist since moving to Charleston in 2010. She currently lives in West Ashley with her husband, Aled, and stays busy trying to keep up with their three small children- Lachlan (6) and twins Penelope and Blair (3). Raised Baptist, Jordyn found a home in the Presbyterian Church by way of her Scottish husband and they have been members of Second Presbyterian since 2014. She loves being outside with her family and if they are not at a playground, you will likely find them on the beach at Sullivan’s Island or wandering the farmers market. In her free time she enjoys painting, renovating the house, and watching Everton and Georgia football.
Director of Music - Dr. Julia Harlow
Julia Harlow is the Director of Music and Organist at Second Church and teaches music (ear training, organ and world music) at the College of Charleston. Originally from Iowa, her doctoral and masters degrees in organ and harpsichord performance are from the University of Oregon. She served on the board of the American Guild of Organists for 11 years and has been with us at Second Church for even more!
Chancel Choir Director - Lee Lingle
Lee holds a BA in Music from the College of Charleston where he studied choral conducting and performed in the College’s elite performing ensembles. He has performed in the Charleston Symphony Chorus in numerous concerts with both the Charleston Symphony and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Lee is a founding member and currently serves on the board of directors of the Taylor Festival Choir. The Taylor Festival Choir is one of the country's elite professional choirs which has released several cds, the most recent of which was on the Grammy ballot. When not engaged in choral studies, Lee can be found enjoying the beauty of the lowcountry from his kayak or entertaining friends while making BBQ on his smoker.
Housekeeping - Annie Ravenel
Annie Ravenel has been a part of the Second Family for over 23 years. She has quite a "fan club" here at Second and has a very special recipe for "Charleston's Best Potato Salad," a staple on our Annual Tea Room menu. She has a sweet, contagious chuckle and loved by all.
Director of Kindergarten - Sue Henderson
Sue Allen Henderson has been Director of the Second Presbyterian Kindergarten since 1977. She has served as an elder and as a deacon at Second Presbyterian and on the Christian Education Committee in several capacities including as chair. 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.
Assistant Director of Kindergarten - Erin Kerr
Erin Evans Potter Kerr is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of the College of Charleston. Erin is married to Douglas Kerr and has two children, Grace (7) and Samuel (4). Erin has worked with children the past 14 years and currently serves as Assistant Director of Second Presbyterian Kindergarten and Preschool. In her free time, Erin likes to play outside with her family, cook, run, and be with friends.