In addition to the leadership of its pastors, congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) are governed by councils which “exist to help congregations and the church as a whole be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ.” 

Ruling elders and deacons are men and women elected by the congregation from among its members. According to the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order, the nomination and election of ruling elders and deacons shall express the rich diversity of the congregation’s membership and shall guarantee participation and inclusiveness. Ruling elders and deacons are nominated by a committee elected by the congregation, drawn from and representative of its membership.

Rev. Lori Pistor was claimed in the waters of baptism as an infant, ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of New Hope in 1993. After serving as Associate Minister at First Presbyterian, Durham, for ten years, she entered the world of Intentional Interim Ministry and has had the honor of serving four interims thus far: Roanoke Island Presbyterian, Manteo; Pilgrim UCC, Durham; Butner Presbyterian; and West Raleigh Presbyterian.

Lori has served on a number of Presbytery and Durham community committees. This marks the 10th year Lori has been one of the Spiritual Formation facilitators with first year students at Duke Divinity School.

Education: BA, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas MEd, University of Texas, Denton MDiv, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia

Family: Lori’s spouse, Terry Allebaugh, is the Community Impact Coordinator for The NC Coalition to End Homelessness, with specific emphasis on ending veteran homelessness. They live in the Duke Park neighborhood, just north of downtown Durham.

Interests: Working in the yard and garden, hiking/walking, traveling, meals with friends, performances at DPAC, music, NPR.

Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas is a native of Northern Virginia but has lived in North Carolina since 1999 and happily considers it home. Prior to coming to Cary Presbyterian she served as a hospital chaplain at UNC Memorial, then as a solo pastor first in Duplin County then in Sanford, NC before taking time off to play, clean up, chauffer and serve with her two children; daughter, Mackenzie and Andrew. Prior to coming to CPC, she served at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian in Chapel Hill. 

Family: Troy, Mitzi’s husband, is also an ordained PC(USA) pastor and served as the Interim Associate Pastor at Cary Presbyterian 1999-2000. He currently serves as the Interim Pastor at Milner Memorial in Raleigh.

Interests: In addition to family time, Mitzi starts most every Saturday morning indulging her passion for trail running with friends. She is grateful her preference for ultra-marathons helps her to indulge her other passions which mostly center around chocolate, coffee, baking, and farmers markets.

Reverend Alan Bancroft, Youth Fellowship Coordinator

Alan is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with 10 years of pastoral experience including Youth, Campus, and Transitional ministries. Most recently, he served Discovery Church in Clayton, NC as interim pastor. He has been a campus minister for UKirk Nashville, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry serving Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, and associate pastor for youth and families at Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Alan is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary.

Alan, his wife Gracyn, and their son Michael recently moved to Cary.

Barbara Carew, Finance Manager

Barbara maintains the financial records for both Cary Presbyterian Church and its Preschool. Previously she has worked as an audit and tax accountant for a CPA firm in Chevy Chase, MD, and as Controller/VP of Finance for a home builder and real estate developer in Bethesda, MD. Barbara has a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

Barbara has been married to her husband, Chip, for more than 30 years and they have two college-age daughters.

Medora Hix, Director of Christian Education

Medora serves in the area of faith formation and intentional Christian education for all ages. This includes special programs, nursery, confirmation, Sunday School for toddlers through adults, adult seminars, Milestones ministry, and acting as a resource for many other ministries. She currently serves on the presbytery’s Christian Education Team, has been a staff member for a presbytery in the past, and has been very active in the Association of Presbyterian Educators for many years. Medora has also served on the PC(USA) Educator Certification Committee. Prior to coming to Cary, Medora was a church educator in Iowa, Delaware, New Jersey, Ontario, and Florida. She holds a Masters in Religious Education from McMaster Divinity School in Hamilton, Ontario.

Medora is married to Duane, a retired Presbyterian minister. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Angie Keith, Preschool Director

Angie works with the Preschool staff to maintain strict standards, according to our state license. She connects with church board members to keep our Preschool program up to date, while staying true to the standards that have made Cary Presbyterian Preschool known for excellence for more than 30 years. Angie feels that she has the world’s best job: caring for the students and staff of our preschool. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.

Angie and her husband, Brandon, are active members of CPC and have three sons.

Phil Melton, Communications and Office Manager

Phil manages the day to day communication activities for CPC, including  oversight and production of published materials from bulletins to handouts, as well as CPC’s digital media and online presence. Phil also ensures the efficient and effective operation of the church office. Phil graduated from Oral Roberts University and UNC Greensboro.

Mandy Nester, Parish Nurse

Mandy is a Registered Nurse who oversees CPC’s Parish Nurse Ministry. She promotes holistic health and wholeness in the congregation through one-on-one interaction, counseling, support through grief and suffering, advocacy, resources, referral, and education. Mandy’s nursing experience includes pulmonary and sleep medicine, pediatric home health, gastroenterology, and geriatric care. She completed her A.A.S. in Applied Science in Nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Ron Norris, Building and Grounds Manager

Ron’s day to day responsibilities include maintenance of the function and appearance of the church and preschool property. He works closely with the Building and Grounds Ministry team. Ron also has worked as a carpenter/contractor and construction superintendent.

Ron is married and has one son.

Ed Yasick, Director of Music

Ed oversees the entire music program at Cary Presbyterian Church, ensuring a balanced and extensive music ministry to and with all ages. In addition to directing and accompanying the Chancel Choir, he organizes and coordinates the participation of all the choirs, musical groups, ensembles, as well as vocal and instrumental soloists in the Sunday morning worship, seasonal services, and any other special services, including weddings and funerals. Ed also is the Choral Director and Fine Arts Chair at Cary High School.

Ed holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and earned his Ph.D. from Boston University. [check this]

The session is the council for the congregation and is composed of ruling elders, elected by the congregation to active service, as well as all installed pastors and associate pastors. Members of Session at Cary Presbyterian Church are elected for three-year terms and serve in leadership and support roles in the work of the church. Active elders include:

Class of 2018: Stated Clerk Rhonda Carlile, Jeff Clark, Wendy Czika, Scott Patrick, Cathy Williams. 

Class of 2019: Matt Donkin, Henry Gibbs, Julie Henry, Peggy Viser.

Class of 2020: Jessica Cadwallader, Tim Farless, Christie Foppiano, Jim Tompkins. 

Deacons at CPC support the care ministries of the church in three focused ways: practical care, spiritual care, and care for older adults (see more under Care). Deacons are elected to two-year terms.