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 for 10 years as Associate Minister at First Presbyterian, Durham, she entered the world of Intentional Interim Ministry. She also is a Spiritual Formation facilitator 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. 

Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas is a native of Northern Virginia but has lived in North Carolina since 1999. After serving as hospital chaplain at UNC Memorial, Mitzi was a solo pastor in Duplin County and then in Sanford before taking time away from ministry to be with her then young children. Prior to coming to CPC, Mitzi served at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian in Chapel Hill. 

Education: BA, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA; MDiv/MA in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, VA.

Family: Troy, Mitzi’s husband, is also an ordained PC(USA) pastor who is currently serving as interim pastor at Milner Memorial Presbyterian in Raleigh. 

Reverend Alan Bancroft, Youth Fellowship Coordinator

Alan works closely with the Youth and Families Ministry team and volunteer youth advisors to coordinate engaging and enriching programs for our youth. He is an ordained PC(USA) pastor with more than 10 years of 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 live in 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 daughters.



Medora Hix, Director of Christian Education

Medora supports faith formation and intentional Christian education for all ages. She currently serves on the Presbytery of New Hope’s Christian Education Team and is very active in the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. Medora also has 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 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. 

Mandy lives in Goldsboro with her husband, Dave, and their two children.


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 services of worship, seasonal services, and any other special services. Ed also is the Choral Director and Fine Arts Chair at Cary High School and an adjunct music professor at Central Carolina Community College.

Ed earned a B.S. in Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Master of Music Education, UNC-Greensboro; and did Doctoral work at Boston University. Ed holds National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence through Young Adult Music.

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: Rhonda Carlile (Stated Clerk of Session), Jeff Clark, Wendy Czika, Scott Patrick, Jerry Slaymaker, Cathy Williams. 

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

Class of 2020: Jessica Cadwallader, Tim Farless, Christie Foppiano, Katie Stuart, 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. 

Current Deacons:

Practical care – Todd Crouse, Betty Hart, Kevin Steidinger

Spiritual care – Sherry Bradsher, Russell Diggs, Hal Drumheller

Older adult care -Peg Giesbrecht,Janet Robinette (moderator), Audrey Sausman

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