Christoph Herpel
Youth and Family Minister

I was an active volunteer youth group leader in the Episcopal Church in Germany for years while working as an Art Director, specialized in corporate design. I heard my calling to full-time youth ministry as a volunteer member of the Episcopal Youth Event planning committee. Being open to where the spirit sends me, I landed here at St. James in Hendersonville. And I couldn't be happier being your Youth and Family Minister. (Great things happen when you're following your call.) I am excited to see what we can build together in the future.

Karen Kuykendall
Parish Office Administrator

I have been part of the staff at St. James since October of 2012.  As Parish Office Administrator, I have the opportunity to interact with many of our members and assist them with the varied aspects of church life.  Being a part of this active and welcoming parish is truly a blessing.  I have lived in Hendersonville since 1994 and love our beautiful little town.  In my free time, I like taking long walks and visiting local attractions.  I also play the violin and lead singing at my church each Sunday.  I really enjoy being a part of both church communities in these different ways.

Brad Gee
Director of Music Ministries

I have been Director of Music and Organist at St. James Episcopal Church since 2002. I conduct the St. James Choir, play the Harrison & Harrison organ for services, and oversee a multi-faceted music program which includes services of Choral Evensong followed by organ recitals. I have been a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians since 1996, have served twice as the Region IV Chair, and was co-chair of the Palm Beach national conference in 2000. I also served on the planning committee for the 2011 AAM national conference held in the Carolinas. I have served as housemaster at the Royal School of Church Music summer courses in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Prior to this position, I was Organist/Choirmaster at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park, Florida where I played organ and harpsichord in Winter Park Bach Festival Performances, served as guest clinician for the Orlando Liturgical Conference and Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida workshops, and was Dean of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Lisa Whitfield

Born and raised in Bartow, Florida, I hold BSEd(’76) and MME (’89) from Western Carolina University. Retired from teaching elementary music and folk art in Henderson County Schools, I currently work part time as Education Coordinator at the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville in addition to leading Allelu!, our contemporary music group.  I also play guitar with Sassafras, a local bluegrass band, and I enjoy quilting, reading, TV, and traveling on my motorcycle.

Sharon Miller

Rebecca Levi

Teri Smith
Facilities Manager

My husband and I moved here in 2015 with an eye to hiking in the mountains, exploring this part of the state, and possibly retiring here if we found the right community. In Hendersonville and St. James, we accomplished all our goals. I came to St. James on 2017 as the director for the School for Little Folks. I loved being a member of this valuable ministry and within a few years completed confirmation classes and joined St. James. When the decision was made to close the school, I knew I would miss being a part of the staff and church on a daily basis. Happily, after consulting with the rector, I was able to take the position of part time Facility Manager after the school was completely closed in April 2020. What a crazy time to start this position. The first things I had to do was set up hand sanitizing stations and make sure we had adequate sanitizing supplies. But I am so happy that there is still a place for me to serve God, the people of St. James, and the wider community. I hope I can continue to be part of this loving, welcoming, serving church for a few more years. Thank you St. James for embracing me.

Perry Jones

Born and raised here in the mountains of NC, I love the small town feel and exploring the mountains around the state with my family. While spending my childhood being homeschooled by my family, I discovered the Episcopal church through the Holy Family Church out in Mills River and immediately fell in love with the warm reception, open minds, and loving faith. It wasn’t long before we came to St. James and joined our community here and found that same spirit and love in every part of the people that call this church their own. With my schooling finished, I set out into the workforce and worked a variety of jobs both big and small, but always with the support of my family and community behind.  Being hired on to work at St. James in 2019, I hope to do this church proud and keep the place running as best I can!  I love to go out into nature and photograph, but I also like to watch movies and other media when weather comes a’ calling.