Our Staff and Leaders

Reverend Dr. Jeri Parris Perkins, Interim Pastor

JIPC is blessed to have Rev. Dr. Jeri Parris Perkins serving as JIPC’s Interim Pastor. 

Jeri was the former Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Clinton where she served for seven years. Her pastoral duties also included serving as an Associate Pastor both at Hartness-Thornwell Presbyterian Church and at First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, the PCUSA Redevelopment Pastor at Owings Presbyterian Church and the Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville, SC.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Religion from Presbyterian College in 1981 and continued her studies at the United Theological College of the West Indies and at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Jeri earned her Master of Divinity with Distinction from the Columbia Theological Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry in Church Revitalization from the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She has also completed her Interim/Transitional Ministry Training. Jeri is an active member and former Moderator of the Trinity Presbytery and currently serves as Moderator of their Commission on Ministry.

In addition to her pastoral duties, Jeri was the Dean of Religious Life and Director of the Cornelson Center for the Exploration of Christian Practice at Presbyterian College in Clinton for four years.

Jeri brings a wealth of experience to Johns Island Presbyterian Church including running a capital campaign resulting in a $ 4.3 Million renovation of an historic sanctuary, adding a wonderful narthex for overflow, fellowship and reception, a two-story office and music wing and a new parking lot.
E-Mail: jperkins@jipc.org

Staff

Financial Administrator:  Debbie Melson
Assistant Treasurer:  Ruby Jenkins
Amanda Henley: Director of Communications/Technology
Melinda Hamilton:  Communications Assistant
Elaine Earl: Administrative Assistant
Johnsie Mason:  Interim CE-Youth
Lee Ann Sullivan: Interim CE-Elementary Education
Marya Smith: Interim CE-Early Education
Custodian: Annette Pye
Church Session
Clerk of Session:  Charlie Larsen
Assistant Clerk of Session: Beth Dolby
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Jeri Parris Perkins
Christian Education:  Melissa Graves and Ron Schildge
Congregational Care: Kay Hudson and Amy Stone
Generosity:  John Feldman and Raymond Lightfoot
Mission and Outreach: Debora Rowland and Rob Keeler
Operations: Deb Nerhood and Joe Thompson
Worship:  Betsy Quinn and Bev Stribling
Personnel Committee:  Bev Stribling (Chair), Wally Meggs, Tim Barnes, Jeri Perkins (ex-officio)
Nominating Committee: Ron Schildge, Deb Rowland, Joe Thompson, Adam Baslow, Bill Melton

Other Positions

Endowment Fund: Charles Larsen
Flower Chairperson: Patty Anderson
Prayer Team Coordinator: Susan Stallings
Wedding Coordinator:  Betsy Quinn
Cemetery Committee: Ruby Jenkins, Skip Grooms 
CHIPS Program:  Michael Orris, Tom Stallings
Together Again Group: Deb Nerhood, Tim Barnes, Merriman Dowdle, Melissa Graves
ReShape Coordinating Team: Lisa & David Floyd, Johnsie Mason, Alice Hills, Lance Stone, Todd Lynch, Molly Baslow, Kristin Orris, Wayne Barfield, Sarah Quinn