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

Elaine Earl, Church Administrator

Elaine joined our staff in February 2008 with outstanding organizational skills and a life-long love of learning. Her responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the business side of the church. Her son, Andrew, graduated from Trident Technical College in 2021 and also lives in the area. Email: eearl@jipc.org

Sarah Shayban – Director of Music

Sarah began studying music at age five and continued her piano studies at Charleston County School of the Arts and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she studied with Drs. Sasha Starcevich and James Lent. Sarah attended the College of Charleston, where she studied piano with Enrique Graf, organ with Dr. Bill Gudger, and composition with Dr. David Maves. Sarah joined the staff at Johns Island Presbyterian Church in August of 2009. In addition to playing both the organ and the piano, Sarah also enjoys teaching and working with children. She leads the After School Arts Program at the church, directs the adult and children’s choirs, as well as the festival choir, a unique ensemble which performs on special occasions throughout the year.  E-mail: ssmith@jipc.org

Treasurer: Debbie Melson
Assistant Treasurer: Ruby Jenkins
Nursery: Marya Smith, Kathleen Guarino, and TreAna Saunders
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:  Wally Meggs, John Feldman, Bev Stribling, 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: Judy Meggs
Wedding Coordinator:  Betsy Quinn
Cemetery Committee: Ruby Jenkins, Skip Grooms
CHIPS Program: Judy Meggs, Michael Orris, Tom Stallings
Together Again Group: John Feldman, 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