Clergy, Staff, and Vestry

The Rev. Karen Clay Barfield

Karen Barfield The Rev. Karen C. Barfield is married to Ray Barfield and has two children: Micah (23) and Alexandra (19). Karen has been ordained fifteen years and has served in a variety of settings: urban and suburban; Cathedral staff, campus ministry, and congregations of all sizes; as interim rector, associate rector and interim chaplain. Her greatest joys in ministry involve liturgy, prayer, pastoral care and issues of justice. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as priest until moving to Chapel Hill in 2008 with her family.  In June 2015 Karen completed a two-year course of study through the Faithful Companions of Jesus in the art of Spiritual Direction.  In August 2016 Karen completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Carrboro Yoga Company.

In her spare time Karen enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, traveling, and designing most anything, especially houses (kitchens and baths in particular). Ray, her husband of 28 years, is a pediatric oncologist at Duke and is Professor of Christian Philosophy in Duke’s Divinity School. Ray enjoys writing, playing classical guitar and running.

Prior to ordination Karen served on staff at St. Luke’s Community Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia, and she was co-founder of a prison ministry there as well. In downtown Memphis she helped develop the Hospitality Hub, a non-profit organization that assists persons who are homeless connect with the resources they need.

The Rev. Polly Hilsabeck
Priest Associate

The Rev. James Todd


Karen BarfieldSince returning the Episcopal Church in 2001, the Rev. James Todd has served in a variety of ministries, including Yokefellows Prison Ministry, Altar Guild, Vestry, Durham VA Chaplaincy Services and the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. He comes to St. Joseph’s from Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, where he discerned a call to the diaconate. He served for a year as an intern at St. Cyprian’s parish in Oxford. He is a graduate of Duke University and has worked in communications at the university since 2003. He is currently the communications manager at Duke Chapel. He majored in physics but no longer remembers much calculus; however, he worked at Starbucks for a summer during college and continues make a mean cappuccino. James is married to Annmarie Todd, and the couple has four children — Levi, Samuel, Simeon and Alayna. His hobbies are whatever his children are into.


Abraham (Abe) Ross

Organist/Music Director

Abraham Ross performs regularly as a soloist and an ensemble player with special interests in early music and twentieth-century repertoire. In May 2018, he completed the Masters of Music in Historical Performance at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied organ with Jonathan Moyer and harpsichord with Mark Edwards. During that time, he worked in the music department at Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, where he assisted in accompanying liturgies, conducting the Children’s and Chancel choirs, and engaging the local community with diverse musical offerings. Originally from Holden, Maine, Abe has been fortunate to engage with a variety of performance and educational opportunities around the world. In his free time, Abe enjoys engaging in dialogue with other artists, cooking and generally enjoying food, as well as hiking, skiing, and running.


The Vestry

Dolores Brine
Term expires January 2020

Walter DeWinter, Sr. Warden
Term expires January 2020

Mia Hutchins-Cabibi, Jr. Warden
Term expires January 2021

Rémy Jodrey
Term expires January 2020

Jamie Jones
Term expires January 2022

Doug Merrill, Clerk
Term expires January 2022

Witold Winnik
Term expires January 2021