Clergy, Staff, and Vestry

The Rev. Karen Clay Barfield

Karen BarfieldThe Rev. Karen C. Barfield is married to Ray Barfield and has two adult children: Micah and Alexandra, and a grandson! Karen has been ordained sixteen 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 she 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 30 years, is an author and pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician. 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. Monnie Riggin

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Monnie was ordained to the Diaconate on May 5, 2018 and is currently serving as liturgical Deacon at St. Joseph’s, and as Deacon for Anti-racism and Reconciliation for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. She served her internship at St. Joseph’s while in the Diaconate discernment process. Prior to coming back to St. Joseph’s, she served as the Deacon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Haw River, NC. She is very active in her community of Durham. She was a co-founder and is a leader of Episcopalians United Against Racism (EUAR), and serves on the Bishop’s Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee (RJRC). For many years she has worked with high-risk ex-offenders returning to Durham. Monnie established Faith Teams at St. Luke’s in Durham and helped train others.

Prior to this, Monnie had a wonderful 40-year career in the airline and travel management corporate world! She is a widow and has two grown girls, a son-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. In her spare time, she loves reading, gardening, writing icons, and traveling (mostly to see her children and grandchildren!).

The Rev. Polly Hilsabeck
Priest Associate



Cambria Storms

Organist/Music Director

Cambria joined St. Joseph’s in November 2019. Welcome, Cambria!


The Vestry

David Hilsabeck, Jr. Warden
Term expires January 2023

Jamie Jones, Sr. Warden
Term expires January 2022

Doug Merrill, Clerk
Term expires January 2022

Erica Ridderman
Term expires January 2023

Hannah Ridge
Term expires January 2021

Witold Winnik
Term expires January 2021