Clergy, Staff, and Vestry

The Rev. Karen Clay Barfield
Vicar

Karen Barfield The Rev. Karen C. Barfield is married to Ray Barfield and has two children: Micah (21) and Alexandra (17). Karen has been ordained twelve 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 eight years ago 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 her spare time Karen enjoys yoga, reading, gardening, travelling, and designing most anything, especially houses (kitchens and baths in particular). Ray, her husband of 26 years, is a pediatric oncologist at Duke and is Associate 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. Louane Frey
Deacon

The Rev. James Todd

Deacon

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.

Staff

Matthew Bacon

Organist/Music Director

 

The Vestry

Dolores Brine
Term expires January 2020

Logan Isaac
Term expires January 2020

Ken Reid-Eaton
Term expires January 2019

Alex Wheatley
Term expires January 2019

Rémy Jodrey
Term expires January 2018

Jonathan Jones
Senior Warden
Term expires January 2018

Allison Waters
Term expires January 2018