Clergy, Staff, and Vestry

The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner

Vicar_LaurenOur part-time vicar is Lauren Winner.  Vicar Lauren is a writer and reader and teacher; when she’s not at St Joe’s, you can find her in the classroom at Duke, where she is Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality, or at her desk, where she might be reading or writing about overlooked biblical images of God or the history of Christian prayer; or in her kitchen, where she might be following a recipe from the newest issue of Milk Street.  Covid has interrupted Vicar Lauren’s regular teaching at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women–she hopes that soon “the Hope Center at NCCIW” can be restored to the list of places you might find her.  New to St. Joe’s in July 2021, Vicar Lauren looks forward to praying with you, loving the neighbor with you, and conversing with you about all manner of topics, not least your life with God.

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

Polly ResizeThe Rev. Polly Hilsabeck and her husband, David, are active at St. Joseph’s, because worship is joyful and beautiful and its holy action within the larger and richly diverse Durham community is a way station of welcome and compassion. Polly took her background in biological sciences to seminary in Berkeley, California, and, following, was in the second wave of women ordained to the Priesthood. She served in parish, school, hospital and jail ministries in Bay Area, Central, and Southern California and in Hawai’i before coming to the Diocese of NC in 2005. Her debut novel American Blues will be published Spring 2022.


Cambria Storms
Organist/Music Director

Cambria PhotoCambria Storms grew up nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia with a wide background in the performing and visual arts as a mover and a shaker. Cambria has been a musician as long as they can remember who first started playing and studying the piano at the age of eight and hasn’t stopped since performing with various instrumentalists, ensembles, choirs, and vocalists. Cambria discovered a passion for the pipe organ in 2009 beginning organ studies with Thomas Baugh and going on to serve as an Apprentice to organist Andrew Cochran at St. James Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Va. Cambria currently serves as Secretary to the Durham-Chapel Hill American Guild-of-Organists Chapter. Previously they have served as Organist-in-Residence at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, St. Phillip’s Anglican Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church, and are delighted to find a church home sharing in the glory of the Liturgy with St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.


The Vestry

Walter DeWinter, Treasurer
Term expires January 2023

Jamie Jones, Sr. Warden
Term expires January 2022

Doug Merrill, Clerk
Term expires January 2022

Erica Ridderman, Jr. Warden
Term expires January 2023

Hannah Ridge
Term expires January 2021

Witold Winnik
Term expires January 2021