Pastors & Staff
Dr. Jeff Paschal, Pastor
Jeff Paschal, a native North Carolinian, received a B.A. (cum laude) in music education from Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C. in 1982, and was the recipient of the W.B. and Louise Camp Award for Academic Excellence. Upon graduation, he taught band and music appreciation in the S.C. public schools for two years. 1984-1987 Jeff served as a member of the U.S. Army Band of New York City. In 1987, he entered Union Presbyterian Seminary where he received the Master of Divinity degree and was co-recipient of the E. T. George Award for excellence in homiletics, worship and public speaking. In 2006 he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Jeff has served congregations in Lancaster, PA, Greensburg, PA, Willoughby, OH, and Wooster, OH. He contributed essays to Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volume 2 and Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Year A, Vol. 2; Year B, Vol. 2; Year C, Vol. 3) published (hardcover) by Westminster John Knox Press. Since 2012 he has written a monthly column for the Greensboro News & Record newspaper. Jeff and his wife, Beth, have five children and enjoy long-distance running, reading, dining out, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their spoiled-rotten dog, Zoe, and deeply-disturbed cat, Shelley.
Rev. Jo Nygard Owens, Associate Pastor
Jo joined the Guilford Park staff in 2014. Prior to coming here, Jo served as Communications Coordinator for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. Jo is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Drama (cum laude). She earned her Masters of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Jo has been a Rec Leader and Keynoter for Montreat Youth Conferences; at Massanetta Springs she led workshops for the Middle School Conference and SALT. She has keynoted and led workshops for churches and presbyteries throughout the southeast. Her husband, the Rev. BJ Owens, is the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and they have two small children, Amelia and Graham. Jo loves dancing, reading, cooking, and most anything that can be found on Pinterest.
Dr. Christopher (Kit) Schooley, Parish Associate for Pastoral Care and Christian Education
Kit Schooley retired from forty years of parish ministry in 2012, having served twelve congregations and three pastoral counseling centers. Kit, and his wife Terry moved to Greensboro soon after each of them joined the ranks of the retired. They have a married daughter in Durham with two grandchildren: Tate, 12 and Taylor, 10. They have a second married daughter in Atlanta, with their third grandchild Ethan, who is one.
Kit’s spent twenty years in pastoral counseling specializing in marriage and family therapy; and then 20 years in parish ministry, specializing in interim ministry.
Now he specializes in gardening, and woodworking with occasions of preaching and teaching at Guilford Park. In the first half of 2014, Kit spent six months at the American Church in Paris as their visiting pastor and conducted 130 weddings of couples from all over the world. He’s glad to be home and not hearing the “wedding march” in his dreams.
Dr. Frederick (Fred) A Beck, Parish Associate
Fred is a retired, second-career Presbyterian minister, a marathon runner, a continuing jazz/classical trumpet player, a native Vermonter, growing up in Newport, Vermont, which is on the Canadian border. Fred and his wife, Sally, lived in Newport before moving to Topsham, Maine, and, subsequently, to Rochester, New York.
Fred holds a B.S. degree (1969) in music education from the University of Vermont, as well as M.M. (1973) and D.M.A. (1979) degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. In 1993 he received an M.Div. degree from Duke University.
From 1969 to 1976 Fred taught instrumental music in the public schools of Vermont and Maine and performed in the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, as well as in various jazz groups and big bands.
From 1980 to 1992 Fred was an associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He performed as principal trumpet in the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and was an active recitalist and jazz musician in the Greensboro area.
Fred has written twenty articles for the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfield; his doctoral dissertation entitled The Flugelhorn: Its History and Literature was published in 1977; and his composition, “Vocalise for Unaccompanied Flugelhorn,” was published by the International Trumpet Guild in 1977.
In 1993 Fred left UNCG to begin his second career as a Presbyterian minister. Fred served the First Presbyterian Church in Oak Hill, West Virginia until 1997, when he and Sally moved to Connersville, Indiana where Fred served the First Presbyterian Church in Connersville. Fred also served on the Committee on Ministry in both West Virginia and Indiana.
While in West Virginia Fred performed with “The Presby Pickers,” an old-time mountain music group; and while in Indiana gathered a jazz quintet of First Presbyterian members and formed “The Presby Stompers” for the purpose of performing jazz worship services at the church.
In 2003 Fred and Sally returned to Greensboro, North Carolina where Fred served Community in Christ, Presbyterian. Fred retired in June of 2012 and began his “third” career of playing music, running, and “going to school” through The Great Courses.
Fred and Sally have two children, six grandchildren, one great-grandson, and another great-grandchild on the way. Fred and Sally live in Forest Oaks with their beloved cat, HipHop.
Kim Row, Christian Educator for Children and Youth
Kim joined our staff in July of 2005. Kim was born in Missouri and raised in Arkansas. She has worked in Catholic, Presbyterian U.S.A. and United Methodist churches in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. Kim has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arkansas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Pfieffer University in Charlotte, NC.
Kim and her husband, Gary moved to Guilford County in 2000. They have three children, David, Katie and Amanda and their dog, Paige. Kim enjoys music, adventure and the out-of-doors, especially around water. Her mission and her calling is for teaching!
Jane Sharpe, Church and Financial Administrator
Jane has lived and worked in and around Greensboro most of her life. She enjoys reading and knitting. Jane and her husband, Tim have a dog named Keeley. They live on a small farm in Whitsett, N.C. Jane and Tim have been married for more than 20 years.
Dr. Bill Allred, Director Music Ministries
Bill Allred joined GPPC August 2009 following long-time organist-choir director Dr. David Pinnix and interim director Loretta James. Bill began his church music career in 1989 and has served three other Greensboro churches; Saint Paul Presbyterian, Centenary United Methodist, and Buffalo Presbyterian.
Bill holds degrees from Westminster Choir College; BM, The North Carolina School of the Arts; MM, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; DMA. He is the Artistic Director of The Burlington Boys Choir and is a founding board member of Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities. Bill is active in Greensboro music organizations, currently serving on the board of the Greensboro Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and formerly on the board of the North Carolina United Methodist All-State Youth Chorus and as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boy Choirs for the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association. For over fifteen years he has been the volunteer director of the Friends Homes Ringers, the residents’ handbell choir at Friends Homes at Guilford.
Bill and his wife Alicia live in Burlington with their two dachshunds, Calvin and Phillip.
Brian Fitts, Director of music for Contemporay Worship
Brian is the music director for the contemporary service at Guilford Park. He has a B.S. degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where his primary instrument was percussion. Brian has participated in numerous musical groups ranging from jazz bands to orchestras, traditional choirs to praise bands, and he is frequently requested as a guest musician in Greensboro and the surrounding area.
Brian is married to Linda Fitts who works for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. Their son Tommy is a regional accounts manager for Aaron’s. Brian is a technician with Elon University during the week where he works with audio and video electronics. He loves working with his son restoring old cars and he and his wife enjoy participating in the NC Presbyterian Pilgrimage.
Jordan Hart, Accompanist for the Contemporary Service
Jordan Hart is the new accompanist for the YES contemporary service at Guilford Park. He is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, getting a Bachelor of Arts in Music with piano as his principal. Jordan has lived in Greensboro all his life, and his home church is Lindley Park Baptist, where he organizes and hosts a monthly coffeehouse/variety show fundraiser called That Friday Night Thing! He also serves as the accompanist for the Gate City Young Singers, and often fills in at Lindley Park, Trinity Church, and Parkwood Baptist. He is a veteran member of the Chariots, UNCG's premiere co-ed a cappella group, and enjoys reading, writing, and film.
Janet Dawson, Congregational Nurse
Janet Dawson joined the staff in January of 2009 as our new congregational nurse. She was born in Ohio and moved to Greensboro in 1969. She has been married for 45 years to her husband Michael and they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Educated in Nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital, Janet has been active as a nurse for over 40 years. She comes to us from Moses Cone Healthcare System; where she worked for many years as a Emergency Department and a Pre-Admission Nurse.
Janet, our congregational nurse is here on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.