Pastors & Staff
The Rev. Dr. David A. Cagle, Transitional Pastor
David grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee (and remains an avid fan of UT sports). He is married to Zoe, also a seminary graduate and an emergency room nurse. They live in Southern Pines, NC, and have two children, Merritt, a recent graduate of UT who is starting graduate school, and Hunter, a student at Appalachian State.
He completed his Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is a trained and certified transitional (interim) pastor.
David comes to us from First Presbyterian Church Virginia Beach, a 1000-member congregation where he served as interim Head of Staff for two years, leading them through a transition of multiple staff. Prior to that,
he served as the interim Head of Staff at Swift Creek Presbyterian Church, a 400-member congregation in the suburbs of Richmond, VA. Before answering the call to transitional ministry, David served for 12 years as the Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church Kingsport TN, a 600-member congregation, Associate Pastor at Brownson Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, NC, and as a solo pastor in coastal South Carolina.
A few statements from David’s narrative:
The Church “I believe that the church is a place where Christians come together to encounter God. The church is where we are spiritually nourished, so we can face all of life’s joys and hardships empowered by the Spirit of Christ.”
Interpersonal Skills “I have been told that I am friendly, caring, and warm. I am genuinely concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of others. As a mentor long ago advised, ‘People want to know you care before they care what you know.’”
Leadership Style “I believe that effective leadership in the church is determined by the quality of the relationship between the minister and the congregation. I strive to be friendly and accessible, to listen well to others, allowing them fully and frankly to express their ideas, whether I agree or disagree. As a transitional leader, I believe that it is vital that all voices are heard.”
Theological Perspective “I believe the Holy Spirit is continuing the work of transforming our lives through the experience and knowledge of God’s grace. In a response of grateful obedience to God’s love, we are called to ministries of love and care in our communities and throughout the world.”
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 Haw River.
Susan Smith, Congregational Nurse
Susan was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and attended Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. She also attended UNC-Charlotte where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has worked at several hospitals in the Charlotte area as well as Wake Forest, Bowman Grey School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro in the Kids Path program. She has lived in Greensboro since 2003.
Susan and her husband, Van, have a daughter, Taylor, who is married and lives in Washington, NC. Taylor and her husband, Greg, have two sons, Wells and Myers. Susan and Van also have a son, Tanner, who lives and works in Charleston, SC. The Smiths enjoy fishing, boating, and vacationing at the NC coast, and spending time with friends, family, and especially their grandchildren. They have two dogs, a golden retriever and a black lab.
Susan will have office hours on Tuesdays from 10:30-12:00. Please come by and introduce yourself.
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. Kim enjoys music, adventure and the out-of-doors, especially around water. Her mission and her calling is for teaching!
Brian Fitts, Director of YES Music for Casual Worship
Brian is the YES music director for the casual 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 AuthoraCare Collective of Greensboro. Their son Tommy is a manager for Aaron’s. Brian is a technician and works in IT at Elon University. He loves working with his son restoring old cars and he and Linda enjoy participating in the NC Presbyterian Pilgrimage.
Jordan Hart, Accompanist for the Casual Worship Service
Jordan Hart is the accompanist for the YES casual service at Guilford Park. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with piano as his principal.
Jordan and his wife, Abigail, live in Greensboro, where he has lived all his life. 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 he enjoys reading, writing, and film.
Jane Sharpe, Church Administrator
Jane joined the staff of Guilford Park in November 2012 as our part-time Financial Administrator. In October 2016 she added the full-time duties of the Church Administrator to her position as well. She says every day is a learning experience as she hones her computer, web, and financial skills at GPPC. She has become the wearer of many hats in her role as point of first contact.
Jane has lived and worked in and around Greensboro most of her life, but recently moved to Asheboro. She and her husband, Tim, built their dream home in the Uwharrie mountains in Randolph county. They have been married for 25 years, and they say they are still honeymooning. Jane's interests include reading, gardening, knitting, camping, and she volunteers with an area German Shepherd Rescue organization.