The Reverend Dr. Ann B. Jahnes, Pastor
Ann has served in campus ministry and Presbyterian churches in North Carolina, and in Paris, France and Iona, Scotland. She studied at St. Andrews University, Scotland, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. She relies on these words of Jesus: “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Her hope in ministry is “to encourage sacred living, to help others discover the abundant life, to see God, and to follow Christ day by day.”
The Reverend Joanna Hipp
“It only takes one! One word, one phrase, one sentence, one time to make a difference in one person’s life.
Someone is listening.”
Ordained in her home church in October 2015, Joanna’s first call was to Providence Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, as Associate Pastor for youth, missions, and outreach. She was called to Southport Presbyterian in September, 2019. She attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now University) in Laurinburg, NC, where she majored in Religious Studies. She spent one semester studying and traveling in Italy. Joanna earned her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education working at the University of Louisville Level I Trauma Center. In addition to her congregational work, Joanna has been involved in leadership roles at Montreat conferences, served as media relations chair of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, and served on various committees with the Presbytery of Charlotte. Joanna has also served pulpit supply for many churches in North Carolina.
Laurie Russ, Music Director
The superior quality of music is an inspirational aspect of worship at Southport Presbyterian Church. Our Director of Music, Laurie Russ, brings broad experience as a music professional and educator. She has served as a music director and pianist in area churches and schools, a piano instructor, accompanist, and independent piano teacher.
Laurie studied music at Meredith College and at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and she is a licensed Kindermusik Educator.
Ilona Smith, Office Administrator
Ilona joined the church staff in August, 2019. Prior to moving to Southport, Ilona and her husband, Greg lived in Western North Carolina for 25 years. Her professional experience includes management of dental offices in South Carolina and church secretary for an 1,100-member congregation in Hendersonville, NC.
Ray Dickerson, Bookkeeper
Prior to moving to Southport, Ray served as a mortgage loan officer in Waldorf, MD. He is a trained volunteer with the Brunswick Literacy Council. A graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, Ray’s professional skills include orientation to details and extensive customer service.
Gary Phipps, Treasurer
Gary became a member of SPC in 2016, transferring from St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where he served as Treasurer for 10 years as a member of the church’s financial management team. A retired engineer, he had a 35-year career with Bell Laboratories and AT&T Communications.