Meet the Staff at St Paul’s

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Meet the Staff at St Paul’s

The Staff takes care of the daily activities of the church.

Rector

The Rev. J. Malone Gilliam
rectorstpaulsedenton@gmail.com

Born and raised in Fort Davis, a rural cattle ranching community in Southwest Texas, Malone’s heritage is steeped in the independent, frontier spirit of cowboy country. Desiring to experience other parts of the United States, Malone attended undergraduate school at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and later received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Prior to his call into ordained ministry, Malone had two different careers; working in the corporate meeting planning arena in the Southeast and then with Advanced Micro Devices, an integrated circuit manufacturer in Austin, TX.

Influential mentors from “near and afar” in his life include: The Torrence brothers, Thomas and James; Paul Zahl, Malcolm Smith; and Brennan Manning.

Prior to accepting the call to St. Paul’s, Malone served as Senior Associate Rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN and as Associate Rector at Church of the Holy Cross on Sullivan’s Island, SC.

Malone is married to Mary Gilliam and they have four daughters: Grace, Anne, Elizabeth, and June. He enjoys southwestern cooking (and eating!), classic rock and roll, and conversation with friends.


Malone and Mary with their four daughters (l-r) Ann, Elizabeth, June, and Grace.


Organist

Linda Thornton

Linda has been a church organist for more than 40 years, starting in the Episcopal church, with side ventures into the Lutheran, Moravian, Greek Orthodox, and Roman Catholic liturgies. St. Paul’s is her “dream job in a dream community”, with a choir that is dedicated, and delightful to serve. She graduated from Salem College with a B. Mus. in organ performance, and later earned a Master’s in Social Work from UNC-CH, with a career in Developmental Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

She came to Edenton lured by a house, and discovered St. Paul’s. What better combination of history and music! A lifelong Episcopalian, Linda grew up in a cathedral church in New York, and has served churches in Virginia and North Carolina. She is a member of Schola Cantorum (the Diocesan choir), and serves on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. She is presently Dean of the North East North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She sings with the Albemarle Chorale, and is on the Preservation Commission of the Town of Edenton. She has three daughters and four grandchildren. Other than music and old houses, Linda enjoys gardening, cooking, and the water.


Parish Administrator

Margot Filipowicz
stpaulsedenton@gmail.com

Margot Filipowicz was born and raised in Springfield, Virginia. She grew up an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, participating in the EYC and serving as an Acolyte. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a major in History. The majority of her professional career was spent working with Intellectual Property attorneys in Northern Virginia. Margot and her husband moved to Edenton in July 2016. Their move was influenced heavily by a house, but also a long time dream of theirs to find a place to live their lives at a quieter pace. Margot loves to cook and read, and hopes to soon hone her skills at gardening and sewing.


Sexton

Thomas Hardy
stpaulsedenton@gmail.com

Thomas has been at St. Paul’s as Sexton since November of 2005. He was born and raised in Edenton with nine other siblings. He worked as a machine operator at Pelican for 25 years and then as head of Maintenance at Swain apartments before coming to St. Paul’s.

Thomas and his wife, Zelda, have a son, Christopher. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, football and baseball.





Housekeeper

Ruth Thigpen
stpaulsedenton@gmail.com

Ruth was born and raised in Edenton. She recently retired from 23 years working for Roses. When she is not working she enjoys traveling and each year she likes to travel somewhere new. She also likes to crochet as well as knit. Ruth and her husband have three children and four grandchildren.