Senior Pastor

Chuck Jacob

A native of Silicon Valley in California, Pastor Chuck Jacob received a B.A. in economics from Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) after spending his first two years at Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA). He then worked in Washington, D.C. for nine years, first at the Federal Reserve and then as a lobbyist for Apple, Inc. After he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998 from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL, Chuck’s pastoral ministry began as Teaching Pastor at Second…
Congregational Care Pastor

Chris Garrett

Chris Garrett is from St. Louis, but attended UNC before joining the college ministry staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) for five years after college. He attended Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Boston. He and his wife Jenny  both received their degrees there, and they returned to serve at CGS when Chris accepted the position of Youth Pastor.  Following a missions call, Chris and Jenny served with MTW in the Philippines for 4 years, and then returned to States where Chris…
Spiritual Formation Pastor

Bob Burns

Bob Burns came to faith in Jesus as a seventh grader, and from that time through college, his life was deeply impacted by mentors who shaped his understanding of faith, ministry, and the church. After graduate school Bob married Janet, who is his best friend and partner. Over the years he has been involved in a wide variety of ministries ranging from youth and singles, worship and arts, and various pastoral roles. He loves designing initiatives on how the gospel…

Norman Acker

Community Formation Pastor

Mark Whipple

Mark Whipple was born and raised in Sudbury, MA and therefore is a lifelong Boston sports fanatic. He first arrived in Durham to attend Duke University, then served as Youth Ministry Director at CGS for two years, during which time he met and married his wife, Jen. After attending Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (and after consuming many cheesesteaks), the Whipples landed in Asheville, NC—first doing youth ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and ultimately planting Westside Church. Mark and Jen…

Oscar Aylor

Bob Burns

Director of Children’s Ministry

Amelia Cassar

Amelia Cassar was born and raised in Sacramento, California, but is thankful that God brought her to North Carolina and ultimately to CGS in 2016 to serve its kids and families. She became a Christian at the age of 18 when a sorority sister shared the gospel with her. A few months later, she met her husband and best friend, Isaac, in the dining hall at UCLA. After graduating in 2015 with a B.A. in Global Studies, she moved to…

Chris Garrett

Youth Ministry Intern

Carissa Cauthen

Carissa Cauthen is originally from the beautiful state of South Carolina. She has a passion for ministry, and the Lord has used overseas missions to build her faith and love of Him. Carissa loves to use her creative gifts by painting, drawing, or creating something unique. She enjoys being outside, reading in a coffee shop, or fellowshipping with friends over food. She is so excited to be working with the youth at CGS!

Chuck Jacob

Administrative Assistant

Abigail Grebe

Abigail Grebe joined the office staff in May of 2012. She is the first one to greet you with a smile as you walk into the office. Abby assists the Music Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Young Adults Ministry and on Sundays she enjoys being a lead vocalist with the CGS praise team and working in the Nursery. You’ll often see her flitting around the hallways on Sunday mornings seeing how she can help you! She and her husband, Ryan, reside…

Steve Jones

Director of Youth Ministry

JT Hoover

JT Hoover is from the great state of Georgia. He met his wife, Lauren, in Rock Hill, SC while working in youth ministry in the Church. They have two sweet daughters, Micah and Lucy. In JT’s free time, he enjoys reading, drinking a good cup of coffee, exploring Durham’s restaurants, and playing basketball. JT is a lover of sports, books, and delicious food. He’s passionate about seeing students grasp the beauty of who Jesus is, and how Jesus is making…

Glenn Jordan

Chief Operating Officer/Chief of Staff

Glenn Jordan

Dr. Glenn Jordan has long-standing roots in the southeast in general, and the Triangle area in particular. He and his wife Beth met while in high school in Norfolk, Virginia. Glenn migrated to Durham to earn his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University, while Beth was concurrently pursuing a degree in accounting from the University of Richmond. After a stint in Charlottesville (medical school at UVA), opportunities for post-graduate training and subsequent clinical practice (neonatology) resulted in “transplantation”…

Dave Long

Maintenance Manager

Richard Mayes

Richard Mayes is a North Carolina native, married, with three adult children, and a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd since 1996. Moving his family to one of his wife’s family homes in Durham in 1994, he settled into life in the county near a thriving city and continued working in manufacturing, commuting daily to Virginia. After retiring from product development, he offered to fill in the gap for a short time as a handyman while the church…

Matt McClure

Director of Music Ministry

Matt McClure

Matt McClure’s first foray into church musicianship was in his 4th grade year on the stage of a little Presbyterian church in Knoxville, TN. Even then, he knew he was made to play music, and he focused his studies on that pursuit. In 2003, the McClures moved to the Triangle for Matt to work at UNC-Chapel Hill as one of the band directors and the saxophone teacher. In 2013, he started working part-time in the music ministry of Church of…
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