834 Durham Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-556-3656

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

The Reverend Sarah Phelps

The Rev. Sarah Phelps has served as an ordained minister for 20 years in a variety of settings and two denominations – from a solo clergy appointment in a small United Methodist church, to an Associate position in a mid-sized congregation with responsibility for missions and liturgical development, to management in a faith-based community improvement…

Helen Sopris

Helen Sopris is our Music Director at St. John’s. She is a graduate of Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC (magna cum laude) with a major in voice and a minor in music education. She has taken numerous post-graduate classes at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where she studied handbells with Bob Ivy and Kathy…

Tracy Painter

Tracy has been married to Bryan for 24 years and they have two young adult children; Kyle and Kelsey. They have lived in Wake Forest for nearly 20 years. Tracy is a graduate of East Carolina University. She joined the staff of St John’s Preschool in 2005 and taught the 3 year old class for…

Barbara Kwiatek

Barbara Kwiatek joined our staff as St. John’s Financial and Parish Administrator in April 2011 after relocating from New Jersey. She has extensive experience in Human Resources concentrating in Customer Relations and Financial Benefits. She is a graduate of William Paterson University located in Wayne, NJ with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and an Associates…

Joy Shillingsburg

Joy Shillingsburg joined St. John’s in 2009 when she moved from the Philadelphia area to Wake Forest. She has served as our EYC leader since January of 2012 and brings fifteen years of experience as a middle and high school history teacher to the position. Engaging the youth of St. John’s in positive memories in…