Pastor - Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis
Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated with honors from St. Leo University with a B.A. Psychology. After traveling as an armed services spouse, she entered Columbia Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Masters in Divinity in May 2013.
While at CTS, she distinguished herself in her in-depth research efforts at the intersection of anti-racism, art, worship, and multi-culturalism for which she was awarded honors in the area of practical theology. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the William Dudley Award for excellence in the area of evangelism and church growth.
Since seminary, Shavon has served calls as pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Midwest City, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, and Providence Presbyterian Church in Providence, RI.
She finds profound joy in crafting worship, pastoral care, and encouraging as many people as possible to be involved with what God is up to in congregational life and beyond through faithful discernment. For the past 6 years, she has been dedicated to supporting the wider church through leadership in the NEXT Church movement as a strategy team member, coordination team leader, and co-chair.
"I am overjoyed to be called to serve as Pastor of Meadowlake Presbyterian Church. For me that means being a sibling in ministry, encourager, supporter, leader, theological resourcer, preacher, teacher, shepherd, and counselor for the Faith Community of Meadowlake Church and Our Neighbors." - Pastor Shavon
Preschool Director - Julie Kramer
Julie taught elementary school and mentored new teachers for 9 years before staying home once her son was born. She and her husband Ben are both Tar Heels, and they have two children, both of whom attended Meadowlake Preschool. She joined the Meadowlake family as the director of the preschool in 2016 and just loves working with such amazing people – staff, parents and adorable students – every day. A colleague of hers once said, “Julie sets high expectations, has a calm and effective demeanor when handling challenges, and a passion for children becoming all they can be!”
Church Secretary and Musical Accompanist - Jen Hammond