New Officers

Grace and peace to each of you,


God calls each of us to minister in different ways through our diverse gifts and experiences. God has placed a call on the heart of certain women and men in our congregation to serve in elected positions of leadership, and I am grateful for their energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.


Look for the ordination/installation service to be a part of this Sunday’s worship video. In the meantime, without further ado, I am delighted to introduce our new class of elders and deacons!


In hope,


(Through May 2023)
Greg Behr
Greg is first and foremost the father of two amazing daughters, Wren (5) and Poppy (2), and husband to his amazing and inspiring wife Emily. He is also the co-owner of a strategic communications firm, GBW Strategies, which he has operated since 2008. He helps clients like Google and Google Fiber, American Tobacco Campus, Aetna, and Raleigh’s annual bluegrass festival tell engaging stories to their audiences. He is also an avid reader, terrible writer, and struggling minimalist which he frequently writes about for the blog No Sidebar. He lives in Briar Chapel where he can be seen  taking his Australian Shepherd/Lab mix Lexi on at least one hike a day.


Paul Bolig
(Finance and Administration)
Paul and his wife Jo, moved to North Carolina from Bowie, MD in 2014 after retiring as educators with the Prince George’s County Public Schools and became members of Chapel in the Pines a year later. They are the proud parents of two adult children; Sally who lives in Brooklyn, NY and Owen who lives in Nashville, TN. Paul has been an active member of the Finance and Administration Committee since 2018 and will be serving as the Elder on that Committee. Beyond his CITP activities, Paul has served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Property Owners’ Association at their mountain home in Watauga County, NC and volunteered at the Chatham County Center for Aging prior to the COVID outbreak (and hopes to return soon!) as a SHIIP (Medicare) Counselor and as a VITA (Tax Preparer) volunteer.


Jennifer Larson
(Christian Ed)
Jennifer lives in Briar Chapel with her husband, Doug, and two sons, Colin and Carson.  She grew up in the Chicago area but has been living in North Carolina for almost 25 years.  She teaches literature, film, and writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jennifer enjoys lattes, vegan baked goods, Christmas movies, and swimming.


(Through May 2023)
Maggie Ford
Maggie is a Chapel Hill native and the third of five children born to the town’s fire chief and a social worker for Durham County. In the 1980’s, her late husband’s employment took them to Sarasota, Florida; Marietta, Georgia; and Charlotte then Durham, North Carolina. They moved to North Chatham County in 2003. On April 1, 2013 Maggie retired from UNC-Chapel Hill with 25 years of State service. Her last position was Director of Human Resources at the School of Government. She shares her home with her one remaining Boxer, Jas, and her husband’s three fish. She shares her 5-acre yard with her best yard buddy, a John Deere riding mower, and an assortment of wildlife.


Jim Harllee
Jim was born in High Point, North Carolina and grew up attending the First Presbyterian Church of High Point. He graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville NC with a degree in Business Administration, having gone there originally as a music major. While at ECU he met Jo Ann and they married in 1972. His career was in the Property/Casualty Insurance field in both Greensboro and Chapel Hill. He earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1993.  Jim and Jo Ann retired in 2002 and soon bought a motor home, traveling throughout the US and Canada. During these trips they got into birding, a hobby they still enjoy. They have traveled all over playing golf, including many times to Scotland. He earned his USCG Captain’s License in 2014 and they enjoyed cruising in Coastal North Carolina for many years. In the summers he volunteers at the Historic Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was an Elder at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta, Virginia before transferring his membership to Chapel in the Pines in 2016.


Melissa Staples
Melissa is a native of Philadelphia; she moved to Greensboro at age 11 and generally considers herself a North Carolinian. Her college years were spent in Massachusetts at Smith College but after a brief stint working in Washington, D.C., she returned to North Carolina for graduate studies at UNC. A lifelong Presbyterian, Melissa settled back in her hometown where she raised a son and a daughter who are both grown and happily married. After a twenty-five year tenure in Burlington in manufacturing, she transitioned to a career in nonprofit management and fundraising with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. In 2003, after a divorce, she moved to Raleigh and began a career in university development with NC State College of Textiles, UNC and later UNCG. She also worked locally with several nonprofits. A member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, she became involved in a wide variety of church programs including training as a Stephen Minister. She retired in 2015 and relocated to Chapel Hill with her partner Bob Vavrina, who died in 2018  . She loves living in Chatham County where she enjoys the many cultural activities, as well as hiking, reading, and spending time with family. Melissa takes great pleasure in being a grandmother to her grandsons and also stays active playing tennis and bridge.


Lee Werley
Lee has been a member of Chapel in the Pines in October 2006. He’s a retired pharmacist who spends his time painting, teaching and performing magic and spending time with the grandchildren. Lee and Marcia have been married for 20 years.


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  ~John 14:27