The Staff of Christ Church
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Meg Jones, Director of Christian Formation
252.633.2109 Option 8 / Direct Line: 252.631.5867
Meg is a life-long Episcopalian, raised in the Diocese of Atlanta. After graduating from Appalachian State University, she spent two years at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta in their youth ministry internship program and at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church in Acworth, GA, the past year as the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry. Meg brings experience in churches of varying sizes as well as Diocesan, Provincial, and National church connections that will be invaluable to Christ Church.
Clifford Badgley, Director of Music
252.633.2109 Option 5 / Direct Line: 252.631.5864
Clifford Badgley grew up in Colorado and holds degrees in music from the University of Wyoming and Arizona State University. He has served as music director and organist in Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and Episcopal churches in Arizona, California, and most recently Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clifford is excited to serve in music ministry with the good people of Christ Church. He enjoys experiencing the goodness New Bern, and he is amazed daily by the graciousness of the people here. In his spare time Clifford enjoys spending time with his wife Marcia and their two dogs, reading, renovating an historic little house, working with stained glass, and sometimes blogging about things he finds interesting.
Ellie Roberts, Director of Church Life
252.633.2109 Option 4 / 252.631.5863
Ellie grew up in Door County Wisconsin where she earned a degree in Human Development and Education from the University of Wisconsin. In 2001 she moved to Florida and in 2015 to New Bern, North Carolina. She and her husband Ed live in Greenbriar with their two dogs Brie and Cooper. Ellie has had a long career in Education and Non-Profit Management. She has been the leader for several non-profit agencies over the past 20 years, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Cerebral Palsy and United Way. She has served on the Board of Directors for various agencies as well including: School to Work Partnership, Connection Coalition, Local Coordinating Board for Transportation, and the Bach Ensemble. She was the Choir and Artistic Director for St John the Evangelist Church in Naples, FL where she worked for 14 years. Her contributions to the congregation included directing a 65 voice choir, classical concerts, liturgy planning and development of the Music and Arts enrichment programs which included music and art lessons for all ages and a concert series on the St John Campus. Her choir traveled to Europe on several Pilgrimages. Ms. Roberts is an opera singer and enjoys giving recitals/concerts for good causes as well as advocating for the arts and education. She has performed with Opera Naples, The Bach Ensemble, Pamiro Opera Company, and the Island Opera Theater. She is a member of the Craven Community Chorus. Ellie is delighted to join the Christ Church family.
Debbie Fodrie, Director of Growing in Grace
252.633.2109 Option 9 / Direct Line: 252.631.5870
Debbie Fodrie grew up in New Bern as a member of Christ Church. She and her husband Tim were married in Christ Church and their three sons, Derick, Austin, and Taylor also grew up as members of the church.
Debbie attended St. Mary’s High School and Jr. College in Raleigh, NC and then went on to get her BS degree in Early Childhood Education and Reading K-12 from East Carolina University. She taught for 29 years in Craven Co. Schools and after retiring she was hired as a PreK teacher and director at New Bern Cooperative Preschool.
She was hired as director of Growing In Grace after-school program in 2016 when the program began and loves working with the many volunteers from Christ Church and the New Bern community that make this wonderful program work.
She brings her love of children and her passion for teaching to this position. Debbie enjoys spending her free time with Tim at their camper in Stella, NC.
Patti Williams, Financial Assistant
252.633.21099 Option 6 / Direct Line: 252.631.5865
Relocating south had been part of Patti’s plan and now being part of Christ Church her semi-retirement dream has come true. New Jersey had always been called home for Patti. She was born and raised in South Jersey just over the bridge from Philadelphia. Patti has many wonderful memories of family vacations on Long Beach Island. Patti has done some traveling, her favorite was a cruise through the Greek Isles with family and friends. Patti brings many years of banking experience to our financial assistant position. Starting as a teller, her desire to help people and her friendly personality propelled her to management. After 14 years and many bank name changes, she decided to pursue other roads to happiness. Coming to New Bern has given Patti many reasons to be thankful. Her home here is halfway between family still in NJ and brothers in FL. She enjoys working in her yard, riding her bike, cooking for her fiance, Gary and volunteering at Tryon Palace.
Dare Oliver, Communications Coordinator
252.633.21099 Option 7 / Direct Line: 252.631.5866
Dare brings wide experience in public relations, media, and website development. Most recently, she wrote the script for the 5:00 and 5:30 newscasts at WCTI. She earned a Journalism and Mass Communications degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has worked in public relations and graphic design her whole career.
Dare grew up in Carteret County, where she met her husband George in high school. They have been married for 22 years, and they have three children – Catherine, Abigail and Mason. They’ve lived in New Bern since 2000.
RECEPTIONIST: 252.633.2109 Option 1 / Direct Line: 252.631.5871