Lori Raible, Pastor
Office: (704) 372-6836 ext. 104
Lori Archer Raible has served the congregation of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church since 2008. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University where she was a member of the Cross-country and Track and Field teams. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary of Charlotte, in 2006 and is currently pursuing her doctorate of ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary with a focus on gender, authority, and congregational leadership.
Until 2020, Lori was deeply involved with the leadership of NEXT Church as a strategy team member and co-chair. As a conduit of relationships in Christ, she has been committed to the equipping and connecting of leaders within the PC(USA), especially the newly ordained; through collaborating in the planning of regional symposiums and national conferences for pastors within their first five years of ministry.
Lori is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Union Presbyterian Seminary. In conjunction with her call to Selwyn, she also enjoys preaching, speaking and writing for various organizations and publications. This year Lori hopes to reclaim her favorite pastimes of running and porch sitting with friends and her husband, Rob, and their two children, Joe and Maeve.
Margo Fraga, Associate Pastor
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Margo Fraga has served the congregation of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church since 2020. Margo is a graduate of Rhodes College, where she played Field Hockey and earned a BA in Anthropology and Sociology. During her college years, she discerned a call to ministry and followed the call to Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she graduated with a Master of Divinity.
Following Seminary, Margo moved to Switzerland to complete a Post Graduate Degree in Ecumenical Theology, serving as the PC(USA) Eugene Carson Blake Scholar for Ecumenical Studies. Margo's call to Selwyn brought her back stateside and "HOME" to North Carolina, where she is a native, born and raised in Chapel Hill. GO HEELS!
When she's not at church, Margo enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, traveling, writing, listening to podcasts, and spending as much time as possible with family.
Hillary Cheek, Parish Associate for Mission
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Hillary Cheek grew up in Charlotte. She graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and earned her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. After graduating from seminary, she answered a call to youth ministry and was ordained as the Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. While there, Hillary began feeling a call to focus more of her ministry on Pastoral Care. For the next year, she served as the Interim Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. She most recently served as the Interim Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC, finishing her time with them shortly before April 2021.
Lisa McLennan, Parish Associate
Lisa serves as a part-time parish associate at Selwyn. She grew up in High Point, NC and after college she followed her most fun college friends in Chapel Hill back to Charlotte to live and work. She met her husband Braxton and they joined Selwyn and got married here in 1995. She worked as a registered dietitian for 20 years before answering a call to seminary as a second career pastor. She graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus in 2014 where she also serves as a staff member on the admissions team.
Lisa and her husband, Braxton, have 3 grownish children-Mac, Ann Royal and Grey and as a family they enjoy skiing, hiking and watching the Panthers while tailgating in their driveway. She’s new to yoga and meditation, the rumor is that they help with stress!
Nancy Nutter, Director of Education for Children & Families
Nancy is a Certified Christian Educator in the PCUSA. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she pursued her BA. Nancy earned her Master’s in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University Charlotte in 2004.
Nancy has served several churches in the Charlotte and Providence Presbyteries for the past 20 years. Nancy is involved in APCE(Assoc, of Presbyterian Educators) and a part of the Charlotte Educators Group. Nancy enjoys serving in local missions and sharing her faith journey with her family and friends.
She is married to her college sweetheart, Tony. Tony works at Wells Fargo as a Technology Manager. Our children are now grown with a married daughter who blessed us with a grandson in Jan 2020. And our son is getting married this fall. Nancy enjoys teaching and spending time with people of all ages especially God’s littlest ones!
Fred Spano, Director of Music
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Fred's formal education includes a B.A. in music education (piano concentration) from William Penn University in Iowa, a Master of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; and a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from Florida State University (2002). He has taught K-12 general/choral music in the US s well as in international schools in Iraq and Ecuador, and has been teaching in higher education since 2002.
Fred has served several churches during his career including Director of Music at First United Methodist Church of Martin in Tennessee, and Pisgah United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, staff choral teacher at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, and Children's Choir Director at Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, New Jersey.
Fred is the Associate Chair for the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as Associate Professor of Music Education. Fred is also an active researcher, and teaches courses in choral and general music methods, supervises student teachers, and is active in the choral community adjudicating and conducting honor choirs in and around Charlotte.
Gay Pappin, Organist
Selwyn's organist since the autumn of 2017 is Gay Pappin. She grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Ouchita Baptist University with a degree in music education, and later received a master's degree and doctorate in music from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Gay has played organ and piano in churches all of her youth and adult life, most recently in Charlotte at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church and previously at the Christian Science congregation on Morehead. She is employed as administrator at the Southern Park Music School on Park Road, where she previously taught piano and organ.
Active in the Charlotte chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Gay has held leadership positions including Dean and member of the Stigall Scholarship committee and registrar for the 2015 Regional Conference.
Her husband is Joe Pappin, a retired professor of philosophy and formerly dean of the Lancaster campus of the University of South Carolina. They have two adult children and are also grandparents.
Marsha Cooper, Church Administrator
Tonya Moore, Accountant
Debbie Pott, Administrative Assistant
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Beth Sharpe, Child Development Center Director