Our Staff

The Rev. Peden Emile Harley
Pastor
The Reverend Aaron Doll
Parish Associate
Rachel Whaley Doll
Christian Educator
Sharon Moore
Director of Music
Kris Dempsey
Youth Music Leader
Mary Jane Coble
Preschool Director
Dorothy Wright
Administrative Assistant
Joan Denney
Financial Secretary

Pastor

The Rev. Peden Emile Harley

Emile came to Winter Park Presbyterian in the summer of 2007 as the Associate Pastor. He began serving as Pastor of WPPC in July of 2014. Having previously served several summers at Presbyterian summer camps, he is passionate about engaging with children, youth, and adults of all ages in creative and meaningful ways. In his teaching and ministry Emile seeks to discover along with members of our church what it means to live as a disciple of Christ in this time and place through service to others, Biblical study, worship, and fellowship.
In Emile’s office, you will find a curious mix (mess?) of guitar and Greek New Testment, traditional hymnal and contemporary song book, Frisbee and chalice, ancient prayerbook and recreation notebook. He believes that the church is most whole (and most Holy) when many people are invited to bring varied gifts for worship, song, service, fellowship, and fun and do so seeking to love God and neighbor with all their heart, mind, and strength. He strives to call the church to be a place of welcome where all of people are greeted as beloved children of God.
Emile is the grateful husband of Amy Harley and the father of Lydia (age 8), Emma (age 5), and Michael (Age 2).
B.A. – Davidson College, 2003
M.Div. – Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 2007
M.A.C.E. – Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 2007

Parish Associate

The Reverend Aaron Doll

Aaron began his service to Winter Park Presbyterian Church in September of 2016, but he is no stranger to Winter Park.  He is the husband of Rachel Doll, our Christian Educator.  He is also an experienced member of our Ukulele Choir!  He is an ordained Teaching Elder in our Presbyterian Church (USA), and he served two different congregations over the course of 14 years in the Rochester, NY area.  Since coming to Wilmington, he underwent chaplain training through the Spiritual Care Department of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  As our Parish Associate, Aaron seeks to extend the ministries of Congregational Care to the people of our church family.  He brings a caring and welcoming presence into conversation and visitation.  We are thankful for his work here! He combines his service to Winter Park with serving as pastor to Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church and Bethany Presbyterian Church.

B.S. – State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994
M.Div. – Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, 1998
Clinical Pastoral Education Residency – New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2015

Christian Educator

Rachel Whaley Doll

Rachel Doll has the title of Christian Educator at WPPC, but she is that and so much more.  She is a gifted Biblical storyteller – bringing the scriptures alive through the art of storytelling.  She is an author, visual artist, songwriter, preacher, teacher, fearless leader of youth and children, compassionate listener, emerging ukulele master, and a kind soul with an engaging sense of humor about this gift that we know as life.

Rachel has a passion for exploring the intersection of faith and justice, and she helps call our church family to love every person as a child of God, created in God’s image.  Through art, music, teaching, preaching, storytelling, and much more she invites us to journey with God though faith and life.
Rachel has served other Presbyterian congregations as a Christian Educator.  She has served Montreat Youth Conferences in many ways including as Keynote Director.  She has a certification in Biblical Storytelling from the Network of Biblical Storytellers, and she has given storytelling concerts.  Rachel is a published author.  Her most recent book, Beating on the Chest of God: a Faith Journey Though Infertility, honestly and courageously explores the doubt and anger often experienced with infertility.
Rachel shares her gift of preaching regularly at Winter Park, and her sermons are always a highlight of our life together.
Rachel is married to Aaron (our Parish Associate), and they have two daughters, Robyn and Sylvia.
Visit Rachel’s website here:  http://www.rachelwhaleydoll.com/

Director of Music

Sharon Moore

Sharon invites members of our choirs and our congregation to share faith, wonder, and joy through music. She directs our Chancel Choir (voice), Jubilee Bells (handbells), and Children’s Choir and helps lead our Ukulele Choir. She works to incorporate the musical gifts of all of our members into our life of worship. Whether you play guitar, drum, clarinet, saxophone, flute, bass, cello, or ukulele, Sharon seeks out a place for you to share your gifts. Sharon draws upon our Presbyterian musical tradition in creative and engaging ways. She challenges us to live out that tradition and expand upon it in ways that invite others in to our life together. She has a heart for the work of justice and mercy, and she seeks to enable us to reflect upon our calling to the practice of loving-kindness through music.
Sharon came to Winter Park in September of 2014. She has an extensive background as a music educator working with children and youth. She previously served Unitarian-Universalist and Methodist churches. She frequently works as an accompanist in theatrical productions.
In addition to directing the choirs, Sharon accompanies our congregation and choirs on piano and organ. Her talent with the clarinet is a gift to our church, and she has taken up the ukulele since her arrival at WPPC.
If music is a passion or interest of yours, please begin a conversation with Sharon!


Sharon D. Moore has been Music Director at Winter Park Presbyterian Church since September 2014.  Originally from Lake Bluff, IL, she received her BA Instrumental Music from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a focus on clarinet, and her MFA Arts Management from American University (Washington, DC).  She has taught band, chorus, and general music in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia, and North Carolina.  Her experience also includes: Operations Manager – Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (Atlanta, Georgia), Director of Artistic Operations – New World Symphony (Miami, FL), Manager – Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale University), Executive Director McLean Orchestra (McLean, Virginia), and Executive Director – Callanwolde Children’s Choirs (Atlanta, Georgia).

Sharon enjoys kayaking, and spending time with her family and their high maintenance Border Collie.

Youth Music Leader

Kris Dempsey

Kris Dempsey is a gifted percussionist and talented ukulele player who loves working with youth. Her creative, out-going, caring personality equips her to challenge youth to build their musical skills and share their gifts with the entire congregation. As one of our youth shared with us that “she makes practice fun” is very high praise indeed!

She works with Rachel, Sharon, and Emile to ensure that the Youth Ukulele Choir is an extension of youth fellowship, faith-formation, and worship. She frequently joins the youth group on their adventures about town. With her wife, Tamlyn Shields, and their sons, Elliott and Finley, she is a very active part of the life of Winter Park Presbyterian. When not at WPPC, Kris is a licensed professional massage therapist.

Preschool Director

Mary Jane Coble

Mary Jane Coble, as our Preschool Director, has created and sustained a fantastic, loving, and nurturing Preschool program which faithfully serves the children of our community. She has built and leads a wonderful team of teachers and assistants. She is loved by children, parents, and members of the church alike. Mrs. Coble is a career educator and has served as our Preschool Director for nearly a decade and was a teacher prior to her work here at the preschool. She and her husband, Randy, are active members of our congregation. Their son, Richard, is a Presbyterian pastor who serves a church in Asheville, NC.

Administrative Assistant

Dorothy Wright

Dorothy Wright has served as Administrative Assistant and Secretary at Winter Park for ten years. Beyond her title, she is the bulletin and newsletter publisher, building manager, and point person who keeps all of the rest of the staff pointed in the right direction. She greets church members, preschool parents, and visitors who walk in the door, and she does it all with care and compassion.

Financial Secretary

Joan Denney

Joan Denney serves as WPPC’s Financial Secretary and Book Keeper

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