Rev. Peden Emile Harley, Pastor
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 father of Lydia (age 12), Emma (age 10), and Michael (age 7).
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
Rachel Doll, Pastor for Faith Formation
Rachel Doll has the title of Pastor for Faith Formation 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 Through 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 teenage children, Ophelius and Sylvia.
Visit Rachel’s website here: http://www.rachelwhaleydoll.com/
G. Taylor Morton, Organist and Director of Music
Taylor Morton is a recent graduate of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He is a lifelong Presbyterian originally from Atlanta, GA. In his free time, he is an avid golfer and enjoys music of all kinds. Taylor is excited to join the family of faith at Winter Park Presbyterian Church and learn to play the ukulele!
Dorothy Wright, Administrative Assistant
Dorothy Wright has served as Administrative Assistant and Secretary at Winter Park for more than 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.