Meet Our Staff

Son of missionaries to Africa, Rev. Jake Young completed high school in Jos, Nigeria. He earned his Master’s Degree at Washington University in St. Louis before graduating from McCormick Seminary in 2001. Jake served churches in Illinois and the Carolinas before receiving a Call to St. Giles.  He is an active participant in the life of the Presbytery and in the local community.

Jake is an avid boater, fisherman and has multiple US Sailing certifications and carries a USCG Captain’s License. He is also a dedicated Yoga practitioner (and offers Yoga classes at St. Giles weekly!)

In bringing the Word of God to our parishioners, Jake’s delivery is passionate and relevant.  Using a bit of humor and personal  experience, Jake’s sermons are authentic and timely.  Sunday mornings with Jake are casual and relatable while his messages are motivating and invigorating.

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Rev. Jessi Higginbotham joined our staff as Parish Associate in January of 2020. Jessi was born in Jacksonville and raised in Orange Park, Florida as a member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church.

Jessi attended Florida State University and remains an avid Seminole fan. After undergrad, Jessi attended Columbia Theological Seminary, she graduated in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. on June 28, 2009 at St. Giles Presbyterian Church.

Jessi and her husband, Wil have been married for 2 years and have recently welcome a beautiful baby girl, Violet, to their family.

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Mrs. Dee Dumas joined the Staff of St. Giles in February of 2020 as our Office Administrator.

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