Meet Our Staff

Son of missionaries to Africa, Pastor 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.



Melinda Mann joined the St. Giles Family as our Office Manager, in January 2017. Melinda has a comprehensive background in Graphic Arts and Administrative skills, including extensive training and experience in office, accounting, and graphics software packages.

Melinda was born in Jacksonville and has lived most of her life in the area. She has been married to her husband, Robert, for 9 years and together, they have 4 children: Katie Holdren, 20, Victoria, 8, and twin boys, Caleb and Christian, 4. They reside in Fleming Island, FL. Robert is employed with New Directions as a Managed Care Supervisor for Mental Health. Melinda and Robert officially joined the church in 2017.

Melinda is an avid “runner”, and she and her family participate in many of the races in the First Coast area (almost weekly). She trains with her family and other church members on a regular basis. Her other interests include reading and weekend trips with her family. She takes advantage of the many benefits of being a Florida resident with frequent trips to the Orlando theme parks.