Our Clergy and Staff

Usually the office is open 9 am to 1 pm Monday-Friday except holidays, but call before you come unless you’ve made an appointment.

 

 

The Rev. Stephanie Allen

The Rev. Stephanie Allen

Rector
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Stephanie Allen joined the Church of the Nativity as Rector in April of 2011. She grew up in Canton, North Carolina, graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, with a degree in theater, and moved to New York City promptly after graduation. After a time on staff at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Manhattan,  Stephanie discerned a call to the priesthood, and completed her Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in NYC in May of 2008. She became the Assistant Rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in June 2008. Stephanie likes to knit and crochet, run, read, and play the guitar, though not all at the same time. She is married to Michael, a theatrical set designer and a writer, and they have two children, Sarah and Brandt, both of whom developed a southern accent about 5 minutes after moving to North Carolina.

Deacon David Lynch

The Rev. Dr. David Lynch

Deacon
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David joined Church of the Nativity as our deacon in February 2012. This is a second career for him, following a life of college teaching, administration, and church music. He taught at Meredith College from 1969 until 2010, and chaired the Department of Music most of that time. He was also organist-choirmaster at Christ Church, Raleigh from 1971 until January 2012. At Christ Church, he served two terms on the Vestry and mentored an Education for Ministry group. In 2008 he officially began the ordination discernment process, served an internship at Grace Episcopal Mission in Clayton, and then was ordained just before arriving at Nativity.  He is a chaplain at Rex Healthcare. His primary fields of ministry are pastoral care, liturgy, education, and outreach. His wife, Marilyn, is a retired music professor from North Carolina State University who has also had a career as a church organist. They have two grown children, Christie and David, and six grandchildren.

Parish Coordinator Jennie Herrick

Jennie Herrick

Parish Coordinator
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Jennie and her family moved to Raleigh in 2001; shortly thereafter they joined Church of the Nativity and Jennie became Parish Administrator. Her husband James, whom she met while attending UNC Greensboro, and daughter Olivia, who attends UNC Greensboro, are also active members of Nativity.

Choirmaster Waltye Rasulala

Waltye Rasulala

Choirmaster
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A graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University with a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Waltye was a member of the famed Westminster Touring Choir and Symphonic Choir. Performances with these choirs included the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Princeton Symphonies under the batons of conductors Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Walter, Sir John Barbirolli, Herbert von Karajan, and Eugene Ormandy.  As a vocalist/actress she has performed in productions in New York, Los Angeles and Raleigh, NC.

Prior to her position at Church of the Nativity as choirmaster, Waltye was Public Affairs Director/Anchor, and an Emmy Award-winning producer for WRAL-TV, Director of Grants for the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, and Development Director for the NC Partnership for Children. She additionally holds Emmy Awards for children’s programming at WJLA-TV, Washington, DC, and the North Carolina News Directors Award for Public Affairs at WRAL-TV. In 1986, she was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts for her outstanding music contributions and support of the arts to the City of Raleigh.

Prior church positions include assistant minister of music at West Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware and interim choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, NC.

 

Organist Jason Pace

Jason Pace

Organist
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Jason has been organist at Church of the Nativity since June 2011. He enjoys being a part of the musical offering in worship each week from the organ.  Jason has served in several churches in the area as organist and choir director including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary, Christ Church in Raleigh, and St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Raleigh. He studied organ at Baylor University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Vienna. He also enjoys the opportunity to sing with the Raleigh Convocation Choir and Voce Camerata.  He has three grown children, Sarah, Drew and Winston, and works as a computer programmer when not making music.

Kathryn Buckley

Youth Minister
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Kathryn joined Church of the Nativity in 2015. She grew up in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary, which was just the start of her journey to be the Youth Minister here at Nativity.

After graduating from Mississippi State University with a degree in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, she spent five nomadic years traveling all over the US: Mississippi for college (go Bulldogs!); Park City, Utah, as a ski school instructor; Ocoee River, Tennessee, as a white-water rafting guide; Manteo, North Carolina, as an aquarium educator; and just recently, Oahu, Hawaii, as a special-needs school principal. Kathryn recently opened a gymnastics, cheerleading, and Parkour gym in Holly Springs.

Throughout the last ten years, Kathryn has always found a church at which she could be part of the youth team. Her zeal for working with youth to find a foundational relationship with their faith grows stronger each passing day. This opportunity to be the Youth Minister at Church of the Nativity is fulfilling a long-time dream and goal in working with youth to support and help the younger generations find their own path to God and learn how to walk with Jesus.

When Kathryn is not at her gym coaching, jumping on the trampoline, or practicing her Parkour skills, you can find her spending time in the great outdoors with her dogs, obsessing over CrossFit, or spending time with family!

Nursery Caregiver Nina Robinson

Nina Nalle Robinson

Nursery Caregiver

Nanny Nina Nalle Robinson has been caring for the youngest members of Nativity since August 2006. Originally from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, she moved to North Carolina in 2002 and runs her own businesses, Nanny Nina Child Care and A1PetSitting4U, serving Wake County. She is a single mother of daughter Kiara Grace, who is now 19 years old and a college freshman.

 

 

Robert Krahel

Sexton

Robert is responsible for cleaning our church buildings. Robert was born in Poland and moved to the US in 2001. He then moved to North Carolina from New Jersey with his wife in 2007. Currently, he is employed full time with the Wake County Public School System. He wanted a part time job with flexible hours and Nativity’s needs fit his schedule. Robert is married and has one son. He likes photography, travel, and spending time with his family.

Business Manager Phil Kraemer

Phil Kraemer

Business Manager

Phil joined Church of the Nativity’s staff in January 2013, working on Wednesdays to manage our finances and financial reporting for all of our parishioners. Phil has an extensive banking and business background spanning more than 35 years. He has been operating his own company, Church Financial Services, for 12 years providing business management services to a number of other churches in the Raleigh area.