Kate came to SPC in 2011 as an Assistant Pastor focused on ministry with children and youth. In 2015, she helped the congregation launch Open Door Exchange (ODE), a furniture bank ministry serving people in need across Long Island. She became the Interim Pastor and Head of Staff in January 2019. Kate is the vice-chair of the Presbytery of Long Island Committee on Ministry, past moderator of the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association, former chair of the Presbytery Nominating Committee, and a member of the PC(USA) Special Committee on Racism, Truth, and Reconciliation, the North Brookhaven Sanctuary Cluster, Building Bridges Brookhaven, and the Jobs with Justice AMOS Committee.
Kate grew up primarily in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Prior to attending seminary, she was an attorney, practicing in the area of criminal justice policy and criminal defense. Kate is a passionate fan of University of Kentucky basketball and the Boston Red Sox. She’s married to Dave, a misguided New York Yankees fan, and they have three kids who wisely cheer for both the Yankees and the Red Sox.
Heidi Parles is a long-time member of SPC in a brand new position; Interim Director of Spiritual Formation. She incorporates energy and creativity in her approach to responding to the growing and changing needs of Youth Group, Church School, Confirmation Class as well as programs in Adult Education, some of the primary facets of the role. She has prior experience in teaching Church School, Crib Room Coordinator, and being in leadership of Youth Group. Heidi transitioned to this position after thirty years in the dental field in the local community. So pearly whites or pearly gates, she's got you covered!
Ashley is a lifelong Presbyterian: beginning her journey in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland before moving to the United States in 2011. She studied at Vanderbilt Divinity School and in 2018 was the first openly queer person ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. During her eight years in Nashville Ashley became invovled with ministry on Tennessee's Death Row, worked in the Juvenile Justice Field, and served as a Chaplain in a drug and alcohol treatment center.
In 2019, Ashley and her wife, Erica, moved to Long Island to join the Setauket Presbyterian Church staff and family. Ashley is a member of the National Board of Directors for More Light Presbyterians, the Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association, the North Brookhaven Sanctuary Cluster, Building Bridges Brookhaven, and the Jobs with Justice AMOS Committee.
Ashley is a passionate Irish rugby fan, has a mixed up Larne/Nashville accent, and, in the words of her wife, "has a laugh that can be heard from miles away."
Noby Ishida has coached and conducted opera in New York City for over two decades. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Satori Opera and worked as Assistant Conductor, Chorus Master, and Vocal Coach for Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program. Mr. Ishida was formerly the Musical Director of the Remarkable Theatre Brigade, and conductor for the Belleayre Music Festival. An accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, he has performed in distinguished venues around the world, and his clients have included artists from major opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera. A dedicated educator, Mr. Ishida has been on the vocal coaching staffs of Temple University, the University of Miami, Bennington College, The New School University, the International Academy of Rome, and was a Visiting Professor and Vocal Coach at Hunter College where he worked with the Hunter Opera Theater helping to train the next generation of singers and collaborative pianists. He is currently a vocal coach for the opera program at Binghamton University and conducts the Festival Chorus and Orchestra at the “Songe d’été en musique” Festival in Quebec.