Congregation at Duke Chapel

Staff

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:25-28; cf. Mark 10:42-45 and Luke 22:25-27

 

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The Rev. Dr. Carol Gregg
Pastor

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

carol.gregg@duke.edu

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Phyllis Snyder
Children's Pastor and Communications Specialist

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

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Joseph Kovas
Divinity School Intern 2019-2020

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

919-684-3917

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Matt Wright
Pastoral Assistant for Christian Education

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Michael Larbi
Pastoral Assistant for Discipleship

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

michael.larbi@duke.edu

919-684-3917

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Kirsten Ford
Communications Assistant

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

kirsten.ford@duke.edu

919-684-3917

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Nelson Strother
Financial and IT Administrator

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

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Staff Biographies

 

The Rev. Dr. Carol Gregg

Carol Gregg joined the ministry of the Congregation in the summer of 2013. As Pastor, she provides leadership for the congregation as a whole, offers pastoral care to members, leads Bible studies and book groups, and assists Chapel staff in worship leadership and planning. She is a Presbyterian minister whose professional experience includes both traditional congregational settings and higher education. Some of her positions include being pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Easton, PA, Director of the Lilly Endowment funded initiative on vocation at Alma College in Alma, MI, and Chaplain at Alma College. Her degrees are from Bucknell University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Her husband, Brian Stratton, is a professor of philosophy, and their son, William, is a software engineer. In her free time, she enjoys a long walk in the woods.

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Phyllis Snyder

Phyllis Snyder serves as the Children’s Pastor for the Congregation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Church Ministries from Duke University Divinity School.  Prior to pursuing ministry, Phyllis worked in medical research for 20 years —16 of which were at Duke Medical Center.  After assisting with Children’s Ministry for the Congregation as a parent volunteer beginning in 1994, Phyllis joined the staff as Director of Children’s Ministry from August 2001-June 2007.  From 2007-2010, she served as volunteer Godly Play coordinator.  She was honored to join the staff again in August 2012 as Children’s Pastor.  Phyllis is passionate about Godly Play, a spiritual formation method created by The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, as an approach to help children learn the Christian language and explore their faith through story, wonder, and play.  She is a trainer for the Godly Play Foundation.

Phyllis and her husband, Mel, were married in Duke University Chapel in 1985.  They are the proud parents of two sons: Philip, a UNC-CH graduate who has also earned a Master of Music in Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina School of Music; and Franklin, an Appalachian State University graduate who is an economics research assistant in Washington, DC.  In addition to working with children and families, Phyllis enjoys reading and traveling.

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Joseph Kovas

Joseph Daniel Kovas from Chester, South Carolina is the son of Susan Kovas and the late Reverend Kenneth Kovas. He has a twin brother named Grant. He earned his Eagle Scout Award with the Boy Scouts of America at age 17. For his Eagle project, he erected a veteran’s memorial monument for a local cemetery. He continues to be active in the scouting organization and the Order of the Arrow. He served in the Order of the Arrow as the Lodge Chief of Skyuka Lodge 270.

In 2018, he graduated from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with Honors. While at PC, he was a member of the PC Choir, a member of the Men’s Cantare Choir, and earned a fellowship to research John and Charles Wesley's class meetings. He also served as a summer intern at Rural Mission on Johns Island, South Carolina.

Joseph’s publications include Broad Street United Methodist Church's Lenten Devotional (2015, 2017, 2019), Rediscovering the Heritage of the Methodist Class Meetings in African American Methodism (presented at Presbyterian College on April 19, 2018 and published in the Presbyterian College Archives), and newspaper article: "Sunday Morning at Mother Emmanuel", special to the Chester News and Reporter, June 26th, 2015, reprinted in the September 2015 edition of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate.

He has interned at Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church in Laurens, SC, Central United Methodist Church in Newberry, SC, and Plains United Methodist Church in Canton, NC. He is a second year student at the Duke University Divinity School in the Master of Divinity degree program. Joseph's joys in life include hiking, scouting, learning, swimming, the beach, and bluegrass music.

 

Matt Wright

Matt Wright was born and raised in Weakley County in Northwest Tennessee, where he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2015. After his time at UTM, he moved to Jefferson City, Tennessee, about 45 minutes east of Knoxville. Matt and his wife, Mallory, were married on May 20, 2017. In August of 2018 Matt and Mallory moved to Durham where Matt began his study towards his Master of Divinity here at Duke. Mallory sings in the Duke Chapel Choir.

Matt is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, has served as youth minister at two different churches for a total of 4 years prior to his coming to Duke, has served as worship leader/praise band coordinator on campus at UTM, and plans to return to East Tennessee to be appointed to a local parish upon graduating in May of 2021.

Matt is a massive baseball fan (Go Cardinals!), is the world’s biggest Dave Matthews Band fan, has three awesome cats (George, Willie, and Ava), and loves reading, hiking, and taking spontaneous trips to the beach or surrounding towns.

 

Michael Larbi

Michael Larbi is a second year Mdiv student at the Duke Divinity School, studying as part of preparation to become an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. His background is in engineering and he worked for years as a software engineer and consultant in a number of multi-national firms. He is an accredited Local Preacher in the British Methodist Church (equivalent to Licensed Local Pastor in the UMC) and his home church is Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London, England. Before coming to Duke, he was an intern in a Korean Methodist Church in Seoul, South Korea, for a couple of years.

His outside interests include history, reading novels, business and entrepreneurship, applied science particularly in computing and technology, walking, and cycling. It is exciting for him to be working with the team in the Congregation at Duke Chapel and he eagerly looks forward to serving and learning from you.

 

Kirsten Ford

Kirsten Ford is a graduate of Vance Granville Community College with an Associate of Arts degree, along with completing her formal degree at UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a concentration in Professional Writing. She currently works for AmeriCorp as the Community Engagement Lead for the following areas; Franklinton, Warren, and Vance Counties. In her free time, she runs two businesses Vixtagekrib and Grlscreate that capture and highlight underground talent within diverse communities.

 

Nelson Strother

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