Johns Island Presbyterian Church

Meet The Staff


Elaine Earl - Office AdministratorElaine Earl - JIPC Administrator

Elaine joined the staff of Johns Island Presbyterian Church in February of 2008 with outstanding organizational skills and a life-long love of learning.  Her responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the business side of the church.  Elaine is a “people person” with over 30 years of customer service, having worked with the public since high school. She has one son, Andrew, age 12, who attends Haut Gap Middle School and is in the Magnet Program. 

E-mail: eearl@jipcdotorg










Sarah Smith - Misic DirectorSarah Smith - Director of Music

Sarah began studying music at age five and continued her piano studies at Charleston County School of the Arts and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she studied with Drs. Sasha Starcevich and James Lent. Sarah attended the College of Charleston, where she studied piano with Enrique Graf, organ with Dr. Bill Gudger, and composition with Dr. David Maves. Sarah joined the staff at Johns Island Presbyterian Church in August of 2009.  In addition to playing both the organ and the piano, Sarah also enjoys teaching and working with children.  She leads the After School Arts Program at the church, directs the adult and children’s choirs, as well as the festival choir, a unique ensemble which performs on special occasions throughout the year.  

 E-mail: ssmith@jipcdotorg








Norma WilhoitNorma Wilhoit- Handbell Choir Director

Born in Florence, South Carolina, Norma's interest in music started at an early age. She joined the children's pre-school choir at church and at age seventeen she became a part of the Columbia College handbell choir and has been playing handbells since that time. Norma has played bells at several venues in New York, as well as the White House, the Biltmore House and at the Governors Annual Christmas tree lighting in Columbia. She has been directing the handbell choir at Johns Island Presbyterian Church since its inception in 2004.The handbell choir is an adult choir, open to both males and females. No musical background is necessary; all that is needed is a little time, devotion and a willingness to be open to new sounds and experiences. The choir practices on Thursday evenings at 6:30, from September to May. Come eager to make a joyful noise and you're sure to enjoy it.








Laksami GreenLaksami Green-Nursery

Laksami Green, a native of Thailand, has been caring for the children at Johns Island Presbyterian Church for well over 10 years. Her kind and caring attitude toward the children is the first thing people notice about her. The parents love her, but the children love her even more!
Laksami and her family make their home on Johns Island, just minutes from the church.















Upcoming Events

Easter brunch starting at 9:30

Join us for Easter brunch which begins at 9:30, ending at 11:00

Latest News

More First Century, Than Twenty-First

Way back in the dark ages - along about 1999 - author, professor and futurist Dr. Leonard Sweet said something that has stayed lodged in my memory ever since: "The Church of the twenty-first is going to have more in common with the Church of the first century, than it will with the Church of the twentieth century." (more)


Worship - 8:30 am
Fellowship - 9:30 am
Church School Classes - 10:00 am
Worship - 11:00 am
Nursery is available from 8:30 to 12:00

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