Leadership & Staff

Hilary Livingston- fanning smoldering embers into blaze . . .



The Rev. Dr. Hilary E. Livingston is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian hil-picChurch (USA).  Since her ordination in 2001, she has served as solo pastor of the Mountain Top Larger Parish in Clearfield, PA associate pastor at Lewes Presbyterian Church in Lewes, DE, and solo pastor of Chartiers Valley Presbyterian Church in Scott Township, PA.  Hilary received her B.A. from Grove City College, her M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and her D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Additionally, Hilary holds certifications in personal training, health coaching and group fitness instruction through the American Council on Exercise, as well as a certification in health and wellness coaching from Wellcoaches Corporation.  In addition to pastoral ministry, Hilary is passionate about holistic health, integrating spiritual practices with healthy living habits for wellness of the whole person. Hilary is excited to serve as pastor of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church, and looks forward to leading in the mission and ministry of this fellowship.

The Session of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church is the leadership team of nine church members who are elected by the congregation. Normally, they serve three-year terms and these “ruling elders” lead the congregation. They chair the commissions and committees which initiate and support the life and outreach of the church.  Pastors moderate the session. The Session meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in Chapel Hall.

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Pictured are (L to R): session members Jim Sawyer, Julia Busick, Debbie Harper, John Brook, Katie Gillespie, Brian Huffman, Ed Cairnes, Alex Oakes and Mark Mankin.

The life and work of Head of Christiana is guided and led by the Worship, Mission, Care and Fellowship, Administration and Finance, Outreach, and Christian Education Commissions; and the Personnel and Nominating Committees.

Katie Gillespie

Katie Gillespie, Clerk of Session, Chair of Education Commission


John Brook

John Brook, Chair of Personnel  Committee


Julia Busick

Julia Busick, Chair of Care and Fellowship Commission


Ed Cairnes, Co-Chair of Building & Grounds Commission.


Jim Sawyer, Co-Chair of Building & Grounds Commission.

Brian Huffman, Chair of Mission Commission

Melissa Witt

Melissa Witt, Treasurer

Alex Oakes, Chair of Outreach Commission


Mark Mankin,  Chair of Administration and Finance Commission


Debbie Harper, Chair of Worship Commission.


The ministry of our three Deacons is one of compassion, witness and service. Their ministry is to serve those in need and so they call on the sick and visit those who are unable to participate fully in the life of the church. Wanting members to remain connected with the church, Deacons deliver bulletins, newsletters and encouragement. Deacons join with the pastors in serving Holy Communion in homes, nursing homes and hospitals.


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pictured are (L to R) Kay Brook, Cindy Taber and Betty Kackley

Linnea Raffaele, Organist

Linnea Raffaele has been the the organist/choir director with Head of Christiana since 1991. Church 002music has been her life-long passion.   She been chorister, pianist, organist and choir director.

Linnea received a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish at Pennsylvania State University where she sang in the University Chapel Choir and played flute in the concert Blue Band.

She has been a member of the chorus of Opera Delaware for many years, is an adjunct professor of Spanish at Wilmington University and serves as a guide at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate.

Nancy Crawford, Administrative Assistant

Nancy CrawfordNancy Crawford was born in Berlin, Germany while her father was stationed there after the war and was fortunate to spend two tours in Germany before she was 12. She has fond memories of visiting neighboring countries as well as exploring castles, magnificent churches and quaint towns and villages.

Nancy is a Jersey girl hailing from the shore areas of Little Silver and Shrewsbury. She graduated from Red Bank High School and attended college in Oskaloosa, IA.  Before coming to Head of Christiana, Nancy worked for Chesapeake Publishing in Elkton, MD for over 18 years as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO.

Nancy also volunteered to serve as Head Coach and Public Relations Director for Cecil County Special Olympics from 1990 through mid 2006. This local chapter provided year ‘round sports training and competitions for athletes with mental disabilities along with many various social events.

Nancy is a member of Elkton United Methodist Church where she is currently serving as Chair of their Communications Committee and as a member of their Administrative Council; she also ushers and serves as a reader and greeter. She shares her Newark condo with her two rescue cats, Charlie and Mollie.

Jeff Greenfield, Custodian

Jeff GreenfieldJeff Greenfield has been custodian with Head of Christiana since 2001.

Born and reared in Coatesville, PA, Jeff moved to Delaware where he graduated from Newark High School, Delaware Technical Community College and the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Academy. He has been an active member of the Newark Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company since 1981.

He grew up playing ice hockey and baseball and remains passionate about both sports today.

Jeff comments, “The many caring organizations Head of Christiana touches and supports in our community throughout the year, make me feel proud to serve this church.”

Janice Harper, Child Care


Meet Janice Harper, HoC’s newest employee. Janice was hired
as HoC’s nursery leader and began work on November 5, 2017. She
has previously volunteered in the nursery before being officially hired.

Janice is currently a part-time student at Delaware County
Community College majoring in political science. She is also
employed as a dietary aide at Ware Presbyterian Village. In addition,
she has worked as a Gallery Attendant and as a volunteer at
Winterthur’s Touch-It Room, Reins for Life, and Limestone
Presbyterian’s vacation bible school.

Janice sees HoC as her second home, as she has been attending
here most of her life. She fondly remembers Sunday school with Mrs.
Burmeister and wants to offer children at HoC the same kind of
enjoyable experiences she had at HoC while she was growing up.



David Catalano, Choir Director


Choir Director David Catalano hails from nearby Princeton, NJ and is a senior in Music Education at the University of Delaware. He is and has been very active in programs at the University including as President and Manager of the UD Chorale. David is studying to be a music teacher and we are thrilled to have him leading the Head of Christiana Choir.

David writes “My vision for the ideal church choir is one that is spiritually engaging and captivating.” He adds that “making beautiful music is the best way to engage the choir and the congregation.”