Rev. George Silides | [email protected]
336.227.4251 ext. 111
Our rector hails originally from Fairbanks, Alaska where his Scottish great-grandparents were in the gold fields of the Klondike before the famous gold strikes of 1897-98. He comes from hardy stock, as his mother and uncle were both born in house-tents on the creeks of the Klondike in the 1920’s. His father, George Sr. was an adventuring Greek Civil Engineer when he met Ruth Ogburn in Fairbanks in 1950. George Jr. is the middle child of five siblings, all except he living in the West and farther West—his sister Mary still resides with her husband and children in their hometown of Fairbanks. George is married to the Rev. Hunter Silides, Chaplain to Canterbury School in Greensboro, with whom he enjoys the parenting of four children, two boys and two girls. In 32 years of ordained ministry, Rev. Silides has worked as Urban Missioner in Camden, N.J., parish priest in San Mateo, CA., School Chaplain in Oakland, CA., Appointed Indigenous Missionary in Alaska, parish priest in Claremont, CA., and now our rector here in Burlington. Rev. Silides most recently was honored as one of the founders of Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program, an innovative all-volunteer “Advocate-Participant” model of holistic mentoring and support of those seeking a path away from homelessness to sustainable housing. He loves reading, his family, Jesus, messing around in boats, and exploring the craft beer culture of N.C.
George is from Fairbanks, AK. Grandson of gold-miners, son of Greek father and Scottish mother.
B.A. Education, University of Arizona 1977
M.Div. The General Theological Seminary 1986
32 years ordained ministry in Camden, N.J., San Mateo, CA., Oakland, CA., Ft. Yukon and Juneau Alaska, Claremont, CA. and Burlington, N.C.
Life-long advocacy for rights and justice for the marginalized; including death penalty reform, support of indigenous peoples, racial equality and creative solutions to homelessness and unemployment.
Richard Parker | [email protected]
Richard is a lifelong member of Holy Comforter who has been involved in many lay ministries. Although he has enjoyed serving in various positions, he is most honored to be the Head Verger at Holy Comforter. Richard describes his service as Verger as having, “helped me to understand the importance of our family and how we are all knit together. I hope to continue in the role of Verger as long as I am able. See you in church.” Richard is an elected member of the National Vergers Guild.
Julia Buffington | [email protected]
336.227.4251 ext. 113
Julia Buffington began her position as Financial Administrator at Holy Comforter Church in October 2019. She has worked as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper at Evans Custom Amplifiers, for the past 25 years.
Julia, an alumna of Elon University with a BA in Math Education has taught high school math at several area schools for the last 15 years. She and her husband live in Burlington and currently attend Davis Street UMC.
Cat Sykes | [email protected]
336.227.4251 ext. 110
Monday - Thursday: 8am-2:30pm
Cat Sykes began her position as Parish Administrator at Holy Comforter Church in March of 2021. She has worked as a Graphic Designer and Receptionist at Life Community Church, for the past 18 years.
Cat, an alumna of Marywood University with a BFA in Graphic Design has done Freelance Graphic Design, Photography and all sorts of Creative Arts for the last 20 years. For the past 4 years she also shares her love of cooking & baking as a Pampered Chef independent consultant.
A native from LI, New York, she, resides in the Triad area with her husband and son and currently attends Westover Church.
Kelvin Bradsher | [email protected]
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Born in 1961, Kelvin is a native of Alamance County. He is a husband and father of four children (of which three are triplets). Kelvin is also the owner of K&T mobile cleaning services, as well as employed by the Holy Comforter Church as the sexton.
ASSISTANT FOR YOUTH & FAMILY PROJECTS
Jocelyn Safrit | [email protected]
Jocelyn Safrit has been a member of Holy Comforter since 1978, active in many lay ministries including youth education and leadership, vestry and choir.
Her two daughters grew up actively involved at Holy Comforter, and they still live in Burlington – keeping her happily occupied with 5 grandchildren.
She grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area, attended Catawba College (where she met her husband), and graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Sociology & Psychology. Most of her 25 years as a Social Worker in Alamance County was spent in services to children and families and advocating for human rights.
She enjoys traveling, camping, scrapbooking, gardening and reading, and playing with children of all ages.
NEWLIN PARTNERSHIP ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Shelby Cheek | [email protected]
Mondays - 9am-12pm
Wednesdays - 9am-1pm
Thursdays - 9am-12pm
In 2015, Shelby retired as an administrative assistant from the Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. She soon realized that a “life of leisure” was not very fulfilling and starting longing for the work world again.
Shelby began her career at Holy Comforter as an administrative assistant to Betsey Savage in the Augustine Literacy Project in 2018. This position provided a perfect balance between personal life and work. In addition, working with the Augustine tutors and staff at Newlin Elementary School proved to be a rewarding experience.
Shelby is an alumna of Elon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and an alumna of Alamance Technical College with an associate’s degree in Secretarial Science.
Shelby has two daughters and a son and 4 grandsons. She is a member of City Lake Baptist Church. Before the pandemic, Shelby loved to take day trips to new destinations. One of her favorite destinations is Williamsburg, VA. Shelby is also an avid UNC basketball fan.