Julie Walkup Bird has been the pastor/head of staff of McGregor since 2009. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, Julie has served congregations in Texas, South India, and Scotland.
Beyond the local church, Julie has served as a PC(USA) delegate to the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the National Council of Churches in Christ. She has been a lifelong Presbyterian whose faith has been deeply enriched by people from various denominations, cultures, and faith traditions. Julie is committed to faithful worship, compassionate living, and empowering God’s people to live out their faith in the world.
Julie was raised in Clearwater, Florida, and feels right at home with sand between her toes. Julie’s husband, Adrian, originally from England, teaches at Union Theological Seminary in Charlotte. They have two teenage children, Nathan and Lydia.
Michele is the office manager of McGregor Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Ed, are long-time members of McGregor. Michele became the office manager in 1997. She has a bachelor of science in business administration from Winthrop University.
Michele and Ed have two grown daughters, Melissa and Kayla, who grew up at McGregor. Melissa, her husband, Dave Meverden, and their daughters, Lyla and Ava, live in Charleston. Kayla, her husband John Abernathy, and their cat, Marv, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Michele enjoys reading (especially Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb novels), watching sports with Ed, and being a grandmother.
Joy has served for more than 30 years as director of music at McGregor Presbyterian Church, sharing her musical gifts as both organist and adult choir director. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and a master of education degree in elementary guidance from the University of South Carolina. Joy has furthered her education as a church musician through annual attendance at the Montreat Conference on Worship and Music. She and husband Bill live at Lake Murray near Irmo. Now that she is retired from her other career in elementary guidance, Joy enjoys concerts and recitals, movies, sunset boat rides, being a grandmother to Ben, and continuing to serve through music at McGregor.
Karen is the Discipleship Coordinator of McGregor Presbyterian Church. She and her husband Troy became members of McGregor in November, 2008. Karen retired from her job as a property accountant from a local commercial real estate firm in 2014.
Karen and Troy have one daughter, Megan along with two grandchildren, Everly and Elijah who live in the Irmo area. Now in her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction, traveling and being GiGi to her sweet grandchildren.
Carolyn is the Treasurer of McGregor Presbyterian Church. She has worked for Staples for the past twelve years and is currently a Resolver in their Accounts Receivables Department.
Carolyn was born and raised in the Columbia, SC area. She has four siblings, including a twin sister. Carolyn is an aunt to twelve nieces and nephews as well as three great-nephews. She is a big Clemson and Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys reading.
Christine (Chris) Manley is the Director of McGregor Preschool. She is a graduate of Villa Julie College in Maryland and Converse College in South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and minor in Children in Healthcare. Years ago, Chris was the Spanish teacher at McGregor Preschool and at several community centers.
Christine and her husband, James, live in the Irmo/Columbia area and enjoy their five amazing daughters and eight grandchildren - most of whom attended McGregor Preschool. They also enjoy traveling and visiting with family abroad (South America) and throughout the states. Chris' hobbies include gardening and outdoor anything when not enjoying her family. Her favorite times are with James on their deck with all 18+ kiddos of all ages visiting and laughing while grilling birthday dinners and watching an occasional good football game.