The Rev. Samuel Gregory Jones

Greg was called in 2004 as the fourth rector of St. Michael’s. He grew up in Washington D.C. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in the 1970s and 1980s, before going to the Chapel of the Cross while in college at UNC Chapel Hill. After college, Greg worked in Washington for a few years while attending Christ Church, Kensington, Md. From 1994-1996, he served as an Episcopal missionary in Honduras, where he was chaplain of a bilingual Episcopal school and worked in a small church in an industrial village outside of San Pedro Sula. He met his wife, Melanie, in Honduras, where she was also an Episcopal missionary. 

Greg attended General Theological Seminary in New York City from 1996-1999, while serving internships at Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Church, in Southport, Conn. His first full time parish ministry began in 1999 at St. James's in Richmond, Va. 

In addition to playing bass for many years in the indie rock group Balsa Gliders, and recording a number of albums, Greg published a book in 2004 entitled Beyond Da Vinci, a reader's guide of the popular Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Greg and Melanie have three daughters.


The Rev. Holly Gloff
Associate Rector

Holly came to St. Michael’s in May of 2006. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Holly is a harpist and a trained music practitioner who regularly visits the ill, lifting their spirits with the healing power of the harp. She is an amateur violinist who enjoys playing with the Triangle Community Orchestra. 

Her passion at St. Michael’s is pastoral care, small group ministry and knitting prayer shawls. A world traveler and bona fide Anglophile, Holly is the mother of two grown sons and a Cavalier King Charles named Winston (who loves visitors in “his” office which he shares with Holly). Holly was instrumental in the creation of the St. Michael’s labyrinth and the needlepoint ministry, and she regularly plans excursions for our OWLS group (Older, Wiser, Loving, Sharing, Loving).

The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth
Associate Rector

Robert, began is religious life in an Episcopal monastic order, serving in leadership for more than 10 years in the monastery and beyond. He explored liturgical, theological, contemplative and pastoral dimensions to spiritual growth and Christian discipleship.

After leaving the monastic life, he served as Priest Director of the Julian of Norwich Centre in Norwich, England and became qualified in therapeutic counseling. Last year he was keynote speaker and leader for the UK National Conference for the World Community for Christian Meditation.

Throughout his ministry, Robert has developed a passion for spiritual direction and for developing Christian discipleship within the parish and family context. At St. Michael’s, he will develop and lead Adult Christian Formation programs, work with our Young Adult Ministry and with our Missions program.

Robert is the author of Words for Silence: A Year of Contemplative Meditations, and the forthcoming book, The Drawing of This Love: The Journey of Christian Faith with Julian of Norwich from Canterbury Press, London. He will spend some time later this year promoting the book in the United Kingdom.

Robert and his wife, Jane, an economics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, have two young children.


The Rev. David Crabtree

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, David has lived in Raleigh since 1994. Ordained as a permanent Deacon in 2004, David’s ministry is focused on end of life care with a particular emphasis on hospice care and North Carolina’s death row.

David anchors the evening news and reports for WRAL-TV and serves as Chair of the Communications Committee for the Diocese of North Carolina.

David has two grown daughters who live in Nashville and Los Angeles. He also is a proud grandfather.

The Rev. Meta Ellington

Meta grew up at St. Michael’s and was among the first group ordained into the Diaconate more than 20 years ago. A potter for 32 years, Meta’s clerical passion is in helping others discern their spiritual gifts. She serves as spiritual director and welcomes those wishing to take that journey with her in private sessions. She comes to us after serving as deacon at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh for nine years. She currently serves as Chaplain for the Raleigh Police Department. Meta and her husband, Bill, have two grown children. Her off-duty days are spent combing the beach at Topsail Island.