ABOUT ST. GILES
St. Giles is a member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Founded in 1977, many of our Charter Members are still very active in the life of our congregation. We cherish and celebrate our Scottish roots annually, along with the Clay County St. Andrew's Society, at our Kirkin' of the Tartan Worship Service. We bless family Tartans and celebrate God with traditional Scottish music, bagpipes and liturgy.
WHERE WE ARE
St. Giles is located at 116 Foxridge Road in Orange Park, Florida. We are directly across the street from Community Hospice of Orange Park and share a front parking lot with Clay Electric.
Son of missionaries to Africa, Rev. Jake Young completed high school in Jos, Nigeria. He earned his Master’s Degree at Washington University in St. Louis before graduating from McCormick Seminary in 2001. Jake served churches in Illinois and the Carolinas before receiving a Call to St. Giles. He is an active participant in the life of the Presbytery and in the local community.
Jake is an avid boater, fisherman and has multiple US Sailing certifications and carries a USCG Captain’s License. He is also a dedicated Yoga practitioner (and offers Yoga classes at St. Giles weekly!)
In bringing the Word of God to our parishioners, Jake’s delivery is passionate and relevant. Using a bit of humor and personal experience, Jake’s sermons are authentic and timely. Sunday mornings with Jake are casual and relatable while his messages are motivating and invigorating.
Rev. Jessi Higginbotham joined our staff as Parish Associate in January of 2020. Jessi was born in Jacksonville and raised in Orange Park, Florida as a member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church.
Jessi attended Florida State University and remains an avid Seminole fan. After undergrad, Jessi attended Columbia Theological Seminary, she graduated in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. on June 28, 2009 at St. Giles Presbyterian Church.
Jessi and her husband, Wil, have been married for 4 years and are parents to Violet and Liam.
Mrs. DaLawanda (Dee) Dumas joined the team at St. Giles in 2020 as our Office Manager. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Dee moved to Orange Park in 1998 with her husband, Harrold and her two children Diamond and Drew.