Reverend Joseph (Joe) Blankinship
Joe is the co-pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. Before that he served as Associate Pastor and then Interim Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian, Herndon, Virginia. He has also served at First Presbyterian in San Rafael California, and at Stanford Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.
He attended University of Kentucky and completed undergraduate work at Temple University, majoring in film production in 1973. Joe worked in film and video production in Philadelphia, Raleigh and San Francisco. For nine years he served as the director of the Video/Film and Recording department at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He attended San Francisco Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar, graduating in 1992 and receiving the Alumni/ae Scholarship award.
Currently, Joe serves on the board of Open Door Ministries, a member of Salem Presbytery Commission on Ministry, and member of the Greater High Point Ministerial Alliance.
Joe is married to Jamie Call Blankinship who is director of the Stage Management program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Jamie hails from Myrtle Beach by way of Greensboro. Together they have two children, Joseph and Gretchen.
Reverend Lindsey Altvater Clifton
Lindsey is the co-pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys life’s simple pleasures: hammocks, a good book, playing outside, Vietnamese iced coffee, laughing until it hurts, bike rides, board games, learning to play the ukulele, and writing liturgy.
She is a native of Greensboro, though she and her wife, Laura, and their sweet, goofy dogs, Maggie and Harvey, now call High Point home. Both Lindsey and Laura are alumni of Elon University (2009). Since then, Lindsey earned her M.Div from Wake Forest University (2016), and Laura is currently working on a BFA in Interior Architecture and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation at UNCG.
Lindsey’s faith journey has been rather ecumenical (ask her about it sometime), so she has served as a lay leader and staff person in a few denominational traditions. She also taught high school English for four years before going to divinity school. Lindsey is passionate about intergenerational ministry and community outreach, and she finds joy in helping folks of all ages connect to the life of the church here at Forest Hills and our work beyond its walls. Lindsey would love to get to know you, so shoot her an e-mail to find a time to grab coffee or lunch!
Catherine is the Director of Music Ministry at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She is in her 15th year of teaching—11 at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts and 4 at Southwest Guilford High School, where she currently teaches—and has both a BA and MA in Music from UNCG.
Before coming to Forest Hills, Catherine served at Hinshaw United Methodist Church since 1999, first as college section leader and handbell member, then as pianist and substitute choir director since 2013. She and her wife, Sarah—who is also a high school chorus teacher and the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro—live in Greensboro with their three cute dogs (Molly, Scout, and Piper).
Sarah is the Office Administrator at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She moved to Greensboro to attend UNCG in 2000, and obtained her B.A. in English with a minor in History. Sarah has an M.A. in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. She and her husband Seth live in Greensboro with their seven year old son Nicholas, and two very needy cats. In her spare time she loves to read, write, and watch movies of every genre. She also loves musicals and is a big kid at heart.