Reverend Joseph (Joe) Blankinship


Joe is the 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.


Mallory Smith


Mallory is the Office Administrator at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She received her B.A. from the College of Charleston where she majored in English and Creative Writing. Over the past few years she has worked in the fields of journalism and school public relations. Mallory lives in Lexington with her husband, C.J. 


Stan Grady


Stan holds a BS and an MS. He started his career as a church musician at the age of twelve. He was the Department Chair of Information Technologies at Forsyth Technical Community College for thirty years. He has been organist and choirmaster at FHPC for thirty five years. He also is the current Director of Advanced Piano Performance at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts. Stan has a passion for teaching students to play the piano, organ, and harpsichord.