Staff Biographies

The Rev. Dr. Jamie McLeod

The Rev. Dr. Jamie McLeod is the Presbytery of Carlisle Presbytery Leader for Transformation and Vision. Prior to arriving here, Jamie served churches in Kentucky, Alabama, New York, North Carolina, and Missouri. He holds master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Philosophy from Garrett-Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University.

He came to Carlisle Presbytery after serving a congregation in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery while also working as an adjunct professor in theology at Bellarmine University and Louisville Seminary. Jamie is married to his best friend, Dr. Lesley Ann Earles, with whom he has three delightful children. He enjoys a range of outdoor activities from golfing and hiking to scuba diving and fishing. He is a collector of bow ties and old vinyl jazz records, enjoys good coffee, and is on a quest to play the perfect game of chess.  

The Rev. Kristal Smith

The Rev. Kristal Smith is the Presbytery of Carlisle Presbytery Leader for Governance and Congregational Leadership.


The Rev. Edward Blank

The Rev. Edward H. Blank is a Member-at-Large in the Presbytery of Carlisle. He currently serves on COM, and also serves as the Presbytery’s Treasurer.  He served as pastor of the Warfordsburg PC for 12 years, and lives in Warfordsburg with his wife (and some ducks and chickens!)  Pastor Ed is a second career pastor and brings with him 30+ years of entrepreneurial experience. Over those years he has developed a gift for technology, finance, and is a visionary. He loves conceiving ideas and growing them to fruition. He holds an Associates degree in Industrial Technology, a Bachelor’s in Bible, and graduated Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with an MDiv..


Carolyn Simpson

Carolyn Simpson is the Presbytery of Carlisle’s Communications Director. She has more than a decade of experience in communications and public relations.