Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Dr. Alicia Alexis

Interim Rector

The Reverend Dr. Alicia Alexis is a resident priest in the Diocese of North Carolina. She has served in positions as rector, associate, and intentional interim rector roles.

Alicia was born in Trinidad, West Indies and relocated to the United States in 1968 and later became a United States citizen.

She holds a Bachelors of Science Nursing degree (Salem State College), a Master’s in Theology degree (St. Mary’s Seminary and University), a Master of Divinity (Bexley Hall/Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School), and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Alicia was ordained to the diaconate in June 2006, at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Maryland by the Rt. Rev. Bishop John Rabb, and to the priesthood in March 2008 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace, Maryland by the Rt. Rev. John Rabb.

Alicia enjoys reading, writing, exercising, taking boxing classes, watching old movies, spending time with nature and her daughter, Mary Coombs, who lives in Olean, New York.

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The Rev. Sarah Woodard


The Reverend Sarah Woodard serves as Deacon at St. Titus’. In her professional life, she is employed in Human Resources for the Duke Health System and serves as Episcopal Chaplain for Duke Hospital. Her interests are varied with focus on pastoral issues, hospitality and knowing our neighbors. Community outreach includes C.C. Spaulding Elementary School, North Carolina Central Campus Ministry and food distribution with El Buen Pastor. She is married to Mike Woodard.

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Jack Peterson

Parish Administrator

Jack and his family have been a part of the St. Titus’ parish since moving to Durham in 2019 so his wife, Amy, could begin a Master of Divinity degree at Duke. He is an English teacher and teacher trainer by profession, with a PhD in Composition and Applied Linguistics and a master’s degree in TESOL. He was born in Ohio and has lived in Georgia, Vietnam, California, Arkansas, Washington, and, most recently, Indiana. When not serving as the parish administrator, Jack takes care of his two children, writes, and works as a freelance editor.

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Donna Smith

Catechist, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Donna Smith is an experienced Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) catechist with certificates for CGS Levels 1 and 2. Donna served as a catechist at St. Mark’s in Roxboro and St. Philip’s in Durham before coming to St. Titus’. Donna holds an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Donna is a long-time friend of St. Titus’, having married her husband, the Rev. Dr. Harmon L. Smith, Jr., at St. Titus’.

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