Staff

  • Rev. Dr. Jason Butler email

    Lead Pastor

    Jason grew up in NC and is a graduate of Campbell University, Asbury Seminary, and holds a doctorate from Duke Divinity. He’s a former missionary in Russia, the co-founder of Trailside Games (a board game company), and the co-founder and former president of Exploit No More - which established aftercare for underage victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Milwaukee. He has years of experience in community organizing, political advocacy, non-profit leadership, and public speaking. He loves to hike, watch the Tarheels, build stuff, ride his Harley, and work in his garden. He’s married and has 3 kids ages 16-4. 

  • Associate Pastor

    Annette was born and raised in Jackson, New Jersey in a musical family as one of seven siblings. Throughout her life Annette has pursued her passion for music by recording background vocals for many artists, travelling throughout the southeast leading worship, and teaching music and worship workshops. Annette also enjoys public speaking and engaging with her community. The through lines of her life are music and ministry, and she has spent the last few years with New Faith Communities Office of the NC United Methodist Conference working with missions in poor communities by creating programs to serve those in need. Annette has 3 children: Antwone with his wife Vimbai who live in Raleigh, and Christina and Charles (Trey) who live at home. 



  • Jeff Tippett email

    Music & Community Engagement

    A graduate of the East Carolina University School of Music, Jeff began playing the piano for church at the age of 12. Throughout his time in the church, he has served in various capacities helping launch congregations and grow existing churches. In addition to his work at Open Table, Jeff owns a public affairs + communications firm and a speakers’ bureau. He has led teams to award-winning work in marketing, public relations, and advertising.

    Outside of work, Jeff enjoys running and working out. But the most rewarding part of his life is raising his three teenaged kids.

  • Andrea Chapman email

    Administrative Coordinator

    Andrea is a Raleigh native with a long family history in the area, and loves serving this community. With a degree in theater from Belmont University, Andrea loves working with people to create and execute clear, effective vision to make something meaningful. That, paired with her love of Jesus, has led her into the field of ministry and helping to launch churches. When she is not working she is likely going on adventures with her husband and four kids in their camper, painting, reading, or hanging out with her overweight cat. 

  • Chrissy macinnes email

    Children's Director

    Chrissy is a North Carolina native and works in Raleigh as a nanny. She attended North Carolina State University where she studied biology and religion. As the Children's Director at Open Table Chrissy is excited to combine her passion for children and healthy development by creating a fun environment that supports positive attitude and loving community. 

  • Andrew kriske email

    Youth Director

    Andrew grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and spent the last five years working as a youth pastor in the suburbs of Chicago and Los Angeles. He relocated to Durham, NC so he could begin his graduate studies at Duke Divinity School. Andrew came to faith as a teenager, on a youth mission trip, and knows firsthand the impact a youth ministry can have on students.   
    When he’s not studying or working, Andrew loves to read; especially sci-fi, fantasy, and history. He also loves to cook, play board/table-top games, and explore his new home city! 

  • Jakaela Davis

    Summer Intern

    Jakaela Davis is a native of Mobile, AL by way of Atlanta, GA and considers both to be home. Jakaela is a graduate of the Tuskegee University where she received a Bachelor of Education Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. 

    Jakaela’s interests are focused and geared towards understanding theology and learning from the voices of those who live on the margins daily. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, hiking, and relaxing with those she loves. She is a daughter, sister, friend, partner, and a lover of all things. 


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