Rev. J. Victor Gournas
Bob is originally from Boston, MA and all three children graduated from IOPCS . The Wilman family first joined IOPCC in 1978 and decided to retire here after careers in both the Marine Corps (23) and the Boeing Company (24). Bob received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from George Mason Univ and his Master of International Relations from Salve Regina College. Bob serves as a Eucharistic Minister, has served on multiple Parish Councils, and is currently leading the Repairing God’s House (RGH) team efforts. Bob joined the IOPCS SAC in April 2019 and is serving as the SAC Chairperson and Finance/Budget subcommittee team leader.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Robbie is a Marine Corp wife of 45 years. She and her husband Rob have been IOP parishioners since 1993. She graduated from Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh New York with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Special Needs. She taught Kindergarten for 22 years at Bell Fork Elementary here in Jacksonville NC. Retiring from teaching in 2015, she volunteered for 2 years at Bell Fork Elementary School. Currently Robbie serves as a Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister at IOP and a volunteer with the Repairing God’s House Ministry.
Pam Furtney has been a member of the Infant of Prague Parish for over 40 years. She along with her husband Art have two children, Jennifer and Bryan as well as a granddaughter Brianne who are graduates of the Infant of Prague Catholic School system. Their granddaughter Avery is currently attending Infant of Prague Catholic School. Pam has been a real estate broker in Jacksonville for nearly forty years. She and her husband Art own Century 21 Champion Real Estate and Carolina Family Mortgage Company located at 2820 Henderson Drive. Pam has given of her time, talent and treasure to various ministries to include the most recent activities with Repairing God’s House project.
Madeleine is originally from Massachusetts and came to the Jacksonville area in 1989 and has been active in both IOP school and church ministries. During the entire time her son attended St. Francis of Assisi (IOPCS) school, she volunteered as a room mother, lunchroom program worker / coordinator and worked the morning care and afternoon care programs. She also served two years as the Treasurer for the Home and School Association (HSA). At present, she serves as a member of the School Advisory Council (SAC), oversees the morning care program and volunteers in the 2nd grade classroom. Over the past 30 years, she has served as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Parish Council and has volunteered at the church Food Pantry. Presently, she is a hospitality minister, lector at daily Mass, assists with funerals, and presents the Eucharist at two nursing homes.
Originally from Maryland, Jaren moved to Jacksonville in 2006 as part of his Marine Corps service. When his service tour ended, he and his family decided to join the private sector and remain in Jacksonville and worked to become vibrant members of the local community. Jaren’s focus has been and remains to be people oriented. Starting part-time in real estate investments, he soon matriculated to a full-time realtor with the goal of helping folks with one of their largest decisions they will ever make in their lifetime. In 2014, he and his wife enrolled their two children in the Infant of Prague Catholic School.
Joan, as a military wife for 20 years, moved to Jacksonville in 1981. Her family has been a member of the IOP family since that time. Her three children attended IOP school and during that time she and her husband were active in the PTO, the Parish Council, Greeters at the 8 o’clock Mass and eventually became Eucharistic Ministers. She is a graduate of UNCW where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education. She spent her entire teaching career (24 years) at Silverdale Elementary School where she taught 4th and 5th grades. While at Silverdale she served as grade chair, chaired the Strategic Planning committee and the Assistance team, and various other school committees. Since her retirement, she has been volunteering at the Onslow County Soup Kitchen, Onslow County Literacy Council, IOP Finance Committee and has been working with the Parish Outreach Program and Repairing God’s House committee.