Staff Directory

Episcopal Office

Bishop Paul L. Leeland
Resident Bishop
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(704) 714-2344
Amy Coles
Assistant to Bishop Leeland
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(704) 714-2324
Shantá Bryan
Ministry Assistant & Assistant to Rev. Amy Coles
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(704) 714-2341
DeEtta Rivens
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Bishop
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(704) 714-2344

Church Development

Dan Pezet
Director of Church Development
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(704) 714-2352
Luke Edwards
Associate Director of Church Development
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(704) 714-2322
Candy Caron
Ministry Assistant, Church Development
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(704) 714-2356

Connectional Ministries

Caroline Wood
Director of Missional Engagement and Connectional Ministries
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(704) 714-2345
Brian Mateer
Associate Director of Missional Engagement
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(704) 714-2340
Carol Bateman
Ministry Assistant, Connectional Ministries & Missional Engagement
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(704) 714-2339
Havaleh Havelka
Training and Resource Specialist
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(704) 714-2350
Ben Rogers
Interim Disaster Response Coordinator
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Shannon LeMaster-Smith
CCYM Coordinator
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(336) 460-1469

Church Legacy Initiative

Lyn Sorrells
CLI Team Leader
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(704) 678-8791
Angela Hollar
CLI Team Associate
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(704) 678-1005
Renee Easter
CLI Team Associate
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(336) 239-1759
Charlotte Brendel
CLI Team Associate
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(828) 433-8072

Ministerial Services

Kim Ingram
Director of Ministerial Services/Conference Secretary
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(704) 535-2260
Annalee Allen
Associate Director of Ministerial Services
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(704) 714-2335
Marsha Patton
Ministry Assistant, Office of Ministerial Services & Conference Secretary
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(704) 714-2334
Adri Bullard-Rogers
Ministry Assistant, Office of Ministerial Services
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(704) 714-2342

Treasury Services

Mark King
Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services
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(704) 714-2323
Carolyn Hindel
Controller, Treasury/Administrative Services
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(704) 714-2343
Dale Bryant
Benefits Administrator, Treasury/Administrative Services
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(704) 714-2332
Gloria Hernandez
Accounting, Treasury/Administrative Services
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(704) 714-2347
Jeff Johnson
Administrative Assistant/Payables - Treasury/Administrative Services
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(704) 714-2346

IT Services

Chris Hampton
Director of Web and Database Administration
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(704) 714-2329

Communications

Melissa McGill
Director of Communications
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(704) 714-2351
Aimee Yeager
Communications Ministry Assistant
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Archives

Jim Pyatt
Archivist/Historian
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(704) 961-8450
Sonja Clough
Archival Assistant
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Front Desk

Joy Allen
Receptionist/Ministry Assistant
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(704) 535-2260
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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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