staff

We are blessed to have staff members who minister with a servant’s heart as they partner with the church family in fulfilling the mission of Wesley UMC.

Church Office Hours:
9:00am-5:00pm; Monday-Thursday
(912) 634-1412
churchoffice@wesleyssi.org

Our staff is committed to the cause of Christ and shares a common goal: to reach others in a positive way through ministry and witness. You will find them to be friendly, caring, compassionate people who love the Lord, always striving to make a difference in the lives of those in our church, our community, and our world. If you have not met the Wesley staff, take a moment to learn a little about them.

STAFF

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    REV. STEVE PATTON

    Senior Pastor
    steve@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x12

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    Steve grew up in Jesup, Georgia, and is a graduate of Wayne County High School, Emory University, and Asbury Seminary. He and his wife, Amy, have three adult children: Jordan (Liz), Justin, and Hannah. Steve has been a minister in South Georgia since 1987, serving pastorates in Newington, Leslie, Striplin Terrace in Columbus, Trinity in Waycross, and Pine Forest in Dublin. “Being at Wesley is one of the most exciting and gratifying experiences of my ministry. This gifted and spiritually alive congregation is uniquely positioned to make disciples for Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit!”

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    Rev. Gene Yates

    Minister of Pastoral Care
    gene@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 638-0502

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    The Reverend Norman Gene Yates was born in Kings Mountain, NC. He was married to the late Betty F. Yates, and he is the proud father of Elizabeth Y. Fletcher and father-in-law to Erik H. Fletcher. Rev. Yates has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Wesleyan University, and practiced clinical chaplaincy at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, SC; and Lexington State Hospital, Lexington, KY. He has pastored at six different churches, served as a hospital chaplain, was director of Wesleyan Seminary Foundation, and was a consultant to Hephzibah Children’s Home.

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    Paige Gober

    Director of Program Ministries
    Wedding Reservation Coordinator

    paige@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x13

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    Currently serving as Director of Program Ministries, Paige supports the various ministries of the church to include Bible study formation, nurture, and ministry outreach. She also helps in scheduling and executing various ministry events in the life of the church. Her passion for ministry is helping members of all ages find the joy and satisfaction of getting connected in the body of Christ through their gift of service and growth in Bible study.

    Paige taught preschool at Wesley for three years prior to coming on as full-time staff in December 2000. She completed a degree in Early Childhood in 2007 at College of Coastal Georgia. She and her husband Scott live on Saint Simons. She has two children. Her daughter Tiffany Wieberg is married to Andy and lives in Gainesville, GA. Her son Hunter and his wife Paola live in Brunswick.
     

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    David Herndon

    Director of Youth Ministries
    & Contemporary Worship

    david@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x14

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    David is a 2001 graduate of Reinhardt University with a B.A. in religious studies and a B.S in Psychology. A lifelong United Methodist, David has served four churches over the past 19 years and joined the Wesley staff in 2011. In addition to youth ministry, he also leads the Oasis Contemporary Worship service. David is married to Whitney, and they have three children: Eli, Sam, and Emily.

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    Samantha Taylor

    Associate Director of Youth Ministries
    samantha@wesleyssi.org

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    Samantha is from Warner Robins, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with an A.B. in English. While in college, she developed a passion for youth ministry as an intern with The Gathering Place. She loves working with the teenagers at Wesley and getting to see them grow in their relationship with Jesus and share Christ's love with their community. Samantha is also a preschool teacher at the Wesley Academy of Early Learning.

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    Christopher Goodson

    Director of Music and Worship
    chris@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x15

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    Christopher Goodson is Director of Music and Worship at Wesley, where he plans and leads worship services and directs the music ministry, Music@Wesley. Chris is also actively engaged in several music-related outreaches in the community in an effort to minister to others through supporting music and the arts in the Golden Isles. Chris loves what he does, and is fond of saying, “I’ve never worked a day in my life!” A native of East Tennessee, Chris was active in music ministry in the Knoxville area for over a decade before coming to Wesley in July 2012. He studied at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A clarinet player, Chris spent his undergrad training to become a band director with the plan of also working part-time in church music. After sensing a call to full-time music ministry, Chris completed a Masters in Choral Conducting. Currently, Chris is a student in the Doctorate of Worship Studies program at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. He has three cats: Louie, Sam, and Miss Kitty.

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    Position to be Filled

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    Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA, is seeking a part-time (approximately half-time) Organist/Music Associate to begin Fall 2016. This beautiful church, located on St. Simons Island near Fort Frederica National Monument, has a membership of 1100+ with average attendance of 450—for more information visit www.wesleyssi.org. There are two traditional services and one contemporary service each Sunday. Wesley has a strong, vibrant music program, including the Chancel Choir, chamber ensembles, 2 children’s choirs, 5-octave handbell choir and ensemble, and many other opportunities. Additionally, Wesley hosts and provides music leadership for the Golden Isles Community Chorus and Golden Isles Community Messiah Chorus, as well as producing an active concert series. The successful candidate will be an experienced and gifted organist, pianist, collaborative musician, and skilled service player. Candidate reviews will begin on August 15 and continue until a candidate has been selected. Ideal employment start date is September/October 2016. Salary is $20,000 annually plus approximately $4,500+ for weddings. If interested, for a detailed job prospectus and additional information including application package requirements, please contact Christopher Goodson, Director of Music and Worship, at chris@wesleyssi.org. 

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    Kyle Bynum

    Director of Media and Technology
    Music Assistant

    kyle@wesleyssi.org

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    Kyle is the Director of Media and Technology and the Music Assistant at Wesley where he is responsible for overseeing all audio and visual technology, administrating the children’s music program, and providing administrative support to Music@Wesley. Kyle and his wife Brandy work together with the children’s choirs at Wesley. Kyle sings in the Chancel Choir and Men’s Ensemble and regularly participates in the Oasis worship band. Kyle grew up in rural Middle Georgia and studied Information Technology and Digital Media at Middle Georgia State University. Kyle and Brandy enjoy biking and kayaking along the Georgia coast. They reside on St. Simons Island with their daughter Elizabeth.

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    Maryellen Aiken

    Director of Children’s Ministries
    maryellen@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x20

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    Maryellen grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Kennesaw University with a major in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Early Childhood Education. From 2000-2010, Maryellen became involved in various small groups and leadership roles at North Point Community Church before moving to Saint Simons Island, her husband’s family home, in 2010. Since then, Maryellen has been pursuing her lifelong love of teaching children, specializing at first in early literacy support through tutoring and non-profit community initiatives. Her family joined Wesley UMC in 2012, and in 2014 she became the full-time Children’s Ministry Director. Maryellen is passionate about creating fun and engaging learning environments for kids and is blessed by the opportunity to teach children about God’s great, pursuing love for them.

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    Darlin Thrower

    Office Administrator
    darlin@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x10

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    A native of St. Simons Island, Darlin attended Glynn Academy High School; Brunswick Junior College where she studied Business Administration (now known as the College of Coastal Georgia); and Trinity Baptist College, Jacksonville, FL. Darlin has extensive office and administrative experience and has been involved in various aspects of ministry and service since 1973. She joined the Wesley staff in 2009 and currently serves as the Office Administrator. Darlin is married with two grown children.

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    Evelyn Waldrop

    Receptionist/Office Assistant
    evelyn@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x26

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    Evelyn grew up in Fontana, CA. She is the youngest of six children and the only girl. Evelyn has two grown sons and eight grandchildren. She worked for the DeKalb County School System for 28 years, retiring from the school system in February 2015. Evelyn’s last position was associate of payroll and benefits, which was her favorite because she loves working with people. “I love working here at Wesley United Methodist Church because it gives me an opportunity to meet different people and work in a friendly environment, Evelyn said.

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    Caroline Tobler

    Financial Secretary
    caroline@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x11

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    Caroline joined Wesley in 2008 as Financial Secretary. She moved to the Island from Greenville, SC. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS in Business and minor in Accounting. Her accounting career spans across the board from the public sector to the private sector. Caroline is the proud mother of two boys, Stefan and Christoph.

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    Marcie Singletary

    Director,
    Wesley Academy of Early Learning

    marcie@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 638-5072

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    Marcie began her teaching career in Greenwood, SC, in 1997 after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Erskine College and her Master’s degree from Lander University. After teaching first grade for ten years and obtaining National Board Certification and an Education Specialist degree, Marcie transitioned to school administration where she oversaw curriculum, instruction, and assessments at a local elementary school. In 2011, Marcie was hired at her church home as the Director of Weekday Ministries which she transformed into the now Wesley Academy of Early Learning (WAEL). In September of 2015, Marcie married her wonderful husband, Mac Singletary.

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    Nikki Browning

    Assistant Director,
    Wesley Academy of Early Learning

    nikki@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 638-5072

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    Nikki’s varied background in the hospitality industry, cosmetology field, and the childcare profession have provided the perfect foundation for her current Assistant Director position. Passionate about Wesley Academy of Early Learning and its possibilities, Nikki provides various services that help parents, teachers, and students to maximize their experience at our preschool. A big believer in Christian education, Nikki strives to build relationships with the families at Wesley through her contagious smile and warm spirit. When she is not helping the little “whales,” she enjoys spending time with her husband of eleven years, her three school-aged children, and her adorable puppy.

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    Dorothy Newton

    Nursery Care Provider

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    Dot moved to Brunswick in 1992 and began working at Wesley in 1998. With many years of childcare experience, Dot loves taking care of our little ones every Sunday and Wednesday. She very much enjoys being part of Wesley and meeting great people, both with and without children. Dot has two children, Maggie and Don.

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    David Wood

    (Independent Contractor)
    Groundskeeper

    dwood@wesleyssi.org

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    A lifetime resident of Saint Simons Island, David is married to Judy, and they have one daughter and three beautiful grandchildren. David has over 30 years experience in turf and ornamental maintenance and is a state-certified pesticide applicator. He loves spending time with his family, but he also loves his time on the grounds at Wesley. He considers it a blessing to not only serve the folks of Wesley, but also to be able to worship with them.




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