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.
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.
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REV. STEVE PATTON
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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!”
Rev. Gene Yates
Minister of Pastoral Care
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.
Director of Program Ministries
Wedding Reservation Coordinator
(912) 634-1412 x13
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.
Director of Youth Ministries
& Contemporary Worship
(912) 634-1412 x14
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.
Associate Director of Youth Ministries
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.
Dr. Matt Caine
Director of Music Ministries
(912) 634-1412 x15
Matt joined the Wesley staff in January 2018 as Director of Music Ministries. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (DMA, Conducting, 2010), the University of South Florida (MM, Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance, 2007), Samford University (MME, Instrumental Music Education, 2004), and Birmingham-Southern College (BM, Church Music, 2003). He has served churches in the capacity of music director for the past 15 years. In addition, he has conducted professional, symphonic, collegiate, and community choruses, orchestras, and has taught music courses at various colleges and universities. Matt is married to Sarah, a new teaching assistant in the Wesley Academy of Early Learning. They welcomed their first child, Spencer, into the world in 2017.
Director of Audio/Visual Ministries
email@example.comJohn M. Thomas III earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance at The Florida State University under John W. Parks IV. He currently holds the principal percussion position with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast and has played with ensembles all over the South. Following his coursework, John played season contracts in Texas and Nebraska. Afterward, he spent most of 2015 abroad performing on cruise ships. Since returning to land, John started his own studio and solo venture entitled Meta Quest.
Along with his performance involvements, John also is an audio engineer. He worked as an engineer on Tom Burritt's critically acclaimed solo marimba album "Groundlines" and Blake Tyson’s “Firefish.” John can be heard on FSU’s percussion ensemble vol. 2 “Not far from here,” and as a soloist on Adam Silverman’s “Percussion Music.” As a composer, John has written and recorded music for the Palm Beach Shakespeare company and is having material premiered at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention this fall.
Director of Children’s Ministries
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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.
(912) 634-1412 x10
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 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 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.
Wesley Academy of Early Learning
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.
Wesley Academy of Early Learning
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.
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.