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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    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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    Dr. Matt Caine

    Director of Music Ministries
    matt@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x15

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    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.

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    Matthew Ganong

    Assistant Director of Music Ministries
    Organist

    mcganong@wesleyssi.org
    (773) 682-0906

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    Matthew C. Ganong joined the staff of Wesley UMC on August 1, 2018, as organist, pianist, and Assistant Director of Music Ministries. He has worked as a church musician and freelance pianist since 1997, after graduating from the Peabody Conservatory with a degree in piano performance and a minor in harpsichord. Since then, Matthew has lived and worked in the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, and Columbia (South Carolina). He has traveled all over the United States and to Mexico and Canada with various ensembles and as a piano, harpsichord, and organ soloist. He is also an avid composer and improvising musician whose repertoire encompasses music from the Renaissance to the present day. Now, Matthew is happy to be living on St. Simons Island and to be part of the music ministry at Wesley.
     
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    Jamie Forbes

    Director of Audio-Visual Ministries
    jamie@wesleyssi.org

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    Check back later to learn more about our new Director of Audio-Visual Ministries!
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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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    Position to be Filled

    TBD
     

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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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    Nikki Browning

    Director
    Wesley Academy of Early Learning

    nikki@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 638-5072

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    Check back later to learn more about our new Director of Wesley Academy of Early Learning!

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    Tiffany Herndon

    Assistant Director
    Wesley Academy of Early Learning

    tiffany@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 638-5072

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    Check back later to learn more about our Assistant Director of Wesley Academy of Early Learning!
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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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