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. Dr. Jerry A. Roe, Jr.

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

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    Jerry grew up in many locations throughout the US. He and his wife, Gina, have two adult children, Joshua and Sean. Jerry is a graduate of Foothill High School in Tustin, California; The University of the State of New York; and Erskine Seminary in Due West, South Carolina (M-Div. and D-Min). Jerry has been a minister in South Georgia since 1992, serving pastorates in Oak Park, Alamo, Columbus (St. Mark), Byron, Springfield, and Americus. Jerry writes, "I pray that the shortest distance between heaven and earth will be experienced through our worship and journey with Christ here at Wesley."

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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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    Director of Music Ministries
    Organist

     

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    Jamie Forbes

    Director of Audio-Visual Ministries jamie@wesleyssi.org

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    Jamie joined the Wesley staff in August 2018. As Director of Audio-Visual Ministries, Jamie has oversight of all audio and visual technology. In part, he recruits, trains, schedules, and oversees volunteers; ensures coverage for all worship and special services, and provides oversight in the operation and maintenance of all audio-visual/multimedia equipment. Jamie contributes much to this vital area of ministry!

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    Beth Humber

    Music Assistant/Organist Emeritus
    b.humber@gmail.com
    (912) 222-6702

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    Beth served at Wesley as Organist/Associate Director of Music from 2003 to 2014, when she and her husband D.D. moved back to Atlanta to be near family. In 2017, they returned to St. Simons and Wesley UMC, and Beth became Organist Emeritus and Handbell Director. Beth is happy to be back on staff as Music Assistant, working with Matthew Ganong, and will direct the Wesley Ringers beginning in the fall.
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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

    Staff Resource Administrator
    darlin@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 634-1412 x26

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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 Staff Relations Administrator. Darlin is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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    Elaine Brown

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

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    Elaine is originally from Decatur, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. She and her husband, Adam, relocated to Brunswick in 2005 where she has gained considerable administrative experience over the past several years. Elaine and Adam have two boys: Connor and Whitt. Outside of the office, she volunteers with Cub Scout Pack 207 as a den leader and also serves as their treasurer. Elaine is thrilled to be joining Wesley and looks forward to building long-lasting relationships with the church family.
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    Nikki Browning

    Director
    Wesley Academy of Early Learning

    nikki@wesleyssi.org
    (912) 638-5072

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    Nikki is passionate about Wesley Academy of Early Learning and its possibilities! She 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, three children, and black lab. 

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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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