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.
Church Office Hours:
REV. STEVE PATTON
(912) 634-1412 x12
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!”
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.
Assistant Director of Music Ministries
(773) 682-0906Matthew 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.
Director of Audio-Visual Ministries
Director of Children’s Ministries
(912) 634-1412 x20
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.
Staff Relations Administrator
(912) 634-1412 x26
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.
(912) 634-1412 x10Elaine 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 13 years. Elaine and Adam have two boys: Connor (9) and Whitt (6). 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.
(912) 634-1412 x11
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
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.
Wesley Academy of Early Learning
(912) 638-5072Tiffany grew up in Newnan, Georgia, and went on to Georgia Southern University to earn a B.S. in psychology. She met her husband, Mead, there in Statesboro, and they now live in Glynn County where they are raising their three children: Jake, Lucy, and Will.
Tiffany began working at Wesley Academy of Early Learning in 2013 and has taught in several age groups. She has a passion for educating and nurturing young children and enjoyed her years in the classroom. She is happy to be assisting with the administrative duties of our growing and thriving preschool program but also enjoys being able to make an impact and care for all the children at WAEL.
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.