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Our Staff

Meet our Staff

Step in to the office and you will get a glimpse at why Garner United Methodist is such a dynamic and amazing church. The staff are dedicated to helping members, constituents and the community with any need great or small.

Whether you are looking to reserve a room, check on the status of a fellow member or need a referral to a community resource, the great folks in our offices will always go above and beyond to ensure you get the help you need.

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Reverend Greg Jenks - Greg Jenks is married to Beth and dad to Seth and Hannah.  Greg's previous ministry experiences include planting a new church and launching a ministry to care for orphans in Africa.  Greg enjoys backpacking and other types of exercise.  His longest hiking trip was a 400 mile journey from Dick's Creek Gap, Georgia to Damascus, Virginia during a 2015 Spiritual Renewal Leave.  More recently he and Beth have taken up clogging as a hobby.

   

Reverend Susan Hobbs - Susan is a Local Licensed Pastor in the North Carolina Annual Conference and has been on staff at Garner United Methodist Church since August of 1990. She completed the Advanced Course of Study at Duke Divinity School and has her Masters in Counseling from NC State. She is married to Bill Hobbs, who works at Duke Medical Center in the Department of Engineering and Operations. They have two adult children, Christy and Brian, a beautiful daughter in law, Lesley, and two precious granddaughters, Kaylyn.and Layla.

   

Keely Deboever - Director of Children and Youth Ministries - Keely has served in Youth Ministry for over ten years and derives great joy from sharing God's love with youth and children. Keely received her M.Div. from the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner Webb University.  She and her husband, Sky, moved to the Garner area from Shelby, NC (where Keely was born and raised).  Sky works as the General Manager at the Ruby Tuesday in Smithfield. Sky and Keely do not have any children, but they do have one very spoiled dachshund, named Starbuck.

   

Ray Newlin - Director of Music - Ray grew up on a farm in Saxapahaw, NC, where he developed a love for the outdoors, nature, and music.  He was involved in music as a high school student and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in music education at UNC-Greensboro.  After teaching choral music in public school for several years, Ray moved into school leadership.  Ray and Liz married and settled in Fuquay-Varina, where Ray remained assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina Elementary School until he retired from the school system.  Ray has been involved in church music for many years, most recently as Music Director at All Saints’ UMC in Raleigh.  Liz and Ray live in Fuquay-Varina where they enjoy their daughter, Megan, her husband Brett, and three grandchildren who also live in the area.  Both are excited to be a part of Garner UMC. 

   

Carol Kamp - Accompanist - Carol has been a member of GUMC since 2006 having moved to Garner in 2003 from her home state of Indiana. She received a BA in Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, was a private piano instructor, and has been an avid handbell ringer for more than 20 yrs.  She is married to Harold and they have two daughters, Sylvia in New Orleans and Erika in Boston and two grandchildren. 

   

Bill McClure - Organist
 - Bill McClure has been a member of GUMC since 1974. He became interim Organist in November of 1999 and staff Organist in May 2000. He graduated from Campbell College (now Campbell University) in 1972 with a BA degree in music. He is married to Jean, whose helps him in many ways. Their adult daughter, Kimberly is also a member of GUMC.

   

Robert Hunter - Praise and Worship Leader - Robert grew up in Garner UMC and joined the staff of UMC in 2011.  He is the lead vocalist of our Journey of Grace Band. Robert has a deep passion for contemporary music and worship.  His heart for God is apparent in his leadership of our contemporary service Journey of Grace(JOG) This service begins at 10:40AM in our Christian Life Center.

   

Barry Nickalson - Office Manager - Barry is a member of GUMC, and joined the church staff in January, 2016.  He is a retired law enforcement officer, and a graduate of UNC-Wilmington.  The desire of his heart is to see others come to know Jesus personally as their Lord and Savior.  His work provides the opportunity to interact with others with gospel intentionality and focus.   Barry is married to Lisa, and they have three adult children; Sara Littlejohn, Casey Clay, and Danny.  They are also beaming grandparents!

   

Keith Brown – Office Volunteer - Keith is a member of GUMC, and volunteers weekly in the church office.  Keith graciously shares his unique gifts, as Christ shines through him, with everyone he encounters.  He helps with bulletin assembly, document management, greeting members and guests, and exudes a kind and joyous spirit to all.  Keith places great emphasis on the quality of his work, and is a valuable member of our team.

   

Richard Wall – Facilities Manager - Richard joined the staff of Garner UMC in July of 2017.  He has over 20 years of experience in facility management in the manufacturing environment.  Richard is very excited to bring this experience to Garner UMC. He is married to Jean and they have a son, Michael and a dog named Clarence.

    Tom La Matto – Sexton - Tom has attended GUMC since 2010 and has served on staff since 2014.  His background is in the restoration and refurbishing industry, which he brings to his work here at the church as well.  Tom keeps the facility clean and functional, all while sharing Christ with all those he encounters.  Tom is the leader of our outreach program to area homeless, HOPE Ministry.  Tom is married to his wife Debbie.  They have one adult child, Joe and a granddaughter, Tatianna.  They also have two loving dogs, Chase and Sadie.