LEADERSHIP

Pastors & Staff

Greg Porterfield

Senior Pastor

Greg Porterfield has been a pastor and member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 18 years. Greg loves the Wesley Spirit and the congregation’s relationship with God.

One of Greg’s favorite quotes is, “Only where love and need are one is the deed ever truly done.” – Robert Frost

In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with dogs and horses!

David Blackwood

Associate Pastor / Wesley West Pastor

David Blackwood has been a pastor and member of Wesley United Methodist Church for four years. David loves that Wesley is a church that serves the community through various service opportunities. David is married to his wife, Jessica, and they have three children: Samuel, Emma and Sophia. In David’s spare time, he enjoys road cycling and mountain biking.  

Scott Harris

Associate Pastor

Scott Harris has been a pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church for two years.

SUSAN GILBERT

Pastor of Care

Susan Gilbert has been the Pastor of Care at Wesley United Methodist Church for four years and has been a member since 1999. Susan is grateful for how she grew and was nurtured into her life as a Christian at Wesley. Through her involvement in worship, small groups and missions, Susan was led to become a licensed local pastor, and Wesley was there for her every step of the way! Susan has a yellow lab mix named Jules and a draft/quarter horse named Angel. In her spare time, you can catch Susan spending time with Angel at the ranch, watching golf or college football or going to Edisto Beach. Susan is even a docent at the Aiken Thoroughbred Horseracing Museum!

Directors, Coordinators, and Staff

Milledge Austin

Communications Director
Milledge Austin joined the Wesley United Methodist Church staff in October of 2020 after spending the previous 10 years working in college athletics. He enjoys traveling and exploring national parks with his wife, Laura, and loves photography, video and graphic design. The two welcomed their first child, Ennelle, in Novemeber.

Helen Bissell

Senior Adult Outreach
Helen Bissell has been the Senior Adult Outreach Director for five years and a member of the Wesley family for 25. Helen loves that Wesley is so vibrant and active and offers something for everyone. Helen especially loves the Senior Adults at Wesley since they are a loving and giving group and the church has much to gain from their involvement. 

Joanne Cirincione

Education Director
Joanne Cirincione has been the Director of Education at Wesley United Methodist Church for 16 years and a member for 22. Joanne loves how Wesley is an authentic community focused on loving others for God and being a part of connecting others to Christ. Joanne enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kami DeRosier

Children's & Preschool Director
Kami DeRosier has been the Children’s Director and member of Wesley United Methodist Church for two years. Kami loves connecting with families as they grow in their relationship with Jesus and seeing children worshipping and supporting together as they grow their faith. Kami has been married to her husband, John, for 13 years and they have two sons, Thayen and Uriah, as well as a Great Dane puppy! Kami loves spending time with her family and being outdoors!

Michelle Dodson

Program Secretary
Michelle Dodson has been the Program Secretary for Wesley United Methodist Church for 14 years and a member of Wesley for 19. Michelle loves Wesley because there’s a place for everyone, no matter if you’re a child or a senior citizen! Michelle has been married to her husband, Stan, for 17 years and they have two children, Caleb and Hannah, a cat named Lady and a dog named Doug. Michelle and her family love to visit Disney World and the beach! 

Amanda Ellis

Finance Director
Amanda Ellis has been the Finance Director for Wesley United Methodist Church for 10 years. Amanda loves that Wesley is involved in serving and taking care of the local community through various different things, such as Mechanics Ministry and Faithcare. Amanda loves her job as Finance Director and loves the Wesley Staff and coworkers even more. Amanda is married to Dennis, and they have two children.

Ellyn Gilbert

Student Ministries Coordinator
Ellyn Gilbert has been the Student Ministry Coordinator at Wesley United Methodist Church for two years and has been a member for 12. Ellyn loves the caring congregation and coordinating a ministry, then being able to be a part of the spiritual journey for the students. Ellyn has been married to her husband, Curt, for 20 years and they have three teenagers. Ellyn loves to play tennis and read in her spare time.

Samantha Grubbs

Administrative Assistant
Samantha Grubbs is the Administrative Assistant and has been a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 18 years. Samantha loves how inclusive the Wesley family is and enjoys talking to the congregation to learn more about them. Samantha enjoys singing, reading and fishing.

Mark Haddon

Facilities Manager
Mark Haddon has been the Facilities Manager and a Contemporary Worship Leader for 20 years, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 25. Mark loves Wesley and the entire church family! As Worship Leader, Mark loves to sing praises to the Lord with a room full of friends, but as the Facilities Manager, Mark gets to find out where all the leaks are when it rains! Mark considers playing guitar his joy, but also plays banjo and mandolin. In his spare time, Mark dabbles in wood-working and DIY home improvement projects. Marks favorite places are his home and the Appalachian Mountains! 

Charlene Matthews

Nursery Coordinator
Charlene Matthews has been the Nursery Coordinator and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for four years. Charlene loves that Wesley is such a great place for kids and families and being with the community of nursery staff and children! Charlene and her husband moved to Evans to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren where they spend a lot of their free time! 

Kelley Sleeper

Missions Secretary
Kelley Cross Sleeper has been the Missions Assistant going on five years and has been a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 30 years as a Charter member. Kelley loves the family that Wesley is and being able to have a lot of fun as they go about the Lord’s work. Kelley loves cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs, laughing, loving on dogs and seizing the day!

Aaron Talbott

Student Ministries Director
Aaron Talbott has been the Director of Student Ministry and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for three years. Aaron loves that Wesley places a high premium on the next generation and does not just say that student ministry and children's ministry is important with no action. Aaron appreciates the places, resources, volunteers and energy Wesley exhibits toward making student ministry and children's ministry a high priority in the life of our church. Aaron is married to his wonderful wife, Heather. They have a daughter, Millie, and a son, Beckett. They also have a dog, Duke, who is a great looking dog, but not terribly smart. In Aaron’s spare time, he likes to golf, fish and enjoy building furniture.

Cheryl Weinand

Preschool Director
Cheryl Weinand joined the Wesley United Methodist Church staff in 2020 as the Preschool Director. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 28 years. They have three wonderful sons (Ryan, Nick and Ben) and one awesome daughter-in-law (Lindsey)! My husband and I love to take trips together. Savannah and Disney World are some of our favorite places to visit.

Jeff Wickell

Director of Music Ministries
Jeff Wickell has been the Director of Music Ministry and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for seven years. One thing Jeff loves about Wesley is all the wonderful people he’s been able to meet through his work there. Jeff is the child of a military family and spent his early years moving frequently until his parents settled in Florida in 1980. Jeff’s professional degrees include a Bachelor of Music from LSU and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois. Jeff enjoys singing with his family and considers it his favorite musical endeavor. Jeff met his wife, Heather Peacock, in Baton Rouge during their studies and have now been married for 27 years. Together, they have spent the last 20 years in music ministry in the United Methodist Church. They have four children: Ryan, Camille, Grace, and Josh. Ryan married to Sarah who has become a great addition to their family. Jeff’s interests outside of music include woodworking, photography and spending time gardening with his wife.

Kate Adcox

West Kidz Director

Ryan Abel

Modern Worship Director
Ryan Abel has been the Modern Worship Director and member at Wesley United Methodist Church for six years. Ryan loves the people at Wesley and working with some of his closest friends to play music that inspires and encourages believers. In his spare time, Ryan is cheering on all things South Carolina Gamecocks.

Rebekah Bryant

Wesley West Worship Leader
Rebekah has been leading worship since 2008 and joined the Wesley Worship leadership team in March 2019.  She's curious, creative, quirky, and always available for discussion about her latest research rabbithole. She lives on the same Edgefield, SC land where she grew up with her husband Justin, daughter Emma Sonnet, and a house full of pets and plants.

Ray Burnette

Facilities
Ray Burnette has been the Chef and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 19 years. Ray loves that Wesley feels like one big family and all the people he gets to see and talk to that come to Wow Dinner and on Sunday mornings. Ray has a beautiful daughter named Nina, his girlfriend, Mary, and two pit bulls, Bo and Chrissy. Ray likes to go hunting, ride motorcycles and coming up with new creative dishes in the kitchen. 

Wes Daniels

Recreation Director
Wes Daniels has been the Recreation Director for Wesley United Methodist Church for six years and a member for nine. When it comes to Wesley, Wes loves the different ministries of the church and their contributions to the community, as well as watching all the Wesley kids running around the gym! Wes has been married to his wife, Cori, for 19 years and they have three children: Carter, Nolan, and Ansley Rose.

Jose Gonzalez

Custodian

Mike Grigsby

Technical Director

Dee Harden

Custodian

Mary Jackson

Hospitality Director
Mary Jackson officially joined the Wesley United Methodist Church family as a member in 2019, and in 2020, she joined the staff as the Hospitality Director. 

Elaine Maxwell

Church Pianist & Organist
Elaine Maxwell has been the Pianist and a member at Wesley United Methodist Church for 26 years. Elaine Maxwell loves sharing her talent with the church and also appreciates the small church feeling for such a large membership. Elaine and her husband, Dave, love gardening, their dog and traveling.

Nicole Muns

Connections Director
Nicole Muns has been the Connections Coordinator at Wesley United Methodist Church for two years and has been a member for ten. Nicole loves how helpful Wesley is and how she is able to help individuals find their place at Wesley. Nicole is married to her husband, Kevin, and they have two 7-year-old twin daughters. 

Heather Peacock

Assistant Music Director
Heather Peacock has been the Assistant Music Director for six years and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for seven. Heather loves worshipping in Wesley’s beautiful sanctuary and raising up the next generation of worship leaders! Heather is married to Jeff Wickell and a mom to many!