Meet our leadership
Say hello to the leadership team at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. If you have questions for the lead team, contact us by clicking here.
Rev. Dr Jeff Patterson - Senior Pastor
Pastor Jeff has served in the Western NC conference for 30+ years and before coming to Wesley Memorial UMC, he was the district superintendent of the Yadkin Valley district. He is passionate about people coming to Christ and growing spiritually into Christ-likeness. He is married to Tammy, and they have two adult children, Elizabeth and Caleb.
Rev. Clark Chilton - Associate Pastor
Clark Chilton joined the pastoral team at Wesley Memorial UMC in July 2019 as the associate pastor of contemporary worship and evangelism. He is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained deacon.
Rev. Dr Ken Lyon - Church Vitality & Generosity
Ken Lyon serves as our part-time associate pastor of generosity and church vitality. Ken is a retired elder in the United Methodist Church and has served the United Methodist Church for over 40 years, most notably at Matthews UMC in Charlotte and in many churches across Western North Carolina.
Rev. Glen Myers - Congregational Care
Rev. Glen Myers serves as our part-time pastor of congregational care. Glen is a retired elder in the United Methodist Church and has served in the Western NC Conference for many decades.
Isabel Cruz Valencia - Administrative Assistant to the Pastors
"I’m originally from Los Angeles, California, but moved as a young child to Randolph County in 2000. I am a mix of Mexican and Honduran descent, so I’m very proud of my culture. I am fluent in Spanish and English, which is exciting because I can meet twice as many people!
I am wife to a wonderful husband, Christian, and our pride and joy are our 3 beautiful children Angela, 9, Aria 5, and Isaac 3. My favorite hobbies include singing, playing piano keyboard, cooking, and spending time with my family.
I grew up in a Hispanic Methodist Church, so I’m eager to integrate my experience and knowledge to Wesley Memorial’s church culture. I’m looking forward to what God has in store for me and my position here at Wesley Memorial UMC."
Brittany Corts - Administrative Assistant/Front Desk
Brittany Corts serves as the receptionist and an admin at Wesley Memorial. She attended UNCG for art with a concentration in painting. She is mom to a wonderful daughter, Elle (9) who is her greatest treasure. In her spare time she enjoys painting, hiking, interior design, live music and making friends with every dog she meets. Growing up as both a pastors child and grandchild she learned the importance of having a relationship with Christ and is excited for what the Lord has in store for her here at Wesley Memorial.
Elli Yu - Pastoral Intern
Elli Yu is a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill. A lifelong United Methodist, he is considering pursuing full time ministry and seminary after graduation from UNC.
Ann Marie Chilton - Director of Children's Ministries
Ann Marie Chilton joined the Wesley Memorial UMC team as the interim director in April 2020 and then became the full-time director of children's ministry in June 2020. She has a variety of experience leading children's music, and childhood education and is passionate about relaying biblical truths to the next generation.
April Maines - Children's Ministry Assistant
Susan Kelley - Director, Wesley Memorial School
Susan has be on the WMS staff for the past 23 years. She is a life-long member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Along with her husband, Rick, they have three daughters.
Sandi Todd - Administrative Assistant, Wesley Memorial School
Melody Emerson - Director of Communication and Connections
Starting in 2022, Melody served as the part-time Director of Communications, and became full time in April of 2023. She has a Masters in Strategic Communication with a double concentration in Public Relations and Crisis Communication from High Point University.
Keith Byrd - Director of Contemporary Music Ministries
Keith Byrd has served at Wesley Memorial since 2000 as contemporary music director. Keith is a professional musician who has played all over the world.
Steven Nelson - Director of Student Ministries
Steven Nelson has been the director of student ministries since July of 2016. He has extensive experience in student ministry in a variety of church contexts and denominations. Trust us, Steven is PUMPED to see you at one of the many youth ministry events! Learn more about Steven and his team here.
Riley Phelps - Student Ministry Intern
We are excited Riley Phelps is returning to be our 2023 Summer Intern at Wesley Memorial Church! Riley is from High Point, NC and graduated from Wesleyan Christian Academy. Riley will continue at UNCW in the fall. Go Seahawks!
Riley’s favorite hobbies include playing guitar and coaching baseball. His hidden talent is the ability to do a walking handstand and he loves eating at Barberito’s and the Big Burger Spot. His favorite animal is the wolf and he loves munching on Heath Bars or Kit Kats. Riley’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 17:17 and he loves empowering the next generation of students through worship and discipleship! We look forward to partnering with Riley as he walks alongside middle and high school students this summer in the name of Jesus.
Jefferson McLamb - Student Ministry Intern
We are excited to have Jefferson McLamb join our team as a 2023 Summer Intern at Wesley Memorial Church! Jefferson is from Lexington, NC and graduated from Wesleyan Christian Academy. Jefferson will continue at Cape Fear Community College in the fall where he will also be a member of the men’s basketball team. Go Sea Devils! Jefferson’s favorite hobbies include spending time with family and reading. He loves eating at Mambo Grill. His favorite animal is the lion and he loves ice cream. Jefferson’s favorite scripture is 1 Peter 5:7 and he loves being able to mentor and show students the love of Christ! We look forward to partnering with Jefferson as he walks alongside middle and high school students this summer in the name of Jesus.
Beth Rose - Manager of Finance and Administration
Beth Rose has served at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since 2016 with finance and administration.
Cindy Dominick - Manager of Facilities Usage and Hospitality
Cindy Dominick oversees our facility management and calendaring. She has served at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since 2005.