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Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dr. Peter BarnesSr. Pastor
Phone: 336.723.1621 x231
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A favorite scripture verse: Mark 10:45, which says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” I love this verse because it’s the picture of servant leadership, which Jesus Himself modeled in laying down His life for us. Leadership isn’t about being on the top or being in charge. It’s about using your gifts, position, and influence to serve those around you in a sacrificial way to the glory of God. I grew up in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, and I grew up as an urban kid playing sports year-round. Atlanta is known for having the busiest airport in the world (ever gotten stuck there?), the world’s largest hamburger drive-in (the Varsity – awesome fries and onion rings!), and the largest exposed piece of granite in the world (Stone Mountain) Hanging out with my grown children and my grandchildren, playing basketball and tennis or running, and enjoying a dinner with friends are some of my favorite things to do.

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Rev. Amy CarlanAssociate Pastor for Discipleship
Phone: 336.723.1621 x228
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A favorite scripture verse: Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.I’m from The Dalles, Oregon. It’s famous for delicious Bing cherries, the beginning of the Columbia River Gorge, and for being a drive-through on the way to somewhere else.I have three favorite places to be: with my family, outside on a run, and on the couch with a good book.

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Phone: 336.723.1621 x235
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Petey grew up in Valley, Alabama–a tiny cotton mill town along the Chattahoochee River. He’s been married for over 11 years to Ashley and has two daughters, Emery & Yeni. They moved to Winston-Salem from Dallas at the end of 2013, where Petey served on staff at Highland Park Presbyterian for 6 years. Petey has been in ministry for over 11 years and has a Bachelor’s from Mississippi State University to go with a Master’s from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary. He loves coffee, sports, spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains, and is a dedicated and avid runner.
                                           A favorite scripture verse: 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 – So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so                                              no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and                                            gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the                                                      message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled                                              to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
 
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Rev. Mike HorneAssociate Pastor for Congregational Care
Phone: 336.723.1621 x225
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A favorite scripture verse: Philippians 2:6-8 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”I’m from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It’s famous for cigarettes, doughnuts, and underwear…a widely diverse and interesting city, for sure. One of my favorite places to spend time is Disney World.
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Phone: 336.723.1621 x230
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I am drawn to the words of the prophet Isaiah, who speaks hope and comfort to a suffering people; to the powerful picture of Jesus as the light and life of the world presented in the Gospel of John; and to Paul’s encouragement to the church in Philippi to follow Christ’s example of humility. I’m from Seattle, WA, and have spent about half my life in California, so I’m a west-coaster through and through. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, running, skiing, being in the mountains, reading poetry, playing music, and reading a good book when I make the time for it!

 

 

Program Staff

 

Clay Cooke
Clay CookeTheologian in Residence
Phone: 336.723.1621 x245
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Favorite Scripture: “A favorite scripture verse: Psalm 105:4 – “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face evermore.” I am from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a city that began with a group of Moravian settlers and is now known for the arts, education, and innovation. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Bekah, and we have two young children. Without doubt, I take the most pleasure in being with my family. I also enjoy running, playing almost any sport, the combination of good food and good friends, reading theology and philosophy, and having a good conversation over coffee.
 
Michelle Collins – Director of Hospitality and Outreach
Phone: 336.723.1621 x243
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I’m from Wilmington, NC. I’d say it is most famous for being the place where Michael Jordan and Jason Roy grew up. Also, it happens to be a lovely tourist attraction with a beautiful and historic downtown, Carolina and Wrightsville Beaches, and the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. I’d also go out on a limb to say that it’s a great place for local restaurants, and I’d encourage any foodies (like myself) to visit! My favorite scripture is Deuteronomy 31:6, and my favorite translation of this verse is from the NLT, which reads: “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” This speaks to the heart of what I love about Jesus and what I need to know in my daily life– no matter what others do, say, or think about me, God will always be there, and he’ll never abandon me. What comfort! I have a lot of favorite places: the beach, kayaking down a river, hiking on a trail, driving on an open road with the windows down when it’s beautiful outside, sitting in a comfy chair reading a book, and the list goes on. The trick is that all of these places have to have one thing in common to be my favorite. They absolutely MUST include my husband, Greg, and our precious pup, Tucker!

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Michael Dodds – Director of  Worship, Music & the Arts
Phone: 336.723.1621 x288

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A favorite verse is “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”  (Psalm 145:8)  I have a very international background, having grown up as the son of medical missionaries in the eastern jungle of Peru.  At Wheaton College I majored in violin performance.  After a period working for the U.S. government in D.C. and the United Nations in Austria, I earned my doctorate in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  I also serve full time as a music history professor at the UNC School of the Arts.  As a musician, I love conducting, composing, and playing the violin in everything from Bach to bluegrass.  I also love art, history,   theology, languages, gardening, travel, staying fit, and spending time with my wife Jane (an artist and writer) and our five children.  Favorite places: on the podium leading   musicians and congregation in worship; in my garden; and at the beach in Wilmington!

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PJ DrostDirector of Middle School Ministries
Phone: 336.723.1621 x239
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A favorite scripture verse: Ephesians 2:12-13 “Remember that at the time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world,. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”I grew up in Boston. It’s famous for Paul Revere and delicious “lobsta”.My favorite place to spend time is at the beach.
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Chuck HobbsBusiness Administrator
Phone: 336.723.1621 x227
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A favorite scripture verse: Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina which is famous for NASCAR and the first declaration of independence from Great Britain.My favorite place to be is in a cabin in the mountains.
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Marissa Joyce
Phone: 336.723.1621 x246
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A favorite scripture verse: Ephesians 3:16-19 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”I grew up right here in Winston-Salem! It’s the home of Krispy Kreme, Texas Pete, and RJ Reynolds. I think we could make the argument that we are the healthiest town in America…:)I love to spend time outside walking my dog, or at our public library.
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Karl PandorfFacilities Manager/Network Administrator
Phone: 336.723.1621 x286
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Favorite Scripture: Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” I’m from Hopkinsville, Ohio which is familiarly known as “Hoptown”. My favorite place to be is either riding my motorcycle or at the beach.
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Melinda MillerDirector of Children’s Ministry (birth through preschool)
Phone: 336.723.1621 x233
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A favorite scripture verse: Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  I grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee.I love to spend time someplace sunny!

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Phone: 336.723.1621 x241
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Favorite Scripture Verse: Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”I’m from Holland, Michigan which is famous for Tulip Time, its Dutch heritage, and the Lake Michigan shore.One of my favorite ways to spend time is to take Tae Kwon Do classes, and to garden.  I also love visiting my family in Michigan and going fishing at my parents’ cottage.

amwebpicAnn Marie SearsDirector of Communications
Phone: 336.723.1621 x289
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A favorite scripture verse: 2 Timothy 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus…” I grew up in Kingsport, TN, the home of Eastman Chemical Company and Pal’s. My favorite place to be is spending time with my husband, Tim and my two children. I also love being outdoors, especially at the beach or in the mountains and anywhere with family and friends.
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Sharon SpencerDirector of Children’s Ministry (K through 5th grade)
Phone: 336.723.1621 x236
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A favorite bible verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”I grew up in Tampa, Florida and it’s famous for Cuban food. There is nothing better than real Cuban bread, which was originally made in Tampa. It’s the best!One of my favorite things to do is spend time at the beach. It’s one of the few places that I can totally relax.
davin-tang-website-pic-3Davin Thomsen Tang – Director of High School Ministry (9th-12th Grade)
Phone: 336.723.1621 x285
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A favorite bible verse is: John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  I am from Danville, CA. It’s the home of Sully Sullenberger (the airline pilot) and Chevron. My favorite place to be is somewhere I’ve never been before.

 

Administration and Facilities

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Wilson BarnhardtKitchen staff
Phone: 336.723.1621 x237
Favorite Scripture: Luke 21:2 – “As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others.  All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on’”. I’m from Winston-Salem, famous for tobacco. My favorite way to spend time is to go shopping.
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Ernest CherryCustodian
Phone: 336.723.1621 x232
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Favorite Scripture: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I’m from Rocky Mount, North Carolina…famous for cotton and cotton mills. My favorite place to be is riding my motorcycle.
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Phone: 336.723.1621 x223
Email Tina Davis: tinad@1stpres.com

 

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Sally FaisonAdministrative Assistant for Discipleship
Phone: 336.723.1621 x238
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Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina which is nicknamed the Queen City derived from the American Revolutionary War when British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by hostile residents. That prompted him to write that Charlotte was “a hornet’s nest of rebellion.” That is why the NBA team Charlotte Bobcats are getting back their old name, the Charlotte Hornets. My favorite place to be is the BEACH!
 
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Marge HancockKitchen Coordinator
Phone: 336.723.1621 x237
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Favorite Scripture: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I’m from Michigan, which is famous for giving us the automobile. My favorite place to be is anywhere my family is.
Tamika Jackson – Bookkeeper
Phone: 336.723.1621 x223
Email Tamika Jackson: TamikaJ@1stpres.com

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. I was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland which takes its name from a mica-flecked spring discovered there by Francis Preston Blair in 1840.  It’s not known for anything in particular, other than producing great people: Dominique Dawes, Nora Roberts, & Tamika Jackson.  My favorite place to be is with my friends and family.

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Karen LawHousekeeping
Phone: 336.723.1621 x232
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Favorite Scripture: Psalms 37:4-5  “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” I’m from Lititz, Pennsylvania which was voted the coolest small town in America earlier this year.  It’s a historic Moravian Settlement, and has the oldest pretzel house in the country. My favorite place to be is with my family.
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Phone: 336.723.1621 x221
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Favorite Scripture:  Proverbs 3: 5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight.” My favorite place to spend time is at Thirty-One parties.
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Robert ManningSupervisor, Custodian Staff
Phone: 336.723.1621 x232
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Favorite Scripture: Matthew 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I’m from Winston-Salem. My favorite place to be is in my Secret Place (my closet).
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Jeanne NifongLead Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336.723.1621 x234
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A favorite scripture verse:  1 Corinthians 13:4-5  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” I’m from Winston-Salem, famous for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, RJR Tobacco, and Old Salem.  My favorite place to be is watching my grandson play baseball.
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Nancy PorterLead Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336.723.1621 x222
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Favorite Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” I’m from Hendersonville, NC, which is known for its apples. My favorite place to spend time is in the mountains.
Delana VickersAdministrative Assistant for Children’s Ministries
Phone: 336.723.1621 x244
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Favorite Scripture: 1 John 3:1 “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God.” I grew up in the northern part of Stokes County, which is home to beautiful Hanging Rock State Park. I met my husband Will while we were both students at Appalachian State University and we have been married since 1987.  We moved to Winston-Salem in 1995 and we have two sons, Trey and Alex. I am a volunteer in our community with Scouting and the school system, and with my church. Favorite places include Disney World and Hilton Head Island, but my favorite local place is being at the dining room table with my family.

Intervarsity College Ministry

adwoa-asanteAdwoa Asante – InterVarsity College Ministry at Wake Forest
E-mail Adwoa Asante: asanteaa@wfu.edu
My family is from Ghana, I was born in Toronto, ON in Canada, and spent most of my childhood in Baltimore, MD. Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:38-39 was really important for me in my development as a Christian in learning to actually believe that there is nothing I could do that make God love me any more or less than he already does. My favorite place to be is with my closest friends at coffee shop or sharing a meal in my home.

emily-pEmily Palcsak – InterVarsity College Ministry at Salem
E-mail Adwoa Asante: emily.palcsak@gmail.com
I mostly grew up in Holly Springs, NC. It has grown exponentially in the last 15 years and is now listed as one of the best towns to raise a family, as well as one of the safest towns. This is my third year working with IVCF at Salem College. Right now, an important passage for me is in James 4:13-17, reminding me to always live in the present. I love to be with friends and family, wherever that is.

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