Learn More About Our Dedicated Team

Will Van Wieren

Pastor

 

Pastor Will is in his 15th year of full-time ministry and is so excited to be back in his home community. A native of Rowan County, Will is a proud graduate of South Rowan High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Catawba College, a Master’s Degree (M.Div) from Hood Theological Seminary, and is an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. Pastor Will and his wife, Megan, have been married for 13 years and have two daughters, Mya & Cora. Pastor Will is a gifted musician and enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and singing. Pastor Will loves the outdoors and in his downtime you’ll often find him hunting, fishing, or woodworking.     
 

Mack and Sarah King

Directors of Youth ministries

Mack and Sarah are the youth and young adult leaders here at First UMC China Grove. They have been involved in youth ministry for 5 years. Mack attended UNCG and Sarah attended Pfeiffer University. They have been married for 4 years. They live in Salisbury with their two children, Bellagrace and MH.

Sara Joines

Director of Childrens’ ministries

Sara has worked at First Church for two years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University and she has been in ministry for nine and a half years.  She lives in Kannapolis  with her husband, her son, and her dog, Wrangler.  She loves working with the children at First United Methodist  Church of China Grove.

 

JESSICA OSBORNE

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

A 2010 graduate of Western Carolina University, Jessica Osborne originally hails from Forest City in Rutherford County. She currently resides in Iredell County with her husband, Kyle, and their son, Owen. Jessica has a background in communications and was a former reporter for two area newspapers prior to becoming FUMC’s Church Administrator.

 

LISA TROUTMAN

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Lisa has been at the helm of the music ministries of First Church for twenty-four years.  She heads up the music for our Sunday worship services, directs the chancel choir, the children’s choirs, and leads the handbells.  We are so privileged to have Lisa here with us and we think you’ll agree as soon as you experience the diverse and spirit-filled music that is a part of life here at First Church! 

Amy brown

Director of The early learning center

Amy graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with a degree in General Education. She holds a wide range of relevant childcare qualifications. She has worked in the childcare field as a director for the past 14 years.  Amy and her husband have five grown children and four grandchildren. They enjoy hiking and traveling. Amy also enjoys scrap-booking, card-making, and other papercrafts.

 

David tilley

CHURCH facility manager and janitor

David and his trusty assistant, Lucky, look after our facilities and help keep the buildings secure and looking their best.