Rev. Lynda Ferguson
Pastor Lynda grew up in Mt. Holly, N.C. and is a life-long Methodist who loves the Lord and loves God’s people. She believes that church can be a community where everyone is loved and accepted. She holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, Clemson University and Duke University and always pulls for the Tar Heels. Her greatest joy is being a pastor and a mom to two adult daughters. She welcomes conversations about life and faith and believes that we need each other in figuring out this gift of life together.
Rev. Caitlin Tremper
Caitlin Tremper was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Business from Appalachian State University before graduating from Duke Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity. Caitlin is particularly passionate about local and global missions, exploring diverse ways of doing and being the church in different cultural contexts, and meeting people where they are to journey with them in their walk with God. Fun facts about Caitlin: She has beatboxed for an a cappella group, loves to run, and spent a year studying abroad at a Divinity School in Hong Kong.
Minister of Discipleship
Edward Ramsey was born and raised in Troutman, North Carolina and is a graduate of Pfeiffer University with a degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. He oversees all age level ministries, and the education ministries at First UMC. He is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with others. His door is always open, so stop by and say hi. Edward enjoys hiking and going on mission trips both locally and internationally. He is involved with the National & Local Christians Engaged in Faith Formation board of directors. Edward serves as the Youth Ministry Events Coordinator for the Western North Carolina Conference as well.
Tim Clements is a native of Rochester NY, who found his way to both Asheboro and the church the long way. Since then, he has taken every opportunity to share with others the joys found in Jesus Christ through testimony and song. His story is proof that the love of God is freely given to everyone, and his hope is that we as a church share that love to all. Tim has lived in Asheboro for 10 years, with his wife Dana, and 2 incredible children.
Children's Discipleship Minister
Karen Smith was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies. Karen works with our Children’s Ministry and is also a FUMC Preschool teacher. She lives in Asheboro, NC with her husband Matthew. They have two grown children, Kaitlin and Paul. She is delighted to be working with the children of First UMC and she enjoys sharing the love of Jesus with everyone and especially children.
Assistant Youth Minister
Hollie Luther is a native of Asheboro, NC and graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in Elementary Education. Hollie works with our youth from 6-12th grade. In her full-time role Hollie is a Student Advocate at Uwharrie Charter Academy in Asheboro. Hollie is currently working on her Master’s Degree in School Counseling and coaches varsity cheerleading.
Joyce Bass was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. Joyce and her husband Adrian have lived in Asheboro, NC for 2 years. They have 3 children Saibian, Lisa, and Cameron. Joyce enjoys crafting of all sorts and working with the community. She enjoys calling Asheboro her permanent home.
Duke Divinity Student
Nina was born and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness. She is currently working towards her Masters of Divinity at Duke University to pursue her call to be an elder in the United Methodist Church. Nina loves people and enjoys getting to know folks from diverse backgrounds, learning from their stories and experiences, and walking with others in joys and challenges of life. Some of her hobbies include hiking, disc golfing, refereeing high school and flag football, and cheering for the Hokies.
Donna Johnson is originally from Gastonia, NC and has lived in Asheboro for 27 years. Donna is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College and NCSU with a degree in Political Science. Hobbies include golf, walking, reading and just being outdoors. She and her husband Duffy have two grown daughters and are active members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Director of Music
Director of Music Sarah Downey is the Chorus Teacher at Wheatmore High School in Trinity for the majority of her professional life. She is a two time graduate of UNCG with Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Education. She joined the staff at FUMC in early 2014 and loves helping to bring music to the congregation. When she’s not teaching or conducting, she likes to run, and spend time with her family.
Yoyos (Younger Youth) Minister
Our organist, Paula Owens, grew up in nearby Southeast Guilford County. She became an organist in her home church, Tabernacle United Methodist, at the tender age of 16. After studying organ and music education at UNCG, Paula was a choral director and elementary music educator in the Guilford County Schools for many years while also holding organist jobs at Irving Park UMC and Grace UMC in Greensboro. After coming to work in Asheboro as a school administrator, she found First UMC of Asheboro and was hired as organist here in September of 2012. Paula’s “day job” now is as Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Randolph County.