Our Staff

Rev. Lynda Ferguson

Senior Pastor


 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. Edward Ramsey

Assistant Pastor


 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 Adult Discipleship, First Adults, and Missions,  at First UMC. He is also the Pastor at St. Luke UMC in Asheboro. 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 Local chapter of Christians Engaged in Faith Formation board of directors.


Rev. Josh Briton

Executive Director, Mt Shepherd

Josh Britton was hired as the Executive Director of Mount Shepherd in 2016. Josh is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. He’s married to Erin, who is a speech pathologist in the Greensboro area. They have two beautiful children, Oren and Ada, and two rascally dogs, Koa and Boone. Josh is passionate about camp and retreat ministry. It was while serving at a summer camp that Josh and Erin first met! They enjoy camp life, hiking, and Appalachian State Football.


Rev. Alexis Coleman

Executive Director, Lydia's Place

Rev. Alexis Coleman is a 2008 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC (MDiv) and was ordained an elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 2012.  She was appointed to First United Methodist Church in Asheboro in July 2020 and will be planting a new faith community on the Francis Street campus, as well as serving as the director of Lydia’s Place Women’s and Family Shelter. Alexis is a certified trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty, a model which helps communities create long-term sustainable solutions to address the root causes of poverty. Rev. Coleman is also a certified coach through Passion in Partnership, an organization dedicated to the development of lifelong fruitful ministries for both clergy and laity.  In addition to her MDiv, she holds a BS in Computer Science from Tennessee Technological University (1985) and an MA in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University (2002).  Alexis worked in the Information Technology field for 20 years before answering the call to ministry.  Rev. Coleman has been married to her husband Jon for over 30 years.  They have two adult children, Ashley and Cassie.


Tim Clements

Worship Leader

Tim Clements has been the worship leader here at First UMC for 7 years, and is grateful for every minute of it. It was been quite the journey, from growing up not attending church in upstate New York, to playing in a rock band, to going to college for biology and giving up on music altogether to focus on a “real job”. But God’s plans are bigger, and now Tim loves nothing more than sharing his heart and love for Jesus every Sunday, as well as helping with youth, kids, and doing a bunch of other things around the church. He lives here in Asheboro with his wife Dana and two children Natalie and Elliott.


Shannon McCrary

Preschool Director

Shannon was born and raised in Asheboro and is a long time member of First United Methodist Church. Since receiving an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education and a BS degree in Human Services, Shannon has acquired over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood; and she has worked both in the classroom and for non profit organizations. Shannon has a passion for young children and enjoys watching them learn and grow while exploring the world our God created.  Shannon and her husband, Walker, have two children, Samantha and Chas.



Hollie Luther

High School 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.


Kathleen Gee

Middle School Youth Minister

Kathleen Gee is passionate about working with children, both here at first as music teacher ad McCrary Elementary school. She also joins the praise team on Sunday mornings, helping to lead worship each week.


Laura King

Older Children and Families Minister




Shannan Goss Morton

Younger Children and Families Minister




Sarah Downey

Director of Music


Director of Music Sarah Downey is the Chorus Teacher at Asheboro High School 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.


Paula Owens



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.


Julia Del Grande

Facilities Manager

Julia Del Grande grew up in Asheboro and found her way back here once
her family started to grow.  She has attended FUMC for many, many
years and has enjoyed witnessing all of the positive changes and
spiritual growth.  Julia enjoys preparing space and food for
fellowship at FUMC for all to enjoy and grow in their faith journey.
She is a graduate from Pfeiffer University where she obtained a
business degree.  Julia is married to Gifford and they have three
children:  Holly, Hayden & Andrew.


Donna Johnson

Ministry Coordinator


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.