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Our Staff

Senior Pastor

Jim Bell


Senior Pastor Jim Bell is energized by preaching and engaging people in spiritual formation and discipleship.  He grew up in Charlotte and Roanoke Rapids, NC.  Jim and his wife, Melody, have two adult children.  Andy and his wife, Erin, live in Atlanta, and Sarah resides in Durham


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Associate Pastor

Charles Robl


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Pastor Emeritus

Bill Presnell

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Pastor Emeritus

Robert Bergland

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Youth Pastor

Tiler Bland

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A proud West Virginia native. Tiler left the Mountain State to move to Wilson in January 2022 and hasn’t looked back. Tiler knew that youth ministry was his calling at the age of 16 when leading Fellowship of Christian Athletes in High School. When he’s not spending time with teenagers, his hobbies include kayaking, traveling, eating out, and watching college football (Go Mountaineers!) 


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Director of Children's Ministries

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We are currently seeking to fill this position. Please visit our Employment Opportunities page for more information!

Director of Music Ministries

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We are currently seeking to fill this position. Please visit our Employment Opportunities page for more information!

Financial Secretary

Fran Stafford

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Church Secretary

Jo Shackelford

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Director of Weekday School

Lorie Daniel

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Hi!  I'm Lorie Daniel!  After teaching in the weekday school for several years, I took on the role of program director in 2015. I have a passion for working with young children and helping them grow not just intellectually, but also spiritually.  I want each and every child to know how very much God loves them. My husband, Joseph, and I made our home in Black Creek when we married 30 years ago after graduating from NC State University.  I received a BS in Biological Sciences and worked as a Chemist for several years before choosing to stay-at-home with our two young children. It was during this time that I found my true calling in early childhood education.  Our daughter, Leah, is finishing her last year of grad school at UNC-Chapel Hill and our son, Jacob, will finish grad school at UNC-Charlotte this December. I love spending time with family and traveling as often as possible.  We love to be outdoors, especially kayaking together whenever we can. 

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Boris Farmer

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Director of Communication

Shelley Gibson

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Shelley moved to Wilson in 2014 with her husband and three children. They shopped around for churches for a couple of months until they walked into First Methodist after touring the preschool and never looked back. It immediately felt like home. Shelley and her husband, Sean, have 3 children: Parker, Aiden, and Bella. Her favorite things after Jesus and family are coffee, being outdoors, and chocolate!


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