Meet Our Team
Jody was born and raised in Bennettsville SC. He has (1) an amazing wife, Michelle, and they have been married for 29 years; (2) an incredible son, Andrew, a graduate of Clemson University; (3) a precious daughter-in-law, Morgan, a graduate of USC; and (4) an ugly golf swing. Graduating from St Andrews Presbyterian College in 1982 and Duke Divinity School in 1994, Jody is a former Grad Asst FB Coach at Clemson and longtime "Atlanta Brave Wanna-Be" who longs to love Jesus more. Jody has served as Lead Minister at CUMC since June of 2001.
Caroline began attending CUMC in 1990. She grew up in the church participating in the Youth ministry. A USC graduate, Caroline left the corporate world in 2007 to join the CUMC staff as Administrative Assistant. This career change has allowed her to live out her prayers of placing God first, then her husband Ryan and her child, Aiden Wesley; something her family believes is the strength and backbone of their lives. Caroline
has come full circle to end up where she believes she truly belongs.
Congregational Care Minister
Paul has been a member of CUMC since 1986. He joined our staff in 2004 in the ministry area of congregational care. Paul says that he is bodaciously blessed to serve Jesus Christ at CUMC where he can be a “Love Pastor” along with so many other servant ministers of Christ. He and his wife Sharon of 46 years are blessed to be the parents of four grown boys all of whom live out of state along with their grandchildren. Paul, aka Mr. Bodacious, and his wife Sharon have lived in Chapin since 1981.
Serving as the Minister of Operations at CUMC means Rick has the privilege of being the point person for all things business, facilities, and human resources related to our church. He has the pleasure to work with Pastor Jody and a great staff in helping develop CUMC’s strategy for making sure everyone who comes through our doors gets connected, grows in Christ-likeness, and is empowered to share their faith with those who are desperate for a relationship with Jesus.
Rick has been married to Chris a LONG time and enjoy spending quality time with family
and backpacking in the SC mountains!
Chris was born and raised in southern New Jersey. He has degrees in Neuroscience and Philosophy from Allegheny College and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married since 2008 - they have an daughter, Aletheia Grace, and a son Judah Samuel and a yellow lab, Samson. As Assimilation Pastor, Chris is responsible for ensuring each member connects with the redeeming love of God, grows in their knowledge of and passion for Jesus Christ, and is equipped to share His name in every walk of life. Chris considers it a privilege to foster and facilitate authentic community at Chapin United Methodist Church.
Contemporary Worship Minister
Dustin grew up in Wilkes County, NC. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Spanish education. He has been married to Elyse since 2014. They have a Yorki poo named Jasmine. He has the privilege of partnering with the Student Ministry.
Traditional Music Minister
Nancy is originally from Belmont, NC. She has been married to Dr. Lee Bollman for 42 years and has two boys and two grandchildren. She graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 1972 with a BA degree in religion and from USC-Columbia in 1990 with a Master’s in Elementary Education. She retired from teaching in 2008 after teaching elementary school in Beaufort County and Irmo/Chapin areas for 35 years.
Nancy has been involved in church worship planning and music directing for over 27 years and believes that God has called her into the music ministry to lead in worship that is relevant, teaches the truths taught in God’s Word, minister’s to the heart and soul of every believer and reaches out to a lost and dying world. Christian music is her heart and passion.
As the youth minister Hugo has the privilege of leading our students from 7th-12th grade. Hugo is responsible for any youth trips, youth small group and our regular Fusion gathering. Hugo has been a part of CUMC since the end of 2016. Although he was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hugo spent most of his childhood in Charlotte, NC. Hugo graduated from Liberty University with his Bachelors degree in 2013 and has been in Student Ministry ever since. Hugo and his high school sweetheart Emily have been married since 2009, and they have 3 amazing children. Hugo's main hobby is being a daddy, which means he gets to spend a lot of time at the park, the zoo, and reenacting scenes from various kids movies with his children.
Emily and her husband, Steve have been active members of CUMC since 1998. They've been married for 25 years and have four kids who also serve in ministry here. Emily loves students and is known to often have a houseful of them.
Natalie and her husband, Ben have been members of Chapin UMC since 2003. They married in 1992 and have three amazing daughters. Natalie began her career as a Special Education teacher and then became an educational consultant and teacher trainer. She has co-authored and published several books in the education field. Having grown up the daughter of a minister, Natalie has been involved in ministry her entire life. Prior to becoming the CUMC Children’s Minister, she served as a preschool Sunday School teacher at CUMC for over 12 years and was a regular volunteer in Children’s Ministry programs and events. Natalie desires that each child will come to know the amazing love and grace of Jesus Christ. She feels it is a privilege to partner with parents as they seek to teach, lead and grow their children’s relationship with Christ.
Andrea has lived in Chapin, SC for 18 years. She and her husband Michael have been members of CUMC since 2005. They married in 1997 and have two daughters that love helping in the nursery. Andrea has a Masters degree in social work from USC. She volunteered in children's ministry for many years and believes in providing tender love and care to the smallest of our congregation. It is her desire to lay a good foundation in the lives of children to know God and His church. She wants each child to know they are precious in His sight.
Mary Catherine is originally from Greenville, SC. She and her husband, Joseph, moved to Chapin in 2009. They are proud parents of their daughter, Hadley and a baby boy coming January 2017. Mary Catherine holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Presbyterian College. After gaining experience in public education, she was blessed with the opportunity to share her love of Jesus Christ with the children and families of the CUMC Preschool. Mary Catherine feels it is a privilege to be a life-long learner alongside the families and staff of Chapin United Methodist Church and CUMC Preschool.
Curt has been a Chapin native since the age of six. He now resides here with his wife Haylee and his two daughters, Payton and Campbell. He and his family feel blessed to be members of ChapinUMC and considers it a tremendous honor to work alongside the staff here. Curt truly believes this is where God has led him to be, and is excited about the opportunity to serve in this ministry however the Lord sees fit.
Prayer Ministry Coordinator
Shirley is a wife (married to Bill for 52 years), mother of 2 girls and grandmother of 7. She loves her Lord and is honored to serve Him as Coordinator of Prayer Ministries at CUMC. She loves to cook, bake, garden and read good books. Five things that she would not ever want to do without are: the Gospels of Jesus Christ, her small group Bible studies, Girlfriends in God Prayer Group, her outdoor prayer room and her flower garden.
Alice began attending CUMC in 1993 and joined in 1996. She has served as treasurer since 1997. She is the widow of Bill Furman and helped raise her two grandsons, William and Riley. She enjoys being outside and time with her sweet great grand-daughter, Emma Grace. Her Church is her "Home Away From Home.