Meet Our Team
Jody was born and raised in Bennettsville SC. He has (1) an amazing wife of 33 years, Michelle (a science teacher at Chapin High); (2) an incredible son, Andrew, a graduate of Clemson University and a worship pastor at Midtown Fellowship Church, Lexington; (3) a precious daughter-in-law, Morgan, a graduate of USC and a Nurse Practitioner with Pediatrics of Newberry, Eau Claire Cooperative; (4) an awesome granddaughter, Lucy Jane! and (5) an ugly golf swing. Graduating from St Andrews Presbyterian College in 1982 and Duke Divinity School in 1994, Jody is a former Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Clemson and a longtime "Atlanta Brave Wanna-Be" who longs to love Jesus more. He has served as Lead Minister of CUMC since June of 2001.
Director of Operations
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 joined the CUMC staff as Administrative Assistant for 15 years before becoming the Director of Operations. This career change has allowed her to live out her prayers of placing God first, then her husband Ryan and their son, Aiden Wesley; something they believe is the strength and backbone of their lives. Caroline has come full circle to end up where she believes she truly belongs.
Associate Minister (Congregational Care)
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 50+ 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.
Associate Minister (Family Ministries: Children)
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. Natalie earned her diploma in Children’s Ministry from KidMin Academy in Indiana. 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.
Associate Minister (Contemporary Worship / Family Ministries: Students)
John joined the staff at CUMC in July of 2017. He is married to Sarah and they have three great kids. A graduate of North Greenville University, he most recently was a worship pastor at a church plant outside of Greenville, SC. John is passionate about discipleship and raising up the next generation of worship leaders who lead people and not just songs. Simply stated John wants to help people love God better.
Jonathan grew up in the Columbia area and met his wife Tiffany at church in Lexington. He is a graduate of Erskine College and Erskine Theological Seminary. Tiffany is a graduate of Lander and a nurse at the MUSC Vein Clinic. They have four children – Surina, Jackson, Landon, and Addison – who Jonathan loves to embarrass by singing loudly or busting a move in public. As a family they love to hang out on Lake Murray swimming, tubing, and fishing. Jonathan also enjoys hunting whitetail and sipping on a cup of coffee..
Traditional Music Minister
Lennie has lived most of her adult life in South Carolina, but lived in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida growing up. She is married to Jack Tucker, and together they have one daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Limestone College; a Masters of Music degree from Converse College; a Masters plus thirty hours in Music and Education from Converse College and USC, and is a Nationally Board Certified Middle School Generalist. From a young age of 12, Lennie has been involved in church music playing the piano, organ, and directing children’s choirs. In 1971, she accepted her first position as full time minister of music and youth. Along with a church music position, Lennie taught music in public schools in South Carolina and retired from teaching in 2016. From that time to the present, Lennie has been actively involved in the music ministry of several churches throughout South Carolina. She has served in the CUMC music ministry in various capacities since 2006. She feels very blessed to be able to lead people to know and serve the Lord through music. “Without Him, I could do nothing.”
Transit Minister (5th - 6th Grades)
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 have at some point served in ministry here as well. Emily loves students and is known to often have a houseful of them.
Director of Media and Production
With deep family roots in the Chapin community, Mark graduated from Chapin High School and went on to the University of South Carolina to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications. After USC, Mark began his career at South Carolina ETV as a broadcast engineer. Soon afterwards, Mark met his wife Andrea. They have been married for 23 years with three awesome children, Chas, Gabe and Lauren. In 2014, Mark left SCETV to join the University of South Carolina to help launch the SEC Network in partnership with ESPN. After 30 years of state service in mass communications, Mark is now working with the CUMC team to spread God’s word both here and afar.
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.
Alice began attending CUMC in 1993 and joined in 1996. She served as treasurer since 1997, and transitioned into her new role in 2020. Alice 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. CUMC is her "Home Away From Home!"
Financial Secretary / Administrative Assistant
Kay and her husband, Steve, joined CUMC in 2013. They have a son, two daughters and four beautiful granddaughters. She joined the staff in 2016 and enjoys serving the Lord and her church with the gifts the Lord has graciously given her.
Social Media Communications
Courtney has spent most of her life in South Carolina, growing up in the Irmo area. After receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University, she went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Adam in 2008. After joining Chapin UMC in 2012 they welcomed two daughters Addy Lane & Sadie to their family. Courtney was a wedding photographer for just under 10 years before deciding to step away from her business to spend more time with her family. Courtney is excited getting to serve using her love for photography as well as helping us communicate via social media!
Children's Ministry Assistant
Rebecca and her family have lived in Chapin, SC since 2014. She and her husband Nathan have been members of the church since 2017. They married in 2011 and have a son Jordan. Rebecca has a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Rebecca has volunteered in the children’s ministry at CUMC in Wee Worship and in preschool Sunday School. Rebecca believes that our children are our future and loves to encourage them to be the hands and feet of God.
Prayer Ministry Coordinator
Shirley is a wife (married to Bill for 54 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.