Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
My name is Adam Brinkley and I am proud to be the new pastor at Garris Chapel UMC. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Nicole Brinkley, for 25 years this October. We are the parents of twins, Miles and Mia. My parents, Katie and Eston Brinkley, still reside in the house where spent a majority of my youth in Kure Beach, North Carolina.
Looking back, I hold dear the fond memories of my Sunday school teachers not necessarily for the lessons they taught but more for the love they shared with me. More importantly, they mirrored the teachings of my parents in that I knew that God loved me. I am ever so grateful that my parents made certain I was raised in a Christian home.
My ministry began later in my life, as I was a general contractor by trade, working in the family business. The nudging of the Holy Spirit was overwhelming and inspired me to go back to college to pursue an undergraduate degree in Religion from what was then Mount Olive College. I continued my studies at Duke and graduated with a Masters in Divinity. My ministry has covered over a 17-year period wearing two hats for the most of it. My journey has been life changing for not only myself, but also for the whole family whose love and support has meant so much.
Our journey is far from over though. It is hard to express in words how truly thankful we are to have been received with such a warm welcome from this very loving community. I pray that we may be a blessing to you as you have been to us. We look forward to spending time getting to know you, worshiping with you and growing in the Love of Christ together.
Contact Pastor Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabe Mitchell, Associate Pastor
Gabe Mitchell has been a member of Garris Chapel UMC since birth. Throughout his life he has served in many roles at GC. Gabe is a 2001 graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business Management. After graduation, his passion for youth started to develop. In 2002 he began his career teaching Middle School Exploring Biotechnology at Spring Creek Middle School. From 2003-2007 he taught High School Agriculture and served as FFA Advisor at Rosewood and Spring Creek. He is now the Department Chair of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Wayne Community College. In 2015 Gabe answered the call to serve as Youth Pastor at Garris Chapel and in June of 2016 was licensed as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church and was appointed as the Associate Pastor at GC. He also serves as the director of Marriage Ministries and enjoys singing for the Lord in the GC choir. Gabe is married to Donna Mitchell and they have one beautiful daughter, Sally Ann. Contact Gabe at email@example.com.
Angela Johnson, Office Manager
Angela has attended Garris Chapel for 4 years and has served as the Office Manager since October 2010. She oversees the daily operations of the Church Office (answering phones, responding to emails, scheduling use of the facilities, sending out updates & assisting the Pastor with various other duties).
Angela is married to Terry Johnson. They have one son, Wes & wife Charity, and one daughter, Wendy Goings & husband Dom. They have two beautiful grandchildren. You may contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Cox, Worship Leader
Jason Cox has served on staff at Garris Chapel UMC since June 2001. He is a graduate of Mount Olive College where he earned his B.S. in Vocal Performance. Upon his graduation from MOC, he completed his Music Education Certification through East Carolina University. Jason serves as the Choral Director at Southern Wayne High School, where he has been since the Fall of 2001, and is also a Lead Music Teacher for Wayne County Public Schools. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educator’s Association, and the American Choral Director’s Association. Jason is married to Jaime Cox, who serves as the Choir Director at Garris Chapel, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna and Julia. Contact Jason at email@example.com.
Jaime Cox, Choir Director
Jaime Cox has been a member of Garris Chapel UMC and the Garris Chapel Choir since the early age of 8 when her family began attending. She has been the Choir Director at GC since 2004. Jaime is a 2003 graduate of Mount Olive College where she earned her B.S. in Vocal Performance. In 2004, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree from East Carolina University. Jaime has served as the Elementary Music Teacher and Middle School Choral Director at Grantham School since 2004. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association. Jaime is married to Jason Cox, who servs as the Worship Leader at Garris Chapel, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna and Julia. Contact Jaime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaye Thompson, Treasrer
Kaye Thompson has been a member of the Garris Chapel church family since 2006, and has served as Treasurer / Finance Secretary since 2010. As Treasurer for our church, Kaye is responsible for all accounting functions, provides members records of tithes and offerings, and assists ministry leaders with budgetary planning. She is an active leader of the Finance Committee and also serves on the FLOK ministry team.
Now retired, Kaye enjoyed a rewarding career as Vice President of Finance for E. J. Pope & Son, Inc. for 28 years. Prior to joining the Pope team, she was an accountant for 11 years with Pittard, Perry & Crone, CPA’s. During her career she actively served on the N.C. Petroleum and Convenience Store Association Board for many years and as President in 1995. In addition to adoring her children and six grandchildren, she serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the 3 HC Community Development Board. Kaye and her husband, George, enjoy travelling, especially to their second home in Marco Island, Florida. Please feel free to contact Kaye at email@example.com with any questions about our Church finances.