Our Church Staff

 

The Rev. Larry Jones, Intentional Interim Pastor: Rev. Jones grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He felt called to Ministry at age 17. He has Master’s degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and United States Army War College and is a trained Intentional Interim Specialist.  He has completed the residency requirements for a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. Larry was the Intentional Interim Minister at Morningside Baptist Church in Spartanburg South Carolina and First Baptist Church in Elkin, North Carolina. He retired as a chaplain from the North Carolina Army National Guard after 31 years, including 4 years of active military duty.  He spent 9 years as a pastor in both North and South Carolina – and an additional 16 years serving in the areas of discipleship and church business administration.  He completed his formal ministry career with ten years of service as Senior Consultant for Military and Chaplaincy Ministries at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He has served various local ministries which include: Veteran’s Administration, reviewing benefits of returning combat veterans; developing of Food Ministry for the needy. Rev. Jones and his wife Karen currently live in Anderson South Carolina. They have two daughters; their youngest daughter was killed in an accident in 2006 while she was a senior at Anderson University. Their older daughter has a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and works for the Defense Department. larry@newphilly.org

The Rev. Joe Moore, Associate Pastor: Joe Moore was ordained in 1998 after graduating with an M.Div degree from Moravian Theological Seminary. He has served in team ministry with his wife, the Rev. Kelly Moore, at Palmyra Moravian (NJ), Mayodan Moravian (NC), First Moravian Church of Georgia, and Fries Memorial Moravian (NC). Joe also served as the Chair of the Board of World Mission and as Assistant to the President of the Provincial Elders’ Conference. He is active in camping ministry at Laurel Ridge. Kelly and Joe were married in 1997 at Ardmore Moravian, which is Joe’s home congregation. They have a son, Zachary, who was born in 2005. Two foundational scriptures in Joe’s life and ministry are: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for one another.” John 13: 34-35 and “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36  joe@newphilly.org

Mrs. Evelyn “Evie” Blum, Director of Christian Education: Evelyn (Evie) Blum is originally from a small town in Ohio. She attended Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications and a master’s degree in Education. She taught in a public junior high school for fifteen years and served as church youth director, adviser, camp counselor, and Sunday School teacher for thirty years. Evelyn is married to David Blum, who is employed by the Moravian Music Foundation. Together, they enjoy travel, singing, spending time with their grown children, hiking and biking. evie@newphilly.org

Ms. Claudia “Clyde” Manning, Pastoral Assistant:  Clyde serves as a Pastoral Assistant. She is a graduate of UNC-G and recently earned a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Salem College.   Clyde comes to New Philadelphia after more than 22 years of work with the homeless.  During that time, she served as the development director of two homeless shelters, Hope Rescue Mission in South Bend, Indiana and the Bethesda Center here in Winston-Salem.  In addition to marketing, volunteer coordination, program development, and fund-raising, Clyde’s experience includes bridge-building between homeless men and women and the faith community. She brings much joy and conversation to our members who are home-bound or shut-in.  She also works in the area of Women’s Ministry. clyde@newphilly.org

Mr. Daniel Godfrey, Director of Youth Ministries: Daniel is working on his Master’s Degree from the Wake Forest School of Divinity with a focus on Youth Ministry.  He is a graduate of Mars Hill University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion, and a Minor in History. Daniel oversees our Youth Ministry programs, with a specific focus on leading our Senior High Youth Program and working with Erin Key to continue building our strong Middle High Youth Program. Daniel grew up on a rural farm in Monroe, NC.  His parents brought God’s love and guidance into their home at a young age through adopting two of his siblings from Liberia in West Africa, inviting foreign exchange students into their home, and providing their farm for community gardening.  Daniel accepted Jesus as his savior when he was six years old, and promptly informed his Pastor that he was going to be a Pastor like him someday. Daniel is married to Lily, a third-grade teacher in Guilford County. daniel@newphilly.org

Mrs. Rachel Weavil, Administrative Assistant:  Rachel is a member of Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem; she joined the New Philadelphia Staff in October of 2010.  Her husband Christopher is the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation for Forsyth County; they have two children, Jonah and Robyn. Rachel sees her position at New Philadelphia as a ministry. She strives to offer a positive and welcoming first impression to those who call or visit the church office. Her life verse is Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. rachel@newphilly.org

Mrs. Donna Wright, Business Manager:  Donna Wright graduated from Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Marketing and Management. Her experience before working for New Philadelphia was nine years in financial accounting and office management. In December 1992, she began working as the financial administrator and later in the spring of 1994 became the Business Manager. Her responsibilities include the payment of all bills, posting the contributions, and supervision of the cleaning service. Donna is married to Hunter who works for Lorillard Tobacco in Greensboro.  donna@newphilly.org

Mr. Tim Reynolds, Facility Manager:  A member of New Philadelphia, Tim is responsible for the management of the New Philadelphia facilities. He is married to Connie Reynolds and enjoys riding motorcycles and carpentry in his spare time. tim@newphilly.org

Mr. Steve Gray, Director of Music:  Mr. Steve Gray is our Director of Music. Steve directs the Chancel Choir at the 9:00 a.m. service, and the Beracah Choir at the 11:10 a.m. service. He is responsible for the coordination of all musical activities at New Philadelphia Moravian Church. A graduate of Davidson College with a degree in music, Steve is a life-long Moravian with experience both in the United States and in Central America. steve@newphilly.org

Mr. David Teague, Director of the Band:  David and his wife, Renee, have recently relocated to Winston-Salem upon David’s retirement from Waynesville public schools as a middle-high school band teacher. David is a native of Forsyth County and began his band experience at Friedland Moravian Church under his grandfather who served as band director. David played and arranged music while at East Forsyth High School and earned his B.S. Education Music degree from Western Carolina University in 1973.  David taught music education for the band, chorus, piano, and guitar at Tabor City High School, Cherokee Indian Reservation School, and Waynesville Middle School. band@newphilly.org

Mrs. Terri Queen, Handbell Director: Terri Queen is the Handbell Director for the New Philadelphia Bells of Joy.  Terri and husband, Allen, have lived in Advance for ten years, having moved from Farragut, Tennessee.  They have three grown children; Travis and David, both working on their master’s degrees, and Anna working on her Ph.D. in Lucca, Italy.  Terri is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in music education and has been teaching private piano and voice for the past 37 years.  Her handbell background includes bell ringing as a young girl in graded church choirs through high school.  Then as an adult, ringing in several churches advanced ringing groups and beginning directing at Friendly Avenue Baptist in Greensboro.  Since the family’s move to Advance in 2006, Terri has served as Director of Music at two churches, including directing both the chancel choir and the handbell choirs.  She has also attended multiple bell conferences, workshops, and training sessions.  Anyone with an interest in the bell ministry at New Philly, please contact Terri at taqueen@earthlink.net or 336-998-4160.

Mrs. Erin Key: Erin as our Middle High Youth Leader.  Many of you may have encountered Erin through her work at Laurel Ridge in recent years and most recently through the YMCA.  Erin has enjoyed developing and leading programming for youth in both of these settings.  Erin and her husband, Adam, have been attending Come and Worship here in Winston-Salem.  She is from Bethlehem, PA, and the College Hill Moravian Church and is a graduate of Moravian College. erin@newphilly.org

Mr. Michael Westmoreland: Michael is a life-long Moravian with over 25 years of organist and choir directing experience. He lives in Pfafftown with his wife, Brandy, and sons, Phoenix and Hal. In addition to his work at New Philadelphia, Michael also serves as Music Director at Fries Moravian Church and works at the Elementary School Academy at the Kingswood School, also in Winston-Salem. Michael earned a BA in Music and Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wake Forest University. Michael loves sports and outdoor activities, is an avid baseball umpire, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. michaelwestmoreland@gmail.com