When did you join the staff and what is your position?
I joined the staff July 1 to serve as the Part-time Associate Pastor/Minister of Visitation.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in the hospital in Bennettsville, SC, because it was the nearest hospital to where we lived. I was raised in Cheraw, SC.
Where did you go to school?
My undergrad degree is from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL with a major in Religion and minor in Biblical Languages. My Master of Divinity Degree was completed at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. I also have coursework toward the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH.
Do you have family?
My wife, Binky, is a retired Accountant. Her last 14 years of work were with a custom homebuilder in Wake Forest. We have three children and six grandchildren. Our daughter Vickie Hoelzle (Scott) works for BB&T and lives in Clayton, NC. They have two children, Olivia and Finn. Our daughter Lindsey Reiner (Todd) is a 1st grade teacher at Eaton Elementary and lives in Wilmington. They have two daughters, Riley and Aubrey. Our son Drew (Katie) Pearce does computer stuff for Accenture, an international consulting and management resource firm, and lives near Atlanta, GA. They have two daughters, Evie and Lydia.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy international travel and have been able to visit 50 countries. I have also led around 50 international mission teams including about 35 to El Salvador, 10 to Sri Lanka, 2 each to Thailand and Nigeria, and teams to Slovakia & Romania. During the winter months I am a passionate snow skier and have skied many slopes in the US, Switzerland, and Austria.
When did you decide to be a pastor?
Back in 1969 when I was 18 years old I first felt called to be a pastor. In December of that year I was Licensed to Preach by my home church in SC.
What is your favorite part of being a pastor at WUMC?
I am excited to work with such a great staff. They help make it a joy to come to work! And on top of that, the great church folks I am meeting everyday. I love how so many people tell me how much they love their church!
What is the funniest thing that has happened since you started working here?
Since I live in Leland, I have to cross two draw bridges in order to come to the church. My first two days on the job I caught a bridge up each day! So I quickly learned the importance of allowing extra travel time!