our ministry team

Our ministry team includes all believers in our fellowship who seek to love God, care for one another, and serve our neighbors in Jesus' name. Among that team are some who empower, equip, and come alongside others as we strive to make disciples who make disciples:

  • Kevin Baker

    Lead Pastor

    Kevin was appointed to serve FUMCG in June of 2011, and is thrilled to be serving where people are enthusiastic about mission, outreach, and evangelism. Kevin is an avid Duke b-ball fan, enjoys shooting hoops, reading, and spending time with his wife Denise and three children: Sarah, Zachary, and Rachel. Micah 6:8 inspires him to keep the "main thing the main thing:" to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God.  

    Contact: kevin@fumcgraham-nc.org or 336-226-4343 Ext. 112

  • Brian YOder

    Director of Children and Discipleship Ministries

    In the spring of 2003, Brian joined the ministry team of FUMC as the Christian Education Director. He is passionate about equipping others to follow Jesus and especially enjoys teaching children about the love of Jesus in creative ways. At home, Brian enjoys gardening, fixing things around the house, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream (the green kind), & spending quality time with his wife, Wendy, and sons, Matt & Will. Philippians 4:13 speaks volumes in Brian's life, because he knows that Christ will give him the strength to face anything.

    Contact: brian@fumcgraham-nc.org or 336-226-4343 Ext. 113

  • Paul Abbott

    Director of Youth ministries

    Paul joined our ministry team in March 2016 as Youth Director. As he puts it: "I am, first and foremost, a follower of Jesus Christ. I am also a husband and father to the two most important people in my life, Kaitlin and little Isabella Grace. I believe that we are all born for a specific and uniquely special purpose, and yearn to see each person's individual potential realized and exemplified." In the ups and downs of life, he finds inspiration from 1 Peter 4:13 - "But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed."

    Contact: youth@fumcgraham-nc.org or 336-226-4343 Ext. 116

  • Susan Brink

    administrative assistant

    Susan joined our team in the fall of 2015, and is more than likely the voice you will first hear when you call our church. She is a friendly face and a warm welcome to all who call or drop by. She is married to Alex, and they have two children: Jackson and Laura.

    Contact: office@fumcgraham-nc.org or 336-226-4343 Ext. 110

  • doug rayle

    director of music

    Doug joined the FUMC staff as organist in January of 1980. In September, 1992, he added the duties of Director of Music. He works with the Chancel Choir providing music for the traditional service and special services throughout the year. He also directs the Praise Ringers and oversees the elementary music time on Sunday mornings and the Children's Christmas Pageant. Doug and wife, Susan, have two grown children, Jeff and Emily, and three wonderful grandchildren. They enjoy ballroom dancing and attending musical theatre performances. In the Psalms, David tells us to praise God with singing, dance, and the sound of instruments. Doug has spent most of his life trying to follow these instructions.

    Contact: doug@fumcgraham-nc.org or 336-226-4343 Ext. 115

  • Julian Doby

    Worship Leader for The well

    Julian Doby joined the staff as Worship Leader for The Well 9am service in December of 2013. Julian graduated from Campbell University with a BA in Pre-law in 1995 and Campbell Law School in 1998. He has had a solo law practice in Graham since 1998. He has served on praise teams locally for the past 4 years. In his spare time he loves to record music, ride his Suzuki Boulevard, and keep up with his son Dylan. He finds inspiration for his music ministry from Ephesians 5:19: "...sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

    Contact: Julian Doby

  • lu vincent

    financial secretary

    Lu became a member of the FUMC staff in 2003. She currently servies as our financial secretary and bookkeeper for FUMC's Church and Playschool. She likes herbal teas, chocolate, gardening, and loves her four grandchildren. She and her husband, Wayne, enjoy cooking, camping, and family time with their son and daughter and their families who live here in Graham. Lu says one of her favorite bible verses, Romans 8:38-39, is a constant reminder in an uncertain world that God keeps us in His care: "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

    Contact: finance@fumcgraham-nc.org

  • faye waddell

    Director of Playschool ministry

    Faye has been the Playschool director since its beginning in August 1984. She feels blessed to work alongside a great staff of 13 as they educate more than 150 preschoolers. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and hiking with her husband Nelson. She is a member of the Friendship Garden Club, a mentor with Wings to Recovery, and a volunteer at ARMC Cancer Center. Hebrews 12:1 & 2 encourages her to “…run with patience the race that is set before [her], looking unto Jesus, the author and founder of [her] faith…”

    Contact: playschool@fumcgraham-nc.org or 336-226-4343 Ext. 117

  • Carly (McDaniel) Ray

    nursery coordinator

    Carly joined the staff of FUMC in August 2015. Her passion of caring for children began when she started babysitting at the age of 16. In addition to providing childcare, Carly has lifeguarded and is currently in the Medical Assisting Program at Alamance Community College. She enjoys fishing, playing softball, and going to the lake! Her favorite Bible verse comes from Proverbs 3:5-6…"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Contact:  Carly (McDaniel) Ray

  • Britney (MITCHELL) Woodmansee

    WIGGLER WORSHIP COORDINATOR

    Britney became a member of the FUMC staff in September of 2016 as the Wiggler Worship Coordinator.  She is a student at UNCG studying Human Development and Family Studies.  She also works in the afterschool and summer camp program for the Alamance-Burlington School System.  Britney has always had a desire to work with children and their families sharing her passion for God.  In her free time she likes to craft and spend time with family and friends.  "Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, and all who hope in the Lord" - Psalm 31:24

    Contact:  Britney (Mitchell) Woodmansee