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 & contemporary Worship leader

    Paul joined our ministry team in March 2016 as Youth Director. In February 2018, he added the duties as Contemporary Worship Leader. 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: paul@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

  • 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 Ray

    nursery caregiver

    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 Ray

  • Lisa Jorgensen

    WIGGLER WORSHIP COORDINATOR

    Lisa became a member of FUMC Graham in 2016 shortly after moving to the area with her parents, Maurice and Jean Boren who are also members.  She  served as a Wiggler Worship Assistant since the program's inception and joined the staff as the Coordinator in March 2018.  She brings  much excitement, love, and passion to working with young children.  Lisa loves children, chocolate, and cats.  She is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful church family.

    Contact:  Lisa Jorgensen