Matthew Bacon - Director of Traditional Music
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Matthew Bacon is a self-described liturgical mutt having served parishes in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina, and New Zealand. Before his current appointment at Ardmore UMC, Matthew served as Organ Scholar at Duke University Chapel and ChristChurch Cathedral in ChristChurch, New Zealand. In New Zealand, Matthew accompanied a professional choir of Men and Boys for six weekly services. Matthew holds the Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). His primary instructors include James E. Bobb and Dr. Timothy Olsen. When Mr. Bacon is not sizzling on the Organ, he can often be found lifting weights, practicing his liturgical comedy routine, or playing with his rescue puppy, Schubert.
Brandi Baran - Business Manager
Brandi is married to a veteran, Chris, and blessed with three children Anastasia, Cassidy, and Camden. They currently reside in Thomasville, NC, but met while living in Chris’s small hometown of Becket, Massachusetts. Their family loves animals and jokes that they have their own little farm.
Brandi has a B.A. in business management from ECPI University, a certificate in Microsoft programs, and holds a real estate license. She is presently furthering her education in psychology at Capella University. Her hobbies include baking, dessert decorating, crocheting, and camping. In her spare time Brandi coaches a youth competition team and instructs an adult exercise class at Magic Feet Dance Company. She is grateful to be at Ardmore to support and worship with the community.
Catherine Booth - Custodial Staff
Cat was born in North Carolina and has lived in Winston-Salem for all of her life. She graduated from Parkland Senior High School. She has worked for Winston-Salem Forsyth County School at Bolton Elementary for 24 years. Cat has been married to her spouse, Thomas Booth, for 14 years. Together they have 5 girls, a son, and 9 grandchildren. Cat enjoy watching sports, football, and basketball. Her favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers and the Carolina Tar Heels. She enjoys working for Ardmore United Methodist Church part time and helping out with the Food Pantry.
Mary Jo Brewer - Coordinator, Senior Adult Ministries
Mary Jo was born and grew up in Siler City, NC. She enjoys reading (mostly mysteries), traveling, sports, working word puzzles & jigsaw puzzles and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Jo graduated from Appalachian State University in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and in 1980 with a M.A. degree in Early Childhood Education. She completed her student teaching in Winston-Salem and remained here to teach for 30 years. After retirement in 1999, Mary Jo began working part time at Ardmore’s TTWS and later became Ardmore’s Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries, which she thoroughly enjoys.
Jerry Chapman - Director of Contemporary Music
Jerry was born in Connecticut, but moved south as quickly as he could. He grew up in Winston-Salem and attended RJ Reynolds High School before heading to Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he majored in Philosophy. He immediately jumped into music full-time, playing in countless bands, releasing CD's on a regular basis, and traveling the country playing music (he has played shows in 46 states & 3 countries). He was the Youth Minister at Central UMC in Mount Airy, NC for 3 years before turning his attention to leading worship 11 years ago. He is married to Jennifer and is father to Georgia (18) & Matthew (16). He loves Jesus, life, his family, music, running, and sushi.
Matt Farabow - Senior Minister
Matt is married to Amanda, a real estate broker with Keller Williams, and they are blessed with four children, Sydney, Jordan, Kenton and JT. Matt enjoys exercise and wellness, spending time at the beach and the mountains and fly fishing. They have three dogs, one of which he likes.
Matt graduated from Guilford College in 1990 with a degree in Bachelors of Science in Sports Management. He graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1996 with a Master of Divinity. He completed his Doctor of Ministry at Drew University in 2012 with a concentration in Congregational Development. Ardmore is Matt’s fifth pastoral appointment in almost 25 years of full-time ministry. He grew up in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina and is honored to be able to serve in this amazing community.
Chris Imes - Custodial Staff
Chris was born and raised in Winston-Salem. Chris graduated from Forsyth Tech Community College with an Associates Degree in Business Adminsitration in 2011. Chris is currently a Property Specialist with Forsyth County in addition to his work at Ardmore. He has been employed a Ardmore UMC since 2009. He has two beautiful daughters: Krislynn (9) and Cortlynn (2). Chris enjoys spending time with friends & family and cooking out on the grill.
Jessica Dalton - Director of Christian Education
Jessica was born and raised in Kernersville, NC, and has lived in Ardmore for the last 10 years with her husband, Josh, who works as an analytics manager in the banking industry. They have a spunky daughter, Hazel, and two fur babies, Winston and Darlene. Jessica loves good food (all kinds especially dessert), a good book and spending time with her friends and family.
Jessica graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Interior Architecture, and a Masters degree in Practical Theology from Pfeiffer University with concentrations in children’s ministry and youth ministry. Jessica served as the Director of Christian Education at Bunker Hill UMC in Kernersville for 5 years, and as the Next Gen Leader at New Story Church in Winston Salem for 5 years before joining Ardmore.
Robin Fulk- Director of Through The Week School
Hi! I’m Robin Fulk and I am the new Director of the Through-The-Week-School. I am so thankful and excited to be here, and I look forward to meeting you all.
I grew up in Winston, and have lived in Ardmore just around the corner from the church for 25 years. I used to spend a lot of time on your playgrounds when my daughter, Annie, was little. She is 16 years old now and I have no idea where the time went! She will be a Junior at Reynolds this year. She is a dancer and an artist, and is the light of my life! We have a Maltipoo dog named Matty. You may see us walking by the church sometimes.
I have been at St. Paul’s Preschool for the past 15 years. I was a teacher first, then started working in the office and was Assistant Director and Interim Director. Sadly St. Paul’s has closed indefinitely, so I am happy to start the next chapter of my life here at Ardmore Methodist. I look forward to continuing to make the Through-The-Week-School the best it can be!