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Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm

Friday 9:00am-11:00am

Email us at admin@ardmoreumc.org or call our office at 336-723-3695.

Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter

Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter grew up in Methodist parsonages, a “preacher’s kid” from Indiana. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1995. Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion, Philosophy, and English Literature from the University of Indianapolis. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, and has certifications from the Haden Institute in Spiritual Direction and Dream Work.


Prior to moving to Winston-Salem, Kelly served United Methodist churches in Greensboro and Chicago. For 20 years, he served as Senior Pastor of Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. There, he founded The Shalom Project, a local non-profit whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for people in the Winston-Salem community. In 2021, Kelly began a United Methodist extension ministry appointment as the executive director of Threshold Retreat, working toward the establishment of a retreat center in East Bend, NC. The first project of this non-profit was Threshold Farm, which has taken on the mission of providing fresh, organic food for people in the area facing food insecurity. In addition to his work at Threshold Retreat, in 2023 Kelly pastored several small United Methodist churches in East Bend. He continues to serve on the board of directors for Threshold Retreat.


Kelly has a love of reading and writing poetry, organic gardening, dreamwork, jazz, running, and watching basketball. Kelly and his wife Lyn have one daughter, who is a college senior. The Carpenters have lived in the Ardmore neighborhood for 16 years.

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.

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 13 years ago. He is married to Jennifer and is father to Georgia & Matthew. He loves Jesus, life, his family, music, running, and sushi.

Elizabeth corney - TTWS director

Elizabeth Corney brings a wealth of knowledge with great experience and qualifications as she has served for the last eight years as the Director of Friedland Moravian Child Care Center. She is married to Reed Lawson the pastor at Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem and they have three young children.

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. 

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 Administration 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 and Cortlynn. Chris enjoys spending time with friends & family and cooking out on the grill. 

Cheryl Vaughan - Administrative assistant

My childhood hometown is Lakeside, Ohio. Yes, survived the winters of the snow belt and admit I miss it along with all that Lake Erie shore life provided. The summers are similar to the beautiful setting of Lake Junaluska, hosting the West and East Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

My adult hometown is Winston- Salem, relocated 40+ years ago and reside in Ardmore. Prior career as a Legal Administrative Assistant has now opened the door for me to transition my skills along with my joy as a Methodist to serve Ardmore UMC. I am mother to daughter, Kaylyn. I live, love, and support local businesses. Enjoy fellowship, cooking/grilling, gardening, reading and house decorating/renovations (with power tools!).  

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 

Galatians 5:25