Senior Minister Ken Timmerman came to John Wesley UMC in July, 2020, marking his 38th year serving churches in the SC Annual Conference. A native of Graniteville, SC, he graduated from the University of South Carolina. Prior to his current appointment, Ken was pastor of the Lexington United Methodist Church.
Meet the Team
They help put the Faith and Love into Action
Pastor Ken Timmerman
Pastor Steve Gaither
Associate Pastor Steve Gaither comes to John Wesley from Wesley United Methodist Church in Hartsville, SC. He has served in the Charleston, Columbia, Rock Hill, Marion, and Hartsville Districts as a local church minister. He is also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
He has served in the Charleston, Columbia, Rock Hill, Marion, and Hartsville Districts as a local church minister. He is retired after twenty-five years in the UMC and twenty years in the United States Navy Submarine Force.
Rev. Gaither is married to the Rev. Sara White, pastor of Hibben UMC in Mt. Pleasant and a former pastor of John Wesley. He has three grown children living in Louisiana and Washington D.C. He is originally from Florida, but has lived in South Carolina for over forty years.
Margaret Downs, our Director of Music Ministries, is a native of Charleston. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1986 and then pursued a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
After earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Margaret returned to Charleston to teach chorus in the county school district for 8 years before joining the John Wesley team as organist and in 1993 she became Director of Music. Margaret directs the Chancel Choir, 4 handbell choirs, 2 youth choirs, and 3 children’s choirs in addition to the Ladies’, Men’s and Senior Adult Ensembles.
Margaret and her husband, John Upshaw Downs, Jr., have a son, Johnny, born in 1998, and a daughter, Charlotte, born in 2000.
Director of Youth Ministries David Boudolf grew up in John Wesley UMC. After graduating from Clemson University, David relocated to Atlanta as the Director of Activities Ministry. In 2002 David followed God’s call to St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC on Hilton Head Island as Director of Youth and Relational Ministry.
Our Director of Children’s Ministries Hope Murphy is a lifelong Methodist, raised in Hampton, SC. Having graduated from College of Charleston with a BA in English, Hope taught in Charleston County Schools for ten years.
Hope and her husband, Michael, have two sons, Sam, born in 1997, and Andrew, born in 2000.
Judy Morast-Morin, SHRM-CP, joined the John Wesley staff in March, 2020 as Financial Services Administrator. Her professional experience includes work with churches, non-profits and financial organizations with a focus on accounting, human resources and payroll.
Judy and her husband David attend Seacoast Church.
Office Administrator Cindy Covington, who joined the staff in 2020, came to us from Atlanta, GA. She is the smiling face you will see upon entering our office suite. In addition to Cindy’s recent experience as an office administrator with a Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, she taught elementary school for 15 years in both Georgia and South Carolina.
Nursery Supervisor Magdalene Maclin, a Charleston native, has been a part of John Wesley since 1995. The mother of two with four grandchildren, Magdalene has spent her life working with children. She recently retired as a human resources supervisor in children/family/adult protective services.
Jocelyn Lawton joined the John Wesley staff in 2019 and has tackled the tough job of keeping the church clean during the pandemic. “You’ve got to be careful in cleaning,” she says. She regularly puts on a backpack and sprayer to sanitize the classrooms, bathrooms and other areas, paying special attention to the places where children stay.
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