Meet the Staff

Rev. Jenny Wilson

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Hello Friends,

Thanks for checking out the staff page at Oxford United Methodist Church.  I am excited to be the pastor here.  Our beautiful church building is part of the long-time history of Oxford.  Our call to make disciples is as old as scripture, and yet our ministries and missions are compelling and responsive to our 21st century context.  Our worship is vibrant.  We hope you will come and share in all that God is doing in this place.

If you have questions we hope you will contact us.

Phone 919 693-4091.


Grace and Peace to you,

Pastor Jenny Wilson

Sarah Lewis, Minister of Music
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Sarah plans the music for worship, plays piano and organ for worship services, directs the Chancel Choir and Praise Team, and teaches music to our Learning Tree and Mustard Seed children.  She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to coming to OUMC she was the organist and bell choir director at Stonybrook UMC in Gahanna, Ohio, and taught piano full-time at the Conservatory of Piano.  She loves using a variety of musical styles in our two worship services and is so happy working with all of the talented adults and children at OUMC! Sarah married her husband, Matt, in our sanctuary in May of 2013.  She has two children: Cassie, age 14, and Rhys, who is 4.

Ellen Thompson, Learning Tree Preschool Director

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Ellen is the Director and 4 yr-old classroom teacher of The Learning Tree, OUMC’s half-day kindergarten readiness preschool program. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 1990 earning her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in IPM and Crop Science and moved to Oxford to work at the Tobacco Research Station. In 1994 she was asked by an OUMC member to start a Mother’s Morning Out Program. After a very successful first year the program expanded and Ellen has been with The Learning Tree since its door opened in fall of 1995. Director and 4-yr-old class teacher since 1999, she truly believes that a child’s first school experience sets the foundation for confidence and a life-long love of learning. Her husband Reid is as software developer. They have two children, Jake and Maggie, both currently studying at North Carolina State University.

Taylor Cooke, Office Admin and Mustard Seed Academy Director

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Taylor is the office admin as well as the director of the Mustard Seed Academy. She is the friendly voice you will hear when you call, or the friendly face you will see when you stop by. She graduation from Vance- Granville Community College in 2015 with a degree in Office Administration, worked in medical offices for several years, but decided to find part time work closer to home so she could care for her son Luke. She has been attending OUMC almost all of her life and enjoys playing in the Handbell choir. Taylor married her husband, Brad, in our sanctuary in September of 2016. During her free time she enjoys fishing with her husband and son at the lake and beach, and loves watching NCAA and NFL sports.

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