Join us for Supper at 6:30
7:30 Bible Study starts
Meeting in the Youth Center in the Basement
Join us weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall for Bible Study. Our new study looks at the Gospels, starting with Luke. Join us and enjoy some yummy refreshments and coffee.
God called Ed and Amy into the ministry in 2001 while they were attending Marietta First United Methodist Church in Georgia. Ed served as a student pastor for Rush Chapel, a small country church in Rome, GA while he earned his seminary degree from Candler at Emory. He came to North Carolina with Amy and their 3 children in 2006, where he served as an associate at Benson Memorial UMC in North Raleigh, until he was appointed to Ebenezer UMC in 2010. Their kids are Noah, Grace, and Evan. Amy works full time as a Physician Assistant in labor & delivery triage at Wake Med in Raleigh.
In these ministry experiences, much of Ed’s focus has been on teaching and on missions. Ed has participated in or led trips to the Blackfeet tribe of Montana, a small rural church and school in Jamaica, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and local excursions to Lumberton, the Food Bank’s community garden, North Raleigh ministries, Stop Hunger Now, and Raleigh’s Clubs in the City. At Benson Memorial he helped launch an off-campus young adult ministry called “Another Level”, and has been a big supporter and participant in Ebenezer’s Upward basketball and cheerleading program.
The pastor and his wife Amy met in 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia. Amy was working as a Physician Assistant in women’s health, and Ed was a computer systems analyst with a large software company. Amy was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in Chapel Hill, where her parents still reside today. Ed was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan until his first career took him to Atlanta. He’s worked some interesting jobs: his first paid job was as a parrot in a department store promotion, and he later spent his summers helping his dad in a family landscaping business. After graduating from Kalamazoo College (thus avoiding altogether the complicated sports rivalries of the ACC) with a degree in physics, he bounced around as a counselor at a children’s home, a college teacher’s assistant, and a wilderness ranger for the Forest Service in Colorado. He’s found that these life experiences have been used to help him relate to people of many different backgrounds.
Ed has a passion for making disciples of Jesus who make disciples, for building cross-cultural bridges of understanding, and for helping churches build thriving new relationships with increasingly diverse neighborhoods.
Ed is excited for the transition. He says, “I’ve begun to hear the stories and reputation of McMannen as a church that has long been a leader in missions of many shapes and sizes. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us to share together! McMannen seems to be a congregation that cares deeply for one another and for its neighbors, a congregation that worships in spirit and in truth and is striving to live out the calling Jesus has placed on their hearts. These stories have reinforced my awareness that God is bringing us together for kingdom purposes and God’s glory!”
Anggie Thompson is McMannen's Office Administrator. She is a member of Lebanon United Methodist in Mebane, is the leader of the Hummingbirds 4-H Club, is an Applications Coordinator with New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue and Adoptions and active with the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She is formerly on the Board of Directors of Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM). In her spare time, Anggie enjoys spending time with her husband Gary, & son Cameron and two dogs, Murphy and Lucy. Anggie enjoys travelling to FL to spend time with son CJ and his family which includes Taylor, identical twin granddaughters Natalie and Jennifer and brand new grandson Carson.
Bob has always had a desire to help people take the next right step in their relationship with Christ through mentoring, counseling, care and community groups.
Bob is available to help our committees, classes, studies, and ministries grow in their effectiveness and relationships to Christ and one another, and to form and grow new groups as the need arises.
He has served his most recent church, Northland: A Church Distributed near Orlando, serving as a connection point in pastoral care, equipping volunteers, and a facilitator of discipleship, leadership and topical classes. Bob served in full-time ministry to men for 11 years prior to his recent position, working with many United Methodist Churches and other churches through organizations like Man in the Mirror and Great Dads. Bob earned his master’s degree in religious education at Liberty Theological Seminary.
Bob and his partner in ministry, Donna, have been married for 35 years. They have three adult children: daughter Jenn, her husband Jay and son Caiden; daughter Amy; son Bobby and his wife Renee and daughter Lydia. Bob and Donna LOVE their grandchildren! Now that their children have families of their own, Bob and Donna also love their dogs!
John Benton is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his undergraduate degree in piano performance in 2008 and recently completed his Master’s of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Music Education in the spring of 2011. In addition to working at McMannen, he is the orchestra and choral teacher at McDougal Middle School in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. John looks forward to building upon the rich ministry that this church has sustained for so many years while developing a music ministry that incorporates our youth and young people into worship.
Flo came to McMannen in May 1978 and has an Associate Degree in media technology from Durham Tech. She is married to Robert N. Reaves and they have two children. Flo is a gifted organist and pianist and her life-loving laughter is often heard throughout our campus.