Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Meet the Staff of FUMC Lenoir

Senior Pastor

Dave Melton

Dave became Senior Minister of FUMC in 2018. He has recently served Providence UMC and numerous large churches in western North Carolina. Dave is an elder in full connection in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dave is a graduate of Davidson College; received a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School; and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from High Point University. Dave’s passion for global missions is evidenced by his work in establishing ongoing foreign missions in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bulgaria and Kenya. Dave has served as President of the Steering Committee of the Reynolds LEAD Academy, a professional leadership program involving the enhancement of senior pastors in the Western North Carolina Conference in the areas of leadership, evangelism and discipleship. In 2015, Dave led LEAD Academy pastors as they attended a worldwide church conference in London, England, before exploring our Methodist roots in that country on a Wesley tour.

Director of Robbins Preschool

Kendra Stuebe

Kendra joined our staff as our Director and Lead Teacher at Robbins preschool in 2021. She has experience in the field, and the appropriate leadership certificates and degrees. Kendra comes to us from Christ Church where she has attended for 18 years. She and her husband, Jason, have three children, 2 daughters and 1 son.

Director of Music Ministries

Jamie Jones

Jamie joined the staff in 2015 after having spent many years teaching music in public schools and directing music at several churches. She is married, has 3 grown children, and 2 grandchildren. Her responsibilities include worship planning, directing the adult Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir, teaching music to the Robbins Preschoolers, and overseeing the children’s music program called C.A.S.T – Creating and Singing Together.

Worship Leader

Lynne Carter

Lynne brings her talents to the First Light Service each week. She leads a group of committed volunteers to prepare for and lead our early worship service. She has been blessed with an amazing voice and organizational skills that help her deliver powerful praise sets each week.


Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin currently attends Patton High School in Morganton. He began playing the piano at age 6 and started organ when he was around 10. Joseph is also a member of the Patton High School Band, where he plays the tuba. His favorite composer is J.S. Bach, and his favorite style of music is Baroque. In his spare time, Joseph likes to ride his bike, spend time with family, and travel.

Facilities Manager

Daniel (Danny) Clark

Danny is in charge of all the facilities at FUMC. He sets up for our various groups and classes that use the church. He is also in charge of the church grounds as well as maintaining our equipment. Danny’s work makes a big difference in the way things run – and you’ll notice it!

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Our middle and high school youth meet on Sunday evenings at 6:00 in the Staples Center. Please contact the church office for more details or for any questions.

Church Hostess

Kay Lanier

Kay joined the FUMC staff in 1995. She has two children and four grandchildren. Kay’s responsibilities include hosting various meals throughout the year, such as Faith Lift, Room at the Table, receptions, etc. Kay and her staff do an incredible job. The food they come up, and their wonderful attitudes, make our kitchen staff one of the best anywhere.

Administrative Assistant

Ivey Deitz

Joining the staff of FUMC in the spring of 2019, Ivey and her husband, Doug, have two grown sons. She has worked in various churches and ministries since 1987 and now manages our church office and happily assists the staff and congregation in all administrative tasks.

Financial Secretary

Lisa Bennick

Lisa joined our staff in the fall of 2018. She has lived in Lenoir since 2007 with her husband, Jimmy. After working in banking and bookkeeping for many years, Lisa is currently overseeing all aspects of the church’s finances.