Our Mission:   Growing Disciples of Jesus in Faith, Hope and Love. 


We are a family of faith that loves each other and loves the town of Pittsboro. Since 1815, we have been in ministry together—growing disciples and transforming lives!


We believe that we are created by God, saved by Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

By the grace of God, we're called to be part of the Body of Christ in Pittsboro and we're seeking to follow Jesus every day.


In Faith, we nurture our relationship with God by worshiping, praying and studying the Word together. In Hope, we share God’s love by serving others and telling our story. In Love, we join together in fellowship and care for one another in every season of life. 


Whether you grew up in church, haven’t been to church in a long time, or have never set foot in church, you are welcome here. 


Whether you’ve lived in Pittsboro for many years or you just moved to this wonderful place, we look forward to meeting you and hearing your story!


We hope that you will come and grow in Christ with us! 




Sara Beth Pannell, Pastor

Pastor Sara Beth grew up in Pleasant Garden, a small town outside of Greensboro, NC. 
As a Tar Heel born and bred, she studied Psychology and English at UNC Chapel Hill, where she found a transformational community of faith in UNC's Wesley Campus Ministry and discerned that God was calling her into ministry.  After graduating from Carolina,  Sara Beth found herself headed somewhere she never thought she would go--the land of the Blue Devils-- to study at Duke Divinity School. Since answering God's call, she has served in a variety of ministry settings, including youth and children's ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and in rural communities. She loves to share in all the holy moments that come by being in ministry with others and growing together as the Body of Christ. She loves to drink dark roast coffee, explore the NC BBQ trail, play fetch with her dog, Josie, and cheer for the Tar Heels.

Amy Lambert, Ministerial Intern

Amy Lambert graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2017, she is currently a third year student in the Masters of Divinity Program at Duke Divinity as a Thriving Rural Fellow.  In her free time outside the classroom, she loves to spend time with family, and to peruse local antique shops for coins to add to her collection.  Although her family is  originally from West Virginia, she and her older brother grew up in Mooresville, NC.  Amy looks forward to meeting and ministering with you this summer!

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Kelly Perry, Director of Administration

Kelly grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her background was in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management.  She has been an active member of Pittsboro UMC for 29 years and feels blessed to be in ministry at PUMC!  Kelly and her husband Tommy have a daughter, Candace.  She loves spending time with her family, friends and her church family.  She also enjoys reading, crafting and traveling.  

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Paul Winston, Youth Director

Paul grew up in an active and fun youth group.  The weekly discussions, friendships and Christian-center activities helped Paul begin to understand his identify in Christ.  During college, Paul was very involved in the campus ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ.  The experience taught him, living a Christ-centered life is a daily choice.   Paul has seen how so many distractions make it difficult for teenagers to remain close to Christ in today’s world.  Paul believes our current youth generation is the best yet and can’t wait for God to get ahold of their hearts and point them to where they will make a difference in God’s Kingdom.   Paul, his wife, Mirtica and their two teenage daughters enjoy weekend trips to the beach, exploring interesting aspects of North Carolina, being entertained by their five pets and an occasional Netflix bing.  Paul finds joy in watching God work in the lives of the PUMC youth. 


Kelly Boyd, Children's Director

Kelly grew up in Mebane, NC and moved to Pittsboro with her husband, Michael, in 2010, where she started working at the Laurels of Chatham as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  Her family started regularly attending PUMC in 2016, and immediately felt right at home. In 2017, Kelly felt God’s push in a BIG WAY when she took the leap to lead the children in ministry and facilitate their growth in faith. Kelly and Michael have two small children of their own, Emma and Kyle, who keep them very busy but their hearts full!

Becky Loflin, Nursery Attendant

Becky lives in Bear Creek with her husband Ennis.  They own and operate a cattle Farm – Rocky Ridge Farm.  Becky is the mother of two sons and has five grandchildren.  She enjoys every Sunday in the Nursery at PUMC.

Ingram McCall, Nursery Attendant

Ingram works at NC State.  She and her husband Brian, have two children Clarissa and Jake.  Ingram loves the outdoors, hiking and camping.  She also likes to read and spend time with her kids.  

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Rodney Oldham, Organist and Music Director

Rodney was raised in Chatham County and resides in Goldston. He has played piano since the 4th grade.  Rodney studied music at the college level, where he received training in piano, organ and voice at both Bob Jones University and Campbell University.  Rodney is a graduate of Campbell University with a major in accounting and has been employed by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks for 25 years.  He has served as the Organist and Choir Director at Pittsboro United Methodist Church for over three years.  Prior to serving at Pittsboro, Rodney was the organist and choir director for Goldston Baptist Church for five years. Rodney loves serving the Lord through playing for church services on Sunday mornings.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and relaxing in his 1905 Queen Anne home (was his great-grandfather’s home) in Goldston, which he and his father restored.

Joe Sanchez, Contemporary Worship Arts Coordinator

Joe grew up in San Antonio before moving to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School with his wife Rachel. He graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies and hopes to continue on to a PhD in Biblical Studies. On occasion you can find him preaching or leading bible studies at the church. He now lives in Durham.  Joe enjoys movies and long conversations over tea.

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The green of the circle signifies the “growing” aspect of our vision statement.

The overall color scheme is warm and inviting, just like our church!

Visual emphasis is placed on both “Pittsboro” and “United Methodist Church” because our location and  denomination are both important parts of what makes us who we are.

The graphic inside the circle simultaneously depicts several symbols.  The cross shows our commitment to Christ. The traffic circle  represents our location and desire to show Christ’s love to our community.  The “P” is the first letter of our name, and the Ichthys, or sign of the fish, a symbol used by the early church as an indication of Christian identity, reminds us of our Christian heritage.