WHO WE ARE
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!
Lucas Nelson, Pastor
Pastor Lucas Nelson grew up as the son of a Children’s Director at a church, so he saw the inside workings of a church from a young age. He was highly involved in his youth group and other committees within his home church of Millbrook UMC in Raleigh, NC. Lucas studied Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies at UNCW, where he met his wife, Tia. It was in a college ministry that Lucas felt the call to be a pastor within the United Methodist Church. He attended Duke Divinity School where his call to be a pastor was solidified. Lucas finds it to be an honor and privilege to get to sit with parishioners in some of those holy, liminal spaces, where the veil between heaven and earth seems so thin. When not doing church things, you can find him being a foodie, having his nose jammed in a good book, drinking way too much coffee, and cheering on his beloved Carolina Hurricanes, Duke Blue Devils, and St. Louis Cardinals.
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 34 years and feels blessed to be part of 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, traveling and crafting.
Kelly Boyd, Director of Children's and Youth Ministry
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 and then our youth in ministry and facilitate their growth in faith. Kelly and Michael have two 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 is retired from 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.
David Smith, Director of Music
David joined the staff of PUMC as Director of Music in January 2023. He is a native of Pittsboro and a product of Chatham County Schools. David graduated from Elon University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and in 2007 earned a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Having grown up in church, David doesn’t remember a time in his life when he was not involved in the music program of a church. Over the years he has served churches in several denominations in North Carolina and Virginia but is proud to say that he has found a home in the United Methodist Church. David works full-time as a public-school music teacher having taught previously with the Alamance/Burlington School System and currently with the Chatham County School System. When not working, you can find David living life with his wife, Jess, and their two children, Zach and Wes.