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!
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.
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.
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 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.
Rodney Oldham, Director of Music Ministry
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.