— Staff Profiles —
Tom Stinson-Wesley - Senior Pastor
Tom was born in Lexington, Ky. He received his bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky., in 1988, and his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., in 1992.
He served as a student intern pastor on the Cherokee County circuits in Murphy, N.C., and at Salem United Methodist Church in Morganton, N.C. Tom was an intern chaplain at the Western Carolina Center (now called The Riddle Center) in Morganton and at Duke Hospital in Durham.
During his career, Tom has served six churches:Mt. Pisgah UMC (Singles Pastor), Greensboro, N.C., Cedar Falls UMC, Asheboro, N.C., Central Falls UMC, Asheboro, N.C.,Bankstown Uniting Parish (Associate Pastor), Sydney, Australia, St. Matthews UMC, Morganton, N.C., Pineville UMC, Pineville, N.C., 2006 – present.
In 1997, Tom served as the English editor at the Center for Social Development in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tom has been active in each of the communities he’s served. In Asheboro, he was a board member and secretary of the Family Crisis Center, Civil Air Patrol Chaplain and a volunteer at the Christian United Outreach Center. In Morganton, he was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Burke-Sunrise and a board member of the Career and Personal Counseling Service. Tom served as president of the Morganton Area Ministers Association and vice president of the Burke Ministers Alliance. He was a volunteer at Broughton Hospital and Burke United Christian Ministries. Today, he volunteers at Pineville Elementary School and the Upward Basketball Camp and League.
Tom is married to Amelia Stinson-Wesley, also an ordained United Methodist Minister and director of World Connections for Women, a nonprofit organization. They have two children, Kyra and Evan.
Elaine Treece - Assistant Pastor/Director of Discipleship
Elaine has dedicated her life to education. She particularly enjoys exploring the Word through small group Bible studies, developing spiritual questions and talking to people about their faith. At Pineville UMC, Elaine is involved in our growing Sunday School program; group Bible studies including Disciple classes and Vacation Bible School; and our older adult ministry.
She was born in Bennettsville, S.C. and was raised in Rockingham, N.C. Elaine received a Bachelor of Arts in history and education from Meredith College in 1969 and received a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May 2009.
Before joining the Pineville UMC staff in 1992, Elaine served the Scotland County School System as a secondary school teacher from 1969 –1971. She joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System in 1972 and taught at Eastway Middle, East Mecklenburg High and Olympic High schools until 1976.
From 1979 – 1981, Elaine served as co-director and teacher of Pineville UMC’s playschool. She worked as a teacher at Sharon Presbyterian Church’s Weekday School from 1983 – 1984 and again from 1990 – 1992.
She and husband Max, retired from Duke Energy, have three children, Zeb (and wife Hope), Amy and Ben, and three granddaughters.
Charlene Miranda Thomas - Director of Music Ministry - Contemporary
Charlene Miranda Thomas is a Christian performing artist whose sole mission is to use her creative and spiritual gifts to do what God has called all His disciples to do-to serve others and help those in need. She has over twenty-five years of experience teaching, directing, and leading worship. She has been teaching voice, piano, choir and musical theater. She continues to use her artistic gifts, creativity, knowledge and passion as a teaching artist for various schools, churches and arts organizations.
Charlene is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She began playing the piano at the tender age of 5. She was a piano major at the High School of Performing Arts. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she earned her Bachelors of Music. She also earned a Masters in Music Education from Columbia University. Charlene has extensive experience leading choirs and worship teams. She was a youth choir director for many years in New York City. Charlene continues to sing with the praise team at Carmel Baptist Church and performs jazz occasionally, writes music and still auditions for that "dream role" every now and again when the opportunity arises. Charlene Thomas lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Ted, and her two children.
Jonathan Johnson - Director of Youth Ministries
Jonathan Johnson is our new Youth Director. Jonathan has been working with youth for six years, first at Ft. Mill Church of God and most recently at Camino Church. He was born in Pineville but grew up in Greenville, SC, before coming back to this area. He has been a Christian rock band manager and a retail manager. His first day will be August 1 and his first Sunday will be August 4.
Kathy Marshall - Administrative Assistant
Kathy was born in Dayton, Ohio, She has called Charlotte, NC her home for over 20 years. Kathy is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Liberal Studies and Theology. She was an Administrative Assistant for Mount Olive Presbyterian Church for many years. Kathy served as member of the Coordinating Team for the Presbyterian Women of the Mid- Atlantic and a Stephen Minister under the leadership of PUMC. She is married to Joseph and they have four daughters Victoria, Katrina, JoAnna, and Jaclyn.
Director - Director of PMO/Preschool
Peggy Washko is our Preschool and Children’s Director. Peggy most recently has served as Director of Community Outreach at Selwyn UMC. She is a musician and entertainment manager. She has been the Owner/Director of Monkey Business Events and Entertainment since 2015. She has also worked in Sales and Real Estate.