Administrative and Support Staff

 

Nancy Fairgrieve, Director of Finance

Email: nfairgrieve@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 217

Nancy was born in Long Island, New York and has been living in Aiken since 2006 when she joined the staff at St. John's as the Financial Director. She has three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and the warm weather of the South.

Becca Hartsell, Director of Communications and Advertising 

Email: becca.hartsell@stjohns-umc.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 210

Becca is a graduate of Mississippi State with a degree in Marketing. She and her husband, Alex, moved to Aiken after he accepted an engineering position at SRNS. Becca enjoys frequent trips to Disney World and spends her time outside of St. John's running. She and Alex are parents to their dog, Gus, and their cat, Olive.

Carolyn Wall, Office Administrator 

Email: cwall@stjohns-umc.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 201

Carolyn is happily married to Stephen Wall and is the proud mother of five. Carolyn is a native of Aiken County and has served in the church most of her adult life. She has a genuine love of God and a heart for people.

Juli Davis, Kitchen Coordinator/New Member Outreach

Email: jdavis@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 216

Juli is a native of Aiken, graduating from Aiken High School and received a BA degree from USC Aiken in Sociology/Criminology. She is married to Cory Herbst and has two children, Abby and Matt. Juli is also a member of the 9:02 Band and has been serving the church in this capacity since 2007. She joined our staff in August of 2019.

 

Program Staff

 

Catherine Stapleton Nance, Director of Music

Email: cnance@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 206

Catherine Stapleton Nance grew up in SC as the daughter of a United Methodist minister. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Converse College, after which she moved to New York City and earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance. For several years, she enjoyed a successful career in singing, both in musical theater and opera. After marrying Tom Nance in 1993, she made Aiken her home, teaching on the faculty of USC Aiken. In 2001, she became the Director of Music Ministries at St. John's and felt that for the first time, she was truly fulfilling God's calling in her life. She directs the older elementary choir and Chancel Choir, which provides musical leadership in the 11 a.m. worship service. Catherine and her husband, Tom, who is also active in the church, have two children, John Luke and Sophie, both of whom grew up in St. John's and feel blessed to have such strong church support.

 

Christopher Nash, Organist and Assistant Director of Music

Email: christopherknash@gmail.com

Christopher is originally from Greenwood, SC where he began musical studies at a very young age. He received his degree in Organ Performance from University of South Carolina in Columbia. He has performed throughout the Southeast and was accompanist for the University Choir during his time at USC. Christopher has been a veteran of church music for over 20 years and considers it an honor and joyous occasion to sit down and play a worship service. Our hand bell choir, the 8:30 Sonrise Choir, and the Foundation Singers (our youth choir) are also under the direction of Christopher. In addition to his job in our music ministry, he also owns a retail holdings company, based out of Columbia.

Heather Long, Director of Children's Ministries

Email: hlong@stjohns-umc.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 205

Heather grew up in a small town near Jacksonville, Florida.  She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of North Florida.  Heather and her family moved to Aiken in 2015 from Hawaii when her husband transitioned from Active Duty to Naval Reserves.  Heather serves as our Director of Children’s Ministries.  Heather is married to Zach and they have two children, Riley and Brock.

Bekah Muir, Director of Student Ministries

Email: rmuir@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 212

Bekah grew up as a member of St. John’s UMC’s Foundation Student Ministries.  She graduated from Aiken High and earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Change, and Social Responsibility from the College of Charleston.  She serves St. John's as the Director of Student Ministries and is a volunteer assistant coach for the Aiken High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball team.  In her free time, she enjoys live music (especially Zac Brown Band) and being on Edisto Beach or Lake Murray.

Amy Jernigan, Assistant Director of Student Ministries

Email: ajernigan@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 207

Amy moved to Aiken in 2005 and has been a member of St. John's UMC since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Columbia College and a Master's degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Amy spent 8 years teaching in public schools in Columbia and Aiken. She has been on staff since June 2013. She serves as the Assistant Director of Student Ministries. Amy is married to Drew and they have three daughters, Ella, Eva and Eliza Jewel.

 

Michelle Pearson, SEED Director

Email: mpearson@stjaiken.org
Phone: 803-648-4745

Michelle was born in Lansing, Michigan, but has lived in Aiken for 40 years. She and her husband, Barry, have two sons and a daughter, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, two grandsons, one granddaughter, and many "grand-pets!" To her, the best aspect of being the Director is watching the children laugh and learn while sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them. She has been on the staff at St. John's since 1994.

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Greg Robinson, Media Manager

Email: robinsga@atlanticbb.net 
Phone: 803-645-2447

Greg was born in Carrollton, Georgia.  Growing up, he attended 9 different schools in 7 different states and is now happy to call Aiken home.  He is married to Peg, whom he met in the 9th grade.  They have one son, two grandsons and a granddaughter.  He retired from AGY in 2015 and almost immediately came to work for St. John's.

Facility Maintenance Staff

 

Dean Ray, Facilities Manager

Email: dray@stjohns-umc.org
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext 209
Cell: 803-240-2957

Dean grew up in Denmark, SC where he spent his free time hunting, fishing, and working on the family farm. He graduated from Clemson University in 1999 and began his career at St. John's in 2015.

Dean was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2011 and after six months of chemotherapy and three years of follow up, he is cancer free. Dean operates an inshore fishing service near Edisto and donates a gift toward the fight against cancer from each charter.

Dean is married to Lisa and they have two boys, Harrison and Jace.

 

Yvonne Dublin, Custodian

Yvonne grew up in Edgefield County in the small town of Johnston. She is the youngest of ten children. Her mother is her heart and joy. Yvonne has been on staff at St. John's since 2001. She keeps the preschool classrooms spic and span!

 

Ensley Adams, Custodian

Ensley Adams was born in Jackson, SC. He moved to Aiken when he was six years old. Ed and Claire Norton are his parents. He has one brother, Michael Norton and his wife Leigh. He has two nieces, Lauren and Allie of whom he is very proud. He also has his grandmother who lives in Jackson that he is very fond of. He attended Walden Hall School in North Augusta and graduated from Freedman Vocational High School in Graniteville. Ensley has served as custodian at St. John's UMC since 2001 and thinks there is no better place to work.

 

Frances Russell, Custodian

Frances was born in Barnwell, SC and now lives in Aiken so she has always been a local gal. Frances has 2 daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter. She says she loves nature and enjoys hunting and fishing. Frances joined St. John's staff in 2015.

 

Caleb McClendon, Maintenance 

Caleb was born in Cheraw and grew up in several towns in South Carolina. He is a graduate of USC and enjoys playing video games.