Programs Team

Dr. Matt Caine

Director of Traditional Music

Phone: 803-648-6891 ext. 206

Dr. Matt Caine is a Fulbright Scholar and holds four degrees: a Doctorate of Music Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina, a Master in Choral Conducting and Voice from the University of South Florida, a Master of Music Education, Instrumental Music (trombone) from Samford University, and a Bachelor of Music, Church Music, from Birmingham Southern College focused on voice, organ, piano, and trombone. In addition to serving as the Director of Music Ministries in various churches, Matt has been the Chorusmaster for the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and the Interim Director of Choral Activities for St. Petersburg College and Allen University. He has also taught at several institutes of higher learning. 

Christopher Nash



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.

Bekah Muir

Director of Student Ministries

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.  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

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. 

Heather Peacock

Director of Children's Ministries and Adult Education

Phone: 803-648-6891 ext. 205

Heather has served the Methodist Church for 20 years in varying capacities including Children ’ s & Adult Music Ministries and as a local pastor for three years. She truly has a heart for children as she has used her extensive background in opera and musical theater to produce numerous children’s musicals, programs, and Vacation Bible Schools. Heather holds her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her Master's degree from LSU.

Michelle Pearson

SEED Preschool Director

Phone: 803-648-4745

Michelle was born in Lansing, Michigan, but has lived in Aiken for 40 years. 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.

Greg Robinson

Media Manager

Phone: 803-648-6891

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 retired from AGY in 2015 and almost immediately came to work for St. John's.