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Danny was born in Winston-Salem. Growing up, he was active in the United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, and recreational sports. Danny graduated from Cary High School and went on to North Carolina State University. At N.C. State, he was active in the Raleigh Wesley Foundation and graduated from NCSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an engineer in Glasgow, VA and Charlotte. Danny answered the call to Ordained Ministry while he and his wife, Susan, were members of Matthews United Methodist Church in Matthews, N.C. He served as a Student Pastor while attending the Divinity School at Duke University, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.

Bible Study, the Sacraments, preaching and missions stir Danny’s passion for ministry, as they provide the means for the Jesus to make His presence and grace known in unexpected ways. Danny has served as a volunteer for food pantries, Reading Connections and Habitat for Humanity. He has served on District and Conference committees involved with Camping Ministries, Building & Church Location, as well as, Witness & Evangelism. Danny has recently become interested in reviving the Methodist Class Meeting in Local Churches. He is an Ordained Elder in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference and has served as the pastor of churches in Rockingham, Guilford, and Davidson Counties.

Danny and Susan were married in 1986. They have two children, Caroline (married to Dalton) and Billy. He enjoys reading, the outdoors, old cars and pretty much anything to do with N.C. State Sports.

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Pastor Kennette is a native of Surry County. She grew up at the foot of Pilot Mountain but has been a resident of Mount Airy since returning back to the area in 2003. After graduating from Salem College with a BA, English/Creative Writing minor in 2001, Kennette attended graduate school at Appalachian State University, receiving her MA, English in 2003. During her time at Salem College, Kennette established a chapter of Habitat for Humanity. After receiving her call to ordained ministry, Kennette completed her seminary work at Wesley Seminary through Pfeiffer University in 2015 and served as a chaplain at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center from 2015-2016, achieving Level I chaplain certification through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in 2016. In June 2016, Kennette was commissioned at Lake Junaluska as a provisional member to the order of Deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference.

Since 2003, Kennette has taught in the English and Humanities Division at Surry Community College. She has taught courses ranging from composition, developmental writing, literature, and creative writing to religion. Kennette has also served as the faculty advisor for the Alpha Xi Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, one of the oldest and most distinguished two-year international honors societies, and as a member/officer of the Surry Community College Women’s Association. Within the community, Kennette serves as a clergy representative with YVEDDI Surry Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling.

As for hobbies and interests, Kennette loves music, especially voice and piano, and anything to do with the outdoors, such as hiking, and she has completed two marathons. Kennette is married to Jon Thomas, who also works in the English & Humanities Division at SCC, and they have a German Shepherd Dog named Petey. 

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A western Pennsylvanian native and resident until three years ago, Eric has been a Christian since high school when he joined the local Baptist church he attended since childhood in Worthington, Pennsylvania.  While attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, working toward a BA in History and English Literature, he began serving in part-time as a professional church organist.   In addition to his academic work, he also played the cello in the University orchestra and chamber ensembles and studied organ performance with Dr. Carol Teti and Dr. Christine Clewell.  After college, he received additional training and served several churches as a choirmaster and hand-bell choir director, in addition to accompanying worship from the organ.  Eric has served Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Episcopal Churches in western Pennsylvania and Montana as accompanist or music director.   Later he obtained a master's degree in education, and has taught in public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Montana, and now Millenium Charter Academy in Mount Airy, where he and his family reside.  Before teaching, Eric worked as a pipe organ builder and technician with Luley and Associates of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Rebecca, founded the Ivy Leaf Orchestra in Pennsylvania, a 15 piece ensemble that performs music for live screenings of silent films.  Rebecca taught music K-12 for fourteen years, has played for churches as an assistant organist and served as the director of several volunteer music ensembles over the last twenty years. 

In his free time, he enjoys playing with his children, using the piano and organ for live screenings of silent films, canoeing, hiking, collecting antique toy trains, writing and reading.  Eric and Rebecca have two children, James and Miriam and are very happy to be serving God through music so close to home. 


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Gail began working at Central in March, 2011.   She was born and raised in Mount Airy.  She graduated from Mount Airy High School, Surry Community College and Gardner Webb with a degree in Business Administration.  She previously worked for Mount Airy City Schools and retired after working there for 32 years.  She is married to Don Cox, they have two sons, Joe who lives in Chicago and Mike who lives in Mooresville, NC.  Mike and his wife Meg have two daughters, Ellie and Sophie.

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Lisa and her husband Pat moved to Mount Airy 27 years ago from Gallatin, TN. She attended David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and Surry Community College in Dobson, NC. Lisa has been here at Central UMC in the Child Care center for 23 years and as the Director for 10 of those years. Lisa and Pat have 2 sons, Patrick (wife Amber) and Kyle (wife Ashley).