Welcoming New Pastors

The Commission on Ministry has welcomed the following pastors to our Presbytery in recent months. We are delighted to have them join us in ministry. Their faith statements, answers to two of the nine constitutional questions, and biographical sketches can be found by clicking the links under their names.

Please warmly welcome these pastors as colleagues in our Presbytery.


Matthew Bowman

  • From:  The Peaks Presbytery
  • To:  Sardis PC
  • Documents


John “Jay” Coker

  • From:  Charlotte Presbytery
  • Honorably Retired
  • Documents



Jane Love

  • From:  New Hope Presbytery
  • To:  Culdee PC Interim
  • Documents

T. Wes Moore

  • Candidate for Ordination under care of Middle Tennessee Presbytery
  • Called and Ordained at Pollocksville PC
  • Documents




Delphia “Nicole” Newton

  • Candidate for Ordination under care of Charlotte Presbytery
  • Called and Ordained at First Presbyterian Church Wilmington
  • Documents

December, 2018

Bruce Berry


  • From:  New Hope Presbytery
  • To:  Pink Hill PC
  • Documents




October, 2018

Lesley Bligen

Lesley Bligen - Photo
Lesley Bligen – Photo
  • Candidate for Ordination under care of Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery
  • Called by College Heights
  • Approved by Presbytery on October 20, 2018
  • Documents

Chad Neal

August, 2018

Jerrod Lowry

June, 2018

Becky “Mary Rebecca” Durham

Scott Cameron

  • Validated Ministry, Friendship House in Fayetteville
  • Examined on June 2, 2018 by Presbytery
  • Ordained and installed on September 9, 2018
May, 2018

Cynthia Brasher

April, 2018

Cynthia Williams

Susan Lewis

Susan Lewis - Photo
Susan Lewis – Photo


Ed Kahl

Ed Kahl - Photo with wife Suk Hwa
Ed Kahl – Photo with wife Suk Hwa
March, 2018
Photo of Cam Thomas
Cam Thomas pic

Cam Thomas

February, 2018
Rob Martin Photo
Rob Martin Photo

W. Robert (Rob) Martin

Derek Macleod

Derek Macleod - Photo
Derek Macleod – Photo

Chip Stapleton 

Chip Stapleton - Photo
Chip Stapleton – Photo
January, 2018

Steve Wilkins

Steve Wilkins - Photo
Steve Wilkins – Photo
December, 2017
Richard Aylor
Richard Aylor - Photo
Richard Aylor – Photo
  • Under Care of Peaks Presbytery
  • Examined on October 5, 2017 by COM East
  • Examined on October 14, 2017 by Presbytery
  • Ordained and Installed at First Wilmington on December 3, 2017
  • Serving as Interim Associate Pastor (Pastoral Care)
  • Faith Statement
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Faith Statement 
July, 2017
Gary Scott Smith
Gary Scott Smith – Photo
Barrett Payne
Barrett Payne Photo
Rev. Barrett Payne Photo
June, 2017
Daniel Lewis
Dan Lewis - Photo
Dan Lewis – Photo


May, 2017
 Martha C. Highsmith
Photo Pastor Martha Highsmith
Rev. Martha Highsmith
March, 2017
Robert Thomas Newman
  • Candidate Under Care of Saint Andrew Presbytery
  • To Highland Church
  • Associate Pastor
  • Faith Statement
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Answers to Ordination Questions
    (COM is now asking pastors and candidates to choose two of our ordination question and write briefly about them)
  • Examined by Presbytery for ordination on March 25, 2017
  • Ordained and Installed on April 30, 2017
January, 2017
Patrick James (PJ) Southam
December, 2016
Margaret (Meg) Dudley
  • From Saint Andrew Presbytery
  • To Bluff
  • As Pastor
  • Faith Statement
  • Received by Central COM/November 11, 2016
  • Began on December 4, 2016 (see photo below at Howard Dudley)
August, 2016
Jonathan West
Jonathan West - Associate Pastor at First Fayetteville
Jonathan West – Associate Pastor at First Fayetteville
June-July, 2016
Shane Owens
Howard Dudley
Rev.s Meg & Howard Dudley
April, 2016
Edward Bellis
Eddie Bellis, Interim Pastor at Red Springs
Eddie Bellis, Interim Pastor at Red Springs
Jonathan Bowling jonathan-bowling-photo