Beth Fogle-Miller Drew Weseman Carrie Yoder
Senior Pastor Associate Pastor Pastor of Discipleship
& Family Ministries
Pastor Beth earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has been active in the Florida Annual Conference for over 40 years and in 1976 she became the first youth elected from Florida to the UM General Conference. More recently she served five years as "Director of Connectional Ministries" for the Annual Conference.
Her ministerial experience is extensive. She and husband Jim both served as associate pastors at First UMC in Hendersonville, Tennessee in the mid eighties. In 1991, she and Jim became the first clergy couple appointed by the Florida Conference to lead a church as co-pastors (Arlington UMC in Jacksonville). They later served as co-pastors again in Winter Haven beginning in 2000. Beth came to MUMC in 2013. She quickly found a home here, both in the county seat town of Fernandina Beach and in the "grace filled community" she nourishes at Memorial United Methodist Church.
Associate Pastor Drew Weseman is a native of Gainesville, Florida. Drew did his undergraduate work at Florida Southern College where he majored in Religion with a minor in History. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in 2014. During seminary Drew studied for a year at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham, UK. Drew and his wife Jessica married in January of 2014. They have one son, Malachi Emmanuel. They also have a cat named Francis Asbury and a frog named Pippin. As Associate Pastor Drew works with Pastor Beth to provide pastoral care and leadership for the whole church. His particular emphasis is congregational care and helping to connect MUMC to the outside community. "I love being a pastor because it means that I am able to be a part of the whole spectrum of life from baptisms to confirmation, weddings, funerals, and everything in between."
Pastor Carrie comes to MUMC from Atlanta where she earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in May 2014. She is married to Jon Yoder (since 2007) and they have one daughter, Madilyn, and a son, Ian. Carrie is Director of Children and Family Ministries at MUMC. In this role she works to assure that children and family have access to and participate in all parts of the mission and vision of MUMC. "It is important that children learn to worship, study, serve and commune with God." Carrie is also in charge of Christian Education for all ages. She works to ensure that there are many different types of study opportunities available for the people of MUMC. Although she grew up in the Presbyterian Church USA, Carrie has worshiped in the Methodist Church since high school. Her faith journey continues as she works to be ordained as Deacon and will then be able to serve in Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice: "I feel called to work to help Christians connect to God through the church." In the words of her favorite Bible passage (Psalm 139), Carrie wants us all to know that wherever we may go, God "is there," with us, and in us.