First UMC Clergy & Staff

 

Clergy

Rev. Alex Joyner

Lead Pastor

Alex Joyner became the lead pastor of First Church on July 1, 2021 - but it’s not his first tenure in the Charlottesville area. A native of nearby Orange, Virginia, Alex graduated from the University of Virginia (twice!) and served as the United Methodist campus minister at UVA for seven years. Rev. Joyner has held ministry assignments from Texas to England and has experience in rural, urban, and university settings. He is a teacher and author, with several works published through Abingdon Press, including Hard Times Come Again No More: Suffering and Hope. Alex is married to Suzanne and they have two adult children. His hobbies include running and kayaking. Contact Rev. Joyner

Program & Ministry Staff

Carolyn McGee

Spiritual Life Coordinator

Carolyn is not originally from Charlottesville, but she got here as fast as she could!  She has been a part of First United Methodist Church since 1988 and serves as our Spiritual Life Coordinator through facilitating opportunities for the church family to experience and grow in their own relationships with Jesus Christ and foster an environment of fellowship and spiritual development that engages the congregation in living out a Christian lifestyle. Part of this position also includes leading the Celebration Singers and the children’s music ministry – along with providing additional opportunities for worship through the Fine Arts. With a B.M. in Music Therapy and another in Music Education, Carolyn spent 33 years in education before becoming an owner and proprietor of a local Inn. She is married to Gary and has two grown sons and a sweet daughter-in-law. Be sure to watch her face light up when you ask her about her grandchildren Willow and Gillispie! Contact Carolyn

Kevin White

Music Director

Kevin serves as the First UMC Music Director. Kevin's background in music is highly varied beginning with a classical piano education from the Eastman School of Music, 32 years teaching public school music, band work playing all styles of music, music theater and many years serving in music ministries most recently at Broadus Baptist and Hinton Avenue Methodist. Kevin is an avid sailor and saltwater fishing enthusiast. Kevin's wife Carol is a nurse at Albemarle Square Family Healthcare; his son Luke is attending VCU studying business and music. His stepdaughter Samantha is employed by New America in Washington, D.C. Contact Kevin

Dave Breslin

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Dave returns for his second stint as our Youth Coordinator, having served prior at C-ville FUMC from 2000-2005. Dave earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, and master's degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. For the last twenty seven years, Dave has served as a teacher, coach (lacrosse, football, basketball, and soccer), Bible study leader, and administrator in K-12 independent schools. Dave and his wife, Kristen, were married at FUMC in 2005, and have a 13 year old son, Luke, and a 10 year old daughter, Kayleigh. The Breslins love Jesus, traveling, outdoor activities, and love spending time with family and friends.  In addition, the Breslins are huge fans of college football, particularly the Alabama Crimson Tide. Dave looks forward to building a strong youth culture by working with our 6th-12th graders and their families! Contact Dave

Administrative & Office Staff 

Joey Clark

Church Administrator

Joey is the first person you will speak with and she is the main point of contact here at First United Methodist Church. She has lived in the area with her husband Robin, and her daughter Chloe for 23 years. She is originally from Pensacola Beach, Florida and considers that home. When not at work, you will find her spending time with her family, her furry friends; a yellow lab named Cooper, and a cat named Piper. When vacationing anywhere you will find her by the water. She can brighten any room with her contagious and bubbly personality.  Contact Joey

Sharon Bogdan

Financial Manager

Sharon lives in Forest, Virginia and has extensive experience in accounting and is familiar with several accounting software programs including the Methodist ACS system and Quickbooks. She was the Controller for Glen Mar UMC, (3,000 members) in Ellicott City, Maryland. She is also an accountant for Synergi, LLC in Elkridge, Maryland. She has worked for a Homeowners Association, the Mitre Corporation, and was budget analyst at the Pentagon. Contact Sharon

First United Methodist Preschool

 

Kristen Breslin

Preschool Director

Kristen Breslin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Longwood University and has nine years experience serving as a classroom teacher at various grade levels as well as special education. This past year, Kristen taught 2nd grade at the Regents School of Charlottesville. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Breslin started a cheer program at Regents for girls in grades 1-6 and also started one at a school in Florida through Impact Cheer, a national Christian cheerleading organization. During the 2019 season, she led her squad to a second place finish in nationals. Kristen has also served as leader of a MOPS group in Charlottesville, an international student host coordinator for a school in Williamsburg, and was a production manager for a family magazine in Kennesaw, Georgia. In her spare time, Mrs. Breslin helps run Relevant Foundations Educational Services, a tutoring and consulting firm, with her husband Dave, who is the Youth Coordinator at FUMC. In addition, Mrs. Breslin loves being a mom to her two kids and a wife to Dave. Together, the Breslins love spending time outdoors, traveling, watching movies, and they love all sports, especially Alabama Crimson Tide football. Kristen is extremely excited about leading the talented faculty and wonderful families at FUMP!  Contact Kristen

Emeritus

Rev. Dr. Harry Kennon

Pastor Emeritus

Harry, his wife Gale, and their two sons became lay members of FUMC in 1970. Harry entered the pastoral ministry in 1982, after a 15 year business career. He served the rural Greene Charge while attending seminary and returned to FUMC as Associate Pastor from 1985-88. Subsequently, Harry served churches in Richmond, Chesterfield, and Norfolk before being appointed to FUMC as Senior Pastor in 2003. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was given the title Pastor Emeritus and continues to be active in various ministries. Harry and Gale are the proud grandparents of four. They both love to travel and are avid “sports nuts”, especially UVa baseball. Harry also enjoys riding the motorcycle he bought when he retired. Contact Harry