Who We Are

Leigh Andrews

My volunteer work with Crisis Ministries opened my eyes to the calling of Christians to work for a life of dignity for all of God’s children. To answer this call, we cannot just donate goods and money, but we need to donate time and share God’s love with those in need. The work we do in Mission Commission helps facilitate opportunities for members of the congregation to step beyond their normal community and experience the joy and understanding gained from sharing God’s compassion with those in need.

Justin Benfield

 I continuously pray for God’s guidance to serve.  God’s work through MOC members has created an awareness, interest and opportunity to serve Him by serving others.  Serving as Foundations Sunday school missions committee chair for some time, I have learned more about missions in our community and abroad.  I pray to learn more about our church and its missions

Judy Brown

My parents were involved in volunteering efforts in our church and often had me accompany them on various mission projects. And they ultimately said that I was old enough to get involved in some of the projects because we have been commanded to serve others. There are numerous causes in our world and the Mission and Outreach Commission at BSUMC provides an opportunity to make a contribution in our community and around the world. Volunteering does require sacrifice but it has given me valuable insights, skills and experiences. It has given me the opportunity to connect with people that ordinarily would not have crossed my path and given me lifelong friends. It has been a blessing in my life that my parents passed on a legacy of service to others. By following His commands to love Him and love others we bring glory and honor to God.

Ryan Burnett

My involvement with Mission and Outreach started when I was looking for a way to do more at church other than just attending Sunday service. It was after I was invited to attend a MOC meeting where I learned about all of the opportunities we have at Buncombe Street to minister to others – both locally and overseas. Becoming involved and serving others has been a true blessing and has deepened my relationship with Christ.

Pete Byford

As a Member of the Mission and Outreach Commission, I am constantly amazed at the power of God’s voice and use of His people to do good works. Although my day job allows me to work with projects in low-income communities, it is as a member of the MOC where I find the opportunity to be close to those most at-risk and offer support, guidance and assistance. By serving others when they are in a time of need, I am reminded that God is there always in our times of need.

Carol Ferguson

The physical effects of poverty are fairly obvious, but growing up in poverty leaves psychological scars that never go away. Unless something is done to break the cycle of poverty, these scars are passed on to future generations. Imagine the impact if just one person can be helped out of poverty into a life of sharing and helping others as they were helped. Each of us has something to contribute to this important effort.

James Ferguson

The physical effects of poverty are fairly obvious, but growing up in poverty leaves psychological scars that never go away. Unless something is done to break the cycle of poverty, these scars are passed on to future generations. Imagine the impact if just one person can be helped out of poverty into a life of sharing and helping others as they were helped. Each of us has something to contribute to this important effort.

Wally Fridy

I feel called to be a part of the body of Christ showing His love to the less fortunate and the forgotten. Orphans, children, and the incarcerated. It is exciting to watch the holy spirit work in the lives of others and to see how it changes lives.

Elaine Hitch

Serving on the Missions and Outreach Committee has allowed me to be a disciple of Christ. My goal is to help plan and implement programs that will be for the glory of God while providing a ministry to each individual/group who is touched.

Mendi Knisley 

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) In my effort to serve the Lord and the least of us, I felt called to be involved in the Mission and Outreach Committee at Buncombe Street UMC. As in so many situations, I have been blessed by my involvement with this Committee and the ministries served more than I have contributed and cherish the experiences from this opportunity.

Tim Poole

Mission has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I began scouting as a 12 year-old and continue to this day. The church has had scouts join the troop over the years who needed help in some way (physical or mental challenges). When we look past those challenges, we see a child of God who needs help. Scouts are told that we are to, “Do a good turn daily.” We are to do some good deed daily for our families, school, communities, and even ourselves. Being a good person does not make you a Christian, but once you are a Christian you want to help in some way. The mission board allows me opportunities to help others in the church and to give back to the community and the world. When I was very young my parents and grandparents showed me that God works through all of us to make the world a better place. We are the hands and feet of God on earth.

Bill Shell 

There was a persistent, undeniable tugging to become involved in things outside myself. It’s the right thing to do.

Patty Stewart

I have always had a heart for missions. I went on mission trips in high-school and college, and took youth on mission trips as a young adult. My husband and I both decided to make BSUMC our church home because of its involvement with missions. I am very glad to be able to serve with such God filled people on the Mission and Outreach Committee.

Anna Thompson

I have always felt a calling and a desire to serve others, but I didn’t realize the full depth of this calling until my first mission trip to Haiti. It was this trip and God’s work in me afterwards, that made me realize that we are all called to serve God’s people in whatever capacity we are able. Serving and loving God’s people is truly what this life is all about!

Margaret Utley

I was glad when they said unto me, “let us go into the house of the Lord.” I love the church: worship, the nurturing, caring fellowship, Christian education and activities. I have participated in many areas of ministry during my Christian journey, but I am convinced that a church congregation must be actively engaged in missions and outreach, or all other areas of service become stagnant. Jesus said we serve him when we serve “the least of these” (people in need wherever they are). I believe God is using the Buncombe Street UMC MOC to invite, guide, and equip our members to be disciples/servants.