Gil Wise, District Superintendent
Gil grew up in Black’s Chapel UMC, in rural Cumberland County. The son of Jack Wise and Louise Allen, Gil has been a resident of eastern North Carolina all his life. He is a graduate of Methodist College (1983) and Duke Divinity School (1988), and he has served in a variety of ministry settings over the past thirty years. He began as a camper at Camp Rockfish, served as a camp counselor, camp assistant director and chairperson for the Conference Camping Commission. He served on Annual Conference Staff. He served in student field setting placements at Maysville, Hopewell, High Falls, Fair Promise, Cool Springs, and Carbonton United Methodist Churches. He has been associate pastor of Fayetteville Community Church: a non-denominational congregation. He served Buie, Parkton, Zion, and The Rock United Methodist Churches before planting Solid Rock United Methodist Church in 2001.
A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Gil has a heart for the rural church. It is his belief that reclaiming the movement of Methodism will reconnect all our churches, regardless of size or location, to a calling that is still deep in our roots. He believes “We are living in an hour of unprecedented outpouring upon the church of Jesus Christ that we might fulfill our calling to be a witness to the nations.”
Gil is married to Linda Trudeau Wise, also a graduate of Methodist College (1983). She has been a nationally board-certified elementary music teacher in the State of North Carolina for 29 years. Linda loves her family and loves working with the children. She is not a “preacher’s wife” but has deep faith drawing from her rich heritage growing up in the Catholic Church.
They have three children: Joel, Benjamin, and Elizabeth.
Ashley Kennedy, Beacon/ Sound Administrative Assistant to the DS
Ashley was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina in the small town of Bethel. She grew up in the Bethel United Methodist Church and remains a member of that church along with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Ava and Elizabeth.
Ashley attended East Carolina University where she earned her undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Education. Upon graduation, she began her career as an educator with Pitt County Schools for the past 15 years.
Ashley is excited about this opportunity working with such a wonderful team and serving others.
Jeff Jenkins, District Lay Leader
Jeff grew up in Greenville, NC, one of the six children of Dr. Leo and Lillian Jenkins, founding members of St. James United Methodist Church. He graduated from UNC-CH with a BS in Business Administration and an MBA. In addition to owning clothing stores and later consulting in the hardware industry, he enjoyed a residential building and developing profession in which he obtained particular joy from building for first-time homeowners. He recently retired to historic Bath, NC in the beautiful Pamlico River area.
He and his wife, Bedie, raised two children in New Bern, NC while attending Garber United Methodist Church. Bedie, a retired educator, is a very effective church leader and project manager with a heart for the elderly and children. During her three-year term as Chairman of the United Methodist Women, the group started and maintained several new ministries.
Jeff has served the Bath UMC as Lay Leader, Administrative Council Chairman, Finance Committee member, and Secretary of the UM Men. He also serves as a member of the Beacon District Committee of Ordained Ministry and recently completed the coursework and is a Certified Lay Speaker.
He enjoys photography, water skiing, running and taking courses of all kinds. He also is rejuvenated weekly by writing and posting to his Facebook Ministry www.Facebook.com/IFoundHimMinistry.