Gil grew up in Black’s Chapel UMC, in rural Cumberland County. The son of Jack Wise and Louise Allen he 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 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 an elementary music teacher in the State of North Carolina for 29 years. Linda is national board certified, loves her family and loves working with the children. She is not a “preachers wife” but has deep faith drawing from her rich heritage growing up in the Catholic Church.
They have three children: Joel, Benjamin and Elizabeth.
Thomas (Tom) Quance, Assistant to the DS
Tom grew up in Auburn, Indiana and attended College at Ball State University. Upon Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force. He spent over 25 years serving as a pilot, staff officer and commander. While in the Air Force, he earned two masters degrees: Personnel Counseling and Human Resource Management. In 1992 Tom retired as a Colonel and transitioned to civilian life as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City where he taught for over 14 years.
Tom has been a member of several United Methodist Churches as the Air Force moved him and his family around the country and overseas. Since moving to Elizabeth City in 1994, he has been a member of Riverside UMC. He has served in many offices in the various Methodist Churches he attended. At Riverside, he has served as Chair of the SPRC, Lay Delegate to Annual Conference, and Treasurer. He served as a member of the Elizabeth City District Board of Laity and in June of 2012 he was selected as the Beacon District Lay Leader. In addition his service in the United Methodist Church, Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of the Albemarle and is active in the Kairos Prison Ministry at Pasquotank Correctional Institute. Tom is also active in Emmaus of the Albemarle community where he served on the Board of Directors for two terms and served as Community Lay director for one year.
Tom and Christi, his wife of 43 years, have two grown children and five grandchildren.
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 a 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 home owners. 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.