Pastoral Staff

(If you'd like to speak with one of our pastors by phone, please contact our clergy assistant, Susan Pabon, at (336) 299-1571, ext. 305.) 


Rev. Morris Brown, Senior Pastor


Morris is responsible for the overall spiritual leadership of Christ Church. His responsibilities include vision casting, strategic planning, leadership of staff, worship design, preaching, and working with the people of Christ Church as we seek to love, grow, and serve. Morris is married to Pam, who teaches blind and visually-impaired students for Guilford County schools. The Browns have two sons (Zach and Caleb), two wonderful daughters-in-law (Ellen and Kelsey), and their first granddaughter on the way! Morris is passionate about helping people discover the relevance of the Christian faith for postmodern life. He is also passionate about golf and the music of “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen!  

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Rev. Louis Timberlake, Executive Pastor


Louis is responsible for the operations of Christ Church and working with the relevant lay and staff leaders. He is also active in worship and preaching, in addition to overseeing our ministry to young adults.  Louis has served in churches in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. He is married to Kate, an MD student at Wake Forest, and they have one son, Felder, and a dog, Hobbs. When he's not working or chasing Felder, he enjoys backpacking, fly-fishing, being active, and watching sports (specifically the Georgia Bulldogs, the Davidson Wildcats, the Atlanta Falcons, and Duke).


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Rev. Virginia Reynolds, Associate Pastor 


Virginia serves as Associate Pastor  at Christ Church,working in the areas of  Congregational Care, Missional Engagement and Connections Ministries. In Congregational Care, Virginia works with Stephen Ministers, and applicable church staff to offer educational and supportive resources to all those in need of care at Christ Church. A passion for Virginia is missions outreach where the body of Christ impacts our community with a message of God’s hope and love. Virginia also works closely with the Connectional Ministries team to help people connect their gifts and graces with the missions and ministry opportunities of Christ Church.

A child of missionaries, Virginia grew up in Brazil and Rutherford County, NC before going to Mercer University. During her 25 years in ministry, she has served congregations in the areas of Spiritual Formation, Family Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Mission Outreach. Virginia furthered her education at Campbell Divinity, ACPE Chaplaincy training, and most recently at Duke Divinity School. Virginia and her husband, Lollis, have two sons, Joshua and Joel.

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Rev. Dr. Alice Kunka, Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation


Alice serves part-time at Christ Church and is responsible for the spiritual formational ministries at Christ Church, including coordinating small groups, retreats, and events. She grew up in Winston-Salem and was educated at UNC Greensboro, UNC Chapel Hill, and the University of Pittsburgh. She completed theological studies at Wesley Seminary. As an ordained deacon she has served several parishes. Alice and her husband Bob moved to Greensboro to be near their son, Ben, daughter-in-law, Jenn, and grandchildren, Sofia and Clyde, who were both baptized at Christ Church. Daughter Emily resides in New York City. Alice enjoys singing as well as going on pilgrimage. She finds peacocks—the symbol of the resurrection—fascinating.

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Rev. Mark Norman Vickers, Associate Pastor and Lead Pastor of St. Timothy's UMC 


Mark is the the Lead Pastor of St. Timothy's UMC, Christ UMC's daughter church.  He also serves one-quarter time at Christ UMC, primarily in the area of congregational care. He leads worship quarterly at Christ Church.

Mark was born in Marion, Indiana. He graduated from Marion High School in 1979, attended and graduated from Earlham College in 1983 with a double major in Religion and Art History. He then went on to The Divinity School at Duke University, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1986. 

Mark was married to the late Rev. Susan Norman Vickers.  He has a son, Thompson who is a Sophomore at North Carolina State University. Mark has served churches in Morganton, North Mecklenburg County, and downtown Charlotte. He served as the Chaplain and Director of Aftercare Services for Forbis and Dick Funeral Service for 17 years and has been a licensed funeral director for over 13 years. Mark enjoys bicycling, fly fishing, and working and hunting with his bird dogs. 

Music & Arts Staff

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Cathy West, Senior Director of Worship and Arts

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 309

Cathy, who has been at Christ Church since 1993, is responsible for leading our choral music ministries for youth and adults. She collaborates with André Lash, Organist and Coordinator of Instrumental Music, and the clergy in the planning and leadership of our traditional worship services. She also oversees occasional drama productions at Christ Church. She especially enjoys bringing people of all ages together through our church-wide productions, which include Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, and she truly believes that there is a place for everyone in music and the arts at Christ Church. 

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Matt Gravely, Director of Contemporary Worship

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 315

Matt is responsible for leading music for our contemporary worship services. He collaborates with the clergy in the planning and leadership of the services, coordinates musicians, and oversees the usage of worship technology in those services. 

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Chris Dederer, Organist and Director of Children’s Music

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 308


Jared Gordon, Director of Handbell Ministries

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 351

Education and Formation Staff

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Anne Dooley, Senior Director of Discipleship Ministries

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 306

Anne is responsible for overseeing our education ministries for children (infants through grade six) and adults. Specifically, she works with children’s ministry, family life, Welcome Wednesday, senior adults, and adult Sunday school. 

She is a graduate of Greensboro College, with degrees in Religion & Philosophy and Sociology. She completed Certification Studies in Christian Education at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and has been working full-time in Christian Education since 1978, coming to Christ Church in 1981. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people in our many facets of educational  ministry. Her hobbies include going to Raleigh to see her young adult children, playing a little tennis, and going out to lunch and for walks with friends. Christ Church is her home, and she is honored to be part of this church family, along with her husband, Barry.

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Katey Blaylock, Director of Youth Discipleship

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571 ext. 303

Katey is responsible for overseeing the youth ministry (grades seven through twelve) and coordinating the teams of volunteers that it takes to run this ministry. She grew up in the Greensboro/Jamestown area, mostly in the halls of Christ Church. She loved growing up with the Children's and Youth programs at CUMC and credits their guidance to her faith in God's grace and her heart for missions. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, which she used to teach elementary school for six years in High Point, while volunteering with the youth at Christ Church. Katey began full time as Youth Director in June of 2015 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Practice through Duke Divinity School.

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Kara Harvey, Director of Children's Discipleship


Kara joined the staff in November 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the ministry for children at Christ Church. Kara grew up in Advance, NC,  and attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate studies. At Wake Forest, Kara was a double major in Religion and Elementary Education and earned a North Carolina teaching license for grades K-6. Kara is currently in the Master of Practical Theology program at Pfeiffer University. She is a certified candidate for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Kara loves working with kids, helping people find their passion for serving others, and spending time with her family and friends, her dog, and a good book. You'll probably never see Kara without a cup of coffee in her hands. 

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Lynn Long, Discipleship Ministries Assistant

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 314

Lynn works with Anne and the Education and Formation Ministry Area to run the education ministries of Christ Church. In particular, she focuses on ministries to families of preschoolers. 

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Kathy Wickline, Director of Kids Ahead

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-5006

Kathy has been the Director of the Kids Ahead after school program since its inception in July 1994, and is honored that her church home has supported this vital ministry for twenty years.

She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Elementary Education and multiple graduate courses in education. She taught in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Greensboro City Schools before coming to Kids Ahead. Her family consists of her husband Terry, three adult children, and four grandchildren.

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Kathy Sinopoli, Director of Childhood Enrichment Center

Email: | Phone: (336) 294-9080

Kathy is the director of our weekday preschool, Childhood Enrichment Center. She oversees the CEC staff and works with the CEC Board of Directors to run this ministry. 

Communications Staff

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Courtney Guadagno, Director of Communications and Technology

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571 ext. 301

Courtney is responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy that helps people in the congregation and the community connect with the ministries of Christ Church. She also oversees the technology of Christ Church in support of its ministries. A North Carolina native, Courtney received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and English at UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Before coming to Christ Church, she worked as a digital editor in the content marketing industry. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Tim, their son, Rhett, and their dog, Gatsby. 

Office Staff

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Samantha Charlet, Business Manager

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 310

Samantha manages the finances of Christ Church, working closely with the Finance Committee to cultivate good stewardship of our financial resources. She ensures that all contributions to the ministries of Christ Church are used to further the work of those ministries, enabling us to honor our commitment to be a community where the good news of Jesus Christ is encountered, embraced, and embodied.

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Susan Pabon, Clergy Administrative Assistant

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 305

Susan provides support to the clergy of Christ Church and is a wonderful link between our pastors and the congregation. She coordinates schedules, helps manage pastoral care needs, and generally stays two steps ahead of our pastoral staff. 

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Sarah Snider, Office Assistant

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 300

Sarah serves as the receptionist in the office area, attending to the various needs within the Church Office and providing support to our Worship and Arts and Education and Formation staff. Sarah moved to Greensboro to attend UNCG in 2000, and obtained her B.A. in English with a minor in History. Sarah has an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and watch movies of every genre. She is also a music lover and a big kid at heart. 

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Robyn Shelala, Accounting Assistant

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 300

Robyn, working part time at Christ Church, works with Samantha in stewardship of the finances of Christ Church, ensuring that our resources are managed with accuracy and integrity. She grew up in Florida and moved to Greensboro to attend UNCG. After many years working in sales and management positions she eventually ended up at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro where her mom was a patient. Robyn has been a Volunteer Coordinator at hospice for the past 13 years. In her leisure time Robyn enjoys gardening, volunteering and spending time with friends. 

Facilities Staff

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Mark Ledford, Director of Facilities and Food Service 

Email: | Phone: (336) 299-1571, ext. 318

Mark is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Hospitality Management. He has been on staff at Christ Church since 1997 and worked in the food service and hospitality industry for 22 years. Here at Christ Church, he manages our facilities and food services.  

Over the last several years, Christ Church has served as a meeting place for several ministry and non-profit organizations in Guilford County. If you have any request for building concerns, room assignments or event planning, please feel free to contact Mark. 

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John McLean, Lead Facilities Assistant


John works with Mark in caring for the facilities of Christ Church. He helps maintain the facilities, manages the setup needs of various groups, and assists in the hospitality ministry. 

Y Nep, Sexton

Nep works with Mark in caring for the facilities of Christ Church. He takes care of custodial and landscaping needs in support of the ministries of the church. 

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Bob Donovan, Maintenance Assistant