Main Street UMC, Kernersville, NC

Staff & Leaders

Rev. Dr. Michael "Mike" J. Gehring

Rev. Dr. Michael “Mike” J. Gehring

Our new senior pastor – Dr. Michael J. Gehring (Mike). His wife is Rhonda Gehring. She is a school nurse in the Iredell County/Statesville school system and was awarded “Nurse of the Year” for this year.  They have three children. Laura (26), John (23) and Emily (18). Mike has a huge heart for missionary work and…

Rick Carter

Rev. Rick Carter

Rick has been the Associate Pastor at Main Street UMC in Kernersville, NC since 2006.  His primary areas of ministry are  Pastoral Care, Teaching, and Outreach.  Born in Mocksville, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School, Rick received his call to the ministry…

Rev. Dr. Al Ward

Rev. Dr. J. Alexander (Al) Ward, Jr.

2J.Alexander Ward, Jr., he prefers to be called “Al,” was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and is the son of the late James A. and Helen T. Ward. Al graduated from Northern High School (1970), High Point University (AB, 1974), The Divinity School of Duke University (MDiv, 1977), and Columbia Theological Seminary (DMin,…

Wayne Purdy

Wayne Purdy

Wayne Purdy has been working with youth as a volunteer or full time Youth Director for the past 25 years. He began working with youth as a volunteer at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC. After a successful career in Sales and Management Wayne finally answered the call to full time Youth Ministry…

Katie Riddle

Katie Riddle

Katie has a degree in Physical Education from Appalachian St. University. She worked for five years in the Forsyth County School system as an elementary physical education teacher. Katie then served as a missionary abroad in Egbe, Nigeria for 3 years. While there, she continued her commitment to children’s education – first teaching the children…

Keith Maxey - Organist

Keith Maxey

Keith is originally from Miami, FL. He began studying piano at age 4 and organ at 14. Keith began his church career in 1988 as an organist. He attended Appalachian State University for undergraduate studies where he took all coursework for the sacred music degree, studied organ, accompanied the university choral ensembles on both piano…