Main Street UMC, Kernersville, NC

Staff & Leaders

Dr. Claude Kayler

Dr. Claude Kayler

Claude grew up in a parsonage, the son of a United Methodist pastor. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Divinity School. He received his doctorate in ministry from Asbury Seminary in 2011. Claude has traveled in mission to Cambodia (twice), to Tanzania to train Methodist pastors, and to Nicaragua, where he preached,…

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…

Amy Burton

Rev. Amy Burton

Rev. Amy Burton is a native of Hickory, NC and a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BA in economics and sociology. Following graduation from Wake Forest, she worked as the buyer for Simms Wholesale/Space Savers in Winston-Salem for several years before answering her call to full-time ministry. She then attended Pfeiffer University where…

Rev. Dr. Al Ward

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

J.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…