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Spiritual leadership

United We Lead

  Integrity                  Initiative   

         Reliability                Accountability

    Respect                   Consistency

Courage                   Optimism

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    Spiritual Leaders are self-motivated, forward leaning disciples, energized by an optimistic Easter-spirit and a God-sized vision. Leaders create energy in others by taking bold, personal risks that demand greater sacrifice and reveal the truth of their convictions. They are the change-makers, seed-casters and light bearers for a new generation. 

   Our leadership team leads by first example. They are consistent in prayer and worship, generous with their time, talents and treasure, and an advocate for unity in very polarized world! We are drawn to their leadership because it is so genuine, their faith inspires us to see the good in others, their warmth, kindness and acceptance energizes us and is our best witness to a cynical, skeptical world! 

Steve Gedon

Sr. Pastor

Steve and Linette joined UM Temple in May of 2022. Both grew up in central Pennsylvania in the same hometown and attended high school together. After 37 years of marriage, we treasure our three children, Katelin, Abigail and Alex, two grandchildren, Rylan and Scarlett, and recently added a foster child. Steve began ministry in 2000 as a part-time pastor at Calcutta/Nine Mile (2000 - 2004) and then transitioned to full-time ministry at FUMC in Williamstown, WV (2005-2015). Steve graduated from Asbury Seminary (MDiv) in 2010 and was ordained as a full-elder in the WV Annual Conference in 2013. Prior to coming to Temple, Steve served at Mt. Pleasant UMC (2015 - 2022). Steve received a BS in Chemistry from Penn State Univ. and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Duke University. He has published over 13 technical articles and 13 US Patents and 2 encyclopedia aricles. One of Steve’s favorite phrases is “You were Made for More, there’s more to life than where you are now.” It is a continuation of the Wesleyan ideal of discipleship, personal sanctification and the fulfillment of the Colossians mystery, “Christ in you, the hope of Glory.” (Col 1:27) Steve also officiates soccer at both the high school and collegiate level and last year officiated the NCAA D2 playoff. Steve recently a referee article on "Blame-shifting" with Referee Magazine.

Joyce Lovell

Administrative Assistant

Joyce Lovell is a native of Greenbrier County where she was a resident for 47 years before moving to Beckley. She is a 1973 graduate of Greenbrier East High School, a graduate from WV Career College in Charleston, WV (Executive Secretarial Degree) and completed several courses in computers, management, and business since then. Joyce is married to Pat Lovell, a life-long resident of Beckley. Joyce has one grown daughter, Stephanie, of Clintonville; 2-grandchildren, Alexis and Chandler; one step-daughter, Crystal, of Columbus, OH and 3 step-grandchildren, Trent, Kinsley, and Payton; and one step-son, Patrick of Daniels. Joyce has always been an active member of her church where she grew up and is thrilled to now be a part of the UMT Staff.

Daniel Spurgeon

Director of Music

Daniel was born in Akron, Ohio, but spent his childhood in various communities because of his family being transferred to various states. He spent early life in Fort Wayne, Indiana; middle school years in Grand Blanc, Michigan and high school years in Hurricane, WV. He is a graduate of Marshall University with a BA in Music Education. He received his Master’s Degree from Scarritt Graduate College in Church Music and organ performance. He has played many organ concerts throughout the US and Eastern Europe, and won several national and regional organ competitions. He is also an arranger and composer as well. He and his wife Tammy have one son, Luke. Daniel has been the Minister of Music at UMT since 1989. He enjoys the outdoors and golf.

Mark Skiles

Maintenance

Martha Hutchinson

Treasurer

Christie Columbo

Hospitality & Event Planning

Fran Miller

Financial Secretary

Rene Williams

Daycare & Preschool Director