Associate Minister Rev. Karen Jones is a life-long Methodist and was ordained in 2011. She earned her Bachelor's degree from University of South Carolina and Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her husband Andy Jones is a graduate from Candler and is an ordained minister as well. They generally love being outdoors, whether it is gardening, crabbing, walking, or visiting the beach. Karen served in her first appointment for seven years in Spartanburg as the Associate Minister of Christian Education, before being appointed here in 2016. Her call to ministry is to lead and equip others in servant ministry through missions and Christian Education, and it is her joy to fulfill this calling at John Wesley.
Margaret Downs, our Director of Music Ministries, is a native of Charleston. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1986. After earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC., Margaret returned to Charleston to teach chorus in the county school district for 8 years before joining the John Wesley UMC staff as organist in 1991.In 1993 she became Director of Music. Margaret directs the Chancel Choir, 4 handbell choirs, 2 youth choirs, and 3 children’s choirs in addition to the Ladies’, Men’s and Senior Adult Ensembles. Margaret and her husband, John Upshaw Downs, Jr., have a son, Johnny, born in 1998, and a daughter, Charlotte, born in 2000.
Director of Youth Ministries David Boudolf grew up in John Wesley UMC. After graduating from Clemson University in 1996 with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, David relocated to Atlanta filling the post of Director of Activities Ministry. In 2002 David followed God’s call to St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC on Hilton Head Island as Director of Youth and Relational Ministry. In 2007 David joined the John Wesley UMC staff as Director of Youth Ministry. David and his wife, Christy, were married in 2000 and have a son, Noah, born in 2005, and a daughter, Molly, born in July of 2010.
Our Director of Children's Ministries Hope Murphy is a lifelong Methodist, raised in Hampton, SC, and in the Hampton United Methodist Church. Having graduated from College of Charleston with a BA in English, Hope taught in Charleston County Schools for ten years. After several years of volunteering Hope joined the staff of John Wesley UMC in June of 2002 as Director of Children’s Ministries. Her duties include coordinating programs for children and integrating the children of the congregation into the body of Christ. Hope and her husband, Michael, have two sons, Sam, born in 1997, and Andrew, born in 2000.
Nursery Supervisor Magdalene Maclin, a Charleston native, attended Claflin College in Orangeburg, SC earning a degree in Social Science. She is a human resources supervisor in children/family/adult protective services. Magdalene has a son and daughter and four grandchildren. A part of the nursery staff since 1995, Magdalene supervises a dedicated staff monitoring the safety of the children in her care.
Office Administrator Stephanie Skinner comes to us with over 14 years experience working with religious non-profits in a variety of positions; first at Addlestone Hebrew Academy and most recently at Good Shepherd Day School. She has lived in Charleston for 19 years after moving here from Maryland. She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 17 years and they have 3 children, Thomas (15), William (11), and Anna (8).
Susan Murrell, originally from Anderson, SC, came to the Methodist church as an adult, having been baptized by John M. Younginer, Jr. at St. John's United Methodist Church in Anderson in 1993. Susan graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in English in 1990. Having worked for many years as a paralegal, Susan helped her husband David operate a law practice for several years. From 2004-2008, Susan worked in the Day School as a teacher and in December 2014 was named Director. Susan and David have three children (all who attended the Day School), Lawson, born 2001, Emily, born 2002, and Ellis, born 2005.
Rita Alicks, our director of Finance, has an undergraduate degree from Fordham University in political science, religion and philosophy and a Master’s Degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She has a strong professional background in public and church administration. Rita held several leadership positions in Washington, D.C., including an internship in the Vice-President’s office and as Director of Legislative Research at the Department of Energy. Rita is the widow of an amazing and loving husband, Charles, and has 3 children and 7 grandchildren. She has served as Financial Administrator since 1992 and feels blessed to be a part of the John Wesley UMC family.