Meet The Staff

          Rev. Wendy Woodruff is the pastor at MCC Winston-Salem.  As Provisional Pastor, she is working with the congregation to heal past hurts, to celebrate past joys and accomplishments, to find who the community is and who they want to be. 
          Pastor Wendy came to MCC after nearly thirty years in the telecommunications industry.  After retiring in 2003, she attended and received a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.  She has been an active leader in MCC for many years, as a board member and lay representative.  She participated in two church plants in Geneva, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio.  While in seminary, she was an intern at Open Door United Church of Christ, which is located on Chicago’s South Side and has a primary ministry to the African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community.  Before coming to Winston Salem, Rev. Woodruff served as Associate Pastor for Leadership Empowerment at MCC Illiana in Lake Station, Indiana.  From 2007 to 2016, she led Milwaukee MCC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where her goal was to help the community maintain a God-Centered space, including making the space accessible, ensuring that all services were ASL interpreted and reaching out to the transgender community and straight allies.  Wendy worked with multiple community leaders to coordinate activities in the LGBT and religious communities of Milwaukee.
            Pastor Wendy and her spouse Mary were joined in Holy Union in 1999 and legally married in 2013.  Mary retired from the Naperville (Illinois) Public Library after 21 years as cataloger and manager of the computer library systems.  She now volunteers with various groups in the community.    The Woodruffs make their home in Winston-Salem.  They have one son, John Shields, who lives with his wife, Jennifer, daughter Olivia and son Jackson in Mundelein, Illinois.
           “I enjoy serving the MCC congregation and the larger Triad community,” Rev. Woodruff said.  “My passion is outreach to those who are on the edges of society: the elderly, young Queer folk, people who are differently-abled -- anyone who struggles to be an active, accepted part of society.  Christ calls us to reach out to those on the edges and to care for the stranger.”

Moderator -          Rev. Wendy Woodruff

Vice Moderator - Dru Byrd

Clerk -                    Traci Jones

Treasurer -            Wil Edenfield

Board Members -  B.A. Keener

                                  C.C. Portee-Callahan

                                  Lori Stutts


Rev. Wendy Woodruff

Pastor

          Rev. Jon Hamby is the Associate Pastor at MCC Winston Salem. As Associate Pastor, he works along side the Pastor in service organization as well as leads the church in worship. Jon is also involved in leading Bible studies and works with several committees within the church.         

          Jon came to MCC Winston Salem in April of 2016. He is employed full-time at Members Credit Union. Jon works in the marketing department with a concentration in Public Relations. He is also a full-time college student earning his degree in Biblical Studies and Theology.

          Beginning at age 16, Rev. Hamby has always been involved in church ministry. He has been a Minister of Music in 4 Triad churches, a Youth Pastor in Clemmons, NC and Co-founder and Associate Pastor of a church in northern Davidson County.

          Jon and his partner Brandon have been together since September 2011 and enjoy antique shopping and spending time with friends and family in the Wilmington, NC area. Together they make their home in Winston Salem and have 2 dogs, Spunkie and Lil Bit, and 2 cats Lou Lou and Catalina.

"I have been extremely blessed to minister to God's people. Sharing with them that God loves them, exactly who they are! It is a privilege to call MCC Winston Salem my church home! I love seeing our church family grow in the Truth and Knowledge of Jesus Christ!"
        

Board of Directors

Rev. Jon Hamby

Associate Pastor