A Faith community at asbury

If you seek deeper meaning in life, and want to know more about matters of faith, we welcome your participation and hope that you will find Asbury a solid place to ask tough questions while finding new hope and life. One of the greatest strengths and gifts of Asbury is Christian love, support, and nurture of one another along side ministry and mission that makes a difference in the lives of others. Please accept our heartfelt welcome. We pray that you will feel at home at Asbury, and that you will be back for more!

our ministry team

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • PASTOR wes neal

    senior pastor  


    Pastor Wes and his family are new to North Carolina after teaching for the last three years at Davuilevu Theological College in Fiji.  He was raised in Virginia and the Philippines, and, after graduating with a BA in History and Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, has lived in both Indonesia and India. Pastor Wes has a dual calling to serve as a pastor and a missionary. He hopes to share the gospel like a missionary in his pastoral work, and to pastoral work that points people to the mission of God. He met his wife, Jerusha, who is currently teaching at Duke Divinity School, when they were student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Pastor Wes is a member of the Cal-Pac Annual Conference and the very proud father of two teenage kids, Mercy, and Josiah. He loves to be outside, whether in the garden or on a hiking trail, and is looking forward to joining the rest of Durham in owning a dog.

  • jeff hood

    minister of music



    Jeff joined the Asbury team in 2012.  He began studying piano at the age of 10, later extending his focus to organ and sacred music. He began serving his first church as organist, Westminster United Methodist Church at at the age of 14 until he was accepted to attend the University of NC at Chapel Hill to attend undergraduate school. During his time in college he continued his work as an organist and choir director at Methodist churches throughout the Chapel Hill and Durham area, and accepted a role in the accounting field. He later obtained an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from his graduate studies. He has continued his work and study throughout the triangle area with local classical and contemporary worship teams and his focus will be on blending the musical worship experience at Asbury. In his free time he enjoys traveling, attending local antique and craft shows, and spending time with his family, Michael and Canaan.  

  • marie phelps

    administrative assistant


    Marie joined the Ministry Team at Asbury in May of 2004 after a 22 year career with Durham Technical Community College where she worked in the Marketing and Communications Department. Marie truly lives out her faith and commitment to Christ as she serves at Asbury UMC. Marie handles the administrative matters with joy and dedication and brings a wonderful spirit to all the workings of the church. Marie is from Durham, is married to Rusty, and they have three grown children, Greg, Jessica, and Travis. She is a member of Gorman Baptist Church, in Durham.

  • felicia griffin

    nursery attendant

    Felecia was born in Edenton NC and has been a resident of Durham for the last 12 years. She is happily married and the proud mother of 3 children, Tiffany, Omar, and Jaleel. Felecia brings with her many years of experience working with children. She owned a daycare for 10 years. Felicia also enjoys cooking, photography and scrapbooking.

  • nancy lehman

    preschool director


    Nancy joined Asbury Preschool in September 2000, after a nineteen and a half year career in Mortgage Lending. Embracing this new career change, Nancy went back to school, and earned her A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education in May 2009. Originally from Lumberton, N.C., Nancy moved to Durham in 1978. She has been happily married to John, a V.P. at Harrington Bank, since 1998. They have two children– Grey and Lily. Nancy also has two adult children, Brad and Johanna, and a ten year old granddaughter, Carson. Nancy is an active member of Watts St. Baptist Church, serving on the Children’s Education Committee, the Children and Youth Choir Committee, the Bereavement Committee, and the Women’s Prison Ministry Team. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys movies, reading, and yearns to spend more time at the N.C. coast.

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  • tommy mcdowell