Ed Priestaf

Senior Pastor

God called Ed and Amy into the ministry in 2001 while they were attending Marietta First United Methodist Church in Georgia. Ed served as a student pastor for Rush Chapel, a small country church in Rome, GA while he earned his seminary degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He came to North Carolina with Amy and their 3 children in 2006, where he served as an associate at Benson Memorial UMC in North Raleigh, until he was appointed to Ebenezer UMC Raleigh in 2010, and then to McMannen in 2012. Their kids are Noah, Grace, and Evan, who are loving and thriving in Durham's public schools. Amy works full time as a Physician Assistant in labor & delivery triage at Wake Med in Raleigh.


Ed’s ministry focus has been on teaching and missions. Ed has participated in or led trips to the Blackfeet tribe of Montana, a small rural church and school in Jamaica, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and local excursions to Lumberton, the Food Bank’s community garden, North Raleigh ministries, Stop Hunger Now, and Raleigh’s Clubs in the City. At Benson Memorial he helped launch an off-campus young adult ministry called “Another Level”, and at Ebenezer he coached in their huge community-centered Upward basketball and cheerleading program. 

Ed has a passion for making disciples of Jesus who make disciples, for building cross-cultural bridges of understanding, for working to end racism wherever it exists, and for helping churches build thriving new relationships with increasingly diverse neighborhoods.
  

Jackie Rohde Bolen

Director of Children's Ministries &

Preschool Director

Jackie enjoys the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with children who might not otherwise experience it. In the Preschool, it is even more so an opportunity to make prayer and God a normal part of their every day lives.

Jackie is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and has 26 years experience working with children. She has been a member of McMannen since 2002 and has three children - Conner, Hunter and Brianna, and dog Buckeye.



Joshua Young

Director of Young Adult

Joshua Young serves as McMannen’s Director of Young Adult Ministries.  He believes that we are called as disciples of Christ to meet people where they are, journey alongside them, and unconditionally love them as Christ first loved us.  In response to this call, Joshua believes that we must reach outside the traditional walls of the church to our broader communities and live out our faith beyond just Sunday mornings.

Joshua is a PhD student in the Religion in America track of the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University.  His work focuses on contemporary forms of Christianity in the United States.  His dissertation examines different ways of being ‘big’ that emerged during the latter half of the 20th century in the form of megachurches and other very large Christian organizations.  Before coming to Duke, Joshua earned his Master’s degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Religion in America and Indigenous Religious Traditions from The University of Illinois and his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from The College of Wooster.  He also holds a second Master of Arts in American Religious History from Duke University.

Before returning to school to pursue graduate work, Joshua served as the Director of Christian Education at Green Valley United Methodist Church in Green, OH, the Youth Minister at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Chagrin Falls, OH, and the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster, OH.  In all of these roles, his passion for working with young people and making a difference in their lives inspired him and affirmed the path on which God has placed him.

Joshua lives in Durham with his wife, Ashley, who is a chaplain resident at the VA Hospital.  When not working, Joshua is passionate about social justice issues and enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, following baseball, watching movies, and doing all things nerdy.

Anggie Thompson

Office Administrator


Anggie Thompson is McMannen's Office Administrator. She is a member of Lebanon United Methodist in Mebane, is an Applications Coordinator with New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue and Adoptions and active with the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

Anggie is currently listening to God's call and is a Certified Lay Minister with the Corridor District of the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church where she has been assigned as a Certified Lay Minister at Palmer's Grove United Methodist Church in Hillsborough.

In her spare time, Anggie enjoys spending time with her husband Gary, & son Cameron, his fiance Samantha and three dogs, Murphy, Lucy and Oakley. Anggie covets time spent with son CJ and his family which includes Taylor, identical twin granddaughters Natalie and Jennifer, grandson Carson and granddaughter Emma. 








John Benton

Director of Music Ministries

John Benton is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his undergraduate degree in piano performance in 2008 and completed his Master’s of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Music Education in the spring of 2011. In addition to working at McMannen, he is the orchestra and choral teacher at McDougal Middle School in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. John looks forward to building upon the rich ministry that this church has sustained for so many years while developing a music ministry that incorporates our youth and young people into worship.





Floalice Reaves

Organist

Flo came to McMannen in May 1978 and has an Associate Degree in media technology from Durham Tech. She is married to Robert N. Reaves and they have two children.            Flo is a gifted organist and pianist and her life-loving laughter is often heard                   throughout our campus.