Donna Banks


McMannen welcomed Rev.  Donna Banks on July 1, 2018.   Upon graduation from Duke Divinity School, she joined the staff as the Associate Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. She also served appointments as the senior pastor at Saint Francis United Methodist Church and Evergreen United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC, as well as District Superintendent for the Corridor District of the North Carolina Conference and Director of Student Life at Duke Divinity School. Prior to her call to ministry, Donna has previous experience from her 16-year career in the chemical industry, which afforded her the opportunity to have a succession of roles as a research chemist and in corporate sales, marketing and management.  Donna is married with two daughters.

Dana Newton

Preschool Director

Dana Newton joins the McMannen UMC Staff as the Director of the Preschool. She served as the lead teacher for the five-day-fours at McMannen for seven years. During that time, she also worked with The Autism Society of NC. She holds an associate degree in Architectural  Engineering from Spartanburg Technical College in SC where she is from. She has focused her  career on early childhood education. Dana lives in Mebane, NC with her husband and two sons.

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.