Church Staff


Children's Ministries

Director, Youth & 

College Ministries


Rev. Jim Sanders

Rev. Sanders, who grew up primarily in High Point but considers Belmont his hometown, has a B.S. in Communications/Advertising from Appalachian State University and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. He started out as an advertising copywriter, worked for a long season managing corporate communications for an industry-leading international manufacturer, then settled into what he thought was a permanent career directing marketing and communications for Old Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (now known collectively as Old Salem Museums & Gardens) in Winston-Salem. A lifelong Methodist/United Methodist, he spent many years as a busy layperson at Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem before sensing a call to ministry as a vocation in the fall of 1999. Before being appointed to First UMC of North Wilkesboro in July 2020, he pastored congregations in Thomasville, Mocksville, Jonesville, State Road, Crouse, and Lincolnton. He and his dog, Butch, are living in temporary quarters in Wilkesboro, and will move into the parsonage sometime in October.

336-838-2691 Ext. 102

Lauren Jolly

Lauren is the Assistant Pastor of Children's Ministries at FUMC. She has a passion for our Heavenly Father and assisting others in spiritural growth. Lauren is committed to growing the Kingdom of God by discipling others to develop a relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She studied Music Therapy at Appalachian State, and has previously worked as a Music Therapist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Lauren’s husband’s name is Jeshua, and they have a little girl named Skyler and a little boy named Gabriel! Lauren is looking forward to continuing to grow in faith with the families of FUMC North Wilkesboro.

336-838-2691 Ext. 103

Laura Brooks

Laura grew up in North Wilkesboro and her youth group played a major part in her faith journey.  After graduating from Wilkes Central High School she earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a Minor in Psychology from Elon University in 2006.  She earned her M.A in Professional School Counseling from Appalachian State University in 2014.  She has taught math at Wilkes Central High School since 2006 and is North Carolina’s Northwest Region Teacher of the Year for 2019.  She loves working with youth not only in the classroom daily, but during UMYF every Sunday evening.  She hopes our youth will not only grow closer to God and each other through youth fellowship, but also be ambassadors for Christ through mission and worship opportunities.


David Brooks

Director of Music and

Co-Director, Youth & 

College Ministries


Marie Chambers

Financial Assistant

336-838-2691 Ext. 104

Sherri Holman



Andrea Spears



Jane Phillips

Director, Preschool




P.O. Box 1145

North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Our building is closed, 

but our church family 

Is still active.

Church Campus

401 6th St.

North Wilkesboro, NC

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