Carol Goehring, District Superintendent
Rev. Carol Goehring understands the life of pastors and churches. In 37 years of ministry she has worked with congregations of all sizes in very different locations.
“About a third of that time, I served as the pastor, teacher, secretary, janitor, and worked with all age levels. Thankfully, for the congregation, I was not entrusted with the role of musician! The other two thirds, I was part of a staff, preaching, teaching, honing administrative skills and connecting people with places of service for Jesus Christ’s sake.”
For the past 9 years Carol has seen things from a different perspective through her work with the NC Conference, serving first as a District Superintendent and most recently as the Director of Connectional Ministries.
“It’s a great time to be the church! Needs and opportunities for transforming lives are all around us. The amazing thing is, God continues to shape me — and all of us — to fulfill his purposes. I bring to this district strength in maximizing potential, strategic planning, and a love of learning.”
The Reverend Jessie Larkins grew up at Aldersgate UMC in Chapel Hill, NC where she learned how to love Christ and the life of the church. She attended college at UNC-Asheville where she met her husband while studying Math and French. Following college, Jessie served for a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a young adult service year. In this year she came alongside battered women and children in an emergency domestic violence shelter. Her experience of injustice and the silence of the church pushed her back to NC for seminary where she attended Duke Divinity School and became ordained an elder in the NC Conference.
Jessie has served churches around the Durham area as an associate and solo pastor where she has delighted in helping congregations understand the radical implications of following the Risen Savior as they engage in ministry with their local communities.
Jessie’s other vocation is to be the mother of Elijah and Noah and wife to David. They love living in Durham, enjoying the culture of the local community, and engaging with their neighbors to ensure that Durham is a great place for ALL people.
District Lay Leader:
Welcome our new lay leader, Denise Baker. Denise is a clergy spouse, partnering in ministry with her husband Kevin for over 20+ years in the North Carolina Conference. Denise describes herself as blogger, wife, mom, paralegal and clergy spouse coach with Passion in Partnership. Her favorite words are joy, gratitude and hope. Denise loves all things that include hospitality-neighbor, friend, stranger. Denise lives in downtown Graham and worships at First: Graham.
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