Meet Our Staff

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Jeff Johnsen

Senior Pastor
Jeff was appointed to Mt. Pisgah UMC in July, 2016.  Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Wingate University, his Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University.  He received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 1999 and The Culture of the Call Church Award in 2014.  His previous appointments include Cherokee UMC in Cherokee, NC for 3 years, First UMC-Valdese in Valdese, NC for 6 years, and Denver UMC in Denver, NC for 14 years.  He married Kristi Johnsen in 1993 and they have four children:  Cody, Wyatt, Trey, and Sheyanne.  His hometown is Clemmons, NC.

Donald Thomas

Associate Pastor

Donald joined the staff here at Mt. Pisgah April of 2009 and currently serves in the ministry areas of Evangelism, Fellowship, Missions and the Mount/the Mount Wednesday Praise and Worship Services. Upon coming to Mt. Pisgah, Donald answered the call to Pastoral Ministry attending Local Pastors School in May of 2010 and completing The Course of Study at Duke University July of 2014. Donald is married to Dianne Atkinson Thomas and they have two daughters, Khristi Thomas who graduated from East Carolina University and lives in Greenville, NC and Dr. Katie Knight who graduated from East Carolina University as well and who lives in Beaufort, NC along with her husband Evan and Grand Dog Lexie.



Matt Toney

Director of Youth

Matt joined the Mt. Pisgah staff in 2014.  He was raised in a military family and graduated from ECU (go pirates) with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Matt was redirected by God to attend a two year internship with a church working with middle school students.  After the two year internship was over Matt was able to participate in the hiring of his replacement who shortly became his fiancé and then his wife. His lovely wife of three years, Ashley Toney, is a nurse at Moses Cone. Matt also worked at a small church in Knoxville TN and most recently a United Methodist Church in Reidsville NC.  Matt likes to play guitar and frisbee, go road biking and hike with his wife.

Jamie Moler

Director of Children’s Ministries

Jamie has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and is a native of West Virginia. She had five years’ experience working in children’s ministry prior to joining Mount Pisgah’s staff in 2012.

Jamie is married to her husband Matt and has 3 children, Jayden, Violet and Owen. She enjoys traveling with Matt, attending her children’s various sport games and walking her two dogs.

As a busy working mom, Jamie understands the challenges families face to put God first in today’s busy world. She strives to keep the children’s programs, events and lessons applicable to today’s family while keeping the solid foundation of God’s Holy word at the root of all that we do here at Mount Pisgah.

LuAnn Christy

Administrative Assistant

LuAnn Christy attended Appalachian State University and has been employed with Mount Pisgah since June 1990.

LuAnn is married to Mark Christy, and they have two children: Megan, a graduate of  UNCG and Taylor, a senior at Rockingham County High School. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and Carolina basketball.


Dee Earl

Membership / Financial Secretary

Dee Earl has served the Mount Pisgah congregation since 1997 as Financial/Membership Secretary.

Dee is retired from AT&T Federal System Division, where she and her husband, James, met. They have one son, Brandon.

Pam Inman

Director of Administration & Operations

Pam Inman has been the Director of Administration and Operations at Mount Pisgah since 2003.

Pam is married to David E. Inman. They are the parents of Pete and Tonya Inman (Jessie and Sydney) and Laurie and Johnny Moore (Jake and Nate), who all live in Greensboro. They enjoy spending time with their family–especially the grandchildren, camping and making memories for them.

Amberly Johnston

Director of Music & Worship

Amberly Johnston is a native of DuBois, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Amberly has performed with the Ithaca College Opera, UNCG Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Greensboro Opera, and Capital Opera of Raleigh, and has studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria as part of their Opera Studio program.

At Mt. Pisgah, Amberly directs the Chancel Choir, Voices of Bronze Handbells, Cherub and Celebration Children’s Choirs, and the Greensboro Community Women’s Chorus.  In her spare time she teaches private voice and piano lessons.  She and her husband Pete enjoy traveling and walking their Maltese dog, Bella.


Jenn Yates

Weekday School Director

Jenn Yates has been a parent at Mt. Pisgah Weekday School since 2007.  Jenn has been on staff since 2012 and is excited to be the Director for the Weekday School.  She is a graduate from UNC-G with a degree in Communication Studies.  Jenn has been married to David for almost 10 years and has two children, Owen and Pearson.

Jenn loves seeing the joy on the children’s faces everyday as they enter the Weekday School doors.  She is committed to providing a loving and happy learning experience to meet the various needs of young children while using Bible-based lessons to help children grown in awareness of God and His word.

Ray Marsh


Ray, a Michigan native, graduated from Ferris State College with a BS in Accounting. Ray and his wife Pat are retired. Ray enjoys hiking on local trails and occasional section hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

Bill Apple