OWEN FULGHUM, PASTOR
Charles Owen Fulghum [the "gh" is like a "j"] was born in Atlanta back when it was a kinder, gentler place to drive through. This Georgia boy grew up there until his dad's job moved the family to Florida where, as a teen, he learned to love the peculiar ways of beach folk in Jacksonville, discovering it to be merely posing as part of Florida and in reality was Georgia's largest coastal city. As an adult, he ventured up to Kentucky and then to (real) Florida's west coast for a while, before finally coming home to Waynesville in 1997.
He earned degrees at the University of North Florida and Asbury Theological Seminary, but credits 22 years as a youth pastor for most of what he learned in ministry prior to the adventure of Vine of the Mountains Church.
He's married to the beautiful and mercifully steadfast Cheryl Hilbert Fulghum (of Durham, NC). Their children, Mary Holland, Gracie and Will, are mostly away from home these days in pursuit of higher education for their callings. Owen and Cheryl both enjoy backpacking, long summer days outside, cool nights by the fire, an occasional frolic in Disney World... and traveling to enchanting real places, too.
Owen finds joy in music and stories that express things too good not to be true, puttering in his workshop, cooking when it's for fun, being with family and friends, daylight savings time, and home-grown tomatoes.
His greatest hope? All shall be well.
See: John 3:16-17 & 14:6, 1 Colossians 1:13-20, Revelation 21:1-5
Chase Clunan, Associate Pastor
Chase grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University, and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Megan, have served together in ministry for 13 years, including youth ministry, church planting, and mental health. They have two children, a daughter, Jude, and a son, Declan.
JULIE CLONINGER, director of communications
Julie Cloninger was born and raised in south Alabama and received her B.A. in Liberal Studies at Brenau University. She married Curt Cloninger one month after her twenty-first birthday and together they continue to rear and home-educate their five children. She believes that parenthood is the surest way to sanctification and that service in and to family is the best place to start in service to Christ.
Julie grew up in the United Methodist Church, pursued Jesus in the PCA denomination during college, attended and ministered to children in the Vineyard Church for the first ten years of married life, and has been worshipping since then in Vine of the Mountains fellowship. It is her desire to serve God by serving the people at Vine of the Mountains as they journey onward toward Christ in this world in fellowship and service to each other and the kingdom of God.
In her free-time, Julie enjoys sewing, knitting, hand-embroidering, baking, gardening, dancing, reading, and watching shows and learning with her husband and five children.
WENDE GOODE, director of servant life
Helping others has always been an instinct of Wende's.
Born in Arkansas, Wende graduated high school in Clute, Texas, and met the man who would become her husband (Tyler Norris Goode) while they were at Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas.
Wende earned her bachelor's in social work from SFA then got her master's in the same field from Texas-Arlington.
Wende and Tyler moved to North Carolina in 1997 and now have two sons: Tristin Norris and Westin John Moses.
MARY SUE KINDRED,
Director of Children and Family Discipleship
Mary Sue was born in Florida, but as they say “got here as soon as she could.” Her family moved to Tennessee during her high school and college days. She moved to Wisconsin (too cold) before coming back south to Waynesville with her two children Eric and Allison. She has a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships from UT Knoxville, and a Masters in Special Education from Western Carolina University.
Her passion is teaching, especially children who have challenges in learning and accessing the “regular” education classroom. She has taught children across a range of ages and ability levels from infants to K-2 special education. Where else can you go to work and spend the day playing in the sand, singing, swinging, laughing, and getting lots of hugs! She still sees previous students around Waynesville who now have children of their own!! Yes, I am that old, and proud of it.
Mary Sue spends her “leisure” time going to her four grandchildrens’ sports activities, camping with family and friends, gardening, sewing, knitting, and reading. When she isn’t busy with leisure activities or family Mary Sue can be found at the Open Door Ministry volunteering in the kitchen and food pantry.
Oh yes, she enjoys sharing her back porch with friends and family.
While our member volunteers, staff ministry directors and pastors provide vital leadership for our church, we look to our Board of Elders as the authoritative body. The board is comprised of servant members who serve terms of 3-5 years. The general responsibilities of the Board of Elders lie within four overlapping spheres of leadership, namely: Wise Counsel, Administration, Provision, and Example.
They provide, collectively, a body of knowledge, experience, and wisdom to whom the members of the church can appeal for prayerful, wise and godly decisions to vital questions and issues facing the church, providing prayerful judgments and decisions which are to be honored by the congregation, church staff and pastoral leadership. They evaluate our church’s likeness to the Kingdom of God and prayerfully advocate that which will effectively develop Kingdom qualities in our fellowship. They discern new opportunities for ministry - encouraging new ministries when needed and discontinuing ministries which have ceased to be effective. They make changes or replacements in pastoral leadership and other church staff when necessary.
And they faithfully strive to live their Servant Membership vows both publicly and privately, serving as role models of discipleship and servanthood.