Our Staff

  • Jeremy Troxler, Lead Pastor

    Rev. Jeremy Troxler became Lead Pastor of Guilford College UMC in July 2019. Jeremy is Margaret’s husband, Ada and Della’s daddy, an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, a child of his family’s tobacco farm in Brown Summit, NC, a former Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, a graduate of Duke Divinity School, a lover of books and the outdoors, the owner of a rambunctious beagle mutt named Jasper and a grumpy cat named Skittles, and a fan of the Tarheels and the Braves. Jeremy previously served in ministry as pastor of Spruce Pine UMC in the mountains of western NC, as the Director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School, as pastor of Maggie Valley UMC in Maggie Valley, NC, and as the President’s Assistant serving on the island of Jersey within the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Jeremy longs for all people to know God's amazing grace made available to us through Jesus and his Way.

    Email: jtroxler@guilfordcollegeumc.org

    Office Telephone Number: (336) 292-5833 Extension 11

  • Matt Smith, Associate Pastor

    Matt joined the staff at Guilford College in July 2013. His primary areas of focus at GCUMC include worship, pastoral care, mission and racial reconciliation. Matt’s a graduate of UNC Wilmington and Wesley Theological Seminary of Washington DC and has worked in churches since 2000. Matt is married to Joanna Hudson. Joanna and Matt have two great boys, Simon and David. When not at work, Matt likes to run, read and watch movies. Matt hopes to help the church connect with new people, younger people and more diverse people in order to connect the timeless truth of the gospel to our ever-changing world. To contact Matt:                           msmith@guilfordcollegeumc.org or 292-5833 ext. 18.

  • Donna Ford, Director of Christian Education

    Donna joined the staff in 1999 and feels blessed to be in ministry here. She is responsible for overseeing the educational needs of all ages in the church, including Nursery, Sunday School, Curriculum and Resources, Confirmation, Children’s Ministry, and Adult Bible studies. She is also a Stephen Ministry Leader. Donna attended UNC-G and completed graduate studies in Christian Education at Pfeiffer University. She is Certified in Christian Education by The United Methodist Church and is a member of Christian Educators Fellowship. She also serves on the Western North Carolina Conference Deaf Ministry Board of Directors.

    Donna loves living her passion through her vocational call to ministry, and is enthusiastic about nurturing a life-changing, transforming faith in God’s children of all ages. Donna enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, playing golf, and providing visits to hospital patients and a children's reading program with her therapy dog To contact Donna:                               

    dford@guilfordcollegeumc.org or call 292-5833 ext 19.

  • Melanie Crump, Director of Music in Worship

    Dr. Melanie Austin Crump, a native of High Point, North Carolina, leads worship through music as director of the adult and children’s choirs, the GCUMC handbell team and the praise and worship band. Melanie holds three degrees from Appalachian State University (BM in General Music, MM in Choral Directing, MM in Vocal Performance) and a terminal degree in vocal performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to her work at the church, Melanie teaches voice at High Point University. Since the beginning of her teaching career she has received three nominations for an “Excellence in Teaching Award,” and in 2010 was honored with the “Teacher of the Year” accolade. Melanie continues to perform throughout North Carolina and resides in Colfax with her husband Scott and their four children, Watson,

    Lillie, Parran and Anthony. Contact Melanie at mcrump@guilfordcollegeumc.org

  • Ginny Williamson, Accompanist

    Ginny joined the staff of GCUMC in September 2017. She is a native of Woolrich, Pennsylvania, has taught choral and general music at high schools and elementary schools in Texas, New Jersey, Long Island and North Carolina. She also taught music theory and ear training at Penn State University, Guilford College and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ginny received a piano performance degree with Music Education certification at Mansfield University, a MM in Composition at Southern Methodist University and a MM in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester She also serves as the music specialist at Florence Elementary in High Point, North Carolina. In 2014, Ginny was the accompanist for the GCS All –County Chorus. Ginny lives in Greensboro with her husband, David and their three children, Sophie, Ben and Ella Teachout.

  • Denisa LeHeup, Director of Weekday Preschool

    Denisa has her Certification in Early Childhood Development through the State of North Carolina. With 12 plus years as a Lead Teacher in the preschool setting, Denisa had previously taught Pre-K for six years at St. Francis Day School in Greensboro. Prior to this, she was the Lead Teacher at a private school instructing the 3’s and 4’s classes. In her previous career as a marketing officer for a regional bank, Denisa indicated that while that was a very rewarding career, nothing can beat the smile of a child nor the excitement over learning something new! Denisa has lived in Summerfield for 18 years with her husband and daughter. She enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her family. To contact Denisa: dleheup@guilfordcollegeumc.org or the preschool direct line at 336-294-6730.

  • Amy Wall, Church Administrator

    Amy Wall joined the church staff in 2016 as the Church Administrator. She and her family have been members of Guilford College UMC since 2011. Amy is a Guilford College graduate and has a Masters of Christian Education from Pfeiffer University. She was on the staff of her previous church for over 13 years in Youth and Christian Education Ministries and has served and still serves in several volunteer capacities at GCUMC. She loves spending time with her husband, Randy, and their two children, Rachel and Zachary. Amy enjoys baking, playing games, reading and travel in addition to being a theatre and soccer Mom. She thanks God for the opportunity to share His love with those she encounters

    everyday. To contact Amy: awall@guilfordcollegeumc.org or call 336-292-5833 ext. 23.

  • Gloria Brown, Financial Director

    Gloria is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina, currently with an inactive status. She graduated from UNC-G with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She lives in High Point with her husband and two children ages 14 and 7. She has been a member of Covenant United Methodist Church in High Point since 1996. She was a stay-at-home mom for eight years before coming to work at Guilford College UMC in September, 2008. She loves working in a Christ-centered environment and feels everyone, staff and congregation, are true servants of God. She enjoys coming to work and using her gifts to serve Christ. To contact Gloria: gbrown@guilfordcollegeumc.org or call 292-5833 ext. 25.

  • Carol Ingram, Administrative Assistant

    Carol has worked in our office over a decade and serves as our Receptionist and Administrative Assistant as well as Membership Secretary and editor of the church’s bi-weekly newsletter.

    Carol is a native of High Point, NC. She graduated from North State Business College with an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science, and was employed as Administrative Assistant at High Point Public Library for 17 years. She has been a member of GCUMC for 35 years, and prior to working in the church office was employed as teacher in the Crib/Toddler room of GCUMC Weekday Preschool. She enjoys reading, exercise, spending time with family, and loves the beach. She has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. To contact Carol: cingram@guilfordcollegeumc.org or call 292-5833 ext. 12.

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