Our Staff

A Welcome Video from our Sr. Pastor

South Carolina United Methodist ClergyReverend Tommy Wilkes III, Senior Pastor

Note of Welcome~ Welcome to FUMC’s Web Ministry Pages! We do hope you find this space helpful and inspiring. It is the intent of this web ministry to offer you a picture of who we are, offer some tools and open invitations for Christian growth and discipleship, offer information and welcome for guests who are trying to discern where to make their church home and to offer tools that encourage faith and practice for Christ within and beyond our walls. May God Bless, Guide and Keep you along this journey of faith.

Rev. Wilkes Bio ~ I grew up in South Carolina, graduated from Spartanburg High School, USC in Columbia, was assigned as a US-2 missionary through the GBGM to Intercity Philadelphia, then went to Seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory in Atlanta.  Hobbies include: love guitar, music (writing, playing and listening), movies, camping/hiking, fishing, hunting, golf, tennis, racquetball, kayaking, skiing, riding motorcycle and most other sports. I Love to travel, love art, love learning/ reading, history, love going to the flea market and love spending time with Family.  I am married to my wife Meg for 27 years and we share three kids, Luke (23), Seth (21) and Lydia (16); two dogs Sally and Baily, two cats Kara Krim and Flick and 20 anonymous fish.  I have been a Director for Salkehatchie Summer Service for some 20 years and attended since I was in 10th grade.  I love God/Jesus, Scriptures, Lake Junaluska, the Mountains and the Beach and my extended Family and Friends.

Appointments: 1991 Edisto Charge, 1994 Spartanburg, Central Associate, 1996 Tabernacle, 2002 Red Bank, 2011 First, Clover. Family: Meg, Luke, Seth, Lydia

Reverend Meg Wilkes, Associate Minister
Rev. Meg Wilkes has served in The United Methodist Church for over 25 years as a pastor’s spouse, always sensing her own calling to ministry experienced and expressed in leading worship, congregational shepherding, youth and children’s ministries, women’s covenant groups, and teaching. In 2010 Meg began her journey to ordination as a United Methodist Deacon, earning a Master’s in Practical Theology and obtaining her seminary education through the Pfeiffer University/Wesley Theological Seminary partnership, and was ordained in 2016 in the South Carolina Conference. Meg has served First United Methodist Church in Clover as Minister of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation since 2013. Currently Meg ministers through our Forever Young and Friends senior adult group, leading in worship, shepherding and pastoral care within the congregation, and by teaching/facilitating in small groups. She is especially interested in matters of social justice, reconciliation, and compassion for all people. Meg is married to Rev. Tommy Wilkes, senior pastor of FUMC, with whom she has been blessed to raise three loving, talented and compassionate children! Meg loves nature, art, conversation, animals, science, camping, dancing, music, sunshine and theology!


4Reverend J. Richard Gibson, Pastor Emeritus

OT 1960, FE 1962, WI: 1958 SLP, RE 2001, SC: 1960 In School, W NC: 1961, NC: 1967, SC: 1962 Grace-North Augusta Min. Ed., W NC: 1966 FE, NC: 1967 FE, SC: 1980 Rock Hill-St. John’s Min. of Educ., 1990 Intentional Growth Center, 1993 Clover, Associate, 1997 First, Clover. Min. of Edu, 2001

Retired. jrgibson@umcsc.org







5Shirley Davis, Administrative Assistant &
                 Financial Secretary
 I have lived in the Bethany Community of Clover all my life and am a lifelong member of Bethany ARP Church.  My three sisters and I were raised in a loving Christian home.  I have three children and six grandchildren. My husband, Bob Davis, is deceased.

I love to read, listen to music and spend time with my family.  I have been blessed by being a part of the staff of First UMC for 25 years.



 6Christine Payseur, Business/Technical
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC.  I married Chuck Payseur in Dec. 1992 and moved to Clover.  I have two children Blake (21 years old) and Randi (17 years).
I love to read, watch NASCAR racing, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.  I have been a member of First UMC for 10 years.


 Jon Valentine – Youth and Children’s  Director

 My name is Jon Valentine and I am from Gastonia, but don’t hold that against me, I come in peace! I am a comic book fan, movie geek, sports lover, outdoorsman, but most importantly, I am beyond excited to be here in Clover, in this community, in this church, to spread the gospel amongst the children and youth of this congregation and make disciples to go out to this town and share the love of Jesus. I am an Erskine graduate (GO FLEET!) with a degree in Christian Education. I am one of three boys in a loving Christ centered home. I was raised at Pisgah ARP church in Gastonia where the Lord sought me out, made my heart one of flesh, and I have been walking with Him ever since. I am married to the lovely Olivia Beamguard Valentine. We have been married for a little over a year. Olivia works within Clover School District and teaches horseback lessons. We are both excited to be here to join you in worship and help grow this children/youth program. In Christ, Jon ValentinePhone Number- 704-860-4236

E-mail – jvalentine@cloverfumc.com

 8Cheri King, Director of Music Ministries

Cheri received her B.S. In Music Education from Erskine College, and has studied voice for the past 10 years with professors from the University of Tennessee, Winthrop University, and Erskine College.   While at Erskine she performed as both a soloist and a choir member of the Erskine Chamber Choir and toured Scotland and the East coast with the Erskine College Choraliers. Cheri has also performed in productions of “The Mikado”, “Suor Angelica”, “Celebrate Life”, and “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.  In 1999, she performed in the opera “Aida” with the Knoxville Opera Company.

Cheri has previously served as Music Director at Dacusville United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church of Clover. She has also served as a children’s choir director at several churches and has created and developed children’s music and drama productions for afterschool programs. Cheri has taught piano and voice for children and adults for the past 10 years. She and her husband served as full time missionaries from 1993-1997. During that time, she helped lead praise and worship music at conferences and events.  Cheri is married to Jason and enjoys being a mom to two wonderful children.


Tracie Kite, Sexton


Hope Long, Nursery Care/Coordinator


Natasha Bilousova, Pianist