Reverend Alex Stevenson, Senior Pastor
Rev. Alex Stevenson was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to SC at the age of 5. His father was an engineer and his mother a homemaker and accountant. He grew up in the church and heard his call to ministry at a young age. His family had attended many different kinds of churches, so when he heard his call he wondered which church God was calling him to be a minister in. Alex decided that the United Methodist Church was the place, because he found that, in the United Methodist Church, Christians of differing points of view could share their beliefs in a Christian environment and grow and the Spirit made the church stronger through those differences. Alex received his BA from USC Columbia in Psychology and Religious Studies. He later received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Duke Divinity School. He has served United Methodist churches since 1990. He has served in Abbeville, Belton, Columbia, Spartanburg, and Greenville. Alex has been at First UMC, Clover since June of 2019 and is excited about its many different ministries. In the church, Alex loves singing, leading worship, preaching, teaching, and participating in mission outreach. He has always put a special emphasis on the church moving out of the building and into the world. In all his churches he has sought to develop missions and outreach programs as well as growing evangelism and hospitality ministries. Personally, Alex has been married for 31 years and has two grown daughters. One is a music teacher and the other a social worker. His wife is a librarian. He knows American Sign Language and is dedicated to making the church accessible to the disabled. Alex sings tenor and plays flute. He loves music, science, and reading science fiction.
Lynn Shore-Hollis, Lay Associate
Lynn Shore-Hollis was born in York SC and grew up in rural Western York County. She is a graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in History, minor Social Sciences, and York Technical College with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Degree in Teleproduction Technology. Lynn is currently with Wells Fargo as an Operation Risk Consultant and Officer of the company. She has been with Wells Fargo for 24 years and has held several positions, including Financial Center Manager, Financial Specialist, and Regional Service Manager. Lynn is also a partner with From This Moment Floral of Clover SC. At age eleven, Lynn was baptized and joined Woodlawn Presbyterian in Sharon SC, where she was extremely active in the Youth Group and grew in her faith. Lynn met and married her husband, Scott, in 2001. Together they decided to seek a church outside of their childhood denominations, and in 2007 they discovered and joined Kings Mountain Chapel UMC in York SC. Since joining the church, Lynn has been active in the UMW as the Spiritual Growth Officer and Cluster Leader for the District UMW, Family Ministries leader, Youth Ministries leader (including the Youth Group, the Mission Kids, and the KMC Dance Troop), Worship Committee, and Lay Servant of the church. In 2018, after a lot of prayer and encouragement of her church, Lynn began a journey into ministry for the UMC and is currently a Certified Candidate of Ministry for the United Methodist Church. Lynn and Scott reside in Clover, with their niece Cassidy. Lynn is blessed with a large family which includes four wonderful sisters, many cousins, her mother Mary, step-mother Ruth (Fred), her Uncles, and Scott’s family. Family is extremely important to Lynn and she takes every opportunity to spend time with them. In her pastime, Lynn enjoys crafting with family and friends, painting, writing poetry, gardening, and outdoor activities. She currently working on a children’s book and a religious based book of poetry, and hopes to have them published in the near future.
Kathy Pryor, Lay Associate
Kathy Pryor was born in Taylors, SC. She is a graduate of Queens University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Religion. Kathy has been employed with Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company for thirty-six years in their corporate office in Charlotte, NC. Kathy came to know the Lord at twenty-two years of age. Since that time she has always been involved in her church. She and her family lived in Weddington, North Carolina for fifteen years where they attended Weddington United Methodist Church. Kathy has served as finance elder, core group leader, bible study leader, Christian Formation leader, high school youth leader, middle school youth leader, Kings and Queens Leader, Sunday School teacher, choir member, Women’s Ministry leader and Family Ministries leader. Especially dear to her heart is bible studies, where she can dig into the scriptures. She wants to encourage and challenge members as disciples of Christ to grow in faith and faithful living. Kathy is also a member of the United Methodist Lay Ministries program. She is working on her Master’s in Practical Theology and obtaining her seminary education through Pfeiffer University/Wesley Theological Seminary partnership. She will graduate next year and be ordained as a United Methodist Deaconness. Doug and Kathy have been married for thirty-seven years. Daughter Ashley, and her husband Karl Mosbacher, are parents to three amazing grandchildren Quin, Lucy and Will. Their youngest daughter Kim Pryor lives in Charleston and enjoys the beach. Kathy also has extended family throughout the US. She and her family enjoy traveling, being with family and friends, and the great outdoors!
Reverend 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
Shirley 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 almost 28 years.
Christine Payseur, Business/Technical Coordinator
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I married Chuck Payseur in Dec. 1992 and moved to Clover. I have two children Blake (23 years old) and Randi (20 years). Blake and his girlfriend Katie Hopper have two children Gunner Hopper (6 years old) and Madilyn Reese Payseur (3 months). Randi is attending Winthrop University, studying to me an Elementary Teacher. 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 15 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 Valentine Phone Number- 704-860-4236
Cathy Allen, BIG/Tweens Coordinator
Cheri 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.