Pastors & Staff

David Joyner

Senior Pastor

A native of Rocky Mount, N.C. David has lived his entire life in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. He was raised in a small Baptist church in rural Nash county and joined the United Methodist Church while in college. David graduated from Southern Nash Senior High School in Bailey, N.C. and then went onto complete degrees at Davidson CCC, N.C. State, UNC-CH, and most recently at Duke University. In addition, he interned at Duke University Hospital in Durham, earning a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry at Duke University. David is a Duke Endowment "Thriving Rural Fellow."

Stephanie Geanes

Assistant Pastor of Family and Emerging Ministries

Stephanie  is a travel, movie, and music lover who was born and raised here in Rocky Mount. Upon graduating from Northern Nash High School, she made Asheville her home while attending Mars Hill College as a Youth Ministry major. After spending ten years working in higher education, Stephanie followed God’s call to help build Family Ministry here at FUMC-Rocky Mount. When she’s not working with our families here and in our community, she can be found on an adventure with her husband, Will, and their two children, Katherine, and Sam. 

Daniel Mullens

Assistant Pastor of Youth and Community Engagement

Daniel Mullens was born in Durham, North Carolina. He was ordained to gospel ministry in June of 2014. Daniel currently serves as the Youth Pastor of First United Methodist Church where he began in August 2019. Prior to coming to FUMC, Daniel served two other churches in various capacities and spent time as an urban missionary in East St. Louis, Illinois. Daniel received a B.S in Religious Studies and Sport Education from Chowan University and a Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University. Daniel is married to Abbi, who is an associate pastor of The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, North Carolina, and the father of a baby boy, Graham Michael. Daniel enjoys reading, playing and watching baseball, walking on the beach, playing with his two dogs, and being a husband and dad.

Bill Wood


Bill, originally from Graham, N.C., is an organist, piano accompanist, and teacher. He lives in Greenville and was previously Director of Music/Organist at First Presbyterian Church in
Greenville, N.C. where he served almost 15 years. He attended East Carolina University and earned the earned the Master of Sacred Music degree in organ in 2005. As an undergraduate, he studied piano and music education at UNC-Chapel Hill and Elon University. Past Dean of the East Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he holds the CAGO certificate and has performed for a number of AGO events throughout the region. In his spare time, he plays jazz piano as well as guitar and Irish whistle. He is also an avid card and board games player and can sometimes be seen in the backyard throwing hatchets and knives. He and wife Becky Wood, a soprano singer, have two sons: Max who is a percussionist/jazz drummer, composer, and piano technician in Seattle and Chris who is an earth scientist, guitarist and singer/songwriter in Wellington, New Zealand.

Gaye Dobay

Office Administrator

I was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Long Island, NY  when I was three years old. I graduated from Freeport High School in 1977 and went to college in the SUNY college system in both Albany and Oneonta, NY as a business major. I have worked in the automotive industry as an Accounting Controller for 37 years and recently retired in March of 2022. I moved to North Carolina in December of 2009. I recently moved to Rocky Mount from Spring Hope, NC in July 2022. I just began my position as Financial Administrator at FUMCRM at the end of July 2022.

Llewellyn Edmondson

Administrative Assistant

Llewellyn Edmondson was born in Rocky Mount, NC, and has lived here most of her life. She moved to Greenville, NC, in 1974, following her marriage to Henry Cooper Edmondson, to complete her senior year of college. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from East Carolina University. Llewellyn taught for 27 years in the Career and Technical Education program, mainly the middle grades Career Exploration classes in Greenville City Schools, Nash County Schools and the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System. Additionally, she worked for the Nash-Rocky Mount School System as the CTE Academy Program administrative assistant for five years. Following her retirement from education, she was hired as the administrative assistant at First United Methodist Church in June 2011 and currently holds that position. Llewellyn has two daughters, Kelley Edmondson Tyndall (Chris) and Ashley Edmondson Van Liere (Daniel); and four grandchildren, Darcy Anne Tyndall, Ayden Lane Tyndall, Stella Reagan Van Liere and Henry Thatcher Van Liere. She is a member of Englewood United Methodist Church. Llewellyn enjoys traveling to the beach, outings with family and friends, and reading.

Cheryl Stanton

Preschool Director

Cheryl Stanton was born and raised in Nash County. She grew up in Nashville, North Carolina and currently resides there with her husband. She went to Campbell University and has a Bachelors degree in elementary education and special education. She also has her National Certification in Special Education. She retired after 30 years of teaching, but continued to work part time with Nash-Rocky Mount Schools until taking the position as FUMC Preschool Director. She is married to Joe, Assistant Director of N.C. Emergency Management. They have two children, Laura and Allen, and four granddaughters.