Holland's United Methodist Church Leadership
Holland's United Methodist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Greg is a native of North Carolina and is married to Beth. They have two adult children. Greg’s ministry background includes planting a new church and launching a ministry to care for orphans in Africa. Greg enjoys the outdoors and has hiked over 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Saul Gastelum has been preaching and leading worship since his teens. He served as a ministerial intern in New Creation UMC and Bethel-Center UMC and as a chaplain for Chesnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center during seminary. After graduation, he was the lead pastor for The Edge UMC in Sneads Ferry, NC.
Saul is a native of Mexico. He got a B.S. degree in Information Technologies at Tec de Monterrey for later earned a Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. His passion has always been to serve his community and walk towards a transformational encounter with Jesus Christ. He loves to cook, all kinds of music, and road trips.
Director of Youth Ministries
Susan Wright was born into a military family who settled in Cary, NC after her father’s retirement from the Air Force. Her family attended White Plains UMC where she became involved in the youth group. She served as the UMYF President of the Raleigh District, was involved on the leadership team for the Youth in Mission Conference of the Southeastern Jurisdiction, and was a young adult member of an Appalachia Service Project Team for 6 years.
Susan worked for Wake County Public Schools as a school counselor and in a variety of Central Office positions for over 28 years. She retired from the school system to serve at Holland’s UMC as the Director of Youth Ministries. Her experiences during her teen years in the church led her to a relationship with Jesus Christ which guides her belief that this phase of life is critical for young people in the formation of faith. Plus, she just LOVES youth and has a great time serving our Lord in this capacity! Susan is married to Dean and has two adult children, Lindsay and Evan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends in whatever way she can!
Director of Contemporary Music and Media Manager
Doug is a native of Virginia and has served churches full time in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Music from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee and a Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Doug has an adult daughter and son-in-law who live in Macon, GA. He enjoys music of all kinds, golf, movies, and reading. Doug is the owner of two cats, Lottie Dah and Lily Belle.
Doug’s desire is to see people involved and immersed in the worship experience by lifting their voices in song. There is much theology in hymns and worship songs that help deepen a believer’s walk with the Lord. His life’s verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.”