Wesley United Methodist Church is a community of faith that lives out the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our growing and ongoing vision is to be a visible spiritual center, active in the community through social, educational, and service ministries, while witnessing to the Way of Jesus Christ.
The congregation welcomes guests with radical hospitality; and is inclusive of all persons from every walk of life. The Wesley UMC family enjoys time together to fellowship, and takes seriously the meaning of discipleship and worship as a community experience. Through fellowship, discipleship, and worship, we also are continuously in mission to the local community and in the world.
We invite you to come experience the love of Christ in the Wesley Family when we gather in large and small groups… traditional and contemporary settings…during worship for discussion over a cup of coffee. Come as you are. Be received as you are. Journey with us as we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and proclaim Christ to the world!
What We Believe
The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.8 million members.
The United Methodist Church was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. But we trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley. Find out more about our history.
Rev. Fran Elrod, a native of Columbia, SC and a lifelong United Methodist, has served in the S.C. United Methodist Conference churches as clergy and staff for nearly twenty years. Fran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in Columbia, SC where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of the Order of the Purple Seal. She also has her Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC. Fran enjoys serving the local church and community with a passion for mission and ministry with all age levels. She also serves as a leader on several boards and agencies that represent the ministries to which she is most committed. Fran enjoys mentoring, teaching, preaching, as well as spending time with her family, outdoors and kayaking. Contact Rev. Elrod at email@example.com or 843-332-1196.
As Administrative Assistant for Wesley UMC since July, 2015, Kerry welcomes church members and visitors and provides administrative support services for the Wesley staff and church family. Kerry is originally from Hudson, Ohio, is married and has two children.
Jeffery started at Wesley in February of 2013. Before coming to Wesley he served as youth director at Trinity UMC in Darlington and youth director at Highland Park UMC in Florence. Jeffery helps to oversee and facilitate the ministries of Wesley. He has passion for youth and enjoys working closely with the middle and high school student ministry. Jeffery is a graduate of Coker College with a B.A. in early childhood and elementary education. When he’s not working at Wesley or teaching school he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, going to the movies, and playing with his niece, Rylee. Contact Jeffery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 332-1196.
Dr. James Beaumier, Director of Music
Dr. James Beaumier has been at Wesley since 1989. He directs the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and Women’s Ensemble. He has music degrees from University of Washington (BA/BME), Western Washington University (Masters) and University of Southern California (DMA). He is Department Chair, Director of Choirs and the annual Musical Director at Hartsville High School where he has been since 2001. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and an International Baccalaureate Teacher at Hartsville High School. He also taught at Coker College from 1989 to 2004 achieving the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Beaumier also conducts the Hartsville Civic Chorale, a local community choir that annually performs major choral works with an orchestra.
Dennis Schaeffer, Organist
Dennis Schaeffer is our wonderful organist and sings in the Chancel Choir at Wesley. He and his wife, Cynthia, hail from New Jersey, where he is a former postmaster. Not only is he a musician he’s a wonderful singer…as is his lovely wife!
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me