Reverend Anita Taylor



Anita serves as our appointed pastor. She loves to connect people to God, to each other, and to equip them for service. 

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Kathy Whittington

Director of Youth and Children's Ministry


Kathy directs our children and youth ministries. She loves seeing our children grow in their love of Jesus and our youth grow in discipleship. She enjoys being outside at the beach, the pool or hiking with her family and their dog Daisy.

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Jil Murfee


Jil Murfee

Church Administrator/Financial Secretary


Jil is likely the first person you will meet in our office and the voice you will hear over the phone. She schedules all church activities, sends out our official communications and serves as our financial secretary.  Yes, she loves details! Jil enjoys Yoga/Thai Chi exercising, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.


Adam Capps

Contemporary Worship Praise Team Leader

Adam coordinates the music and leads the Praise Team for the 8:45 am Contemporary worship service. Adam enjoys working with the band students at Holly Grove Middle School, teaching private music lessons, playing music with friends and spending time with family.  In addition, Adam is a big UNC fan and enjoys watching games with friends and family.  Go Heels!


Elise Rammalaere

Traditional Worship Service Musician


Elise plays piano for our 11am traditional worship service. She is a student at Meredith College and enjoys embroidering while watching movies or shows. And, she loves to run and read (not at the same time however)!

Cassie Nygaard
Traditional Worship Service Choir Director

Cassie coordinates the music and leads the choir for the 11:00 am traditional worship service. In addition, Cassie enjoys being a part of the Music department at Cambell University, teaching private music lessons and learning new instruments. She also loves iced coffee and spending time with her cats!


Nursery Staff


Sharlette Ragan

Sharlette is part of our team who cares for our infants and toddlers each Sunday. Sharlette enjoys gardening and reading.


Maria Harrison

Maria is the mother of two young boys. Maria‘s hobbies are arts and crafts, and cooking. She loves to nurture and help children with pre-K readiness.  She is a team member who  has won several awards during her career


Tanner Nygaard

Tanner teaches juniors and sophomores at South View High School. He also coaches football. He enjoys spending time with his best friend and wife, Cassie as well as mentoring young men in his school’s AMBUSH club. 



Volunteer Staff



Rev. Horace Ferguson

Pastor Emeritus


Horace, who served many loving and faithful years as HSUMC's pastor, now represents the congregation through pastoral care and pastoral relationships. 



George Huegerich

Sound/AV coordinator

George coordinates the sound and AV ministry.  In addition, George helps with the church IT needs. He enjoys flying drones and photography in his free time, as well as learning and experimenting with new and emerging technologies.