Dr. Mark Rumley, Organist and Choir Director, has been serving as ECC's organist since January 1999. Mark plays the two-manual Casavant organ (Opus 3467-1980) and recruits, rehearses, and directs the university students and professional soloists at ECC. He has performed in a variety of venues, both as a recitalist and extensively as an accompanist, including two performances in the White House (1985, 2001) and in cathedrals and churches in the U.S. and Europe. He studied piano privately before beginning formal organ studies at Elon College while he was in high school. He competed in many piano festivals, earning many superior ratings, which propelled him into regional and state competitions where he won state judged competitions several times. Mark holds two bachelor's degrees (English and Organ Performance) from Elon College, where he studied organ with Professors Richard Apperson and Robert Burns King. He also holds a master's degree in school administration, the Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a young English teacher, Rumley received Southern Alamance High School’s Teacher of the Year Award (1987) and was selected as Alamance County's Wachovia Principal of the Year (1996). Currently, Mark serves as an educational consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the District and School Transformation division, headquartered in Raleigh. He maintains his church membership at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington and has three grown children (Chadbourne, Catherine, and Christopher) and a daughter-in-law (Elizabeth “Beth”).
Nursery Care Director
Mrs. Monica F. Nicholson, Office Manager, is a native of Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of Eastport High School where she served as the president of the Student Council and SADD, along with being the captain of the volleyball team. Monica came to North Carolina in 2003 to attend Elon University. She periodically wrote for the Pendulum and the Rock Creek Record, along with serving as a member of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity. She was a presenter at the 2006 Student Undergraduate Research Forum and won first place in the Broadcast Education Associations National Undergraduate Research Competition in Spring of 2006. She graduated in May of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree for both Broadcast and Journalism. Monica permanantly moved to Elon in 2006 after getting engaged. She was married in May of 2007 to Joshua Nicholson, graduate of Graham High School. Monica and Josh live with their children Gavin and Sheala, and their multitude of pets: three dogs, two cats, and many fish. Monica can also be found working at Piedmont Ale House in Burlington during evenings and weekends. You can contact Monica at the church at: email@example.com.
Rev. Randy Orwig,
Rev. Sharon Wheeler, Minister of Spiritual Growth and Christian Education
Rev. Sharon Wheeler, Minister of Spiritual Growth and Christian Education, grew up in Burlington, North Carolina and graduated from Williams High School in 1974. She attended Appalachian State University for two and a half years and completed her B.A. degree in Elementary Education at Elon College in 1978. Sharon taught in the Pitt County school system during 1979-1980. Upon her return to Burlington in 1980, she was employed by Biomedical Reference Laboratories, now known as Laboratory Corporation of America where she has served in various positions the last for 27 years. She is presently an account specialist in the HLA Customer Service Department. In 2004, she became part of the first class of The Pastoral Leadership Development Program of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, where she completed her studies and graduated in June, 2007. She is a life long member of First Christian United Church of Christ where she has served as Chair of the Board of Christian Education, Youth Ministries Coordinator, and Intern Pastor for Christian Education. Sharon was ordained on April 13, 2008 at Elon Community Church. She married Ted Wheeler in July 2011. She has three grown sons, Ron Ingalls, Scott Ingalls (who is married to Morgan), and Keith Ingalls (who is married to Laura), and one granddaughter, Grier. Ted also has a daughter, Gwendolyn Stewart Wheeler.
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Rev. Randy Orwig, Senior Pastor, was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Randy earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Toledo in 1982. He felt a call to ministry when he was 19 years old, so after graduation, pursued a Master of Divinity degree at Methodist Theological School in Ohio graduating in 1986. As a United Methodist pastor, Randy served 4 congregations: Trilby UMC in Toledo 1983 (student associate), Hyatts UMC from 1984-1986 (student pastor), First UMC Greenville, Ohio 1986-1988, and LaPointe UMC in Port Clinton, Ohio from 1988-1992. At that point Randy left the United Methodist and moved to Virginia Beach, VA as a United Church of Christ pastor to plant and establish a new church for the Southern Conference. During the next 16 years, Tidewater UCC was started, a building built, and a family was raised. Randy and Bev moved to St. Louis, MO to serve for a short time at Immanuel UCC. Randy and Bev have two children; Ryan and Lyndsay. Lyndsay is a graduate of University of Virginia and resides in San Francisco, CA. Ryan is finishing up a degree in Business Administration and has one son, Brayden, and one daughter, Brielle. Bev is a school teacher and is currently working at Turrentine Middle School. Randy can be reached by e- mail at:
Eden Brown, Bell Choirs Director, has a Master’s Degree in music specializing in piano pedagogy from LSU and is a graduate in performance from Elon University. She is now working with Elon University in the music department and has her own business teaching music to younger children. She is an award winning pianist and teacher at many different levels and age groups.
Mrs. Lori Watson, Finance Director and CLC Ministries Coordinator, grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Western Alamance High School. She attended Guilford Technical Community College and runs her own real estate group, Star Real Estate Company. Lori currently lives in Burlington with her three daughters, Whitley, Erika, and Katy. Lori can be reached by e-mail at: email@example.com.