Garber Staff

"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,

 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."  

- Ephesians 4:11-12


The staff is only one part of the body of Christ at Garber, every member of the body has a role to play and is essential to His church.

  • David Banks - senior pastor

    David became the Senior Pastor at Garber in July 2012. He and his wife, Jerri, have five children: Anna, Erin, Sarah, Joeli, and Timothy. David graduated from Columbia International University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. David has served United Methodist Churches in Pinehurst, Sanford, Morehead City, Raleigh, North Carolina and Highland Park, Illinois. David enjoys golf, bowling, basketball, and reading. His favorite Bible story is Joseph, and his favorite Scripture passage is Psalm 127:1. David can be reached at: dbanks@garberumc.com

  • Matthew Atha - associate pastor

    Matthew became the associate pastor at Garber in April 2012. Matthew and his wife Monica have two sons: Zeke and Zack. Matthew graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary, Southwestern Seminary, and the University of Texas at Austin. Matthew has served United Methodist Churches in Danville, Kentucky; Marion, Indiana; Lebanon, Missouri; and Winters, Texas. Matthew enjoys college football and basketball. He likes to weightlift, walk, and swim. His favorite Scripture passage is Galatians 5:1. Matthew can be reached at: matha@garberumc.com

  • Mary Coleman - ministries coordinator

    Mary joined the Garber staff in May 1994. She has been married to her husband Wiley for 30 years and they have three grown children. Mary received her BS in psychology from UNC-CH -- which makes her a big Tarheel fan! She enjoys gardening, reading, walking , and being with family. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 28:19. Mary can be reached at: mcoleman@garberumc.com

  • Matt Johnson - director of music and worship arts

    Matt joined the Garber staff in August 2009. Matt and Mary Hannah have three young children: Elijah, Gideon, and Susannah. Matt received his BA from Lynchburg College in 2007, and his Master's in Music Composition from UNCG in 2009. His favorite Scripture passage is John 18:37. Matt can be contacted at: mjohnson@garberumc.com

  • Drew Demarest - student minister

    Drew joined the Garber Staff in April 2015. Drew graduated from Taylor University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Drew is married to Jacqueline and the Demarest's have three young children: Noah, Emmie, and Thomas. Drew grew up in Wisconsin and Jacqueline was raised in Virginia. His hobbies include: jogging, family walks, going to the beach and reading. His favorite Scripture passage is Philippians 2: 5-11. Drew may be contacted at:

    ddemarest@garberumc.com

  • Laura Wilkins - director of children's ministries

    Laura joined the Garber staff in January 2011. She is married to Jonathan, and they have one daugher, Caroline, who is in first grade. Laura is a graduate of UNC-CH and has a teaching license from East Carolina University. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and a varsity cheerleading coach. Laura's favorite passage of Scripture is Romans: 10: 9-10. Laura can be reached at: lwilkins@garberumc.com

  • Sue Webb - congregational care and senior adult minister

    Sue joined the Garber staff team in September 2013. Sue graduated from South Edgecombe High School and earned a BS degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. Sue moved to the New Bern area in 1984. She served as both an Assistant Principal and Principal in the Craven County School System. Sue has two adult daughters, Jennifer and Laura. Laura also serves on the Garber staff. She also has three grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family. Sue can be reached at: swebb@garberumc.com

  • Beth Hicks - secretary

    Beth joined the Garber staff in August 2009. Beth is a graduate of North Carolina State University with degrees in Accounting and Business Management. She has previously worked as a certified financial planner/tax return preparer. Beth has two adult children. Her favorite passage of Scripture is Matthew 6:21. Beth can be reached at: bhicks@garberumc.com

  • Patti Smith - facilities coordinator

    Patti joined the Garber Staff in 2008. Patti and her husband, Geoffrey, have two adult children, two grandchildren and one on the way. Patti has a BA in Environmental Biology. She previously worked as a electron microscopist and a teacher. Patti enjoys boating and camping. Her favorite bible passage is James 2:17-18. Patti can be reached at: psmith@garberumc.com

  • Ruth Powers - kingswood kids director

    Ruth joined the Garber staff in August 2011 as the Kingswood Kids Director. Ruth is a New Bern native and graduated from the Univeristy of North Carolina- Chapel Hill with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She works as a elementary teacher for 33 years before becoming the Kingswood Kids Director. Ruth's favorite Bible story is Noah and the ark. Ruth can be reached at: rpowers@garberumc.com

  • Peggy Faulkenberry - preschool director

    Peggy Faulkenberry joined the Garber staff team in 2000. Peggy and her husband Billy have two children, Caitlin and Ryan. Peggy has a BS in Child Development and a MS in Child Development and Family Relations from ECU. Peggy has previous experience serving as a preschool teacher, working in behavior therapy with Attention Deficit Disorder children, and worked in Mental Health as an Infant Toddler Specialist in Early Intervention. Her favorite Scripture passage is II Timothy 1:7. Peggy can be reached at: preschool@garberumc.com

  • Susan Donnelly - bookkeeper

    Susan has been the bookkeeper at Garber since September 2014. She is responsible for payroll, contribution records, and paying the bills. Susan and her husband Brian moved to New Bern in 2013. The Donnelly's have two children- Devin and Ian who attend New Bern High School. Susan graduated from Bethel College and Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Susan's hobbies include gardening and boating. Susan can be reached at:

    sdonnelly@garberumc.com

  • Carolyn Schaffer - organist

    Carolyn has been the organist at Garber for 15 years. Carolyn can be reached by calling the church office at 252.637.4022

  • Mae Cox - facilities care

    Mae joined the Garber staff in 2006. She has two adult children, four grandchildren and has raised five foster children, and four still live at home. She likes to crochet and cross stitch. Her favorite Bible passage is Philippians 4:13. Mae can be reached by calling the church office: 252-637-4022.

  • Derek Best - facilities care

    Derek joined the staff in 2017. 

  • John Suskevich - facilities care

    John joined the Garber staff in 2006 and is apart of the site team. He and his wife Marilyn have two sons. He is a New Jersey native and served in the United States Navy 7th Fleet. John enjoys fishing. John can be reached by calling the church office : 252-637-4022

  • David Barteau - crossing guard

    David may be one of the first persons you see at Garber Sunday morning! David assists people in crossing Country Club Road from the Sanctuary to the Ministry Center. David became a part of the Garber team April 2009. He was born in Long Island, New York. David enjoys reading, chess, electronics, and yard work. David can be reached by calling the church office: 252.637.4022