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Thank You and Welcome!

Thank you, Pastor Ellen Rose! We are so incredibly grateful for Pastor Ellen and the ways she has cared for our congregation and staff over the past year. Ellen has been a pastor, mentor, friend and caregiver to many, and has been instrumental in nurturing and developing our Congregational Care Ministry teams. Ellen is taking a medical leave of absence to rest and recover from upcoming Achilles tendon surgery on Sept. 13. We are hopeful Ellen will be able to rejoin us in early 2017 to continue to use her gifts as a member of our pastoral care team. We will celebrate and thank Ellen following each worship service at a reception in Crossroads on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Ellen joined our team in November 2016 to serve as an interim Pastor of Congregational Care while Pastor Amanda was on maternity leave. When Amanda returned and we learned baby Owen was sick, Ellen extended her time and commitment with our church to provide continuity and care to our congregation and our staff team. In June 2017, following Pastor Glenn’s passing, she again extended her time with us to provide continuing pastoral care, as well as support and leadership for our Congregational Care ministry teams. These teams include our Prayer Ministry, Stephen Ministry, Wrapped In Love Prayer Shawl Ministry, Caring by Cards, divorce and grief support teams, Meal Ministry, New Baby Ministry, Flower Ministry, and others. Ellen has also been instrumental in redeveloping a “Forget-Me-Not” team of lay visitors to supplement pastoral visits. She and this team extended the work Glenn offered this community for many years, carrying the love of Christ and the Holy Spirit to many of our senior adults in extended care facilities and shut-ins who are unable to participate in worship.

Words cannot describe how grateful we are for Ellen. She has been just the right person for a season such as this. We pray for your healing and recovery. Thank you for offering your gifts so freely to our church family and for the ways you embody the nurturing nature of God for our church family.

Welcome, Pastor Charlene Guider! We are excited to welcome Rev. Charlene Pierce Guider as our new Pastor of Congregational Care! Charlene is a recently retired Elder in the North Carolina Conference. Over the last 30 years, she served appointments in large and small membership churches in Fayetteville, Trenton, Richlands and New Bern. Her ministry also led her to prior working relationships with Rev. Hugh Cameron, Pastor Tim and Pastor Angelo.

Charlene was born in Apex at Jones Clinic and one of her relatives, Eustace Horton, ran the hardware store in downtown Apex for years. She grew up in rural Chatham County in an area that is now under Jordan Lake. Her early background was Baptist, but she discovered while serving at Hay Street UMC in Fayetteville that she was really a United Methodist at heart.

Charlene’s educational journey began at Campbell College with a degree in Religious Education and continued with graduate work at Southeastern Seminary and Duke Divinity School. She has worked in youth ministry, campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy through Clinical Pastoral Education at Wake Forest Medical Center and UNC-CH, and Christian education, all of which helped to prepare her for pastoral ministry. Charlene is married to Doug Guider, who recently retired as a pharmacist, and they live in Wake Forest. They have a daughter living in Florida who is a stay-at-home mother of twins, and a daughter in Texas who is a documentary filmmaker. Charlene is looking forward to serving the Lord and His church here at Apex UMC!