Rev David Lee – Pastor

Rev. David Jong-Hyun Lee. David was born in Seoul, S. Korea, the son of a UMC pastor and grandson (mother’s side) of a Presbyterian pastor. He enjoys reading, sports and playing tennis. He is married to Amy Carol Lee and they have two children, Lincoln Soo-Han, 2 years old, Rohry Sung-Han, 8 months old and 2 cats, Glenn and Maggie.

David received his B.A. in English Lit. and Philosophy from Boston Univ and his MDiv. from Duke Divinity School. His past work experiences include Peace Corps, Central Asia; Kyrgyzstan; New Covenant Fellowship Church (Germantown, MD), Polkville UMC (Polkville, NC), Covenant UMC, (Charlotte, NC), Summerfield-Peace UMC (Summerfield, NC) and Bradley Memorial UMC (Gastonia, NC).

Danny Buckner – Director of Music Ministries

I serve as Director of Music Ministries for Central United Methodist Church. My wife Jennifer and I live in Shelby with our two daughters, Emma and Mary Jane. When I am not planning or leading worship and rehearsals, I can be found spending time with my family and tending to our farm. The Buckners are happy to worship and serve at Central.

Gina Blanton – Director of Communications

My life in one sentence: I am a Marine brat married to a United Methodist Pastor. While I have lived the world over and graduated high school from Kubasaki High School on Okinawa, Japan, I have spent the majority of my life in North Carolina having lived as a child in Havelock and Jacksonville, graduated from UNC-G, and married a native North Carolinian. My degree is in Elementary Education and I have taught preschool in a variety of settings. I have also worked for a medical office, rental car company and as de facto church secretary. I felt the call into ministry in college but never imagined that would mean being a pastor’s wife. My husband was appointed to Aldersgate UMC the summer of 2016 and we love Shelby. I have two daughters, Madeleine and Lillian. Madeleine graduated from Wake Forest University in 2020 and Lillian graduated from Shelby High School in 2020. My home also belongs to 2 rescue pups, Chance and Willow. It is a blessing to be in Shelby, at Aldersgate UMC and at Central UMC.

Stacey Watkins-Griffith, DMin – Counselor

I serve as the Pastoral Counselor here at Central. I am a therapist and a life coach with Spirit Song Counseling Group. I have office hours by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I received my Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and I completed my clinical training at the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training. I am an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

I am married to Scott Griffith, and we have three children, Laurie, Amanda, and David. For more information about counseling services here at Central or to schedule an appointment, please call (704) 810-4344 or email

Shelley Rempson – Kid’s Place Director

I have served as Director of Central’s Kid’s Place Preschool for many years and enjoy helping prepare children for “big school”. I attended UNCW and UNCC before becoming a wife and mother. I am married to Eddie Rempson. We have four daughters, Zee, Zanna, Zoe and Zella and one son, Zane. We enjoy family trips to the beach and to Lake Norman. I love being part of Kid’s Place and the opportunities to teach children school readiness skills and most importantly, about our wonderful, loving God.

Libby Alexander – Organist

I have served as organist for Central since 2001. I hold an undergraduate degree from Greensboro College and a Masters in Organ Performance from Northwestern University. I am also staff accompanist at Gardner Webb University. I am married to Dr. Michael Alexander and have two children: a son Daniel, who lives in Raleigh, and a daughter Julia, who lives in Greensboro.

Ed Winder – Facility Manager

I have served as the Facility Manager for Central since 2019. I am originally from Long Island, NY. I am married to Karen Winder (2/14/19) and have two children: a son Eddie Jr., who lives in Indian Land, SC and a Zachary, who lives in Waxhaw, NC. I also have three step daughters, Morgan, Maggie and Molly that live in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. We have a combined six grandchildren, four girls and two boys. I have volunteered my time as an assistant high school varsity baseball and football coach. Two years at Charlotte Latin and two years at Kings Mountain High School.