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Ryan Mendenhall

My name is Ryan Mendenhall.  Various people have given me various titles such as Rev. Ryan, Pastor Ryan, and a few that I cannot tell! But you can call me Ryan because I would love to meet you, get to know you, and have you call me friend.  My calling in ministry is to build loving relationships and guide others to grow in their relationship with God and others just as Jesus commanded his followers in Matthew 22:37-39 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
In my personal life, I have been blessed abundantly by God’s grace. I was called to go into ministry shortly after marrying my wife, Wendy, in 2007.  We took Joshua 24:15 to heart – “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” – and we committed to serve God and follow Him wherever He leads us.  God has blessed Wendy and I with three rambunctious boys that keep us on our toes.  God has also blessed us in becoming part of the church family of Midway UMC in July of 2018.

In 2014-15 I served the Franklin Heights – Maple Grove charge in Mount Airy, NC. From 2015-2017 I served Trinity UMC in Thomasville, and from 2017-2018 I served the First-Trinity charge in Thomasville, NC. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UNCG, Bachelor of Theology from John Wesley University, and a Masters of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary.

At Midway, we share together a journey of grace – loving each other and being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.   So I invite you to join us in worship, attend a small group, or follow us on the Internet. Join us on the mission to multiply God’s kingdom by intentionally growing in our relationship with God, each other, and our community in Jesus’ name.

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Kimberly Griffin Fulton
Music Director

I grew up in the Monroeton/Midway community, across from Midway United Methodist Church on Hwy 158. I attended Midway UMC from as far back as I can remember until I left for Appalachian State University where I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Education, K-6 with a concentration in music. I returned to the area and taught for five years in Stokes County. I returned to Midway UMC during that time and was the music director until I moved to Germany and then, South Dakota. While in Germany, I received my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I returned to Rockingham County in summer, 2012, and began teaching at Bethany Elementary School. I married my husband, Jimmy, in June, 2013. We soon found out we were expecting a baby girl in February, 2014. However, due to complications, Ellie joined us on December 26, 2013 (almost 10 weeks early). Then, Eli came along and completed our family on September 6, 2016. I currently teach 4th grade at Bethany. I enjoy spending time with my extended family, reading, and playing/singing with the Midway Praise Band. I love my community and my church family. I am blessed beyond measure!