•   Pastor Jerry is a coastal boy born in Morehead City, NC. He graduated from Methodist College in 1979, Duke University Divinity School in 1983 and he earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree with Distinction from Northeastern Theological University in 1997.

      Jerry was ordained an Elder in 1984. For six years he served three United Methodist churches before entering the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain in 1985. On 1 May 2015 Jerry completed 30 years of faithful ministry to our nation’s warriors and is excited to be assigned as pastor to Northwoods by Bishop Ward.

      Jerry and Debby married in 1979. They have been blessed with three children, who are all married, and seven grandchildren!


    “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed in the presence of many witnesses. I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

                                                                                                                      1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 1: 6-7 NKJV

  • Greg shreckengost

    director of music ministry

    Originally from New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Greg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in May of 2004. After accepting the position of Choral Director at Dixon Middle School in Holly Ridge, North Carolina in 2005, he moved into the Jacksonville area. In 2007, Greg accepted the position of Director of Bands at Richlands High School. Today he resides in Jacksonville with his wife, Joy, three children, a Bassett Hound, two cats, and a Chihuahua.

  • Linda Johnson

    Preschool Director

    Linda is very happy to be the director at Northwoods Methodist Preschool! She has lived in Jacksonville for many years but was raised in New Bern, NC so she considers Eastern NC her home. She has been attending church at Northwoods United Methodist for years and has worked at the preschool for nine. She is married and has two children, 2 dogs, and a cat. Linda loves spending time with her family and being outdoors especially when she can be on or near the water. Linda always looks forward to the start of the new school year and all the wonder and excitement that it will bring! 

  • Leighann swigart

    financial secretary

    Originally from Toledo, OH, LeighAnn moved to Jacksonville in 2008. She graduated in 2006 from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science and in 2011 with an MBA. LeighAnn can usually be found in the kitchen baking in her spare time. She is married to Pete, who is retired from the US Marine Corps. They have three children and two dogs. 

  • Joy Shreckengost


    Originally from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, Joy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December of 1995. She ran a music studio out of her home, substituted at the local high school, and worked various food service jobs. Shortly after moving to North Carolina in 2006, she became the choral director and music teacher at Dixon Middle School in Holly Ridge, NC. Today she happily resides in Jacksonville with her husband, Greg, three children, and a Bassett Hound.

  • dan leonard


    Originally from Streamwood, Illinois, Dan served in the US Marine Corps and now owns and operates a custom wood furniture business in Jacksonville.  He is happily married to Bridget and between them they have 7 children to keep them busy.