Born in Louisville, KY and raised across most of the southeastern US, Caleb graduated from Samford University, with a B.A. Religion and minors in Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and History. At Samford he met his amazingly talented Wife Mary Beth and after college they married and moved to Richmond, VA to each pursue the Master of Divinity. For the past 14 years Caleb has worked in Churches across Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and North Carolina. Caleb is a fan of most sports, and loves to cheer on the Crimson Tide and Chicago Cubs. He and Mary Beth have 2 wonderfully confident daughters Ava and Eleanor and 2 dogs Moses and Wrigley.
Caleb is a firm believer that no 2 people should be strangers for long and loves to listen to the stories about life from everyone he meets. Caleb knows that the church can be at the heart of some of the deepest grief and hardest pain but when done authentically, can open up the doors to some of the most uniquely beautiful healing the world needs. He believes that ministry is done best when it is seeking to ask deep questions about the way the world works and the role the Church is filling.
Minister to Children
Emerywoods Children’s Minister since 2005, Kelley has a heart for children. As a Mother of three, Kelley feels that one of the greatest of God’s gifts to us, God’s people, is the gift of a child. She believes the raising of a child is a sacred responsibility, and Kelley subscribes to the “It takes a Village” philosophy. She is proud and grateful to be a part of the Village that is Emerywood Baptist Church.
Kelley holds a BFA in Communications from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has toured and worked regionally as a professional actress and singer since 1976. She has been married to husband John for over 30 years, and is the sappy Mom of Jake, Katie and Maggie. (Go ahead…ask me about my kids – it’s my favorite topic!)
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. .” ~Mark 10:14
Leigh was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She attended Baylor University, where she earned a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in church history. Leigh then attended Duke Divinity School, where she received an MDiv with a certificate in Baptist studies and a concentration in preaching. At Duke she met her husband Keith, a Presbyterian pastor. Leigh has served churches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas. She also currently works at Church World Service Greensboro, a refugee resettlement agency, where she does community engagement.
When Leigh dreams of what the Church could and should be, she sees a place that mirrors the kingdom of God, with infinite seats at the table for all peoples. Her passion in ministry is to work with people to make this a reality, creating space and place for all people’s voices, stories, and experiences. Leigh loves women’s soccer and basketball, and much of her free time is spent following the North Carolina Courage, the U.S. Women’s National Team, and the Baylor Lady Bears. She can also be found going on long walks with her dog Bells, enjoying good food, and fly fishing with her husband.
Director for Music & Accompanist
Jeff Whicker has lived in the Triangle since 1986 when he attended Law School at UNC. He worked as an attorney for ten years before returning to his first love, music. He served as choral director at Riverside High School for seven years, but since 2004 he has worked primarily as a church musician. He also has accompanied the All-County Chorus and served as pianist for many schools in the Durham area.
Minister In Residence for Art, Justice, & Spiritual Formation
Grace McMullen grew up as a cradle Presbyterian in central Florida. After trying out art school in Baltimore, MD, she spent a year as a volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which deeply shaped her sense of self and her interest in peace and justice work. After finishing her undergrad experience at Florida State University, Grace worked as an associate community organizer in Lexington, Kentucky, equipping local congregations to work for systemic change in their city. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, the place that helped weave her varied experiences and interests into a cohesive story, and reminded her how much she loved the Church, and sparked a love for preaching. She is grateful for Emerywood’s hospitality in giving her a chance to explore her vocation as an artist and minister.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Economics and English. She started working with the church in 2015 and transitioned to Church Administrator in November 2021. She is married and has two children. Jennifer enjoys reading, shopping, and vacationing with her family.
Muffy received her BA in Vocal Performance from Wingate University and can be seen performing in various choirs and theatre productions around the Triad. When not singing, Muffy loves to spend time with her friends, family and all of their pets.
Olivia has been a part of the EBC family since 2001. In her position as housekeeper, she takes excellent care of all aspects of the physical building that is Emerywood Baptist. She and her husband, Edgar, live in High Point.
Her interests include flower gardening, working out, Zumba, cooking, and cheering on the UNC Tar Heels. She also enjoys family time with her children and grandchildren.
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