meet the morris chapel Team

  • rev. Dan lyons


    Pastor Dan Lyons became the pastor of Morris Chapel in the summer of 2012. A native of New York state, his family migrated south seeking a better standard of living when he was a boy. He committed his life to following Jesus as a high school senior while on a church retreat at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC. Two years later Dan answered the Lord’s call to full-time ministry. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University (History), has a Masters of Divinity from The Divinity School at Duke University, and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.  

    Pastor Dan has the gifts and passion of a Biblical teacher, which is the approach of his preaching and leadership. He is a winner of the Hunt-Fitch Preaching Institute’s Francis Asbury Award and has been published in a Lenten devotional journal. Dan is a graduate of the selective Reynolds Program in Church Leadership and has served on the boards of various community ministries.

    Dan is married to Krista and they have three children.  

  • samantha wesley

    director of children's ministry

    Samantha grew up in Brevard, NC, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a BS in history, graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with my Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Education; and is also a certified Christian Educator and a Stephen Leader with the Stephen’s Ministry program. Samantha has thirty years of experience in the church educating children, youth and adults, ranging from mission trips, Bible studies, program development and much more.

    At Morris Chapel, Samantha is  the children’s minister to the MC Kids, age birth to 5th grade and their families. She is also one of the Stephen Leaders with our Stephen Ministers.

    Samantha loves being in the ministry and serving the Lord to the best of her ability and share her gifts and talents with each of you. One of the things that makes her smile is seeing the MC Kids share their faith and share what they have learned by being an example with others. 

    One of the things that Samantha teaches the MC Kids is in everything we do...We play, learn and grow together with Jesus!

    Samantha also enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, and playing golf.

    See more information about Children's ministries.

  • gracie cates

    director of youth ministry

    Gracie started working with us in August 2015. She is elated to be here, to serve alongside other staff and volunteers, and to work with the MoChap Youth!

    Gracie felt a call to ministry during her junior year at Wingate University, and pursued a Master degree from Duke Divinity. Her call to youth ministry is driven by the her personal life experiences, her experiences of growing up in church and in a youth group, and by (most importantly) the love of God that she has felt and been shown my many people throughout her life.

    Gracie has the desire to make MoChap Youth a fun and nurturing community and family, one in which we can celebrate, support, care for, and love each other, no matter what! She wants MoChap Youth to better understand the Bible and how it applies to our lives, and how to become disciples of Jesus Christ, even as teenagers and young adults.

    Gracie is from Kannapolis, NC. She is an only child, but does consider her family dog, Murphy (a female Yorkie Poo), her sister. She loves the mountains and all of the activities that it offers, including skiing, snowboardin, rafting, hiking, and camping. She is an avid sports fan, she loves to sleep late, and she loves to be with and hang out with her friends and family any chance she gets.

    Gracie is a graduate of A.L. Brown High School, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Wingate University (2011), and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School (2014).

    See more information about Youth ministries.

  • Amy colona

    Director of weekday ministries

    Amy was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and moved to Walkertown when she was nine years old. Amy is a graduate of Carver High School and High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Amy has been a part of the Weekday Ministries team for 14 years, teaching 2's, 3's and 4's, and was named Director of the program at the start of the Fall 2015 school year.

    Amy and her husband, Jody, have three children, Jody Jr., AmyLynn and Laura Kate.

    Amy's son is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 922, which meets at Morris Chapel.

    She and her family attend REVO Church in Winston Salem and has been a member of Oak Grove Moravian Church all her life. Amy reaffirmed her faith on March 22, 2015 by baptism. She is also actively involved in the PTSA at Walkertown High School, Girl Scouts and a quilt ministry.

    See more information about Weekday Ministries.

  • del curling

    director of music Ministries

  • amy whicker

    administrative assistant



    Amy committed her life to Christ at a youth retreat in 1983.  Serving the Lord with a faithful spirit and compassionate heart is her life’s mission. Amy is originally from Florence, AL and moved with her family to North Carolina when she was two years old.  Amy graduated from Carver High School in 1987 and following high school, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University with a major in Computer Science.

    She has been a member of the Morris Chapel family since 1999 and currently serves as the Administrative Assistant and Financial Secretary for the church. She also enjoys teaching the 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School class and leading the Operation Christmas Child mission for Morris Chapel and the surrounding community.

    Amy and her husband, Ladd, have two children, Landon and Morgan.  She and her husband enjoy attending their children’s baseball and softball games and taking day trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Amy also enjoys cooking, photography, and being outdoors.

  • Bruce Johnson

    Minister of congregational caRE

    Bio coming soon!