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.  

  • Bruce Johnson

    Minister of congregational caRE

    Bruce grew up in Western North Carolina and served as a Local Church pastor for 12 years before returning to academia and completing both 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education for chaplaincy and a MA in Human Services Counseling. Bruce is an ordained and endorsed minister who currently works as a Chaplain at Wake Forest Baptist Health and also as the Minister of Congregational Care at Morris Chapel UMC. 

    Bruce is married to his loving wife, Nicole and is blessed with two children with one more on the way. Bruce enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • 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.


    director of youth ministry

    Becca Dellinger joined the Morris Chapel staff in 2018. Leading up to being at Morris Chapel, she worked at United Methodist Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC for 6 summers and one off season as a camp counselor, worship coordinator, office assistant and program intern. Becca graduated from UNCG in 2017 with degrees in Music and Communications. She has grown up in the United Methodist church and loves the Methodist family.

    Becca is so excited to be working with the youth! She loves leading devotions, learning new and fun games and taking trips and can't wait to do all of that with MoChap. Her favorite book of the Bible is Ephesians, but her favorite Bible story is   2 Kings 2:23-25. Becca loves playing the piano, baking, reading and spending time outside with her husband Michael. 

  • 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.


    director of music Ministries

    Kimberly became the Director of Music Ministries at Morris Chapel in August 2018. She graduated from Appalachian State University with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in Finance, and Risk and Insurance, and a minor in Music. She loves Jesus, people, and music, and desires to share that with others. 

    Kimberly is married to her husband, Joel, and they have one child. She enjoys playing flute and piano, being the Room Mom for her child’s classroom, being actively involved in the Girl Scouts organization, entering baking and food decorating competitions, and spending time with her family and friends.

    If you are interested in joining the choir or handbell choir, please let Kimberly know. There is always room for anyone that wants to make a joyful noise!

  • 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 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 spending time with their kids and taking day trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway.