Our Staff




Pastor Allen Carson

Pastor Allen was appointed to Wesley in June of 2018. Allen and his wife Katharine have two sons, Cal 22 and Alex 19, and one daughter, Molly Grace 15. He has served United Methodist Churches across Oklahoma the past 28 years as children, youth, and family minister, and as senior pastor for the past 18 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Family, Marriage Relations, and Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Over the past 29 years, Allen has also worked with children, youth, and young adults in foster care and juvenile justice programs. He has tutored and mentored in juvenile detention centers and alternative schools, and currently serves as a trainer and consultant with the Oklahoma Federation of Families and Oklahoma Systems of Care. He leads independent living workshops and training sessions for youth and adults. His work within the church has focused on strengthening churches’ relationships with people at the margins to offer spiritual, emotional, and material resources. As an Oklahoma Foster Care Alum, he is asked often to speak on issues related to the foster care system, share ways communities can help youth and young adults with behavioral and mental health issues, and share his personal story. The Church, Teachers, and Mentors had a profound impact on Allen’s journey from foster care into adulthood.

 In his free time, Allen enjoys spending time with family, working on cars, and binge watching Netflix.  You may contact Pastor Allen at acarson@wesleyelreno.org.


                                                      


Becca McBee

Director of Administration and Finance





Becca has been working at the church for 11 years and is the central hub for administration and finance
at the church. She is married to 
Scott and has two boys - David and Steven. When she's not keeping
the church running, she is busy 
attending band contests and concerts, theatre rehearsals and
productions, and family dinners
. You can get Becca at administration@wesleyelreno.org                                                                                                                                         



Emily Walker
Director of Children's Ministry





Emily is in her 7th year as the Director of Children's Ministry at Wesley. She has
a passion for 
kids and works hard to make sure they are raised in the church in a
healthy and wholesome environment. Her awesome skills include mastering the sacred
art of Pinterest, organizing massive programs like Vacation Bible School and Project
Transformation, fighting dragons, and giving herself to the Kingdom of God like none other.
She is married to Ty, and they have two daughters: Lilly and Atlee. You can contact Emily at 
children@wesleyelreno.org



Eden Badget

Director of Music Ministries


Eden Badgett grew up in East Tennessee and comes to Oklahoma by way of North Carolina and Colorado. With two degrees in choral conducting, Eden began her career working as a choir tour manager for national youth and collegiate choirs, and serving as music director for various Protestant churches throughout the Southeastern United States. In recent years she has focused more on arts management, and from 2013 to 2015 she worked as the Content & Communications Manager and Board Liaison for Bravo! Vail, an orchestra and chamber music festival in Vail, Colorado. Currently, she works as the Student Success Coordinator for Oklahoma City University's School of Music in Oklahoma City, as well as Music Director for WUMC. When not working, Eden loves volunteering, spending time with her two rowdy dogs (Ellie the Beagle and Scout the Pit Bull), cooking with too much butter, finally reading Game of Thrones, and learning as many Sara Bareilles songs on the guitar as possible. Her current podcast obsession is Welcome to Night Vale. For questions about WUMC's music ministry, email Eden at music@wesleyelreno.org.

 


Matthew Rinaldi
Director of Youth Ministries





    


Doug Coles
Custodian

 


Gina Wilkerson
Visual and Electronic Media   





Gina grew up at Wesley. She remembers fondly being a child and sitting with her extended family in worship, singing
together the great old hymns being played by her grandmother,
 the church organist. Gina takes care of the visual
media of the church which includes the video projection every Sunday. Gina is married to John, and they have two
daughters - Meghan and Lynn - as well as one son - Colt.
 Her favorite pastimes include doing unseen remarkable work behind the scenes, and serving Jesus with all her heart. If you need Gina, all you have to do is email her at screens@wesleyelreno.org                                                                            
                                                           


John Wilkerson
Nursery Coordinator





John is the proud uncle to all the little 
children in the church. When it's time for a child to age out of being in the nursery,
it's always a hard breakup. John is hardworking farmer by day and a loving father, husband, and super great guy all the
rest of the time. John is married to Gina (Don't look now! She's right above you!), and they have three teenage children -
Meghan, Lynn, and Colt. When he's not busy organizing the nursery or shucking corn, John is an avid home builder,
having literally built his home from the ground up. 



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