Church Staff

Rev. Edgar De Jesus

Pastor Edgar was born and raised in the heart of Manila, Philippines.  He is married to Judy and blessed with two children, Kristina and Elaine.

Pastor Edgar’s faith journey started at Wesley UMC in Manila where he encountered at young age, God’s unconditional love and grace.  When he was in high school, he became involved with the United Methodist Youth Fellowship where he discovered more about Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation.

Pastor Edgar heard God’s voice from his inner being at youth event called “Christmas Institute”.  This became the first turning point of his life as God’s  him to personally accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

The second turning point of Pastor Edgar’s life came in 1997 when God called him to serve through the ordained ministry. After earning his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of the Philippines, he pursued Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University. He was commissioned as Probationary Member in 2000 and ordained Full Elder in 2003— the first and only Filipino-American clergy member of the North Carolina Conference.

Pastor Edgar responded to God’s invitation to serve various mission fields in the North Carolina Conference: Saxapahaw UMC (2000-2003), Edenton St. UMC (2003-2006), Mt. Zion UMC (2006-2010) and Cornerstone UMC (2010-2013). Prior to his appointment to Davis Street UMC, he served as Lead Pastor of Richlands UMC from 2013-2017.

Moreover, Pastor Edgar’s leadership led him to represent the connectional church to the Jurisdictional and General Conferences of The United Methodist Church, World Methodist Conference and the World Council of Churches. He led mission team to Illinois, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Philippines and Costa Rica.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Edgar leads the church in fulfilling God’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He is a visionary leader who loves people with strong passion in preaching, leadership and evangelism.

Edgar De Jesus Elected President of NAFAUM

Edgar De Jesus, pastor of Davis Street UMC in Burlington, has been elected president of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) during the recent 16th NAFAUM convocation in Manila, Philippines.  In its 30 years of existence, NAFAUM held its convocation outside the United States for the first time on January 3-6, 2018.

Rev. De Jesus will lead the association of Filipino and Filipino American United Methodists in North America and will primarily represent the Filipino caucus in the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM) and the advisory committee for the Asian American Language Ministries and Pacific Islanders (AALM) of the General Board of Global Ministries.

The historic gathering, dubbed “BalikBayanihan 2018,” was hosted and participated in by the Philippines Central Conference, the Manila Episcopal Area, and the Central United Methodist Church of Manila.


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Music Director
Dr. Stephen Futrell

Stephen joins the Davis Street staff on August 1 as Director of Music.  Dr. Futrell is an Associate Professor at Elon University, where he has served as the Director of Choral Activities since 1999.  He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from Louisiana State University.

He has over twenty-five years experience as a professional live and studio vocalist/trumpeter/writer/arranger/producer and as on-screen talent—performing extensively throughout the gulf coast region, the Kansas City metropolitan area, Chicago, Orlando and Nashville—and has worked internationally as a music producer for Dreamworks~SKG.  He co-wrote and co-produced the musical theme and a promotional CD for the Ever Elon campaign with Dr. Todd Coleman, Coordinator of Music Production & Recording Arts at Elon.  He has offered professional clinics and presentations on conducting, rehearsal techniques, sound reinforcement, vocal jazz style & technique, vocal jazz ensemble technique and literature and improvisation for state conferences for North Carolina, Louisiana and Arizona ACDA and MEA and has appeared as a guest soloist and clinician at high school and collegiate jazz festivals.

Dr. Futrell comes with a strong work experience with church choirs, especially within Methodist tradition.  He served as Director of Music at Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burlington, as interim Music Director at First United Methodist Elon, and Director of Youth and Children’s Choirs and Coordinator for UMYF at St. Paul’s UMC in Lenexa, Kansas.


img_20160724_115843107janeMusic Accompanist
Jane Williams

Cultural Arts Chair/Theatre Director/Choral Director/Piano Educator, Orange High School, Hillsborough, NC.

Director of high school theatre and vocal programs developing a program of 85 students. Jane is also.  pianist for all vocal, choral and musical theatre performances.

PART-TIME DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN MINISTRY
Davis Street United Methodist Church, a thriving, diverse and multicultural downtown church in Burlington, North Carolina, is seeking a Part-Time Director of Children Ministry who is Christ-centered, innovative, self-starter and highly 7motivated. The main purpose of this position is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan and administrative support in re-birthing and growing our children ministry from birth-5th grade. It is essential that this individual be able to work with the laity in empowering them and delegating the responsibilities of ministry to them as a shared effort for growing our children ministry.
The preferred successful candidate should have an associate degree, minimum of 2-3 years of experience in children’s ministry leadership (preferably in mid-size to large congregation), and strong personal faith consistent with the United Methodist tradition.
Resume, along with a cover letter, can be sent to bswilson@triad.rr.com

PART-TIME DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Davis Street United Methodist Church, a thriving, diverse and multicultural downtown church in Burlington, North Carolina is seeking a Part-Time Director of Youth Ministry who is a Christ-centered innovative, self-starter and highly motivated. The candidate must be a passionate disciple of Jesus and equally passionate for youth becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
The main purpose of this position is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan and administrative support in re-birthing and growing our youth ministry for students 6th-12th grade. It is essential that the candidate be able to work with the laity in empowering them and delegating the responsibilities of ministry to them as a shared effort for growing our youth ministry.
The preferred successful candidate should have an associate degree, minimum of 2-3 years of experience in youth ministry leadership (preferably in mid-size to large congregation), and a strong personal faith consistent with the United Methodist tradition.
Resume, along with a cover letter, can be sent to bswilson@triad.rr.com