Our Pastor, Staff and LeadersMEET OUR TEAM
Pastor Alan Felton
I am a life-long Methodist and North Carolinian. I grew up in Edgecombe and Wilson Counties. My wife, Joan and I are parents of two children, John Alan and Virginia Gayle, as well as two beloved dogs, Lucy and Freedom.
I earned a B.A. in History (concentrations in American and African history) along with a minor in political science from North Carolina Wesleyan College. I received my M. Div from Duke University’s Divinity School along with a specialization certificate in gender studies there. I served in the U.S. Army infantry and almost fifteen years in politics and government before entering the ministry, including nine years at the North Carolina Department of Revenue where I held various positions including planning director, assistant secretary for tax compliance, assistant secretary for business systems, and chief of change management and organizational development.
I am the vice-president of the Methodist Federation for Social Action’s NC chapter and a member of Duke Divinity School’s national alumni board. I also am a member of the advisory board for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. I worked for a number of years as a teaching assistant at DDS in the areas of worship and sacraments, preaching, Methodist polity and doctrine, Christian ethics, Black Church studies, and leadership. I teach worship and sacraments and the advanced course on Methodist doctrine for Duke’s Course of Study Program. I am a member of the NC Conference’s Connectional Table, a body charged with helping to cast and implement the Conference’s vision for healthy congregations and effective leaders in every place making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and I serve as chair of the Table’s Diversity and Racial Equity Team. I also serve on the Capital District’s Racial Healing Team and the District’s Buildings and Relocation Committee. I sit on the board of directors for the NC Institute for Spiritual Direction and Formation. I am currently pursuing my doctor of ministry degree in the area of preaching and homiletics at Hood Theological Seminary.
I have a passion for the proclamation of the Gospel, making disciples through personal and organizational development, and working for justice in the world particularly at the intersections of race and gender. Before arriving at North Raleigh, I served as pastor in churches in Oxford, Henderson, Apex, and Durham, North Carolina.
John was born in Raleigh and has lived here for his 18 years of life and is currently a senior at Leesville Road High School. John and his family, Eric, Stephanie and Cameron Broer, have been long time members of the church. John is excited to become more involved in the church, going from carrying the bible and candle lights into service as a kid, to taking part in preparations for Sunday and working with Pastor Alan.
Outside of Church at Six Forks, John holds another job at Capital Oaks RLC. He continues to work hard in his final year of school and look forward to the future while still enjoying the present. John finds joy in working on cars, spending time with friends and family (including his dogs!), and the occasional video game.
Rowena was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 7 years old. She was raised primarily in Greenfield, Massachusetts, then attended the University of Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music. She and her nuclear family eventually moved to Palm Bay, Florida, where they lived for 10 years before moving to Apex, North Carolina five years ago. In addition to being the Pianist for the Church at Six Forks, Rowena gives music lessons (piano, keyboard, and singing) through her company, RNR Performing Arts as well as Prelude Music Academy. She is a member of both the North Carolina Music Federation and the Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Association.
Rowena has been a church musician since she was 19, working in different capacities including Organist, Choir Director, Pianist, Liturgical Dance Instructor, and Minister of Music. Churches she has worked for include Robbins Memorial Church, South Deerfield Congregational Church, First Congregational Church in Greenfield, and Leverett Congregational Church, all in Massachusetts; Christ United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in Florida; and Swift Creek Baptist Church in Raleigh.
A performing artist since age 5, Rowena has also been involved in musical productions for over 50 years, having worn several hats including Director, Producer, Music Director, Choreographer, Dance Captain, Stage Manager, Costume Mistress, Properties Mistress, and various principal and ensemble theatre roles. Rowena is also a retired dance teacher, a published playwright, and the founder of RMC Fairy Tale Theatre, FUMC Theatre Ministry Group, and several ensembles (both dance and instrumental).
Rowena has been married to her husband, Eric, for 30 years. They have four wonderful children – Katie and Laura, who live with them in Apex; and Steven and Elysse, who both live and work in Florida.
THE PRAISE TEAM
The Church at Six Forks Praise Team includes:
The Design Team
The Design Team is our Church Administrative team, which oversees the staff, facilities, and finances of the church. Along with the Ministry Teams we care for the operations and missional focus of the church.
Our current Design Team includes:
Chair: Rachel Gorrell, Staff Parish Relations Chair: Nanette Lavery, Trustees Chair, Harold Dawson, Finance Chair: Ann McGrew, Treasurer/Lay Leader: Al O’Connell, Laura Bass, Deborah Dempsey, Emily Bessell, Andy Shrader
MINISTRY TEAM LEADERS
WELCOME & EVANGELISM:
Jason Bass & Bruce Buck
Karen Dean & Stephanie Broer
DISCIPLESHIP & PROGRAMMING
Rob Bays (Adult), Steve Edwards (Youth), Laura Bass (Children) & Haley DiFruscio (Youth Rep)
MISSION & OUTREACH
PD McNeil & Andrew Bessell