©2019 by Storied Church.

A future United Methodist congregation.

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Where are you from? 

Niceville, Florida

Favorite thing about Mebane/Alamance County? 

I fell in love with Mebane at the first Christmas parade my family attended in 2015. The Griswold family was a part of the parade... so I was sold. 

Why Storied Church?

I have always felt that I was dreaming and longing for the church that represented the values that Jesus represented. One that didn't confuse inclusion with exclusion. I believe that we experience something amazing when we are able to experience God's creation in all of us especially when we move from strangers to friends. That is why Storied Church is a big deal to me. 

Pastor

JASON GASKIN

Where are you from?

I grew up on a tobacco farm in northern Orange County. I spent much of my adult life in Maryland.
Favorite thing about Mebane?
I moved to Mebane because it has many of the conveniences of an urban area without the congestion and fast-paced ways.
Why Storied Church?
Storied Church appeals to me because it will be an open and affirming church where all will be welcomed and embraced.

Covenant Team Member

ELAINE BERRY

Where are you from?

Middleburg, VA

Favorite thing about Mebane?

Downtown Mebane so reminds me of my beloved hometown, so I was immediately drawn to the town. As I began to explore and to meet the residents, I felt right at home.  In addition, although I also realize many residents may not fully embrace the recent growth, I appreciate the conveniences that have come with the growth.

Why Storied Church?

Even though I love and appreciate many things about my current church, I want to be a part of a more diverse and inclusive church family, one where everyone is embraced and has a voice. I, also, want a church family willing to stand for those without a voice and who have been marginalized in their communities. I am excited about being part of a church where the mold has been set aside and new traditions can flourish.

Covenant Team Member

LOUISE SHULACK

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Where are you from? 

Mount Airy, NC

What is your favorite thing about Mebane?

It has a slower pace of life and is family-friendly, while also being close to cities and all they have to offer

Why Storied Church?

Storied Church offers a fresh take on church that is open to all looking to sincerely live out their faith.

Covenant Team Member

SCOTT WILLIAMS

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Covenant Team Member

RICHIE BARBOUR

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Where are you from? 

I grew up mainly in Mt. Pleasant, SC but also lived in Hilton Head, SC, and Ithaca, NY. I made Mebane my home in 2009.

What you love most about Mebane?

I love the downtown area and the local shopping options. My favorite thing to do on days when I am working from my home office is to start my day at one of our local coffee shops. I love the friendliness and the impromptu conversations that happen.

Why Storied Church?

I have been searching for a church looking to rethink and redesign the whole church/worship experience. I want a workship experience and a spiritual community that embraces all ages and backgrounds. I want my daughter to get as much out of the experience as I do. I love to sing and be a part of a myriad of voices lifting their voice to God. I want the old and the new to blend and for people to feel connected to one another as they work through their relationship with the divine. I want a place where people feel free to question and rethink and explore answers. Spirituality is a twisted journey, and I desperately want a place where I can walk that journey with other seekers without fear of judgment or condemnation. 

Covenant Team Member

LESLIE EAVES

Where are you from?

Wagram, North Carolina (its a tiny crossroads)

Favorite thing about Mebane?

My favorite thing about Mebane: I love the hometown feel of Mebane.  Even though it's growing rapidly, people here are still friendly and say hello when passing, there are neighbors you can count on, and my family lives close. 

Why Storied Church?

Storied Church is a place for curious, spiritually hungry people to be in community; those who say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” It’s a place to ask all the questions people are afraid to ask in other churches. It’s a place for people to bring their “ non-religious” and discontented souls for rest and reprieve. It’s a place for people……all people!

Covenant Team Member

Dr. JUDY H. BUTLER

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Where are you from?

Beaufort, SC

Favorite thing about Mebane/Alamance County?

My favorite thing about Mebane is the historic, charming downtown. We love how walkable it is and all the great stores, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops!

Why Storied Church?

After a long and drawn-out church search, I literally saw the first post-Jason shared about the church on the Mebane facebook page and sent my husband an email with the subject line “I think I found our church.” The vision of connecting with people and Christ around the table, valuing everyone’s story, and seeking to better our community resonated so deeply with us. We were also excited by his innovative ideas that "church" doesn’t have to happen just within 4 walls of a building on Sunday morning. This was my favorite part of that first facebook post I saw introducing us to Storied Church: “I am dreaming of ways that everyday places like our homes, dinner tables, coffee shops, bars, farmers markets, parks... the places where relationships and stories are formed and fostered... just might become the church.”

Covenant Team Member

SARAH WILLIAMS

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Where are you from?

Sanford, NC

What is your favorite thing about Mebane/Alamance County? 

This area is the perfect middle ground for everything.  You can drive an hour each way from Mebane and experience something different.  Mebane is still a city with a small-town feel.

Why Storied Church? 

After thirteen years of student ministry, it was clear something needed to change.  Thus, I made the career move from youth pastor to teaching high school.  All the while, I continued to have this stirring that a place of hope and healing needed to be created where all peoples truly can belong and be able to experience the fullness of who Jesus is.  I thought I was supposed to plant this, but since Jason Gaskin was already working on it, I jumped in. 

Our area needs a church like Storied Church.  A place where you can COME and truly BE and thus, BECOME.  A place where you do not have to have all the answers, be amid doubt, and be authentically who God created you to be, while making a great impact on the world around you.

Covenant Team Member

DAVID GADDY

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