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Church Leadership

"The United Methodist Church does not have a central headquarters or a single executive leader. Duties are divided among bodies that include the General Conference, the Council of Bishops and the Judicial Council. Each of these entities is required by our Constitution, a foundational document, to be part of our structure, and plays a significant role in the life of the church." Learn more


2023 WNC Annual Conference Notes

2024 Church Leadership

Admin Council Position Descriptions


An UPDATE from LAY LEADER Nancy Tarte

I am now in my fourth of four years as Lay Leader of DUMC. As such I have been involved in a variety of church committees working to imagine the church of the future. Our congregation (lay people) are charged to follow Jesus, make disciples and transform the world. My job is to inspire, guide, motivate and lead all of us towards achieving these goals. I am excited about the possibilities within our community, especially with the opening of the new building and renovation of the fellowship hall. I believe we will continue to be a vital part of the Lake Norman community in new and different ways.

I have been an active member of DUMC for 32 years along with my husband Jeff and our three adult children. I have served in numerous capacities over the years. DUMC has provided a foundation not only for my faith but for my friendships and involvement in the Lake Norman community. Davidson is also where I have spent my career as a pediatrician. 

Now more than ever we are called to live out Jesus’ commandment to us. “Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)   

I believe that through grace-filled dialogue, discernment, prayer and love, we can and will find our way as disciples of Jesus, making DUMC a warm and loving place where we can worship, learn and serve God and all God’s people.  Each one of you is important to the future of DUMC. I invite you to share with me your love and commitment as well as your questions or concerns by contacting me at    

“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)   


At Davidson United Methodist Church’s 2021 Charge Conference in November, lay leadership committees and positions were elected. Our church follows the basic organizational plan for local churches as set forth in The Book of Discipline. This plan “shall include provision for a Charge Conference and the church (Administrative) Council” which “shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the Charge Conference.” Over the next several months we’ll share the role of each administrative committee that is required to report to the Charge Conference and/or the Administrative Council as well as hear from church members who serve as chairs of the committees. 

Greg Stimson, Administrative Council Chair
DUMC has been my church home since 2001. After joining the church in 2004, my wife Kristi and I served on a Sunday School teaching team for 10 years. Last year I served as a teacher with the confirmation class and was proud to see our daughter be confirmed and join DUMC. I have been a member of the finance committee and served as the Administrative Council vice chair the last two years.
Participating in a 2004 Walk to Emmaus retreat with my dad had a profound impact on me. I was inspired to become a servant leader for my family, church, job, and community. My goal is to work with the immensely talented group of servant leaders at DUMC and to inspire everyone in our church to consider the call to join us. Together we can be the Body of Christ in our community through worship, education, fellowship, and service.
Please feel free to contact me at

Eric Franzen, Administrative Council Vice Chair
I begin my service as Administrative Council Vice Chair after completing the last two years as an at-large Council member. Having both been raised in the Methodist church, my wife Charlotte and I have been at DUMC for 8 years. Both of our children are active in DUMC's music ministry which we have supported since joining.
As an active Rotarian I value community service and outreach and hope to bolster DUMC's mission of service to the community. I look forward to exploring new ideas in this area as well as opportunities in digital ministry.

 

Bobby Cashion - Chair of Finance Committee

I grew up at a Methodist church in Cornelius and my family and I have been members of DUMC since 1997.  I believe strong churches and thriving congregations help build durable communities.   I am the Managing Director with Davidson Capital Advisors working with small and medium-sized businesses.  The Finance Committee is charged with overseeing the budget and financial operations of the church for the purpose of fulfilling the DUMC’s mission of being the body of Christ in our community through worship, education, fellowship, and service. 

Eric Dana - Chair of Board of Trustees

I am serving my second year on the Board of Trustees, and in 2024 becoming the Chair. This committee has the supervision, oversight, and care of DUMC’s property and equipment to assure the church has the adequate facilities to be the body of Christ in our community. I was raised Presbyterian, but have been Methodist and part of the DUMC family for over 20 years, including serving as an usher.  My wife Heather and I have 4 grown children who all reside locally in the Charlotte area.  From a professional career perspective, I am the Chief Financial Officer of a company in the energy management industry, which has transferable skills to help me better serve DUMC and the community