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An UPDATE from LAY LEADER Nancy Tarte
During my first year as Lay Leader I immersed myself in understanding church administration and working towards a new way of being “church” in this world of pandemic. I have connected not only with pastoral leadership and members of our church, but also with lay leadership from other area Methodist churches through education, faith formation and worship.
Our congregation (lay people) are charged to follow Jesus, make disciples and transform the world. As the primary lay representative of the congregation, my job is to inspire, guide, motivate and lead all of us towards achieving these goals. DUMC’s mission statement helps us do that by reminding us to be the body of Christ in our community through worship, education, fellowship and service.
I have been an active member of DUMC for 30 years along with my husband Jeff and our three now adult children. I have served in a number of capacities over the years including faith formation, music, hospitality, missions, staff-parish relations and children’s’ ministries. 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 in pediatrics.
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)
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.
Maia Setzer Chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).
My husband Britt and I have been DUMC members since 1999. I have served in lay leadership on SPRC as well as serving as chair of both Finance and the Administrative Council. I’ve also taught Sunday school and continue to volunteer with children's choirs. The Book of Discipline (¶258.2) lists 17 different duties of the SPRC but we strive to encourage, strengthen, nurture, and support pastors, staff, and their families, and to promote unity in the church with the congregation. In 2022, SPRC will be focusing on ensuring the congregation and staff have the resources necessary to deepen our engagement with our spiritual life.
Michael Baker Chair of Board of Trustees
Our family has been members of DUMC for over 20 years. We have enjoyed attending DUMC and raising our family in this church. This is my third year serving on the Board of Trustees. I look forward to our committee’s work as we are entrusted to manage the DUMC campus and work with the Building Committee as the church moves closer to a congregational vote on new building proposal. Additional information for the Board of Trustees may be found in The Book of Discipline beginning with ¶2525.
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.