Dr. Samuel (Sam) Moore, Jr.

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Rev. Dr. Moore was appointed Pastor of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church in July 2015. This appointment occurred after serving as a District Superintendent for the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church for seven years. Before becoming a superintendent, he pastored congregations in Randleman, Thomasville, Reidsville and Greensboro, North Carolina. He was an active member of the Board of Trustees at Bennett College for Women as well as Pfeiffer University. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees at Greensboro College. Rev. Dr. Moore received a BA in Religion from Greensboro College, a Master’s in Divinity from Duke University, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University. He was selected as a distinguished GC alumnus in 2011.

He is married to Marva Lowe Moore and they have a blended family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Assistant Pastor

Rev. Candido Albino

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Candido was born in Puerto Rico on February 3, 1960. He received his associate degree on Social Work from the World University in Guayama, Puerto Rico. In 2016, Candido completed his fifth year of Course of Study at Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  Candido has served as Director, Pastor and Founder of Ministry Cave of Adulam and Remembranza Music Ministry from 1997 to 2006, and his first pastoral assignment was from 2000 to 2004 at Comerio Puerto Rico United Methodist Church. In 2006, Candido was called to the WNCC Conference for mission work with Latino Ministries in North Carolina.  Candido was appointed to Blair Road United Methodist Church Blair Road in Mint Hill , NC from 2007 to 2010 and then to Forest Hill United Methodist Church in Concord, NC as Associate Pastor and Pastor of the Latino Ministry.  Candido is married to Pilar Perez and has three bright children Tanairi, Thamar, and Uziel.

Minister of the African Venue and Recreation

Jon-Alexander Kwiagaye, Jr

Assistant Minister & African Venue Administrator

Preciouse Wilson

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Preciouse was born in his native homeland of Liberia, West Africa. He was reared by his aunt an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has been married to his lovely wife Loretta for eighteen years. They have two beautiful children, Elijah and Faith. Preciouse and Loretta are both registered nurses. Preciouse holds a dual master degree in Business Administration and Health Care Management. Recently Preciouse graduated with a Master of Divinity. However,  it is the degree in religion that brings about fulfillment, contentment and desire to serve God. It is the studying and living the Word of God that continues to transform our lives. Preciouse and his family are Christians who have made Jesus the Lord and Savior of their lives. Preciouse believes that serving God and humanity is paramount in his walk with God. All that I am and all that I surrender to God becuase  all belongs to God.

Preschool Director

Sharon Freeze

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Sharon has been involved at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church for over 20 years.  She became a teacher here in our preschool in 2004 and has served as the Preschool Director since 2008.  Her position allows her to use her gift of administration and her love for children at the same time.  She enjoys talking with preschoolers and their families, gardening, and loves her Carolina Panthers!  

Music Director

Geoffrey Korf

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Geoffrey, born and raised in San Diego, California, has wandered all over this country (and even lived a year in England), before settling in Charlotte for its climate, trees, diversity, and historic charm.  Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana UniversityBloomington, and a Master of Music in Choral Music Education from Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.  During his time in Texas, he was Music and Arts Director of Trinity UMC in Austin.  Geoffrey's goals are to create greater opportunities for participation in music ministry, to foster connections between the different services, and to expand HGUMC's reach into the greater community.  He lives with a canine sidekick less than a mile from church, and he loves sleeping, trees, and thunderstorms.

Office Administrator/Financial Secretary

Gail Reynolds

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Gail joined our staff on December 18th, 2017. Gail is a native Charlottean and a graduate of UNCC. She and her husband Morris have a Pomeranian named Lady. Gail has been an elementary school teacher and church office administrator. She is a member at Durham Memorial Baptist Church and enjoys crafts and gardening.

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