New Salem Methodist Church
(704) 872-6097

155 New Salem Road
Statesville, NC 28625

Meet the team - New Salem Methodist Church

New Salem United Methodist Church has a great team of paid staff, and volunteer leaders.
Meet our team here:
Keith Franklin
A native of Rutherford County North Carolina. Graduate of Appalachian State University 1977 BSBA. Worked in textile industry management. Call to Ordained Ministry in 1983. Graduate of Duke Divinity School 1986 M.Div. Graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary 2003 D.Min. Thirty years service in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as an Elder. Appointments: Belmont: St.Mark's UMC; Randleman: Mt.Lebanon UMC; Tryon: Tryon UMC; Greensboro: Moriah UMC; Jefferson: Jefferson UMC; North Wilkesboro: First United Methodist Church North Wilkesboro; Welcome: Center UMC; Weaverville: Weaverville UMC; Statesville: New Salem UMC. The School of Pastoral Care North Carolina Baptist Hospital: CPE 1995; Stephen Ministry Leader; Reynolds Program in Church Leadership. Building Teams: Puerto Rico; St. Croix; Dominican Republic; Pilgrimages to: Holy Land; Footsteps of Paul in Greece: 2018: Wesley Heritage Tour. Married to Amelia B. Franklin. Home in Tryon, NC. Favorite pastimes: visiting with family and friends; Blue Ridge Parkway; Hanging out in Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. Favorite teams: ASU Mountaineers, Duke Blue Devils, Carolina Panthers.
Mary Cooke
Director of Music
A North Carolina native, Dr. Mary Lee Cooke was raised and presently resides in Mecklenburg County. After graduating from North Mecklenburg High School, she furthered her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received a DMA in Vocal Performance. Dr. Cooke has been the Music Director here at New Salem since 2010. In the years prior to this, she served Methodist churches in Concord and Huntersville, N.C. In addition to directing church choirs, she has taught voice and performed in opera, oratorio and community theater. Presently she is an Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College. Dr. Cooke’s interest in Civil War history fueled her research in songs of that era created by Southern women. Her dissertation, Southern Women, Southern Voices: Civil War Songs by Southern Women, was published in 2008.
Alice Pounders
Sharon Brown
Nursery Worker
I was born and raised in Statesville, NC. I am a widow and have one son. I began attending New Salem UMC in 1983. I currently work as a Help Desk Technician at Carolina IT Professionals, as well as being the Nursery Worker at New Salem.
Tony Ballard
Amy Wilhelm-Cook

Amy is a life-long resident of Statesville.  She graduated from South Iredell High School and worked in the administrative field for 20 years.

After becoming a Mom, Amy left the public sector to be a full time Mom and homeschool teacher.  Later she started her own cleaning

business as a great way to support the family.  Her Proudest accomplishment is Being Lexi’s mother!

Sue Hinson
Administrative Assistant

Sue is the wife of Randal Hinson, Police Officer with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Mom to their 5 children, 2 of which are still at home.

Lee is 16 and attends South Iredell High School, and Emilee, who is 13, attends Northview IB, in Statesville. Sue and her family are members of Sharon Lutheran Church.

Originally from Belmont, North Carolina she attended South Point High School and graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a BA in Business Management and a minor in

Computer Science.  Sue retired from the Internal Revenue Service after serving for 25 years and 9 months and feels blessed to be at New Salem United Methodist Church.