Church Staff


  Ashley Cyre, Pastor

Ashley began his ministry at Hopewell UMC in 2015. Prior to his appointment to Hopewell, Ashley served as Chaplain Resident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he ministered in the Medical and Burn ICU’s, Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Units.  He also served for many years as Coordinator of Youth Ministries & Technology at Maple Springs UMC in Winston-Salem.  Ashley enjoys reading, movies, Star Wars, and collecting fountain pens and precision spinning tops. Ashley is joined by his wife Katie who is a hospice music therapist, and his son Eli, who is a 5th grader at Hopewell Elementary School.

  Karen Smith, Hopewell Preschool Director

Hi, my name is Karen Smith and I am the Director of the Hopewell United Methodist Preschool. This is my 14th year teaching Pre-K and 5th year as director. I look forward to growing, learning, and having fun with my students and fellow teachers. I grew up in the Trinity area. My husband, Billy, and I have been married for 32 years and have two children – Kaitlin and Nate. I love to go camping and the beach is my favorite vacation place!

 Katie Nelson, Director of Youth Ministries

Katie is excited to follow her call for youth ministry at Hopewell UMC.  Although she is a North Carolina native, Katie recently graduated from Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Divinity where she also became certified in youth ministry.  Katie enjoys talking with people and hearing their stories.  Katie also has two small dogs she loves to walk along the lake.