Rev. Dr. A. Gene Cobb – Lead Pastor

Since being appointed Lead Pastor in June 2009, my responsibilities include general oversight of the worship, administration, and disciple-making programs of the local church, as well as connecting St. Luke with the church beyond Sanford.  I love the people of St. Luke and the passion we experience when we work together for the Lord.  My favorite experiences are always when we worship, celebrate the sacraments, hear and respond to the joyful sound that “Jesus Saves,” and whenever we are privileged to spend time together growing in our relationships and becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ.

Rev. William E. Sabiston – Associate Pastor/Coordinator of Youth Ministries/Director of Witness Ministries

I arrived in August 2015 as the Coordinator of Youth Ministries.  During the Summer of 2016 I was licensed as a Licensed Local Pastor in the North Carolina Annual Conference, and now serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Luke while also attending Duke Divinity School.  I assist the Lead Pastor in whatever is needed and also serve as the Coordinator of Youth Ministries to our wonderful youth here at St. Luke.  My favorite part of my job at St. Luke is taking the youth to retreats, most especially Pilgrimage, and watching them worship God in all types of ways.

Rev. Judy Drye – Minister of Visitation/Director of Outreach Ministries

I was appointed to St. Luke in 1997 and served as the Associate Pastor for 5 years.  Not only was the congregation warm and easy to love, but they garnered my respect through their work and ministry in the Sanford community and throughout the world.  When I returned to Sanford in 2013, it was with joy and anticipation that I also returned “home” to St. Luke.  That is my testimony to the vitality, faithfulness and love of the St. Luke congregation.  Since September 2014 I have been blessed to serve the congregation once again as Minister of Visitation.

Kimberly Philpott – Coordinator of Christian Music/ Director of Worship Ministries


Carol Knight – Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry/ Director or Nurture Ministries

I came to St. Luke in November 2015 as the Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry. I am responsible for coordinating and giving oversight to all programs for children from birth through 5th grade, including Sunday School, Sunday nights, seasonal events, and the nursery. I also direct the St. Luke drama programs, and coordinate family outings and trips. I love spending time with the children–talking to them, asking questions, and listening to their responses. I want to walk alongside our families as we work together, as a team, to provide experiences that help form a firm foundation for faith, in which parents and children can learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Lisa Wilson – Church Administrator

I began working at St. Luke in January 1998 as the part-time Assistant to the Administrator. I have had many job titles over the years. My position as Church Administrator involves managing the business, financial and facility operations. I love being a part of the staff of St. Luke!

Laura Alverson – Church Secretary

I began working at St. Luke in August 2001, shortly after my family moved to Sanford from Alabama.  As church secretary, I prepare worship bulletins, newsletters and promotional flyers, along with lots of general record-keeping and list-keeping.  I love working at St. Luke because of its wonderful, warm, caring members!

Dianne Stanley – Church Organist

I grew up in Steele Street Methodist Church, was married at St. Luke United Methodist Church, and began as the Organist in January of 2013. I am also the Interim Choir Director now as well, which means I choose all service music for the Casey Chapel and Sanctuary services. I love working at my home church and being a part of such a loving congregation.

Carolyn Lee – After School Care Director

I began working at St. Luke United Methodist Church as a preschool teacher in 1993.  In the fall of 2005, I took on the role of Afterschool Director. Children are my passion and my love.    Working at St Luke is like working with family.

Ellen Mangum – Preschool Director

I am the “old lady on the block.” I began working at St. Luke Preschool in October 1984.  As director of St. Luke Preschool, I overlook the day to day operations of the preschool program. What do I love best about my job?  I love my preschoolers and my co-workers; they brighten my days!