Get To Know Our Staff!


John McGill, Pastor

Pastor John has a passion for worship, preaching and teaching in creative and relevant ways that speak to people regardless of whether they have been to church for 2 weeks or 20 years.  He began his ministry as a youth pastor for 15 years and has spent the past 5 years serving as the pastor of a local church.  He began his tenure at Waxhaw UMC in July, 2014.  John and his wife, Anita, have three children: Rachel, Jaya and Isaac.


Christian Pann, Director of Music

Christian works closely with the rest of the staff to bring energy and life to worship services and special events.  He has a passion for all types of music which is evidenced through his unique ability to lead a praise band for our 9am service and a traditional choir at the 11 o’clock service.  He is always looking for people who have a passion for music regardless of their skill level.  If you have an interest in using your musical talent as an offering to our ministries, please contact Christian.

Patricia McGee, Organist

Patsy’s role is to assist in bringing God to our worship through music and she does a wonderful job.  She has grown up in the church and is very faithful to being a part.  Patsy was a school teacher in Union County for many years and it shows in how  she cares for everyone she comes in contact with.  Come hear her play this Sunday!



Amy Howie, Administrative Coordinator

Amy is in our church office from 9am to 2pm Monday through Friday supporting our day to day operations. She is our point of contact for communications, oversees daily church operating business, and assists in various functions that enhance the ministry of Waxhaw UMC.  Amy is a member of the church, married to Jim, and has 2 sons and 3 adult stepchildren. Give her a call and introduce yourself!

Joanna Maynor, Weekday Children’s Ministry Director

Joanna is in the office Monday through Friday and oversees all the school’s operations.  Before becoming the director, she was a teacher.  Parents and children alike just love her fun, creative and caring nature.  Call her if you are interested in finding a church all-day preschool for your child.  She maintains a 5 Star school and uses Creative Curriculum.

What We Believe

Just as creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed summarize the belief of all Christians, the Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church and the Confessions of Faith of The Evangelical United Brethren Church form a foundation of doctrine for United Methodists. They, along with Wesley’s Sermons on Several Occasions and Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, are “standards” of doctrine for United Methodists.


The Articles of Religion

When the Methodist movement in America became a church in 1784, John Wesley provided the American Methodists with a liturgy and a doctrinal statement, which contained twenty-four “Articles of Religion” or basic statements of belief. These Articles of Religion were taken from the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England—the church out of which the Methodism movement began—and had been the standards for preaching within the Methodist movement. When these articles were voted on by the American conference, an additional article was added regarding the American context, bringing the total number of articles to 25.

These articles became the basic standards for Christian belief in the Methodist church in North America. First published in the church’s Book of Discipline in 1790, the Articles of Religion have continued to be part of the church’s official statement of belief.

Go to the Articles of Religion


The Confession of Faith

The Confession of Faith is the statement of belief from The Evangelical United Brethren Church. Consisting of 16 articles, the current form of this statement of faith was presented and adopted by the 1962 General Conference.

When The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 from the union of several branches of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, both The Articles of Religion and the Confession of Faith were adopted as basic statements of the Christian faith.

Go to the Confession of Faith

Read more about the history of how this statement of faith came to be


Wesley’s Sermons and Notes on the New Testament

Wesley’s sermons contain his basic understanding of the Christian faith and his thinking about how we are to live out this faith both personally and corporately. His written sermons were intended to teach the basic beliefs of the faith as well as nurture and encourage his followers in their discipleship.

Wesley’s Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament  provided his followers with tools for interpreting the Bible. These notes contained both Wesley’s own ideas as well as insights borrowed from other interpreters and commentaries.

Read Wesley’s Sermons on Several Occasions

Read Wesley’s Notes on the Bible

Read more about the history of these foundational documents



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