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Rev. Michael Beck
Senior Pastor

As a traditionally trained Methodist minister, Rev. Michael Beck serves as the senior pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church. Michael completed his Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary with highest honors. As a recipient of the Towel and Basin Award, the most prestigious award given to a graduating senior, Michael exemplifies the role of a servant-leader. He also received the Zondervan Greek Scholarship Award as the most outstanding Greek student in his graduating class. His preaching, firmly grounded in the Scriptures, blends the prophetic with the practical. Michael’s ability to make the truth of the Bible real to everyday life contributes to the vibrant nature of our inspiring worship experiences.
God has used Pastor Michael’s traditional Methodist training in some very non-traditional ways. This is evidenced by a thriving New Life worship experience geared toward young families, a multi-site Celebrate Recovery program, as well as weekly worship gatherings held in local restaurants and tattoo parlors. The God inspired impact of this innovative approach has seen the addition of over 200 new members in the past four years, the majority of whom are brand new Christians.

Michael’s inspirational style of leadership has led him outside the local church and into the community. As a missional pioneer he has spearheaded several movements to create systemic change. God is now using Michael’s gifts and passion to reach the not-yet-Christian on a district and national level as the newly appointed South Atlantic Coordinator of Fresh Expressions US. He lives here in Wildwood with his wife, Jill, and their blended family of 8 children.

 

Pastor Krista Olson
Associate Pastor

Krista found her life in Jesus through the ministries of Wildwood United Methodist Church. Subsequently, she was heavily involved in the creation of the New Life experience, and several Fresh Expressions. She heard God’s call on her life while serving in those capacities beside Pastor Michael. As a hairdresser of 16 years she enjoyed bringing forth the hidden potential of people’s outer beauty and pointing to their sacred worth. Now in her role as pastor, she helps people experience healing and inner transformation in Christ.

She is passionate about recovery ministries, serving alongside the Care Shepherds, and is heavily involved in several of the eight fresh expressions of Wildwood UMC. Not only is Krista the Associate Pastor, she is the Pastor of Shear Love at Soul Salon, a fresh expression where her passion and calling fuse together working with folks in a pop up salon! There she cultivates peoples’ inner and outer beauty, fusing together her beautifying skills with her compassionate pastoral heart.

She is currently in the candidacy process of The United Methodist Church pursuing licensing as a local pastor. Krista is an incredibly gifted preacher and teacher, who has an uncanny ability to help people connect God’s word to their daily lives in practical ways. She has a natural ability and passion to meet with people right where they are. She loves to be with people and help them experience God’s love.

Her life verse, “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Nicole Pennington
 

Pastor
Nicole Larrabee
Associate Pastor

Nicole Larrabee is currently serving as a associate/co-Pastor for the United Methodist church here at Wildwood UMC. Nicole answered a call to preach years ago, but was in Nursing school at the time. At the time she believed it wasn’t the right timing so continued to complete , and get her degree as a Registered Nurse. Still, she continued to hear God’s call on her life to move forward in ministry as clergy. Two years ago Nicole came forward in the United Methodist Church to fulfill Gods call through this ministry.
Nicole has been involved in music since she was a young girl, and is passionate about singing , playing guitar and leading worship. She is also proudly leading the contemporary band here at wildwood, they call themselves the Wild Ones Band. Nicole is continuing to go forward in the United Methodist Church to become a licensed local pastor and is currently in the process. She plans to attend seminary in the future when the time comes to do so. She continues to move forward with continued education that the UMC requires until then.
Nicole is a mother of two sons , Caleb and Kyle and also is actively involved in the life of her older grandmother. Nicole loves working with children and older people, and animals. She enjoys teaching, and preaching and has a heart for the down trodden. She enjoys engaging with the community through outreach and music.
Although she is a pastor she continues to work as a Home Health Care nurse as well. Nicole is a big supporter of Celebrate Recovery that takes place here at Wildwood on a weekly basis.
Nicole Pennington is a passionate young lady with a heart for Jesus and the people of the community.