Programs Team

Dr. Catherine Nance

Director of Music

Phone: 803-648-6891 ext. 206

Catherine Stapleton Nance grew up in SC as the daughter of a United Methodist minister. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Converse College, after which she moved to New York City and earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance. For several years, she enjoyed a successful career in singing, both in musical theater and opera. After marrying in 1993, she made Aiken her home, teaching on the faculty of USC Aiken. In 2001, she became the Director of Music Ministries at St. John's and felt that for the first time, she was truly fulfilling God's calling in her life. She directs the older elementary choir and Chancel Choir, which provides musical leadership in the 11 a.m. worship service.

Christopher Nash

Organist & Assistant Director of Music


Christopher is originally from Greenwood, SC where he began musical studies at a very young age. He received his degree in Organ Performance from University of South Carolina in Columbia. He has performed throughout the Southeast and was accompanist for the University Choir during his time at USC. Christopher has been a veteran of church music for over 20 years and considers it an honor and joyous occasion to sit down and play a worship service. Our hand bell choir, the 8:30 Sonrise Choir, and the Foundation Singers (our youth choir) are also under the direction of Christopher. In addition to his job in our music ministry, he also owns a retail holdings company, based out of Columbia.

Bekah Muir

Director of Student 

Phone: 803-648-6891 ext. 212

Bekah grew up as a member of St. John’s UMC’s Foundation Student Ministries.  She graduated from Aiken High and earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Change, and Social Responsibility from the College of Charleston.  She serves St. John's as the Director of Student Ministries.  In her free time, she enjoys live music (especially Zac Brown Band) and being on Edisto Beach or Lake Murray.

Amy Jernigan

Assistant Director of Student

Phone: 803-648-6891 ext. 207

Amy moved to Aiken in 2005 and has been a member of St. John's UMC since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Columbia College and a Master's degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Amy spent 8 years teaching in public schools in Columbia and Aiken. She has been on staff since June 2013. 

Kim Burke

Director of Children's Ministries
Phone: 803-648-6891 ext. 205

Kim is an active member of St. John’s and has served in many capacities at church including Children’s Advisory Council, teaching Children’s Sunday school, VBS Team Leader, SEED teacher, and Grove parent volunteer. She is also a 2005 graduate of Clemson University and enjoys      spending time with her family and their dog, Shep!

Michelle Pearson

SEED Preschool Director

Phone: 803-648-4745

Michelle was born in Lansing, Michigan, but has lived in Aiken for 40 years. To her, the best aspect of being the Director is watching the children laugh and learn while sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them. She has been on the staff at St. John's since 1994.

Greg Robinson

Media Manager

Phone: 803-648-6891

Greg was born in Carrollton, Georgia.  Growing up, he attended 9 different schools in 7 different states and is now happy to call Aiken home. He retired from AGY in 2015 and almost immediately came to work for St. John's.