Winterville United Methodist Church

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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Meet Our Staff

Rev. John Merk, Pastor                                                                                                                        E-mail:

Kristy Smith, Administrative Assistant

I have been blessed to work at WUMC for almost 15 years and look forward to the next 15 years.


Tom Bouknecht, Music Director
Tom Bouknecht was born April 27th, 1949 in Troy, Ohio. At the age of 3, his family moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where he was raised. He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in 1967. He earned his BME degree from St. Leo College in Florida in 1971, with a double major in voice and piano.

In 1971, after graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield/Fort Stewart with the 80th Army and then the 94th Infantry Division Band.

After he was discharged, he took a job with the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in Athens, Georgia and worked with Consolidate Freight and Watkins Moto Lines until starting with the US Postal Service in 1987. He retired as postmaster in Stephens, GA.

He has served as Music Director at several United Methodist Churches; Grace in Savannah, 1st in Watkinsville and now, here at Winterville.

Tom has 5 children and 2 grandchildren and lives with his wife, Angela, and 2 grown children, Mallory and T.J. who is married with a daughter due any day.


Brenda Keen, Nursery Director


Greg Toler, 8:45 Pianist