• Paul mcclure - pastor

    I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where I experienced my call to ministry at an early age.  After exploring other possible paths along the way, I majored in Church Music at Pfeiffer College, and answered the call to pastoral ministry while completing my studies there.  I received my M.Div. at Boston University School of Theology, worked and lived in Boston for a couple more years, and returned to NC in 1990 for my first appointment at a two-point charge in Stanly County.  I have also served appointments in High Point, Newton, Cramerton, Peachland and Greensboro before coming to Oak Hill.


    Music is a lifelong passion and outlet for me, so I am grateful for opportunities to share music in worship and ministry.  Over the years, I have coordinated ministries in area prisons, served on mission teams to Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Appalachians, and enjoy serving in diverse ways in the local community.  My deepest passion is to serve Jesus by serving others – sharing the Gospel of grace and healing, and helping others find their gifts and passion in Christ.


    I am married to my gracious wife, Stephanie, and we enjoy spending time with our Old English Sheepdog, Isabella, and our rescue tabby cat named Sienna.

  • AMALIE HINSON - MUSIC director

    Amalie is a native of North Carolina. She grew up singing in church and school choirs. She completed the Bachelor of Music Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University, the Master of Music Education at Appalachian State University, and the PhD in Music Education at UNCG. She has directed sacred music programs and taught choral music, handbells, music theory, and voice performance for 25 years, and currently directs choral activities and teaches general music at Liberty Middle School. Amalie resides in Newton. Her son, Ethan lives in Colorado, and her daughter, Edith, lives in Washington DC.


  • shannon lemaster-smith

    youth and family outreach minister

    I am married to my best friend, Jonathan. We have two fluffy beagapoos, Jupiter and Biscuit. I graduated from Freedom High School, received degrees in Music and Christian Education from Pfeiffer University, and finished a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution from UNC Greensboro. I am an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, a clergy order ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice.  I live out my call by equipping and empowering the church to go out into the world and love our neighbors and helping all people experience God's love and grace. I love working with children, youth and families specifically to nurture the spiritual formation and faith development of young people through creating a safe, loving community where we explore the stories and rituals of our faith and ask questions and use imagination as we seek to grow in our understanding of God. My favorite color is purple. I like playing board/card games, watching movies, singing, being in nature, taking pictures of beautiful things, going on long walks, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people.

  • shari legoullon - secretary

    I am originally from western Pennsylvania and I am a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan. My husband, Eric, and I moved to North Carolina in 1990. We have two children, Amber and Ryan. For fun, I sing with the Carolina Style Chorus, which is a part of Sweet Adelines International, a capella singing in the barbershop style.  We have 45 women in our group. 

  • grace hartley - church treasurer

    I was born and raised in Hickory, NC. I was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church where I joined the church and sang in the choir.  I attended Hickory High School, The Highlands School for Girls in Avon Park, FL and graduated from Kee’s Business College in Norfolk, VA.  I have just retired as Accounting Manager from Mimosa Hills Golf Club where I was employed for 18 years. I have spent all my life in the accounting/office environment.  I belong to North Morganton United Methodist Church where I sing in the choir and serve on various committees. I am presently the financial secretary of our church and have served in that capacity for the past three years.


    My hobbies are gardening, golfing, swimming and enjoying my two grandchildren, Matthew and Ryan.  My daughter, Virginia, son in law, Chris, and grandchildren reside in Clemmons, NC. I have a son, Robert Johnston, who is the band director at Freedom High School here in Morganton.  My husband, Gary, and I reside in Morganton with our little dog, Coco.  It is an honor and a delight to be part of the staff at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question or concern.

  • ann aldridge - organist

    I have been Methodist all my life and enjoy being involved at Oak Hill.  I have taught Sunday School and have been chairperson of many committees including Administrative Council and now I'm Chairperson of our Finance Committee.  I am involved in our District and Conference and have been a  delegate to Annual and Jurisdictional Conferences, and very active with United Methodist Women.


    My career has been working with the deaf.  I have experience with deaf education administration and I’m currently a licensed sign language interpreter.  I am married to Wade and mother of Richard and Brandon and foster mother of Chris.


    I am the volunteer organist at Oak Hill and enjoy singing in the choir.

  • amy absher - pianist - traditional service