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Beverly Casstevens

As we announced during worship on April 2, Dr. Joe Harrington will be moving to the First United Methodist Church in Manchester after Annual Conference in June. Pastor Joe's last Sunday in our pulpit will be on June 11. North Fayette will be welcoming Dr. Beverly Casstevens as our new pastor on June 25. Her bio is below.

Beverly Casstevens

Beverly Wilkerson Casstevens is a native of South Carolina, born in Spartanburg and raised in Abbeville. She was band captain during both her junior and senior years in high school, played flute and piccolo, and led the band to its first two of eight consecutive state marching band championships. It was during the many performance and competitive trips that Beverly developed her love of travel. A graduate of Georgia State University, she holds a BA in Anthropology (Social, Physical and Archaeology), an MA in Comparative Psychology and a doctoral specialty in Primatology.

Beverly Casstevens
Her faith journey has led her to study with priests as well as rabbis, worshiping God in various faith traditions. An active member of the United Methodist Church since 1985, Beverly answered the call to ordained ministry in 2001, received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in 2006, and was ordained an Elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2009. She is a member of the board of managers of the Georgia Pastors’ School and serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to her appointment to North Fayette United Methodist Church, she served Bethel UMC (2014 – 2017 on Facebook @BethelUMCHiram), Stripling Chapel UMC (2013-2014), Thomson First UMC (2008 – 2013), Jonesboro First UMC (2004-2008), and Salem UMC (Covington, 2002-2004).

Beverly was on behavioral research teams at the Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University, and was research team leader in bio-medical research at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now the Wake Forest Medical School) in Winston-Salem, NC, working in the area of vascular disease and brain function. She was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for her doctoral dissertation. She taught undergraduate courses at Georgia State University, participated in an international symposium on the development and evolution of human behavior at the University of Minnesota, and is published in professional journals and texts.

Working with nonhuman primates (monkeys and apes) led Beverly to a deep appreciation and sense of wonder for the complex and inter-related universe in which we live. She credits her academic interests for at least some of her affinity for the doctrines of the United Methodist Church, and the application of reason, experience and tradition to engagement with scripture.

Beverly worked for Fortune 50 companies for nineteen years, first in consumer products and then in systems management software. Her career took her from Georgia to North Carolina to Pennsylvania and eventually back to Georgia. Her background in the academy, and in both teaching and writing, proved to be valuable skills in both these business segments. Her roles gave her the opportunity to travel widely both across the United States and internationally.

Beverly has two adult sons, Simon and Jacob, and is blessed with a loving daughter-in-law, Stephanie (Jacob’s wife). She continues to enjoy music, playing flute and singing. Most recently she has performed with the Georgia Festival Chorus. Her hobbies also include a love of digging in the dirt, both to uncover things (archaeology) and grow things. And yes, she is a lover of animals of all types; and has a few in her life.