Church Staff

Reverend Alex Stevenson, Senior Pastor

Rev. Alex Stevenson was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to SC at the age of 5. His father was an engineer and his mother a homemaker and accountant. He grew up in the church and heard his call to ministry at a young age. His family had attended many different kinds of churches, so when he heard his call he wondered which church God was calling him to be a minister in. Alex decided that the United Methodist Church was the place, because he found that, in the United Methodist Church, Christians of differing points of view could share their beliefs in a Christian environment and grow and the Spirit made the church stronger through those differences. Alex received his BA from USC Columbia in Psychology and Religious Studies. He later received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Duke Divinity School. He has served United Methodist churches since 1990. He has served in Abbeville, Belton, Columbia, Spartanburg, and Greenville. Alex has been at First UMC, Clover since June of 2019 and is excited about its many different ministries. In the church, Alex loves singing, leading worship, preaching, teaching, and participating in mission outreach. He has always put a special emphasis on the church moving out of the building and into the world. In all his churches he has sought to develop missions and outreach programs as well as growing evangelism and hospitality ministries. Personally, Alex has been married for 31 years and has two grown daughters. One is a music teacher and the other a social worker. His wife is a librarian. He knows American Sign Language and is dedicated to making the church accessible to the disabled.  Alex sings tenor and plays flute. He loves music, science, and reading science fiction.

Lynn Shore-Hollis, Lay Associate

Lynn Shore-Hollis was born in York SC and grew up in rural Western York County. She is a graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in History, minor Social Sciences, and York Technical College with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Degree in Teleproduction Technology. Lynn is currently with Wells Fargo as an Operation Risk Consultant and Officer of the company. She has been with Wells Fargo for 24 years and has held several positions, including Financial Center Manager, Financial Specialist, and Regional Service Manager. Lynn is also a partner with From This Moment Floral of Clover SC. At age eleven, Lynn was baptized and joined Woodlawn Presbyterian in Sharon SC, where she was extremely active in the Youth Group and grew in her faith. Lynn met and married her husband, Scott, in 2001. Together they decided to seek a church outside of their childhood denominations, and in 2007 they discovered and joined Kings Mountain Chapel UMC in York SC. Since joining the church, Lynn has been active in the UMW as the Spiritual Growth Officer and Cluster Leader for the District UMW, Family Ministries leader, Youth Ministries leader (including the Youth Group, the Mission Kids, and the KMC Dance Troop), Worship Committee, and Lay Servant of the church. In 2018, after a lot of prayer and encouragement of her church, Lynn began a journey into ministry for the UMC and is currently a Certified Candidate of Ministry for the United Methodist Church. Lynn and Scott reside in Clover, with their niece Cassidy. Lynn is blessed with a large family which includes four wonderful sisters, many cousins, her mother Mary, step-mother Ruth (Fred), her Uncles, and Scott’s family. Family is extremely important to Lynn and she takes every opportunity to spend time with them. In her pastime, Lynn enjoys crafting with family and friends, painting, writing poetry, gardening, and outdoor activities. She currently working on a children’s book and a religious based book of poetry, and hopes to have them published in the near future.

Rob Elovecky, Lay Associate/Youth Director

Rob was born in Fayetteville, NC but very quickly moved around the world being a part of a military family. He has five siblings, which is split into four brothers and one sister, and has two family dogs. Rob currently lives in Bessemer City, NC. He spent the first several years of his life living in several different countries. He is fluent in Spanish, can read and write Hebrew, and he is teaching himself italian. Rob graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Discipleship studies and has plans to continue his education in the future.

Reverend J. Richard Gibson, Pastor Emeritus

OT 1960, FE 1962, WI: 1958 SLP, RE 2001, SC: 1960 In School, W NC: 1961, NC: 1967, SC: 1962 Grace-North Augusta Min. Ed., W NC: 1966 FE, NC: 1967 FE, SC: 1980 Rock Hill-St. John’s Min. of Educ., 1990 Intentional Growth Center, 1993 Clover, Associate, 1997 First, Clover. Min. of Edu, 2001


Shirley Davis, Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary

 I have lived in the Bethany Community of Clover all my life and am a lifelong member of Bethany ARP Church.  My three sisters and I were raised in a loving Christian home.  I have three children and six grandchildren. My husband, Bob Davis, is deceased. I love to read, listen to music and spend time with my family.  I have been blessed by being a part of the staff of First UMC for almost 28 years.

Christine Payseur, Business/Technical Coordinator

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC.  I married Chuck Payseur in Dec. 1992 and moved to Clover.  I have two children Blake (24 years old) and Randi (20 years). Blake and his girlfriend Katie Hopper have two children Gunner Hopper (6 years old) and Madilyn Reese Payseur (9 months). Randi is attending Winthrop University, studying to me an Elementary Teacher. I love to read, watch NASCAR racing, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.  I have been a member of First UMC for 15 years.

Cathy Allen, BIG/Tweens Coordinator

Cheri King, Director of Music Ministries

Cheri received her B.S. In Music Education from Erskine College, and has studied voice for the past 10 years with professors from the University of Tennessee, Winthrop University, and Erskine College.   While at Erskine she performed as both a soloist and a choir member of the Erskine Chamber Choir and toured Scotland and the East coast with the Erskine College Choraliers. Cheri has also performed in productions of “The Mikado”, “Suor Angelica”, “Celebrate Life”, and “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.  In 1999, she performed in the opera “Aida” with the Knoxville Opera Company. Cheri has previously served as Music Director at Dacusville United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church of Clover. She has also served as a children’s choir director at several churches and has created and developed children’s music and drama productions for afterschool programs. Cheri has taught piano and voice for children and adults for the past 10 years. She and her husband served as full time missionaries from 1993-1997. During that time, she helped lead praise and worship music at conferences and events.  Cheri is married to Jason and enjoys being a mom to two wonderful children.

Tracie Kite, Sexton

Hope Long, Nursery Care/Coordinator

Dr. Nannette Carnes, Organist

Nannette Carnes began piano lessons at the age of 5, and later began studying the organ. She held her first interim organ position at the age of 12. Her music education continued with Dr. Jess Casey and Dr. David Lowry at Winthrop College during her freshman year of high school. Nannette received a BA in Music and a BS in Education from Winthrop College. She continued studies in the education field at Cambridge College in Massachusetts, receiving a Master of Education and an Education Specialist degree. A doctorate in Instructional Leadership was completed at Argosy University. Nannette has held positions as organist, pianist, and interim music director for over 45 years. During this time, it was her privilege to serve as musician for the SC United Methodist Men’s Conference for several years, and as organist for the SC United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Retreat at Lake Junaluska in 2006.

Nannette retired from the Lancaster County School District, where she taught a variety of subjects for 28 years and was chosen as a STAR teacher by the Palmetto State Teachers Association. She spends her time studying piano and organ, loves the outdoors and animals, spends time with family and friends, and enjoys reading thrillers and non-fiction.