Rev. Malu Fairley-Collins
Rev. Malu Fairley-Collins is passionate about affirming the value, worth and opportunities for all persons as created in the image of God. As co-pastor, she is passionate about creating and sustaining faith-filled relationships, that are grounded in the awareness of self and other's social location & intersectionality, which seek to live out love as social justice.
She serves as the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Coordinator for Caromont Health in Gastonia, NC. CPE is an intensive experiential adult education program that teaches the fundamentals of offering spiritual and emotional support as a chaplain in a hospital setting while also helping participants deepen their identity in ministry. Malu is a Board Certified Chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator. In her work at Caromont, Rev. Fairley-Collins is passionate about cultivating the integral role of spiritual care in caring for the whole person. She is happily married to Ezra Fairley-Collins, co-parents one vivacious teenage son, Lyndon, and has one fur-baby, Miles.
Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers
Co-Pastor (pictured left)
Rev. Dr. Chris has been at Wedgewood since 1989 and has seen the church transformed from a moderate Southern Baptist Church to a church with Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic, and atheist members, along with Christians from many different backgrounds. Among other ministries, Chris participated in the Hope Chapel ministry to Charlotte's homeless community for 20 years, was on Wedgewood's RAIN teams (Regional Aids Interfaith Network), and sponsored a prison inmate, with whom he close relationship (best friend) until Charles died in 2018. Chris is a geek, loves reading seminary type books, is a better than average photographer - you can see his (and Vicky's) photographs at: https://chrisandvickyayers.smugmug.com/. Co-Pastor Chris celebrates not only diversity but creativity, the Wedgewood Art gallery creation being one of his favorite things about Wedgewood.
Chris blogs at rethinkredochurch.com.
To see Chris's resume and a list of his publications click here.
Rev. April Johnson
Minister of Education
Rev. April Johnson loves teaching the Bible, loves preaching, loves working with children, loves God. She also loves being a geek. April is a graduate of Wake Forest Divinity School. Rev. Johnson teaches a Bible Study on Sundays at 11 a.m. and on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. She also is one of the Wedgewoodians who do The Children's Sermon during worship, as well as works with those children who go to Children's Church after The Children's Sermon.
Musical Director, Instrumentalist/Vocalist
Monica leads Wedgewood's rock your socks off choir. Her love of God and music is infectious. She makes the piano sing, her voice is an instrument, and the choir under her leadership inspires us to do more and be more for God and the world. Monica also is part of the musical group, Groove Food https://www.facebook.com/GrooveFood/. If you love to sing or if you want to learn to sing, don't miss out on the chance to be a part of a choir that has fun and sings it heart out.