Kari Lewis Howard, Pastor

Kari is a native of Greensboro, NC. She is married to JF Howard and they have four adult sons. Kari has a degree in nursing from UNC-G and left nursing to raise her children. Once accepting her call to ordained ministry she obtained her Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2013.
Kari was ordained an elder in full connection at this year’s annual conference of the Western North Carolina Conference at Lake Junaluska, NC on June 18, 2016. She has officially been appointed in ministry since 2007, yet being a pastor’s wife, she has been doing works of ministry in and beyond the church over 30 years. Her husband JF is Pastor at Central UMC here in Asheboro.  I truly believe the church is the hope of the world and is to be the expression of the love, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ! We have Good News to share. It is an honor to both serve and equip the local church for works in the ministry of the Gospel of our Lord.”  Check out her blog at


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Debra Rogers, Office Manager

Debra has been the Office Manager at West Bend since 1996. She came to us with experience in banking, and fulfills a wide variety of church responsibilities. She prepares and edits all publications, maintains all files, and manages the financial records. Debra graduated with an AAS Degree in Business Administration from Randolph Community College. She is married to Sam Rogers and they have a daughter, Kayla. One of the most pleasant persons you will ever meet, Debra says that she enjoys being with her family, shopping, cooking, walking and beach trips.