UNC Wesley Staff
The spiritual backbone of Wesley, our staff provide much more than religious knowledge, good life advice, and a list of all the best thrift stores--they truly wish to help your grow in your faith, your purpose, and your convictions
Ryan Spurrier, Campus Minister
Welcome to Wesley, a community seeking to help each other hear God's voice and grow into the women and men God is calling us to be. Since arriving at Carolina in the summer of 2015, I have loved being part of this dynamic group striving to grow in faith and live faithfully in Chapel Hill--and all the places we go on retreats and mission trips. I am an elder in the United Methodist Church, and before UNC, I served as an associate pastor in North Augusta and Greenwood, SC. Before that, I earned a B.S. in Math from Clemson and a Master's of Divinity from Duke Divinity School (but don't worry, I am a Tar Heel). When not at Wesley, I love working out, playing ultimate Frisbee, and figuring out how to be a dad (my wife, Kyrsten, and I are parents to the coolest kid we've ever met).
becca MAcDonald, ministry intern
Hey! I'm Becca. I'm a third-year Duke Divinity student and this is my second year with Wesley. I love ministry because I love being with people and helping bring people closer to God. When I'm not at Wesley I enjoy spending time with my friends and taking naps.
Rachel Meyers, Ministry Intern
Hi there! My name’s Rachel and I’m a third year student at Duke Divinity and this is my first year working with Wesley. I love working in ministry because of the authentic connections that form when faith is lived out in community together. When I’m not at Wesley you can usually find me exploring the nearest thrift store or walking my dog Wally around the Duke Forest!
laura gallo, administrative associate & fairy godmother
Shortly after moving to Chapel Hill with my family 20 years ago, Wesley's campus minister gave me the opportunity to join the ministry with four words—"Come, check us out." When I did, I found an active ministry that makes the world a better place. To this day, I enjoy being behind the scenes, taking care of all of Wesley’s administrative needs. My favorite days at Wesley include time spent with students and visiting with alumni when they stop by to visit. Thanks to my husband, Larry, and his career in college athletics, I have been blessed over the years to live and be involved in a university community. Larry and I are the proud parents of two sons—both UNC-CH grads. When I am not at Wesley, I cherish time spent with our family—Nick, Jen, Chris and Kat.
(Editor's Note: Our students love Laura so much they have nicknamed her "The Fairy Godmother" and named our Annual Cornhole Tournament Trophy after her).
cecily nesbit, development coordinator
I was born and brought up primarily in Hawaii and on Cape Cod, although I spent a few years in Charlotte and received my first bible from Myers Park Methodist in third grade. After growing up in the hotel business, I majored in Hotel Management at Cornell University, but for the past twenty years I have done development for organizations ranging from Harvard University to Kidzu Children's Museum to UNC's Friday Center for Continuing Education. My husband and I moved to Chapel Hill from Boston in 2009, when I quickly became involved with University United Methodist Church. I enjoy being a mother to Cornelia, 11, and Graham, 10, as well as being a Girl Scout leader.