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).
Julia Riley, Ministry InterN
Hey everyone! I'm a third year at Duke Divinity School from Houston, Texas with a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas. I spent a lot of time at the Texas Wesley while in college and worked there after graduating, so I have a special place in my heart for Wesley! I love reading, traveling, trying out new restaurants and coffee shops, Spanish, podcasts, board games, Texas football, ghost stories, and my 3-legged cat Sheldon. Let's grab coffee! I can't wait to get to know you.
John White, Ministry Intern
Hello Wesley! My name is John and I'm a first-year M.Div student at Duke Divinity School and a long time Tar Heel fan. Lately I've been hanging out at the intersection of counseling and ministry. Helping equip and empower others to move forward in their journeys really gets my toes tappin. All of this writing is getting me kind of hungry for a Time Out biscuit. Carpe diem!
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.
(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 nisbet, development Director
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, 12, and Graham, 11, as well as being a Girl Scout leader.