Duke Lackey, Senior Pastor – EMAIL DUKE

What an honor to be appointed to North Raleigh UMC as the Senior Pastor and lead this Community of Faith in living out our Vision and Mission. North Raleigh has a wonderful Congregation and Staff using their gifts to Encourage, Discover, and Live faithful lives in Christ. I am thankful to use my gifts of Preaching, Teaching, and Leading to complement this thriving Community.

I’ve served 6 congregations in the NC Conference completing the last seven years as pastor of Faith Harbor UMC in Surf City, NC.

I grew up in Wilson, NC attending Wilson Fike High School and graduating from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College). I attended Duke Divinity School graduating in 1987. I received my Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in the area of Spirituality for Life Together.

Bettina and I have been married for 33 years and have two sons. Caleb graduated from UNCG and works with State Employees Credit Union. He is married to Kathleen, a Middle School Music Teacher. David graduated from Brevard College, majoring in Wilderness Leadership Experiential Education. He works with Outward Bound taking youth and adults into extended stays in the Wilderness.

I enjoy reading, going to the movies, walking for pleasure and exercise (with our dog Bella), Duke Basketball, and being with people.

Bettina and I are looking forward to becoming a part of this thriving community of faith, getting to know you and sharing in North Raleigh’s vital ministries that invite people to live fully into God’s transforming grace.


Alan Felton, Executive Pastor – EMAIL ALAN

I am a life-long Methodist and North Carolinian. I grew up in Edgecombe and Wilson Counties. My wife, Joan and I are parents of two children, John Alan and Virginia Gayle, as well as two beloved dogs, Lucy and Freedom.

I earned a B.A. in History (concentrations in American and African history) along with a minor in political science from North Carolina Wesleyan College. I received my M. Div from Duke University’s Divinity School along with a specialization certificate in gender studies there. I served in the U.S. Army infantry and almost fifteen years in politics and government before entering the ministry, including nine years at the North Carolina Department of Revenue where I held various positions including planning director, assistant secretary for tax compliance, assistant secretary for business systems, and chief of change management and organizational development.

I am the vice-president of the Methodist Federation for Social Action’s NC chapter. I am a member of the board of directors of the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s Hispanic and Latino Caucus and a member of Duke Divinity School’s national alumni board. I have worked for a number of years as a teaching assistant at DDS in the areas of worship and sacraments, preaching, Methodist polity and doctrine, Christian ethics, Black Church studies, and leadership. I teach worship and sacraments and the advanced course on Methodist doctrine for Duke’s Course of Study Program. I am an at-large member of the NC Conference’s Connectional Table, a body charged with casting and implementing the Conference’s vision for healthy congregations and effective leaders in every place making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

I have a passion for the proclamation of the Gospel, making disciples through personal and organizational development, and working for justice in the world particularly at the intersections of race and gender. Before arriving at North Raleigh, I served as pastor in churches in Oxford, Henderson, Apex, and Durham, North Carolina.


Ashley Will, Associate Pastor – EMAIL ASHLEY

I currently serve as the Associate Pastor with focuses in “Care and Connection,” Evangelism, and Mission. I also work alongside our senior pastor and staff to align and fulfill the mission of the church.

Prior to coming to North Raleigh, I served a variety of United Methodist congregations of a variety of sizes and contexts in Atlanta, Georgia, while working towards my Master’s in Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. While in Atlanta, I served a new church-start, an urban 7,000-member traditional church, a mid-size suburban church, and as a hospital chaplain intern. I am passionate about discipleship (and all it entails—care, service, continual learning) along with seeing the church engaged in the broader community, and am excited to serve in this capacity at NRUMC!

Prior to moving to Atlanta for Cameron’s job and my seminary work, I received my BA in Global History from UNC-Chapel Hill with minors in Social and Economic Justice and the Study of Christianity and Culture. I’m originally from Apex, and my husband, Cameron, is from Cary, so we are ecstatic to be returning home to North Carolina. Cameron and I love spending time doting over our rescued Manchester Terrier, Sadie, which often includes trips to the park. We also enjoy being with our immediate families who are all in the area. I’m looking forward to getting to know you more and serving with you in ministry!


Ken Klingborg, Pastor Emeritus – EMAIL KEN

My duties as Pastor Emeritus include home visiting of seniors, chaplain for JOY (Just Older Youth Seniors Fellowship), assisting in worship, and aiding the pastors as needed. I also sing in the Chancel Choir and Silver Chords Seniors’ Choir.

I’m a retired, ordained elder from the United Methodist Church Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. I have a Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Christian Education. In my long career, I served as Senior Pastor in three appointments over the course of 30 years.

I have two daughters, Katrina (husband, Zachary Schaeffer) and Kimberly (husband, Cody Fisher), and four grandchildren, Jordan and Aeriana (Pennsylvania) and Ellanore and Ezra (North Carolina). My beloved wife, Charlotte, passed away in 2012.

I love worship and preaching, music, cooking, reading, visiting, but most of all, I’m a HUGE rail fan! I love being involved in the ministry at NRUMC, and I look forward to many years of service.