Ministry Staff
Senior Pastor – Pastor Donavon Shoemaker has served at FWC since June 1972. A native of Indiana by birth, Pastor Shoemaker is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary.He is married to Viola (Vi) Mayhle who moved to Jersey City as a teen from Western Pennsylvania and accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord right here at FWC. Upon high school graduation she enrolled at Marion College (Indiana Wesleyan University) where she met Donavon who was a ministerial student. They married in 1969. Vi taught first grade in the Jersey City Public Schools until retiring in 2012. They have three sons eleven grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Email: dshoemaker@jcfwc.com
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Pastor of Discipleship Ministries – Pastor Melissa Everett has been a part of FWC all her life. She sensed her calling to ministry after graduation from Rutgers University and pursued ministerial studies at Wesley Seminary, graduating in 2015. She teaches in a charter school in Irvington, NJ. She is married to Carl Everett and has one son. Assistant Pastor with emphasis on Young Adults, Sunday School – Pastor Wayne Harmon, Jr. Has also been a part of FWC all his life. He answered his calling to ministry as a young adult and has pursued studies through the Wesleyan Church’s Flame and Pillar College. He is facility engineer at a large hotel in Manhattan, a father, and is engaged to Alison Kay Jones. Pastor of Outreach Ministries – Pastor Phyllis Isaac came to FWC more than twenty years ago. She is a life-long Jersey City native. She is receiving her ministerial education from Southern Wesleyan University’s Zoom. She is a director of a Child Protective Service.
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