Maysville church names outreach director

Bob Hendrickson - Contributing Writer
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Erik Wesley, a former teacher at the Maysville Academy and an educator with broad experience both here and overseas, has taken a position as outreach director at the First Presbyterian Church in Maysville.

“It both instills pride and fosters humility to be given this opportunity to serve First Presbyterian Church and Maysville at large,” said Wesley. His role at the church will involve efforts to expand First Presbyterian’s mission of outreach in the community and also within the congregation.

“We are so fortunate to have Erik employed as the church’s first outreach director,” said Rev. Jim Dougans, pastor, “He brings myriad skills to the position and a great passion for ministry. In just a few months he has had a positive impact.”

Wesley served as chair of the Humanities Division and taught a range of classes including German, English, Latin and Divinity at the Maysville Academy. He was also involved in the school’s athletic and physical education classes as a multi-sport coach.

Wesley was born in Atlanta, the son of a civil engineer attached to the U.S. Air Force. His family settled in Great Falls, Mont., where he discovered a passion for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

A graduate of St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc., Wesley attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He transferred to Albert-Luedwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, where he received a degree in philosophy. He was also active in sports like rugby and crew, and was involved in the debate club and honor society.

Wesley spent time in Shanghai, China, where he played semi-pro rugby for a team that won the Yellow Sea Cub in 2008.

Returning to the U.S., Wesley began a career in international sales at Cast Steel Solutions in Billings, Mont., and went on to serve as an associate partner at Jon C. Goodman Portfolio Management in Ennis, Mont. In 2017, he was recruited to serve as a strategic adviser at Phireon Global Partners in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The position at the Maysville Academy was offered after an extensive search for someone with Wesley’s education, background and experience.

“A fellow student from my time in Germany was working for a company the Carlsons hired to recruit educators,” said Wesley, “When they described the position and the kind of candidates they were seeking, he immediately thought of me.”

Wesley said he came to Maysville on a Saturday and was in the classroom teaching on Monday. He said he and his wife, Lori, have fallen in love with Maysville. The two were married here last December.

Wesley’s role at First Presbyterian will be to develop activities and create partnerships in the area that will reflect the church’s spiritual goals and commitment to mission. In addition, Wesley will lead the church’s youth group (Presbyterian Youth Fellowship) and also organize programs for senior members including those who are unable to attend services due to health or mobility issues.

He will also be reaching out to civic, charitable and service organizations throughout the area to form relationships and seek ways First Presbyterian can support their missions.

Wesley can be contacted at [email protected], or by calling the church at 606-564-3639.

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Bob Hendrickson

Contributing Writer