About us

Our vision is to bring people of all ages, races, backgrounds, and personalities together to love God, love their neighbors, and reach out in radical hospitality. 

We are the "healing place" here at Closer Walk we welcome all walks of life and encourage you to have a life altering awakening. 

MeET OuR Leadership:
Terry Leigh Buckner

Lead Pastor

Is married to Michael Buckner with two children Tyler and Amanda. She was raised in the Methodist Church

though she spent 11 years in the Baptist Church. Before entering ministry, Terry was a stock broker for 18 years in the Raleigh area and also was Adult Program director at White Plains Church in Cary, N.C. for 8 years. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Duke University in 2005. After her graduation Terry accepted the position as Associate Pastor at Pine Valley UMC in Wilmington, N.C. from 2005-2007. She was asked by her superiors in the Methodist conference to start a Methodist Church in Leland, N.C. 


Jen Mongelli-Scott

Youth Leader

Jen worked as a store manager for Home Depot for over 18 years her love for children having 3 of her own has driven her heart in the way of stirring the next generation in a positive direction. Jen’s ethic is fun and educational. Her team consists of her husband David Scott, Chris and Shelly Mongelli as assisting team leaders.

(910) 269-9757

Larry Vaudrin

Lay Director

Is married to Donna Vaudrin. He has two children Ryan and Kristen. Larry was raised in the Catholic Church. He worked for Sherwin Williams as the District Manager for over 15 years. Larry retired in 2016 and decided to come on staff to assist as the lay pastor. He preaches in place of Terry Buckner and also is active  in the churches Men's Ministry.

(919) 622-5492

Terry Waddell

Music Director

Is married to Michael Waddell. She has two children Connie and Paul. Terry was the Director of youth previously at Pine Valley Methodist for over 5 years. She is now a Middle School Music Teacher at Leland Middle School. Terry also received her Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University in 2015. ​Terry came on board at the music director when Closer Walk began in 2007. 


Arlene Kincaid and
Mary Levasseur 
Lou Purin, Ed Detoma and Henry Levasseur

Prayer Ministry Leads

Friday prayer team meets at 12:00 pm to pray over specific prayer requests presented to the team. All stays in confidence with the elders of the church. This team also assists with prayers on Sunday mornings and with alter calls. 

(910) 399-4383

Outreach Team Leaders

The outreach team assist with Wilmington Area rebuilding ministry, helping repair issues in the church as well as congregants and local community members. This team is designed to focus on sharing the light of Christ using their hands and feet. 

(910) 399-4383

Closer Walk Church


117-C Village RD

Leland NC, 28451

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