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:
Curtis Campbell is a semi-retired UM pastor, and has served many local churches in NC as senior pastor and interim pastor.
He and his wife Lori live in Wilmington, and have four grown children and one grandson.
Curtis has been active in many music and drama productions over the years. Recently he has appeared in Opera House, as soloist for the NC Symphony, Wilmington Symphony and the Cape Fear Chorale.
He has recorded six solo CDs of mostly contemporary Christian music, has co-written a rock opera based on the Resurrection of Christ, which was featured at a recent Annual Conference session.
Lori is a personal trainer and Wellness director for the Wilmington YMCA. Lori and Curtis enjoy fitness and traveling to spoil grandbaby #1.
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 Curtis Campbell and also is active in the churches Men's Ministry.
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.
Shelly Mongelli and Chris Mongelli
Jorden is a college student who is devoted to the youth. Jorden is going to school to become a pastor of her own church so being a youth leader is helping her to achieve that goal. Not only is she a youth leader but she also helps run the website. So if you have any ideas just call or text her! Although she is a leader the leaders above her are Chris and Shelly Mongelli and they do a fantastic job of keeping everything going.
Prayer Ministry Leads
Friday prayer team meets at 12:00 pm to pray over the prayer requests passed out each Sunday morning and any specific prayer requests presented to the team. The team would love for more people to join! All stays in confidence with the elders of the church. This team also assists with prayers on Sunday mornings and with alter calls.
Children's Ministry Leader
Shelly is married to Chris and they are the perfect duo as they lead children to Christ. Shelly is a teacher for the younger children and Chris is a leader for the teens. Shelly is the one that runs VBS and many other Children's Ministry Ideas. Shelly has been in the Brunswick County school system for over 20 years and is great at what she does. She is very loving towards the children and treats them as they are her own. Shelly loves Jesus and loves to teach about Jesus!