About Our Staff

Nick Zichettella
Director of Youth Ministries

Raised in Savannah, Nick felt called to ministry while in Middle School.  As a High School student, he volunteered in several ministry areas at his home church. Nick spent the summers during his college years working for Lifeway Christian Resources’ youth summer camp Centrifuge. In 2001, Nick received a B.A. in History from Armstrong State University. After serving in youth ministry at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Florida panahandle, and a United Methodist Church in the North Georgia Conference, Nick returned home in 2010 to serve at Wilmington Island UMC. Nick has a heart for discipleship and helping our youth strengthen their walk with Christ. Around the office, Nick is known for his legendary Star Wars knowledge, and his quick wit. Nick and his wife Morgan have a spoiled rotten flatcoat retriever named Mirabelle, and an equally rotten American Bulldog named Brooklyn.

Director of Music Ministries
Ben Strong

Ben is new to Georgia, having grown up in Sylacauga, Alabama, where he was involved with all things music in both school and church. Upon graduation, he attended Troy University where he was involved greatly in all of the choral opportunities from opera director and soloist to gospel choir pianist. After college, he moved to Ramer, Alabama where he played piano and organ and planned special services. While not at church, he worked with a land forestry firm as well as the oldest deer processor in Alabama. He had no intention of leaving the area until his cousin Vivian contacted him that the music position was vacant at her church in Savannah. Fred and Ethel are his two fat cats – “The Mertzes.” Ben’s greatest passion in life is Christian music – especially southern gospel. Two things you can expect from him are a backbeat and a smile.

Pam Reynolds
Church Secretary

Pam Reynolds is from Cordele, Georgia and attended Cordele First United Methodist Church. She graduated from American Technological University in Killeen, Texas with a degree in General Business. Pam and her husband, Rick, have lived in Savannah since 1986. They have 2 children, Jeremy and Olivia.  She has been the Office Assistant and the Nursery Director at WIUMC since 2003. 

Kellie Jernigan
Director of Children's Ministries

Kellie is a Savannah Native, was a member of Aldersgate UMC for over 35 years, where the first Sunday class was held In her grandparents dirt floor garage. Her family moved to WIUMC in 1999. Kellie and her husband Chet were married in 1989. They have 3 girls, Sara, Stacy and Summer. After working with the Children’s ministry while her girls were growing up, Kellie was ask to take on the position of the Children’s Ministry Director in May of 2016. She loves the kids that come through the preschool and elementary areas of the church and leads them through Confirmation each year before moving into the youth ministry. Kellie gives credit for her walk with the Lord to her Grandmother, many of her Sunday School teachers and youth directors.

Financial Secretary
Inger Prescott

Inger was raised in Roswell, GA.  While attending Georgia Southern College, she met Sherwin and they were married in 1985.  After her graduation from Georgia Southern, they moved to Savannah in 1987 to start a pressure cleaning business.  Inger did all the bookkeeping for their business, which over the years had evolved into an asphalt paving & site work company.  They closed the business when the economy crashed in late 2008.  Inger enjoys reading, needlepoint, cooking, eating, antiquing, spending time with her family, and taking long walks with her husband and their dogs.  She and her husband are members of the Independent Presbyterian Church in downtown Savannah.

Wendy Amerson
Director of Preschool Programs

Wendy is a Georgia native and has lived on Wilmington Island with her family since 2011.  She grew up as a member of the Baptist church and met her husband, Jamie, at Jacksonville State University where they both graduated. They have been married since 1994 and have one daughter, Gracen, who is in high school.  She has many years of experience both in the classroom teaching kindergarten and fifth grade as well as administrative management experience in the schools where she taught.  She has extensive experience in organizing and implementing programs to generate student success while using positive reinforcement and creating a warm and nurturing environment.  Wendy is passionate about early childhood education and loves working with preschool age children.  She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, reading and doing anything creative in her spare time. 

Wilmington Island UMC    

912-897-2835 

195 Wilmington Island Rd. 

Savannah, Ga. 31410  

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