Photo by Joanne Garmon

Rev. Mary Frances McClure


Since 2013, Mary Frances has served as both Pastor to Youth and College Students at Wesley Memorial and Director for the WOW: Wesley of Wilmington campus ministry at UNCW. Mary Frances nurtures the spiritual and emotional growth of people between the ages of 12 and 25, planning and leading mission trips, weekly gatherings, and Bible studies, and loves learning about Jesus and more through the eyes of youth and college students.
Before serving at Wesley Memorial, Mary Frances pastored churches in Red Springs and Eastover, North Carolina, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNC and Duke Divinity School, and taught elementary school in Granville and Durham Counties.

Mary Frances is married to Mark Merryman, and between them they have four daughters: Caroline, Claire, Kenna, and Hanna. When she’s not ministering to youth and college students, Mary Frances also enjoys cooking, baking (she’s working to master true Italian focaccia bread), dogs, bunnies, and spending time at the ocean.

Because I’ve experienced God’s love and generosity at Wesley Memorial, I’m joyful about the opportunity to share that same love and generosity, not only within these walls, but also within the community of Wilmington and beyond.

Adam Wayne

After moving to Wilmington, we wanted a church that had a good worship service, friendly members, and a strong youth program for both of our children… after visiting Wesley, our kids said, ‘This is it. This is the church for us. We don’t need to go anywhere else." We knew it was going to be our new church home.

Scott Proctor

We’ve spent more than twenty years of marriage searching for the right church home – we’ve found it at Wesley Memorial. The people are genuinely warm, and they will meet you wherever you are on your faith journey.

Lori Winner