Rev. Duane Partin


A native of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Duane is an Elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Duane has served in a variety of ministry settings throughout the state, including Pittsboro, Wilmington, Nags Head, Angier, and Mount Gilead. He received a B.A. in Communications (with English and Theater minors) from Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University) and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. He loves preaching, leading worship, teaching Bible studies, and reminding people that following Jesus makes us a joyful and strange people. One of the joys of his ministry is getting to know people’s stories and inviting them to narrate their lives by God’s Story.

Duane has been married to Heidi since 1992. They have three adult children: their son Avery, who lives with them; and their daughters Ivy-Grace and Emma-Rose, who both live in Asheville. He enjoys reading, hiking, singing, and playing acoustic guitar. He has written and recorded original songs ( He is also a coffee connoisseur and a bow tie enthusiast.

I had searched for ten years for a congregation & community that was young and old, that preached love, that was fueled by the Holy Spirit, that had balance between tradition and applied interpretation to the problems of today, asking 'How can we make it better?' As a person who has loosely attended church my whole life, I never felt home until Wesley.

Kathryn Sausman

From the first time I stepped foot in Wesley Memorial, I felt like I had come home... we not only have good preachers but good shepherds in every sense of the word.

Jim Driskill

I truly believe God brought me here. From the first time I drove by Wesley, I knew it would be my church... the place for me.I continue to be drawn to the giving, loving, caring people who attend Wesley. They have taught me a lot, and I pray I give back as much as they have given me.

Sharon Underwood