The staff and leadership here at Porterfield Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at or 229.436.6336


  • josh duckworth

    Senior pastor

    Josh joined the Porterfield UMC staff as the Senior Pastor in June of 2021. He is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. He also graduated from Duke Divinity School, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He has served United Methodist churches throughout Georgia and North Carolina. 

    Josh is married to Jade, his high school sweetheart. She is a middle school teacher in Lee County. They have three children: Cade, Lucas, and Harleigh Belle.

    If you have questions or want to talk about God, faith, the church, sports, or all things in between, reach out to him. He’d love to chat! 

    229.436.6336 ext. 111


    associate minister

    Wesley is an Albany native. He graduated from Albany High School and went to college at Georgia Southwestern State University. He is married to Christy and has four children.

    229.436.6336  ext. 133

  • Ben Fraser

    worship pastor

    Pastor Ben did his undergraduate education in Mathematics, with a minors in computer science. In obedience to God’s call toward full time ministry, he completed his Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018. Ben has an experience of serving in the capacity of Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship for 8+ years in the states of Georgia, Louisiana, and New York.


    Jaylin, his wife is currently pursuing her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Valdosta State University, and is very passionate about being a catalyst for authentic worship and intentional discipleship. Jaylin also has served in the capacities of Worship Leader and Discipleship Mentor for the past 3+ years in the states of Georgia and New York.


    Pastor Ben and Jaylin met in NY in the summer of 2017 through a Mission Trip, and got married in 2019. Worship and Discipleship ministries is the heartbeat of Ben and Jaylin and are looking forward to serving the people at Porterfield United Methodist Church.


    Pastor Ben and Jaylin are ordained ministers with the Southern Baptist Church.


  • Michael keeley

    Director of music and communications

    Mike joined the PMUMC staff in 2018. He is a graduate of Ithaca (NY) College, and the University of Tennessee with degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. He has served United Methodist churches for over 28 years. Mike had a career in military music, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as well as the U.S. Navy. He is married to Shelley, a music educator and they have two children.

    229.436.6336 ext. 120

  • caren dilts

    Director of children's ministries

    Caren grew up here at Porterfield and has very fond memories from children and youth activities. She graduated from Albany High School and the University of Georgia. The UGA Wesley Foundation was an integral part of her college experience. She was on staff at UGA Wesley and SMU Wesley for many years.

    Caren has enjoyed serving the children and families of Porterfield. She has a heart for children to understand the incredible love of Jesus Christ, to get to know His Word and enter into personal relationship with Him. She also hopes to help equip parents with tools to disciple their children in their homes.

    229.436.6336  ext. 131

  • bethany mcafee

    Director of day school

    Bethany grew up in Albany and at Porterfield Church. She returned to Albany with her husband, Jay, in 2010 and they have two children, Frances & Fort.

    Bethany graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Education and graduated from Georgia State University with a masters in speech therapy.

    She practiced as a speech therapist with children in Florida, Minnesota and Georgia while her husband pursued his medical school training. She has served as Co-Nursery Director since 2016 and grew in her love for serving children and the staff.

    She became Director of the Porterfield Day School in 2019 and has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those families and staff in the school.

    229.435.1064  ext. 122



    MUSIC MINISTRY assistant

    Marcy has lived in Albany since 1987. She studied music at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, from 1972-1976. After 20+ years, she returned to college and graduated from Albany State University in May 2004 with her BA in Applied Music (Voice). She became a member of Porterfield UMC in 1988 and was engaged as a part-time music associate in 1995. She plays the piano for the traditional worship services and directs the Women Ensemble. She sings in the Chancel Choir and serves as an occasional soloist for worship, funerals and weddings. She is also a private voice instructor and teaches several students each week. Marcy is married to Eddie S. McCarty and they have two dogs: Lucy and Sasha.

    22.436.6336 ext. 120


    Director of children's MUSIC

    Selina grew up in Southwest Georgia. Born in Thomasville, her family moved to Albany when she was six. A graduate of Dougherty High School, she received her B.A. in Music Education from Charleston Southern University and a masters in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia. For the past 33 years she has been a high school Choral Director, just recently retiring from the Dougherty County School System. Selina is married to Alton Bentley and has two step children, Brooks and Curry and one wonderful grandchild – Pierce.

    229.436.6336 ext. 120




    ADMINistrative ASSISTANT

    Jane grew up in Albany, graduating from Albany High School and then from Albany Junior College with an AA degree in Accounting and Business Management. She worked in the golf industry for 36 years, starting at MacGregor Golf in Albany and retiring from Nicklaus Golf in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2011. Jane has two sons and three grandchildren.

    229.436.6336 ext. 112


    ADMINistrative ASSISTANT

    Leslie joined Porterfield as the Administrative Assistant to the Music, Youth, and Education ministries. Leslie grew up in Albany and graduated from Deerfield-Windsor in 1992. She lived and worked in Panama City, Fla., for nine years and recently moved back home to Albany. She worked for a steamship line at the Port of Panama City. Leslie has a 8-year-old son, Tinley.

    229.436.6336 ext. 118

    church hostess | custodial

    Catherine was born in Leesburg, and is a graduate of Albany High School. She joined the Porterfield Staff in January 2011. She is married to Leroy and has one daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.

    229.436.6336 ext. 126