Meet the Staff



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 info@pmumc.net or 229.436.6336


  • Josh Duckworth  - Senior Pastor   circlefacebook circleinstagram  circletwitter

    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. 112

    jduckworth@pmumc.net

  • Chuck Knight- Associate Pastor   circlefacebook circleinstagram  circletwitter

    Chuck is practically a life long member of Porterfield Memorial Unites Methodist Church, coming to PMUMC as a young child. He was active in the Youth Group and sang in the Youth Choir. He is a graduate of Westover High School and the Georgia Institute of Technology.


    Chuck was married at PMUMC in 1983 and raised his family there with all three of his sons baptized as infants in the Sanctuary. He served on many committees in the church but enjoyed his time working with the youth choir and group more than any.


    He answered his Call to Ministry in 2015 and began preaching in the Sumner Charge in 2016. He got the call to return to his home church in April 2021 as an Associate Pastor and gladly accepted. He and Debra are happy to be back "home" and serving this wonderful congregation.


    229.436.6336 ext. 119

    cknight@pmumc.net

  • Mike Keeley - Director of Music and Communications  circlefacebook circleinstagram  circletwitter

    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 30 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, and one grandson.


    229.436.6336 ext. 120

    mkeeley@pmumc.net

  • Caren Dilts - Director of Children's Ministries circlefacebook circleinstagram

    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

    cdilts@pmumc.net

  • George Whiddon - Director of Youth Ministries   circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    George is a native of south Georgia.  He graduated in 2007 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agribusiness.  George has been in youth ministry for 10+ years serving at churches in Cordele, Warner Robins, and Albany.  He joined our staff at Porterfield in 2022.


    George and his wife Rachel have two beautiful daughters, Adelyn and Molly.


    229.436.6336  ext. 128

    gwhiddon@pmumc.net

  • Bethany McAfee - Director of Porterfield Day School circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    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.


    229.436.6336  ext. 122

    pds@pmumc.net

  • Kristin Hill - Nursery Director circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird


    Kristen grew up in Albany where her family attended Porterfield.  She received her undergraduate nursing degrees from Darton State College and Georgia Southwestern State University, and her master's degree in Nursing Education from South University.  She practiced as an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Phoebe Putney for six years and currently teaches nursing at Albany State University.


    She is married to her husband, Tyler Hill, and they have two girls, Bradley and Banks.  Tyler and Kristen returned to Porterfield in 2017.  Kristen joined the Porterfield Day School Board in 2019 and began serving as the President in 2020.  Kristen's love for Jesus and children, combined with her girls' experience both at the day school and in the church nursery led to her desire to serve as the church Nursery Director.


    229.436.6336 ext. 121

    nursery@pmumc.net


  • Marcy McCarty - Music Ministry Assistant circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    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: Stella and Sasha.


    22.436.6336 ext. 120

    mmccarty@pmumc.net

  • Ben Drennan - Organist circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    Ben joined the PMUMC staff in the summer of 2020. He attended Mercer University where he did extensive studies in Piano and Cello Performance as well as Choral Conducting. For over 16 years, Ben was a full time Minister of Music in the United Methodist Church, serving churches in Southwest Georgia as well ast the Gulf Coast of Florida. In addition to Music, Ben is also a Commercially Licensed Hot Air Balloon Pilot and has flown professionally across North America. When not in the air or playing music at Porterfield, Ben is a Licensed Funeral Director Apprentice with Rainey Family Funeral Services in Cordele, Georgia as well as a member of the Crisp County Board of Education. He is married to Liz, a worship leader and vocalist, has a son Isaac, a goldendoodle named Barnaby-A, and two siamese cats who continually plot his demise.


    229.436.6336 ext. 117

    bdrennan@pmumc.net

  • Jane Bragg - Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

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    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

    jbragg@pmumc.net

  • Cindy Thomas - Finance Secretary circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    Cindy has lived in Albany Georgia for most of her life, graduating from Dougherty Comprehensive High School and then from the Albany Technical Institute with a degree in Business management.  She has been working at Porterfield for 22+ years in a variety of rolls.  Cindy is married to Leonard Thomas and has two daughters.

  • Leslie DeVane - Administrative Assistant circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    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

  • Sally Reeder - Children's Ministry/Tech Assistant circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

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  • Catherine Jackson - Church Hostess/Custodial circlefacebook  circleinstagram  circletwitterbird

    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

    cjackson@pmumc.net

  • Johnny Hall - Custodian


  • DeWayne Mickinney - Custodian


  • Willie Williams - Custodian


Our Beliefs


At our church, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly because it is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into. The gospel is the lens in which we should view theology, ministry, and all aspects of life.


The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” concisely in 1st Corinthians 15:3-5 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” Simply put, the gospel is all about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the implications it has for us.