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Meet the Staff

Rev. Jake Macklin


Pastor Jake was appointed to GUMC on September 1, 2017. Before coming to Gethsemane, Pastor Jake served at Kenton United Methodist Church from 2013-2017. Prior to being a pastor, Jake served for three years as the Director of Youth Ministries at Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, DE.

Jake grew up in Georgetown, DE and is a 2004 graduate of Sussex Central High School. In 2009, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In 2016, Jake earned a Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary, which is just outside of Philadelphia. Pastor Jake was ordained as a Full Elder in The United Methodist Church in 2018.

Jake is passionate about being a leader in the local church, making disciples, loving all people and striving to always grow in faith through worship, prayer, study, accountability and more. Jake and his wife, Emily, have two children named Luke and Elizabeth; they will be adopting their first child together sometime before the end of this year. Jake and Emily love to spend time in Rehoboth Beach, Williamsburg, VA, North Carolina, and taking rides around Delmarva.

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Jordan Forston

Youth Pastor

My name is Jordan and I have called Gethsemane my home for the last 6 years. Before serving at Gethsemane I was a volunteer youth minister for 5 years. My mission for student ministry has always been to impact young people through the message of the Bible to create young men and women who love Jesus and reflect God's character to the world.

I have been married to my wonderful wife named Amanda for 10 years. We have a beautiful daughter named Gia and a two sons named Gabriel and Luke whom we get to share this life with. I am also a teacher at West Seaford Elementary. I have a bachelors degree in education from Delaware State University and a masters degree in school counseling from Wilmington University.

In my free time I love to go on road trips with my family and golf when I can find time.

To contact Jordan, click here.

For more info on Aftershock Youth Group click here.

Jane Wright

Administrative Assistant

Jane has been at the church for 36 years! She does a wonderul job in our church office. Things she loves include her grandson, reading, animals, and Nascar.

To contact Jane, click here.

Beverly Wheatley


Beverly has been cleaning the church for us since 1999! She enjoys art and reading. She also has a heart to help others in need!

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