Our Pastor, Gary McAbee, would love to get to know you and welcome you to New Song.
A little bit about our Pastor: I grew up on a cattle farm near the town of Hartselle, Alabama. I was raised in a small United Methodist Church congregation, and it was while attending this church that I committed my life to Christ and was baptized. It was also during this time that I accepted my call to ministry and preached my first sermon (at age 17). While at college I began attending and later joined a Baptist Church. I received my bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and my Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I served as a Baptist pastor for almost 30 years and led congregations in Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina. My family and I moved to North Carolina in 2010, where I served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Richlands, North Carolina, for 7 ½ years. During my time in Richlands, I felt God leading me in a different ministry direction, so in December 2017, I resigned as the pastor of the church and accepted a position as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for PruittHealth Hospice in New Bern, a position that I still hold. During the past few years, I have also felt God’s leadership to transfer back into the United Methodist Church, and I am currently working to fulfill the requirements to serve as an ordained Elder from another denomination. In January 2020, I was appointed as the Pastor of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Pollocksville, and will conclude my service there on June 28, 2021, when I will transition to become the pastor of New Song UMC. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Lord with you in this new ministry setting.