A native of New Jersey, Crystal began serving CityWell in July 2018 after serving as the Pastor of Discipleship at Swansboro United Methodist Church. She holds her MDiv from Duke Divinity School and focuses ministry on the intersections of Womanist theology, racial reconciliation, liberation and deliverance, and Wesleyan discipleship. She has a background in government, politics, and community organizing and is passionate about liturgical dance, discipleship, and preaching/teaching. Her favorite book of the Bible is Revelation (because it’s a love story), she enjoys a good cup of coffee with a friend, and a bowl of ice cream with her son, Mark. She concludes: “In all matters that love must be the ethic by which we conduct ourselves… because, God is love.”
Megan Clinton, (she/her/hers) is from Durham, North Carolina. She attended college in Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater. Megan’s religious affiliations have been diverse. She has experienced life as a Baptist, Quaker, and member of a United Church of Christ. Megan is now embracing Methodism. Though many faith practices have molded her there is a part of her that will always be Quaker. She hopes her Quaker values can be a fortifying addition to her growth in the Methodist Church. Megan’s interest include painting, creative writing, and cooking. She recently completed her first year at Duke Divinity and is pursuing a Master of Divinity.
Jesse Nathaniel Huddleston (he/she/they/we) grew up in church participating in worship through song & dance and comes from a family full of ministers, artists, and educators. He has lived in North Carolina since 2006 when he enrolled at Duke as an undergraduate student. They finished in 2010 with degrees in Sociology and Psychology and later completed a MS in Counseling in 2014. Jesse continues to develop her vocational work for equity and community engagement through the arts in Durham, and she has served with CityWell UMC since January 2017. As a Black genderqueer human, we draw significant inspirations of learning, healing, and joy from our Blackqueer ancestors, Pauli Murray and James Baldwin, and we aspire to encourage all people to resist any human development rooted in shame or control and to pursue healthy, humanizing formation grounded in revolutionary love and creative energy. In their spare time, they bake pound cakes from scratch, tend to their indoor plants, and mind their business. He is often spending time with friends & neighbors, be it over food & drink at home, out at a social or political event, or on a dance floor.
Sydney D. Richards, (she/ her/ hers) is a native of Lexington, North Carolina and grew up in the Baptist Church. In May 2017, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology with a minor concentration in Mandarin Chinese from High Point University. After graduating, she followed the voice of God to Duke Divinity School where she pursued, and completed, her Masters of Divinity degree in May 2020. Sydney has continued her studies as a Doctoral student at Memphis Theological Seminary. Her studies center Womanist Preaching- aligning with her call to preach and to teach preaching in the future. Sydney enjoys crocheting blankets, fashion, 90’s R&B jam sessions, and discovering local eclectic foodstuffs. She is thrilled to be a part of the covenantal community CityWell offers, and is thankful and honored to serve CityWell in this capacity.
Trinada has directed the Nursery at CityWell for the past 2 years. She has lived most of her life in Durham and considers herself a Durham native. She has a BFA from UNC-Greensboro and has taught children of all ages. She lives here with her two children (Lillyana 6 and Leonardo 2) and her husband, Edward. She is currently a teacher at Waypoint Preschool in Chapel Hill.
Stephanie was born in Florida and moved to North Carolina as a child, and has lived in the Triangle area ever since. After spending six years in the army and traveling to different areas, she was introduced to the diversity of Durham and fell in love with the city. Her love of children was evident as a toddler when she played “childcare” with her baby dolls. Stephanie’s love of children and her nanny experience guided her into a certificate of Nursing Assistance and then an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she worked in a Montessori environment before starting at The Little School. She’s also worked with the littlest Cityweller’s since 2012. In her spare time, Stephanie loves hiking and camping, spending time with her family, including her two young nieces and her daughter, and hanging out in this awesome city.