Meet Our Staff


Senior Pastor
“Preacher Dave” Cash

David “Preacher Dave” Ronald Cash, Sr. is a native of Iredell county.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina and was a starter on the offensive line.  Following his graduation in 1973, Dave went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education and taught school and coached sports in the public school system until 1984.  He then graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest University in 1988 and has served in the United Methodist Church since then.
His wife (and high school sweetheart) of over 40 years, Rev. Lynn Cash is also a minister of the United Methodist Church and serves in Mocksville, NC.  Among some of Dave’s vast accomplishments, he also served as Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina for the fiscal year of 2008.  Dave and Lynn have a daughter, Jenn,  son D.R., Jr. and a daughter-in-law Susanne, all residents of Guilford county.  Preacher Dave enjoys spending time with his family, music, cooking, playing golf, and meeting people.  His favorite verse in the Holy Bible is John 15:13 “…I have given you an example” and his motto is “Be happy so those around you will be happy.”

Pastoral Care
Karen Smith

Karen Smith joined the staff of Sedge Garden United Methodist Church in September of 2013. She is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served in the Reidsville, Trinity, and Thomasville areas before retiring to Kernersville in July of 2013. Karen is married to Larry Smith and they have a son, Jimmy, a daughter, Jessie, and a delightful 2 year old granddaughter, Lexi. Jessie and Lexi also live in Kernersville. Karen has a Master’s of Public Administration from UNC-G and a Master’s of Divinity from Duke University. Her hobbies include reading, music, and playing with her rescue pets – 3 cats and a hound dog.

Garden Kids &
Youth Ministry
Amanda Betters

Amanda Betters, who has been a member of Sedge Garden UMC since August of 2010, joined the staff in April of 2012. She is a graduate of Meredith College with a BA in Psychology and Child Development, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Masters in Education: Human Development and Family Studies. Amanda resides in Kernersville with her husband Chad and daughter Mia. After following a calling to serve in Africa, Amanda’s calling to serve the young people of this church was reaffirmed. She believes that teaching and leading young people to have a personal relationship with Christ is what God wired her to do. Being in ministry is a family endeavor as Amanda and Chad share the role of directing the UMYF, and Mia doesn’t mind tagging along as we serve God! Outside of church, Amanda likes to hang out with friends and family… she loves coffee and is a definite foodie!

Youth Ministry
Chad Betters

Chad Betters joined the staff in November of 2014. He graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Psychology, and then completed his graduate work at the University of Florida, where he earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling. In addition to his position working with the Youth here at Sedge Garden, Chad operates a private practice in Kernersville providing Christian counseling services, as he is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Board Certified Christian Counselor. Chad resides in Kernersville with his wife/best friend/Co-Director of Youth Ministry Amanda and their daughter Mia. They enjoy visiting family in the mountains and at the beach. In his spare time, Chad enjoys working out, watching movies, mastering the grill, and serving the church as a Stephen Minister or as the Children’s Ministry’s number one volunteer.

Preschool Director
Judy Hoyle

Judy Hoyle joined the preschool staff in 1990 and has served as director since 1994. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Elementary Education. Judy is a former elementary school teacher and continues private tutoring for elementary and middle school students in reading and math. Before moving to the Sedge Garden community and joining Sedge Garden United Methodist Church in 1980, she and her husband, John, lived in Virginia, Texas and Alabama. They are the proud parents of four grown sons and have three grandchildren. Judy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking and working in her flower gardens.

First Fruits Praise Band
Bobby Singleton

As the Firsts Fruits Praise Band Director, Bobby has the privilege of leading a group of talented musicians as they provide the music for Sedge Garden’s Contemporary Worship Service – First Fruits. Bobby’s “training” for this job began with growing up as the son of a United Methodist minister and playing in rock bands. On a more formal level, he studied music at UNCG and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bobby’s passion for music and people come together at Sedge Garden where he uses music to create a meaningful worship experience for all who attend the First Fruits service.

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Angie Shearer

Angie Shearer joined the staff in May 2013. Angie has a long history with Sedge Garden, having attended the Preschool as a child and joining the church in 1983 after completing confirmation class.  A graduate of East Forsyth HS and UNC-Greensboro, Angie lived in Knoxville, TN for six years before returning to Kernersville. Angie worked in HR/Recruiting for 8 years prior to starting a family. Her husband of 17 years, Jason Shearer, plays bass with the First Fruits Praise Team. They have two boys Zachary,10 and Johnathan, 8 and a miniature schnauzer, Smokey. The Shearers spend much of their time “on the go” with baseball, soccer, cub scouts, and Garden Kids’ activities. As a family they enjoy visiting the beach and playing in the mountains. Angie has been actively involved with the PTA at Cash Elementary for 5 years, serving as President for one year. Angie enjoys time with family and friends, attending sporting events (Go VOLS!), being outdoors and reading.

Administrative Manager
Debbie Idol

Debbie joined the Sedge Garden staff in March of 2010 as administrative manager.  She attended Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC where she obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting. She worked for twenty years at Douglas Battery Manufacturing in Winston-Salem. Since leaving Douglas Battery in 1998, Debbie has worked in the Retirement Industry as Business Manager for both Wesleyan Arms, Inc. in High Point and the Masonic and Eastern Star Home of NC in Greensboro.  Debbie is married to Eddie Idol who grew up in Kernersville. They have been married for 26 years and have two daughters, Janet, age 25 and Jessi, age 24. Debbie loves to read and enjoys spending time with her family.