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Leadership Team

James Koo


Pastor James Koo was born and raised in Korea. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Korea University and a MBA from the Graduated School of Internationals Studies at Yonsei University and a Techno-MBA at the Graduated School of KAIST in Seoul, Korea. After working as a marketing manager at Samsung Electronics, he sensed a call to ministry and entered Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he received a Master of Div. and a post-graduate degree (Th.M.) in Homiletics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. He received his Doctor of Ministry in “Preaching, Worship, and Spirituality” at Drew School of Theology in Madison, NJ.

He is passionate about preaching and discipleship and has a zeal for seeing people grow in their faith and reach their potential as disciples of Christ.

He has been called to serve congregations across the state since 2003 including Immanuel KUMC in Atlanta, GA as a youth pastor, Rainbow UMC in Portland, ME as a youth pastor, Tyrrell Charge UMC in Columbia, NC. Cokesbury UMC in Stedman. He has been a Pastor at Fremont United Methodist Church since 2015.

He enjoys traveling, reading, a conversation over a nice cup of coffee, table-tennis, and loves to try different ethnic cuisines. He and his wife, Esther, are blessed with three children, Hanbin, Esther (Eunbin), and Wonbin.

Syvlia Overman


Sylvia joined Fremont United Methodist Church when she was nine years old. Soon after that she began playing the piano for Sunday School Assembly. She knew two hymns, so the Sunday School Superintendent, a very kind person, had these two hymns selected every Sunday!! Now almost 70 years later, she has learned a few more hymns and is church organist, pianist, and interim choir director. She says that "time flies when you are having fun!!"

She doesn't remember a time in her life when she wasn't doing music - and loves all kinds from classical, rock and roll, old gospel hymns to praise and worship. She is very thankful to be in a loving and supportive church

She is married to Lemuel (he plays golf----not music). They have one son, Fred, who is a good son and a great cook and is married to Lisa, a beautiful girl, inside and out! They live in Georgia with Sylvia's three wonderful step grandchildren.

She feels so fortunate to have good friends, a family, and a church family that have been with her through sickness and health!! And we are fortunate to have her!

Shari Stewart

Preschool Director

Shari began serving as the Music Director for Fremont Methodist Preschool in January of 1998 and was hired as the Director in July of 1998. Shari loves her job because she gets to see the world from the eyes of a child on a daily basis. She believes there is nothing better than hearing the sound of children laughing or saying, “Look what I can do”. Reading is one of her passions and she begins each year by reading her favorite book Green Eggs and Ham to the students. She’s not afraid to be covered in shaving cream or even getting a pie in the face if it will help to make learning fun!

A graduate of Mount Olive College, Shari is originally from Duplin County. She and her husband Hank are the proud parents of three children ~ Elizabeth, Kenan & Jessie ~ and the sweetest dog in the world ~ Max. The Stewart Family are true blue, die hard Tar Heel fans. Shari’s favorite place to be is near the water, be it coastal North Carolina or sailing the blue waters of the British Virgin Islands.

Bethany Stewart

Director of Youth Ministies

Bethany began working with the youth of Fremont United Methodist Church in 2006 and continues to bring fresh ideas and tons of energy to the program. She always looks forward to the annual trips, activities and mission projects the youth participate in and is very proud of all that Fremont youth stand for and do.

In her life away from the church, Bethany teaches history at Wayne School of Engineering. She graduated from Campbell University with a BA in History and from East Carolina University with a Masters in Secondary Education with a focus in history. She also studied abroad during her undergraduate studies at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia for a semester.

She loves to spend time with her dog and travel. She is an avid SCUBA diver. Her favorite spots to dive are off the coast of North Carolina, the Great Barrier Reef and in the British Virgin Islands. She believes that any day on the water is better than a day at work, and if possible would spend all of her time near a body of water.

Linda Jo Sampson

Director of Music Ministry

Linda was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She began playing the piano at the age of 10, then became the church pianist at the age of 13 at 103 rd Street Baptist Church. She graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 1991, with studies in vocal performance. At the age of 18, she joined the Air Force. Stationed in many places to include NY, TX, Portugal, and served in Afghanistan on two tours. After 21 years, she retired in 2013. Her family decided to retire in Pikeville.

She is married to Jason and has three beautiful children, Kirsten, Makayla, and Nolan. All three children are active in the arts such as theater, band and dance.

Linda is currently working on her BA in Religious Studies at the University of Mount Olive. Her husband Jason is also pursuing his degree in business management at UMO. They will both graduate in May 2018.

Linda loves singing, playing piano, running and acting in her spare time. She feels blessed to be a part of this body of believers.

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