Staff & Leadership


Rev. Cassidy Salter

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Pastor Cassidy was appointed to Ware’s Chapel in July of 2023. She began serving in ministry for children and families, and through that experience, heard God’s call to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. Cassidy has served churches in Raleigh, Mebane, and now Washington, NC. She has a Masters of Arts in Christian Practice from Duke Divinity School ‘16, has completed the NC Conference Leadership Fellowship ‘23, and is currently serving as a Provisional Elder. Cassidy loves living in Washington and is always up for a walk by the water or conversation over coffee. 

Office Administrator

Beth Shackelford

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Beth brings to her work at Ware's, a gift of experience in the non-profit sector, and in the local community of Washington, NC. She serves as a connector among the congregation, supporting the needs of the church with creativity and patience. She is the friendly voice on the other end of the office phone and is always happy to help. In her free time, Beth loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, creative writing, and artistic endeavors of all kinds.

Minister of Music

Wendy Peterson

Wendy began playing piano as a child, learning from her father, and studied piano performance in college under Dr. Lily Chou. She has been playing piano and directing church choirs for many years across multiple denominations. She has a love for helping the choir sound their best, and is always ready to offer encouragement and learn new things. Interested in joining the Ware's Choir? Reach out to Wendy!