Our staff

  • Our pastor, oliver helsabeck

    Originally from Tobaccoville, North Carolina, Oliver has served United Methodist Churches in the Western North Carolina Conference since 1997. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University (Go Apps!) with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and minors in music and history. After teaching high school English for four years, Oliver followed his calling to be a pastor and entered Duke Divinity School, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. Oliver loves singing, writing, going to the movies, and running. He strives to encourage others with a servant heart, loves to preach, and brings a creative spirit into worship. Oliver is married to Susan, Professional Development Specialist for the Randolph County Partnership for Children, and they are the proud parents of their talented daughter, Elizabeth, a ninth grader at Trinity High School.

  • Our Minister to youth and young adults,

    Amber harris

    Amber is from Floyd County, Virginia.  She has an ecumenical background since childhood.  She went to Bridgewater College in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  After graduating from Bridgewater ('08) she earned her Masters of Divinity at Wake Forest University School of Divinity ('11).  Amber has experience with youth and young adult ministry, chaplaincy, volunteer organizing, and pastoral care. 

    Amber lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, Preston, and two sons, Dax and Branch.  Amber enjoys travelling, kayaking, singing, and hiking.  She embraces her ministry with Fairfield's youth and young adults as an opportunity to truly BE with individuals as they journey through vital and exciting seasons in their lives. 

  • our director of music, vickie newsome

    Vickie Newsome came on board as music director at Fairfield UMC in September of 2012.  She has a BS in Music Education from Barton College, and a Masters of Music from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. She is founder of the Randolph Community Arts, a nonprofit arts and music program.

  • Our children's ministry director, 

    amy higgins


  • our administrative assistant, rae hicks

    Rae has been with Fairfield since November 2014.  She graduated from UNCG in 1995.  Rae is a lifelong member at Archdale UMC.  She has previous experience in office management, marketing, and meeting planning with the High Point CVB. Rae lives in Sophia with her husband Jeff, and her two children, Charlotte and Jack.  

  • our pianist, Hazel TIpton