Meet WHC Pastors & Staff

Pastors and staff called by God to lead and serve the body of Christ at Woodland Hills Church as well as the greater Asheville area. "To make disciples" is our mission and Jesus Christ is our focus. Elders are called, selected, and appointed in the church to lead God’s people and to be under shepherds of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Adam Ponder

Teaching Pastor


More information on our new Teaching Pastor coming soon...!

Bob Belford

Care Pastor


Bob is available for pastoral calls when you are having surgery, in the hospital, rehab, nursing center or homebound. He provides limited pastoral counseling upon request. He leads Celebrate Recovery and continues to serve in teaching ministries for Caleb's Kin, the Men's Prayer Breakfast, and a Sunday Life Group.


He has a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. If he can serve you call him at 828.450.9367.

Janet Menard

Media & Design


Janet is a Native Texan transplanted to Mars Hill 29 years ago, where she lives with her dear husband Bob and her incredible son, Steven and his lovely wife Becky. She has four adorable granddaughters, Jacquelyn, Jocelyn, Cheyenne Kendyl and Taylor Trinity. She has served as media and design specialist for Woodland Hills for 15 years. In addition to her media duties, Janet oversees the computer systems and website maintenance. She assists the Worship Team and is also the producer for our Sunday Services each week.


She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. Music is a great passion (listening, not participating)! The Lord has blessed her with several young people she genuinely loves to mentor and encourage.

Elizabeth Jones

Financial Ministry Assistant


Elizabeth happily joined the WHC staff in 2013 in the financial office having worked as the Business Manager for Providence Christian Academy and His Kid’s since 2011 with a previous 7 years experience in business management. She is very dedicated to serving the Woodland Hills Church needs and loves the people she has the privilege working with. She and her husband, Pastor David Jones, have two beautiful grown daughters, a wonderful son-in-law and a handsome grandson. 




Jon Woods

Student Minister


Jonathan has been on staff at WHC since August 2015. Previous to that, Jon and his wife Carly served for 3 years with the student ministry and in the nursery. Jon & Carly are natives to WNC and Jon has actually grown up going through the AWANA program & Student Ministry at WHC. He is passionate about seeing students reaching their fullest potential in Christ and seeing them be the next generation to see Christ exalted.


Jon is a student at Liberty University where he hopes to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He plans to attend seminary in order to obtain a doctorate in Theology. He and Carly have been married since October of 2015 they love to watch movies, hang out with their LifeGroup, be with family, sports, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Ted Dippy

Building & Grounds


Ted is a licensed electrician, father of 5, and husband to Peggy. They love being at Woodland Hills Church where Ted has served in many areas including being a deacon among other things. He has never met a meal he couldn't put away or a problem he couldn't solve. He is a godly man who serves the church well through this very practical ministry.

Marty & Sarai Gilbert

Worship Leaders


Music ministry has been a life-long endeavor for both Marty & Sarai. Shortly after getting married in 2004, they joined WHC and became active members in the choir and worship teams. The Gilberts joined the staff as part-time Worship Leaders in April 2016. They are natives of WNC who currently reside in Mars Hill.


Marty received degrees from Mars Hill University and Duke University before returning to MHU where he is currently a Computer Science professor. Sarai received a Music Industry degree from Western Carolina University. Marty enjoys keeping up with sports and cycling. Sarai enjoys being creative and organized. Together, they enjoy going for walks, traveling and trying out new restaurants.

Tabitha Heiser

Nursery Coordinator


For the past two years Tabitha has worked as our Nursery Coordinator preparing all the nurseries and rooms for weekly and weekend activities and curriculum. Tabitha is also our Awana Cubbie Director. She works full time at Asheville Urological Associates. She has her credentials in Childcare and a Medical Office Administrative Diploma.


Tabitha and her family have been attending/members of WHC for the past 8 1/2 years. Tabitha is the mother of two wonderful children (a 5 year old girl and a 8 year old boy) and a great husband of 13 years who all keep her on her toes!!