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b. 4-14-1958 in High Point NC, home church Wesley Memorial UMC, graduated High Point Central HS 1976, Duke University 1980, Duke Divinity 1983
m. Jennie Hayworth 5-17-1980. Son Thomas Powell Latimer b. 3-30-1988, m. Tyler McFayden 5-25-2019. We just adopted an Airedale named Took January 2020.
Hobbies: All sports fan (especially Duke basketball) golf, walking, reading, table tennis, politics and public policy, (NOTE: Jennie and Powell are both UNC-CH grads. We have a mixed marriage!)
Director of Adult Ministries
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My husband, Barry, and I met at our Methodist Church in Downers Grove, Il while in high school youth group. We moved to Indian Trail, NC shortly after we married because my family had relocated here and I am a momma’s girl! We raised two sons in Mint Hill at Blair Road UMC and can’t imagine being anywhere else. I have always loved children’s ministry but have a new-found passion for our older adults and the wonderful opportunities for ministering with them. I enjoy continuing my education and improving my ministry by attending classes at Pfeiffer University and Christian Education Conferences around the southeast. I have a BS from Eastern Illinois University and Masters of Education from Appalachian State.
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I am originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia. I met my husband when I was a Program Director at the YMCA in Greenwood SC. He was a reporter and came to do an article on “A female in a leadership role at the YMCA.” He didn’t want to do the article and I wasn’t too thrilled about it either, but we later became great friends when I needed him to coach a soccer team! When I was growing up, my Dad was the Sunday School Superintendent and if the church doors were open, my family was there. That started a love of the church that I want to share with others. I love to read, to hike and to cook.
Director of Student Ministries
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I am originally from Tennessee but have lived in North Carolina since 1998. I grew up in the church but hadn't settled on the United Methodist Church until I met my wife Faith. I have a BA in Religion and Philosophy from High Point University and an M.Div from Liberty University. I will begin studying for my D.Min in the Fall as I continue to pursue ordination. Youth ministry is where God has called me and I am beyond honored and humbled to be entrusted with shaping and nurturing the young minds here at BRUMC!!!
Director of Church Administration
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Past service was 11 years as an Administrative Assistant at Memorial UMC in Charlotte, now two years with BRUMC!!
I am so happy to be a part of the Blair Road Staff!!
What a Blessing!!!!
Director of Traditional Music
Director of Contemporary Music
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David makes his home in Rock Hill, SC where he lives with his wife Carrie and two sons, Johnathan and James. David directs the adult, youth and handbell choirs at BRUMC and selects hymns and choir music for the 8:45 am traditional service. David enjoys playing trumpet around the Charlotte area. David holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (BM) and Winthrop University (MM). He enjoys playing softball (when his bum knee can handle it), and watching the University of South Carolina Gamecocks play football.
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Rita Mabes is a native Charlottean and graduated with a degree in music from Queens University in Charlotte. She has played for churches for over 30 years, and also enjoys playing handbells and working with the children and youth music programs. Rita and her husband, Tim, reside in Matthews and have 3 adult children, Tim Jr, Christine, and Alex. In addition to playing the organ at Blair Road, Rita teaches piano lessons. She is a life long United Methodist and loves being at Blair Road. Secretly, she would love to play the harmonica, but so far has not been able to master it!