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!)
Ministry beyond the local church: Chair of the Reynolds Ministries Team of the UM Foundation, member of the UM Foundation Board of Directors
Past WNCC Appointments:
Providence UMC, Charlotte 1983
St. Timothy UMC, Brevard 1988
Grace UMC, Greensboro 1994
Myers Memorial UMC, Gastonia 1999
Biltmore UMC, Asheville 2007
St. Stephen UMC, Charlotte 2009
Jamestown UMC 2014
Blair Road UMC 2020
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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 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.
Director of Student Ministries
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Director of Church Administration
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I have served the last 11 years as Administrative Assistant at Memorial UMC in Charlotte. I am so pleased to be a part of the Blair Road Staff!!
Director of Contemporary Music
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Director of Traditional 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 8:45am 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.
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 musical 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!