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Mark began his ministry at Blair Road Church in 2022, but has been serving in congregations across western NC since 1993. He was educated at Appalachian State (1989) and Candler School of Theology at Emory University (1994), but has been a lifelong student of Jesus. He strives to find grace and peace in Him each day and to lead God’s people in following Jesus, making disciples and transforming the world. Mark finds inspiration for his faith from the Bible, worship music in many styles, and seeing the Lord at work in and through others. He loves it when a plan comes together, appreciates a hike/walk/run outdoors to get his mind right, and enjoys taking in a game of baseball with friends or family. Mark has 3 adult children and one granddaughter.
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 Church Administration
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12 years in Church Administration, serving at Memorial UMC in Charlotte, now 4 years with Blair Road UMC in Mint Hill!!
I am so happy to be a part of the Blair Road Staff!!
What a Blessing!!!!
Children & Youth Ministry Director
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My “About Me” is really all about you. I am in love with both learning and teaching, the scriptures especially. No matter where you are in your life, it is the perfect place to start your journey of getting to where you want to be. I have a passion for connecting with others in a way that creates hope & joy for your life right now. Knowing that each one has the ability to grow and change, I will help map multiple paths, whether it is over, around or through any obstacles which stand in the way of a victorious, self-confident life in God’s love.
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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!
Director of Audio & Visual Dept.
Matt has been married to his best friend Rebecca since 2010. Together they have been involved in many ministries ranging from worship services, to homeless outreach for many years. They were the founders of the non profit Testify Worship that operated in the Lake Norman area for 4 years from 2015 to 2019. Matt is our AV technician and has been on our staff since December of 2021. He is also a full time musician outside of church and plays many events and weddings with his band “Chunky Daddy.” Matt loves music and movies and has a passion for superhero and comic book based entertainment.
Director of Traditional Music