Staff

Jason Byassee

Jason Byassee

Jason Byassee
Senior Minister
Email: Jason Byassee, Ext. 227

Jason Byassee grew up in Chapel Hill and studied at Davidson College before doing master’s and doctoral work at Duke University. He joined the staff in the summer of 2011.

Learn more about Jason Byassee.

 

Vern Collins

Vern Collins
Pastor of Discipleship

Email: Vern Collins, Ext. 232

Vern has been on staff at Boone UMC since the fall of 1998. He has been a part of seeing a thriving Youth Ministry emerge and more recently has been given the opportunity to lead Crossroads, a unique worship gathering on Sunday morning.

Learn more about Vern Collins.

 

Jeff McClain

Jeff McClain
Director of Congregational Care

Email: Jeff McClain, Ext 225
 
Jeff began serving as Director of Congregational Care in June of 2012.  Previously he served as pastor to Blackburn’s Chapel, our satellite campus in Todd, NC.

Learn more about Jeff McClain.

 

Brandon Wrencher

Brandon Wrencher

Brandon Wrencher
Pastor of Blackburn’s Chapel
Abbot/Director of Blackburn House

Email: Brandon Wrencher

Brandon began serving as Pastor of our Blackburn’s Chapel campus and Abbot/Director of The Blackburn House in July of 2014. Previously he served as an intern for Blackburn’s Chapel and The Blackburn House.

Learn more about Brandon Wrencher.

 

Luke Edwards

Luke Edwards
Pastor of Kingstreet Church

Email: Luke Edwards

Luke is the pastor of King Street Church, a house church network focused on downtown Boone. King Street Church is Boone UMC’s newest campus, committed to offering Christian community to those who have never tasted it’s sweetness. Read more about Kingstreet Church.
 
 
 

Laura Beach

Laura Beach

Laura Beach
Associate Pastor of Community Engagement

Email: Laura Beach, Ext. 226

Laura is an elder in the United Methodist Church and joined the Boone United Methodist staff on February 1, 2015.
 
Learn more about Laura Beach.
 

 
 

Colette Krontz

Colette Krontz
Director of Children’s Ministry

Email: Colette Krontz, Ext. 228

Colette Krontz is minister to and with children at Boone United Methodist Church. She has been involved with children’s ministry for the past twelve years and has been Director since 2007.

Learn more about Colette Krontz.

 
 

Dana Holden

Dana Holden
Director of Boone United Methodist Preschool

Email: Dana Holden, 828-264-6092

Dana Holden became director of the Boone United Methodist Preschool in August of 2012. She grew up in Alabama where she graduated from Birmingham-Southern College, then continued her education at Southern Methodist University where she received a Master of Theology degree.
 
Learn more about Dana Holden.
 

 

Dana Davis

Dana Davis
Director of Worship & The Arts

Email: Dana Davis, Ext. 246

Dana Davis came to Boone United Methodist Church in December of 2012. She has been in music all of her life, serving churches and schools in Ft. Lauderdale, working with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre and at Crossnore Academy.

Learn more about Dana Davis.

 
 
 

Patti Connelly

Patti Connelly

Patti Connelly
Director of Adult Ministries

Email: Patti Connelly

Patti joined Boone UMC in December 2014 as the Director of Adult Ministries and is excited to be working with seniors and older adults. Patti and her husband Ken are parents to five grown kids and enjoy being grandparents to their awesome grandchildren that live nearby.

Learn more about Patti Connelly.
 
 
 

Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis
Director of Youth Ministries

Email: Andy Ellis, Ext. 229

Andy began working with the youth ministry as a volunteer college student. After graduation he was hired part-time as youth ministry assistant in 2009. In his time at BUMC Andy has been blessed to witness the youth ministry transform from a program-based ministry to a thriving small group-based ministry.

Learn more about Andy Ellis.
 
 

 
 

Jennifer Whittington

Jennifer Whittington
Business Administrator

Email: Jennifer Whittington, Ext. 224

Jennifer joined the Boone United Methodist Church Staff in April 2007. She and her husband, John, attend the Crossroad service on Sunday mornings.

Learn more about Jennifer Whittington.

 
 

Barb DuClos

Barb DuClos
Office Assistant

Email: Barb DuClos, Ext. 230

Barbara joined the Boone United Methodist Church Staff in August, 2009 as the Part-time Bookkeeper. She enjoys participating in the 8:45 a.m. Praise Worship Service and enjoys being involved in the Fall Bazaar each year.
 
 
 
 

Kathy Butler

Kathy Butler
Pianist/Worship Leader

Email: Kathy Butler

Kathy first came to Boone United Methodist Church in 2005. She is a great pianist who brings excitement, talent and enthusiasm to the Praise and Worship Service. She also uses her talents to accompany the Chancel Choir as well as the High Country High School Chorale.

 

Ben Fitzgerald
Crossroads Worship Coordinator

Email: Ben Fitzgerald

Ben is a leader in the Youth Ministry as well as active in the Wesley Foundation.
 

Wallis Belcher
Children’s Ministry Assistant

Email: Wallis Belcher

Wallis is delightfully articulate, passionate about her love of God, and definite about the church being an active part of her life. Growing up, Wallis was active in children’s ministry and youth group, serving as President of her Youth Group during her Junior and Senior years. Currently, she is attending ASU exploring her interest in communications and marketing.
 

 

Custodial Staff

The custodial staff of Boone United Methodist Church is an important part of our ministry. They assure that the building is clean and the rooms are set-up as requested. Mike Carson has been on staff since 1999.

Mike Carson, Custodian
Currently Open, Night Custodian
 

Volunteer Staff

The volunteers of Boone United Methodist Church are an integral part of the everyday operations of the church. There are 2 individuals that are considered Volunteer Staff. Mae Robbins has kept the member information updated since 1997. Denise Stanley has been assisting the office staff and worked with communications and the website since 2008.
Mae Robbins, Office Assistant, Ext. 222
Denise Stanley, Director of Communications, Email: Denise Stanley, Ext. 223