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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crossroads Worship Coordinator
Email: Ben Fitzgerald
Ben is a leader in the Youth Ministry as well as active in the Wesley Foundation.
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.
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
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