Staff

Jason Byassee

Jason Byassee

Rev. 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

Rev. 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, the newest worship gathering.

Learn more about Vern Collins.

 

Jeff McClain

Rev. 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.

 

Lindsey Long

Lindsey Long
Pastor of Blackburn’s Chapel
Abbess of Blackburn House

Email: Lindsey Long
Lindsey recently graduated from Duke Divinity School and did her undergraduate work at University of Illinois. She is originally from Durham, but grew up in Chicago. Join her and the other ladies of Blackburn House for morning prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at the Blackburn House located at 3998 Todd Railroad Grade Road in Todd.

 

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 Davis

Dana Davis
Director of Worship & The Arts

Email: Dana Davis, Ext. 246

Dana is very excited to join the Staff and the Congregation at Boone UMC. She will be developing new musical opportunities at the Church for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

 

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. On Thursday evenings you can usually find them helping Luke distribute Green Street Catering meals from the front Narthex.

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 BUMC Fall Bazaar each year.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Luke Edwards

Luke Edwards
Director of Community Engagement

Email: Luke Edwards, Ext. 226

Luke’s primary role is to push the church outwards; connecting the church with our neighbors locally and globally. By engaging our local and global community we hope to join in Christ’s mission to renew all things. Read more about Boone Area Missions, a local initiative that seeks to connect the local church to the local need in Watauga County.

 

 

Dana Holden

Dana Holden
Preschool Director

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.
 

Ben Fitzgerald
Crossroads Worship Coordinator

Email: Ben Fitzgerald

Ben is a Senior at Appalachian State University. He is a leader in the Youth Ministry as well as active in the Wesley Foundation.
 

 

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
Dray Whittington, 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