Associate Pastor of Community Engagement
Email: Laura Beach Byrch, Ext. 226
Laura is an elder in the United Methodist Church. As a college student she nurtured a passion for preserving creation and marginalized communities. It was there that she received an unexpected call into ministry. Always eager to laugh, Laura loves people and all things that foster a sense of community and making connections. She believes deeply that God has called the church to be diverse, compassionate, and just. Laura is thrilled to connect our church with the community and world, as we live into Jesus’ example and calling for the church to be a place of unlikely friendships created and sustained by God’s mercy.
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. A graduate of Marshall University and United Theological Seminary, she recently retired from nursing with over 30 years experience in quality of care issues for Medicare beneficiaries. Patti is a provisional deacon in the United Methodist Church and will be working toward ordination with Boone UMC. She has a passion for providing opportunities for seniors/older adults to serve and be served through church ministries such as the lunch bunch, Bible Studies, support groups, outreach and so much more. Besides adult ministries, Patti is a member of the choir, enjoys teaching Sunday School and is a Stephen Minister. In her spare time, Patti enjoys family time, helping Ken with his prison ministry work, reading, banging on the piano and people time. Patti and Ken are enjoying the High Country and so are their Boston Terriers.