Pastor Kris was born and raised in central Illinois and she is a graduate of Illinois State University (B.A. 2000) with a major in English and a minor in French. She worked in the social service field before moving to Kentucky in 2005. During her years in Kentucky, Kris worked in children and youth ministry, volunteered in community theatre and grew her family. She and her family moved to Salisbury, NC in the summer of 2010. Kris is a Provisional Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of theUnited Methodist Church and has her Masters of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary. During her free time, Kris enjoys gardening and raising chickens, reading, playing Scrabble, going to the movies, watching crime dramas and talking over a hot cup of coffee. She lives in rural Rowan County with her husband Bill and their children. Pastor Kris was the 2017 Faster Pastor at Charlotte Motor Speedway!
Deena is our beloved Music Director! She grew up at Mount Tabor and began playing the piano as a girl. Deena has two adult children and one grandson. She is retired from full-time nursing, yet still helps so many when they have concerns or questions about their health. When not planning or preparing worship music, Deena enjoys watching her grandson (and all his friends) play baseball, volunteering at Rowan One Church One Child, and going to gospel music concerts in the area.