Our Ministry Team

Swansboro United Methodist Church is committed to reaching out with the love of Christ to embrace and serve all God’s people. Our commitment begins in our community and extends around the world. Our ministry team includes all believers in our fellowship who seek to love God, care for one another, and serve our neighbors in Jesus’ name. Among that team are some who empower, equip, and come alongside others as we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:

G. Kevin Baker

G. Kevin Baker

Lead Pastor

Pastor Kevin joined the ministry team at Swansboro UMC in June 2019. He is passionate about evangelism, outreach, and equipping others to find their God-given purpose. He loves to read, write, play basketball, and fish – especially with a cast net. He is married to his wife Denise and they have three adult children. One of the verses that guide his life and ministry is Micah 6:8: “God has told you what is good – to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God.

Email: pastorkevin@swansboroumc.org 

Adam M. Barth

Adam M. Barth

Pastor of Discipleship

Pastor Adam joined the ministry team at Swansboro UMC in July 2018. He is passionate about public theology, preaching, and encouraging people to ask the tough questions of their faith. He loves to ride motorcycles, take the boat out, hang out with his family, and have a book to read. He is married to his wife Alysia and they have two boys – Lyle and Willis. One of the verses that guide his ministry is Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!

Email: pastoradam@swansboroumc.org

Layne Harpine

Layne Harpine

Director of Student Ministries

Layne started attending Swansboro United Methodist Church in July 2009 and became part of the staff on November 1, 2019. He has always had a passion for sharing about Christ through presenting, leading, and singing. He enjoys the beach, spending time in the mountains, golf, lifting weights, and helping with SUMC Youth. He is married to his wife Annette and they have two children.  One of his guiding verses is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Email: studentministries@swansboroumc.org

Rachel Moser

Rachel Moser

Interim Pastor of Congregational Care

I am a native North Carolinian.  I have never lived anywhere else!  Forest Hills High School in Marshville, Greensboro College, and Duke Divinity School are my alma maters.  In 1978 my husband, Rick, and I were ordained elders in the North Carolina Conference. Since that time I have served churches as pastor, Director of Christian Education, and for several wonderful years at the Robeson County Church and Community Center.  From 2002-2012 I served Swansboro UMC as associate pastor.  Rick and I have three sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and one dearly beloved grandson.  We live in New Bern.

Email: rtmoser@nccumc.org

Kristen Viszneki

Kristen Viszneki

Director of Music Ministries

Kristen is thrilled to be led by our Lord to be part of such a dynamic group of worship leaders! She has been an active part of many Music Ministries throughout the years in many Churches in New York State, Connecticut, and North Carolina. She loves to write, read, and travel! Kristen has two sons, 7th grader Max and High School Senior Joe, and they live with three cats. She has taught at Swansboro Middle School for sixteen years and is a proud Pirate Music and Drama Director. Kristen began her teaching career at White Oak Elementary in 1998. 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain; Faith, Hope, Love. But the greatest of these is Love.”, is her favorite Bible verse.

Email: kristen@swansboroumc.org

Leah Czanderna

Leah Czanderna

Director of Contemporary Worship

Leah Czanderna joined the ministry team at Swansboro UMC in October 2019. She has always had a passion for singing and playing music and strives to worship the Lord through her life. She loves living near the beach, working with youth, being active, and spending time with her dog, Bella. One of her favorite verses that helps to guide her in life is Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Email: beaconworship@swansboroumc.org

Alysia Barth

Alysia Barth

Communication and Connection Coordinator

Alysia started attending Swansboro United Methodist Church in July 2018 and became part of the staff in March 2019. She loves being in relationship with the church congregation and helping the church flow day to day. She worked as a Certified Dental Assistant for 14 years until she had her first son in October 2018. She now has 2 boys and loves spending time with her family. One verse that helps her every day is Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Email: adminassistant@swansboroumc.org

Kathy Vigneaux

Kathy Vigneaux

Administrative Assistant

Kathy joined the staff in July 2021.  She loves spending time with family; and likes to read, write, garden, and walk on the beach. She and her husband Dick moved to Swansboro in 2012.  They have 6 adult children, 3 sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren.  She says there has been a key verse for each of life’s seasons, and her current favorite is Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the HolySpirit.”

Email: adminassistant@swansboroumc.org

Stephanie Villanueva

Stephanie Villanueva

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Stephanie joined Swansboro United Methodist Church in August of 2021.  She is a Marine Corps wife and has lived in many places around the United States.  Stephanie received her Bachelors in Human Services and has worked in coordinating many different events/programs to enrich the lives of others.  She is compassionate in helping others and giving back to her community.  Stephanie has been married to her husband for 15 years and they have 4 children- Anthony, Phoenix, Jaxon, and Emilia.  She loves adventuring and immersing herself in the culture of wherever the Marine Corps sends them.  Spending time with family, going to the beach, and exploring new places are some of the things that feeds Stephanie’s soul.  One of her favorite verses that helps guide her life is Proverbs 19:21, You can make plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”

Email: childrensministries@swansboroumc.org

Christy Denham

Christy Denham

Financial Administrator and Human Resource Coordinator

Christy rejoined the staff at Swansboro United Methodist Church in November 2020 after moving back to the area. She enjoys working with the church congregation and helping in anyway she can. She enjoys gardening, traveling and going to the beach. She is married to her husband Chris and they have two boys. Her favorite bible verse is “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejpise and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 

Email: finance@swansboroumc.org

Allison Cowell

Allison Cowell

Childcare Director

Allison Cowell joined the childcare center in September 2015. She is passionate about children, their care and education. She is married to her husband Mark and they have two boys. She loves to spend time with her family and travel especially to the mountains. One of her favorite verses that guides her, and she shares with others is Luke 6:31 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Email: childcare@swansboroumc.org

Linda Linn

Linda Linn

Childcare Assistant Director

Linda Linn joined the child care center on July 30, 1993. She loves going to the beach and swimming. She enjoys reading, being around animals, and nature. She loves spending time with her two nieces and three nephews. Her favorite verse is John 13:34. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Email: childcaread@swansboroumc.org

Carl Mullins

Carl Mullins

Facility Technician

While visiting the area to see their son and his family, Carl and his wife fell in love with the area and moved to Swansboro in November of 2019. He joined the staff in February of 2020 and he and his wife, Sheila, also attend worship services. When he is not working, Carl enjoys spending time with his family, especially his new granddaughter, Isla, riding his motorcycle, roughhousing with his dog, Finn, and spending time at the beach.

Email: facilitytech@swansboroumc.org

Staff Directory

Position Name  Phone  E-mail
Lead Pastor Pastor Kevin Baker 910.326.4822, ext. 1005 PastorKevin@SwansboroUMC.org
Pastor of Discipleship Pastor Adam Barth
910.326.4822, ext. 1010 PastorAdam@SwansboroUMC.org
Interim Pastor of Congregational Care Pastor Rachel Moser 910.326.4822, ext. 1004 rtmoser@nccumc.org
Director of Student Ministries  Dr. Layne Harpine 910.326.4822, ext. 1008

StudentMinistries@SwansboroUMC.org

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Mrs. Stephanie Villanueva

910.326.4822, ext. 1012 Childrensministries@SwansboroUMC.org
Communication and Connection Coordinator Mrs. Alysia Barth 910.326.4822, ext. 1006 Connect@SwansboroUMC.org
Director of Music Ministries Ms. Kristen Viszneki 910.326.4822, ext. 1007 Kristen@SwansboroUMC.org
Director of Contemporary Worship Mrs. Leah Czanderna 910.326.4822, ext. 1007 BeaconWorship@SwansboroUMC.org
Financial Administrator Mrs. Christy Denham 910.326.4822, ext. 1009 Finance@SwansboroUMC.org
Office Manager /
Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Kathy Vigneaux 910.326.4822, ext. 1002 AdminAssistant@SwansboroUMC.org
Audio/Video Technician/Operator Mr. Steve Dyer 910.326.4822
Childcare & Preschool Director Mrs. Allison Cowell 910.326.3711, ext. 2001 Childcare@SwansboroUMC.org
Childcare & Preschool Assistant Director Ms. Linda Linn 910.326.3711, ext. 2002  ChildcareAD@SwansboroUMC.org
Facility Technician Mr. Carl Mullins 910.326.4822 Facilitytech@swansboroumc.org
District Superintendent Rev. Jon Strother SUMC is part of the Sound District in NC
Resident Bishop Rev. Leonard Fairley