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 one infant son – Lyle. 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

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

Merle Epperson

Merle Epperson

Director of Music Ministries

Merle leads and directs the music for the two traditional services. He has a passion for equipping volunteer church musicians and vocalists who are called of God to participate in leading worship and helping the church to glorify God. He seeks to emphasize that we are all conduits of the Holy Spirit as we lead praise and worship and seek to not just perform. Merle also loves reading, especially biographies. 

Email: music@swansboroumc.org

Alysia Barth

Alysia Barth

Office Manager / Administrative Assistant

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 son in October 2018. Spending time with family is her favorite pastime. 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

Elethia Green

Elethia Green

Discipleship Assistant

Elethia started attending Swansboro United Methodist Church in Sept. 2015 and became part of the staff in March of 2019. She is passionate about creating community  & connections between people and families within the church. She loves spending time with family and friends. One verse that guides her through life is Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Email: discipleassistant@swansboroumc.org

Carol Ferry

Carol Ferry

Financial Administrator and Human Resource Coordinator

Carol and her family moved to the area in August of 2011 and instantly felt at home at SUMC. She joined the staff in March of 2012. When she isn’t working or volunteering with the youth, she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors cycling, rollerblading, kayaking and hiking. One of her favorite Bible verses she starts her day with is “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice 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. 317 PastorKevin@SwansboroUMC.org
Pastor of Discipleship Pastor Adam Barth
910.326.4822, ext. 316 PastorAdam@SwansboroUMC.org
Director of Student Ministries  Dr. Layne Harpine 910.326.4822, ext. 321 StudentMinistries@SwansboroUMC.org
Director of Music Ministries Mr. Merle Epperson 910.326.4822, ext. 320 Music@SwansboroUMC.org
Director of Contemporary Worship Mrs. Leah Czanderna 910.326.4822 BeaconWorship@SwansboroUMC.org
Financial Administrator Mrs. Carol Ferry 910.326.4822, ext. 315 Finance@SwansboroUMC.org
Office Manager /
Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Alysia Barth 910.326.4822, ext. 314 AdminAssistant@SwansboroUMC.org
Discipleship Assistant Mrs. Elethia Green 910.326.4822, ext. 323 DiscipleAssistant@SwansboroUMC.org
Audio/Video Technician/Operator Mr. Steve Dyer 910.326.4822
Childcare & Preschool Director Mrs. Allison Cowell 910.326.3711, ext. 309 Childcare@SwansboroUMC.org
Childcare & Preschool Assistant Director Ms. Linda Linn 910.326.3711, ext. 303  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. Hope Morgan Ward