ABOUT US

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
A LOVE-FILLED HISTORY

From our beginnings under old oak trees to the structure you see today,  Mount Olivet United Methodist Church has been holding services continuously on this site since 1803.  A wood frame church was built in 1870.  In 1915, the first brick structure was erected with additions and renovations made throughout the years.  Many things have changed through the years, but there is one constant – our devotion to the Lord, our sense of love for church family, and our desire to do God’s work. 

OUR STAFF

Rev. Cheryl Skinner
Pastor

Cheryl Skinner has been the pastor since 2014.  Cheryl is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maine with a BA degree in Anthropology and Biology.  She moved to North Carolina in 1989 to attend graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she worked as a research specialist for ten years.  After receiving the call to ministry she attended the Divinity School at Duke University, receiving her M. Div. in 2002.  Cheryl’s husband, Kirk Tutterow, is also a minister and serves as the Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis, NC.  They have a daughter who is currently a student at UNC-Wilmington and a large Maine coon cat named Max. Cheryl is passionate about teaching and preaching, outreach to the Kannapolis-Concord community, and helping the church envision its God-given mission for the 21st century. She is active in mentoring ministers in the ordination process, and is currently studying to become a Spiritual Director. Cheryl’s interests include yoga, music, photography, Tar Heel basketball, and spending time in nature.

Dr. Alissa Deeter
Choir Director

Dr. Alissa Deeter is an Associate Professor of applied voice and voice pedagogy at UNC Charlotte and holds a doctorate degree in vocal performance from Florida State University. Alissa has a long history of leading music in various churches along with her professional teaching employment. She has been the director of music at Mount. Olivet since 2012. Alissa is the co-director of the vocal ensemble, Sine Nomine, whose mission is to enrich the lives of all populations, regardless of culture, age, race, beliefs, or identity. She is married and has three daughters.

Dana R. Jarret
Organist/Bell Choir Director

Dana Jarrett has been with Mount Olivet since 2002. His talents serve to accompany or direct many groups including the adult choir, children’s choir, bell choirs, quartets, trios, and soloists. Dana is the principal at Davidson Elementary School in Davidson, NC. Dana is married and is the father of two adult children and has three grandchildren.

Donna Childers
Children’s Choir Director

Donna Childers has been a member of Mount Olivet for more than fifteen years. She is currently employed by Maestro as the Director of Client Experiences. She manages self-funded benefits for large groups. Her love for children is evident as you watch her draw out the best from each of her performers in the children’s choir. Donna is married and has two children.

Angela Barnhardt
Church Secretary

Angie Barnhardt assists the staff on a daily basis, prepares bulletins, newsletters and correspondence, maintains member records, reports, etc. She has been at Mount Olivet since 2004. She and her husband have four children and eleven grandchildren. They attend Glorietta Baptist Church.

Rennea Wilmot
Nursery Coordinator

Rennea Wilmot has been an active member of Mount Olivet for over twenty years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Reading Education. Rennea is a retired English/Language Arts teacher. She loves children of all ages.

Harriet Hunter
Financial Secretary

Harriet Hunter joined Mount Olivet UMC in 1994 where she enjoys singing in the choir, attending Sunday school and being an active member of the UMW. She has been the financial secretary at Winecoff Elementary School since 1986. She is the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of ten grandchildren.

Willie Foster
Parish Nurse

Willie Foster is a life-long member of Mount Olivet. After graduating from Winecoff High School, she attended King’s College and received a degree in business. Later, while her husband was based at Ft. Bragg, Willie earned dual nursing degrees from Fayetteville Community College. When they returned to Concord, she went to work for Presbyterian Hospital where she worked in the NICU and later as a Flight Transport nurse. Willie later worked for the Cabarrus County Health Department and served as a school nurse. In 2008, she completed the NEMC Parish Nurse program. She is married and has two grown children.

Sean Earnhardt
A/V Technician

Sean Earnhardt is the lead sound technician for both Sunday services and has attended and served Mount Olivet for more than twenty years. He is the lead network administrator at EuropaSports Products in Charlotte. Sean is an avid cyclist and is married and has three daughters.

Janet Crawford
Nursery Assistant

Janet Crawford serves as the Nursery Assistant.  She has been an active member of Mount Olivet since her family moved to the area from Ohio.  She is married and has two daughters, three granddaughters, and two great grandchildren.  Janet and her husband Gary have adopted one of their great granddaughters and are enjoying parenthood again.

 

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