Minister / Rev. Perry Hines
Perry served as the Executive Director of The Open Door Ministries, a ministry to the marginalized in Waynesville, N. C. This is a ministry of Long’s Chapel UMC in Lake Junaluska. Perry completed 16 years in this position.
This past conference year, he served as the Associate Pastor of Central UMC in Concord for a number of months and after consultation with the District Superintendent, and the church has been away from the church in prayerful reflection and preparation for his next appointment.
Perry is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church where he served as a pastor for over twenty years. He graduated from Pfeiffer University with a B. A. in Religion.
His wife, Carolyn, is employed as the Controller of The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.
They have three grown children. They enjoy exercise, long hikes with their dog, Ira, and spending time with each other.
They express great anticipation at being a part of the Roberta UMC family.
Administrative Secretary / Michelle Ballantyne
Michelle has worked and volunteered in various administrative positions since she was seventeen years old. She has lived in three very different parts of the country (Illinois, New York, and North Carolina) but has been in the Concord/Kannapolis area the longest - since 1989. She met her husband, David (a Charlotte native), in 1991, and they married in 1993. They have three grown daughters (and a recently acquired son-in-law), all of whom live nearby. In August 2019, David and Michelle became “empty-nesters” when their youngest daughter began college as a student at UNC-Charlotte.
Michelle enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She is excited to use her administrative skills to serve the congregation of Roberta UMC!
Choir Director - Accompanist / Sharon Wooten
Sharon grew up in Salisbury/Spencer graduating from Salisbury High School in 1977. She graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1981 with degrees in Church Music Administration and Music Education k-12. She has been married to Dale Wooten for 33 years. They have two sons: Benjamin who is married to daughter-in-law Katy and they live in Mebane, NC. Their second son is Mark, who will soon be taking a job in Fairfax Virginia. Sharon likes to cook, sew, create crafts, decorate, entertain guests at home, sing, and play the piano and organ. She works at Corriher-Lipe Middle school as the Chorus Director. She likes all types of music but considers her best gifts to be in traditional worship. Planning worship is a passion for her because she wants her music to help bring people a little closer to God in the services she is involved in. Dale and Sharon are enjoying their time at Roberta UMC.
Youth Director / Mari Brooks
Because Mari is considered a (younger) adult member of our Church, she has a good, relatable connection with our Youth. You know, it wasn't too long ago that she was in their shoes! She finds dedication in helping guide these young people through real-life situations and confrontations in the way that God would want us to. At an age where it is hard enough to find yourself and make sense of your purpose in society, along with peer pressure, bullying, and other stressful situations, youth need as much support as they can get to remind them that they are marvelously made in the Lord, and family and prayer is what you need when life turns upside down.
Children's Pastor / Heather Kendall
I am so excited to be a part of Roberta’s Team as the Children’s Pastor. My name is Heather Kendall, I was born in upstate New York, moved to Charlotte when in preschool. My family was transferred oversees with IBM to Seoul, South Korea when I was in middle school. We lived in Seoul for 5 years before moving back to Concord where I’ve been ever since. I am married and have four children. My husband is a police officer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and our children are Kennedy, 26, Avery, 18, Brenna, 16 and Jedediah 11. I have 15 years experience serving children and families in churches of all shapes and sizes I have two seminary degrees, a Master of Christian Ministry and a Master of Religious Education, my undergrad is a BS in Ministry/Bible. I absolutely love partnering with families to love, grow closer to and serve Jesus!!!
Custodians / Wayne & Debbie Goodman
Wayne was born and raised in Concord, NC and Debbie was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. Both their parents loved movie stars, so Wayne's name is actually John Wayne (named after The Duke) and Debbie was named after Debbie Reynolds, which is why her legal name is Debbie and not Deborah. They are also known as Pepaw and Memaw by their 11 beautiful grandkids ranging in ages from 5 months old to 16 years old! Wayne is a retired truck driver of 33 years and Debbie is an Assistant Teacher at Harrisburg Elementary School Kids Plus. She teaches 19 First Graders, and NO, I am NOT SMARTER THAN A FIRST GRADER!!!!
They totally feel blessed to be part of Roberta United Methodist Church!