*Please note that we have not received biographies from all our participants. As biographies are submitted, they will be added to this page!*
I have owned my own photography business for 12 years, True to Life Photo. I graduated from UNC-Charlotte with an Art degree concentrating in Graphic Design and a minor in Business. I’ve been married for 13 years and I have a daughter, Skylar, who is 9 and a son, Jaden, who is 5. Along with my husband, Sean, I am an AVID music fan and follow a particular band, seeing more than 60 of their shows all over the US. I love adventure: skydiving, backpacking, mud runs, travel etc. I just returned in January from visiting Puerto Lempira, Honduras and plan to return in November with a team from my home church, Bethel UMC.
I was born in Winston-Salem, NC and I attended Wake Forest University and Duke Divinity School. I am an ordained elder in the Western NC Conference. I have served in several churches, and now I am the Mission Specialist for the conference. I have a love of Haiti and have been there over a dozen times. I am married to Rev. Ken Carter, current District Superintendent of the WNCC and we have two young adult daughters, Liz 26 and Abby 22. I love to sew, travel, and watch HGTV.
I was born in Costa Rica and I moved to the U.S around the age of 5. I’m a senior at North Gaston High School and I hope to major in Nursing. I’m fluent in both Spanish and English and currently working on my French! I’m kind, loving, and passionate about sharing God’s love! I love to read and write poetry. I’m an active church member at Crouse United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. I am an employee at Kate’s Skating Rink and love working around children. I love trying new things, especially food!
Rev. Preston Davis is pastor of First United Methodist Church of Bessemer City (www.churchforcommunity.org). He is a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he studied Social Ethics and Constructive Theology. Preston has a passion for addressing social and economic inequality. He is especially interested in how economic theories and practices shape human behavior on macro and micro levels and how our convictions as followers of Jesus Christ aid us in today’s economic tumult. Preston is a graduate of Davidson college, where he met his beautiful wife, Dorsett Clark Davis.
Tim Drum is the pastor at Friendship and Brown Summit UMCs, a two-point charge in Greensboro NC. He attended UNC Chapel Hill (BA – Religious Studies) and Duke Divinity School (MDiv). He has served in rural ministry for the past five years, and is very interested in helping bridge the gap between the rural church and the mission field. The trip to Haiti will be his first overseas mission trip, and he is very excited to see what God has in store for the group. He is married to Kristen Drum, who will have the task of feeding all their rabbits, dogs, and cats while he is in Haiti.
I was born in Denver, Colorado and my family moved to North Carolina in 2000. I am a senior at Appalachian State studying Interior Design with a business minor and will be a proud alumni in May 2012. I am an avid sports fan, especially for college football (ROLL TIDE!), baseball, and NASCAR. My family attends Davidson UMC where I have been on one previous mission trip to Pascagoula, Mississippi to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. I am excited to experience another country due to God’s calling for me to be in a place to help children and deepen my own faith through this opportunity. I pray that the Lord will work through me and the other participants to make an impact on all of us and these sweet children.
I am the Director of Youth and College Age Ministries at St. Luke’s UMC, in Hickory. I love to serve those around me through missions, music and photography. I spent two weeks last year working in Nicaragua with students and youth pastors, training and leading them to help grow a generation of change for Christ. Photography is a great passion of mine; I started while I was in college to spend extra time with my father. It has now become a great way to witness and work with families to give them creative memories that last a life time. I am a firm believer that God is GLOBAL and I am so excited to be one of His servant!
I am a freshman at Appalachian State University majoring in business management. I am a photographer for The Appalachian, the student newspaper; I mostly photograph sports but I also do portraits and have done a few weddings. I mountain bike, ski and have a general love for the outdoors. I work with Protect all NC Families and I am the campus coordinator with the Peoples Alliance for American Liberties.
I currently work with troubled youth at an alternative school; I also volunteer as a troop leader and as Service Unit registrar with Girl Scouts as well as a with the youth group at Monticello UMC. I have a Master’s Degree in English from Winthrop University. In my free time, I enjoy dabbling in photography, reading old books, and planning my next big adventure. I’ve been up in a hot air balloon, I’ve traveled alone to a foreign country, and I’ve never turned down the opportunity to do something amazing!
I am a wife, mother of two and love LOVE photography. My family lives in Indian Trail, North Carolina but I was born and raised as a Georgia Peach! I have owned/operated my photography business for the past four years and just recently started teaching photography workshops. I have traveled to China and the middle East for mission work but this trip will be the first time I really get to use my gift of photography.
I am 19 years old. I go to Forsyth Tech Community College. I’m majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business. I have a twin sister named Lauryn. I play tennis and listen to music a lot. I work at Staples and, during the summer, I work at a camp. I do a lot of work with JDRF, and volunteer my time at church where I work with children.
I was born in Charlotte, NC and I am a member of St. Mark’s UMC. I attended North Carolina A& T State University and studied Psychology and Child Development Early Education & Family Studies. As a former CCYM member, I have always had a passion to work with children and youth. I am the Youth coordinator at my church. I taught Pre-K for four years, and currently work as a student advocate for homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I went to the 2011 World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa. I am excited to go on this mission trip to work with children in Haiti.
Bonjou!! I am a 19-year-old sophomore at UNCCharlotte. I am majoring in Social Work and I plan to go into the Medical Social Work field after I graduate. I love sports, basketball particularly due to my advancement in height (I am 6’1″). I have been on 5 mission trips before, 2 of which were out of the country (Jamaica and Costa Rica). I just celebrated my 2 year cancer free mark this month!! I am so stoked to have the opportunity to travel to Haiti and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this experience.
Being a small town southern girl (from Waynesville, North Carolina), I find frequent joy in the simple things of life. Yet, at the same time I crave the passionate and powerful experiences that leave a long lasting impression on ones heart. These two aspects of myself and the love of the Lord have guided me to visit beautiful places and meet wonderful people. At the moment I am enjoying being a college student at Appalachian State University and studying Psychology as well as Photography (The mommy nature inside of me and the love of art have merged to create a perfect double major). I love the outdoors in general and yearn to be surrounded by it at much as possible, no matter the type of adventure the day calls for. My love for people runs deep, especially for children, and my interest in culture and it’s varying ways of life bring such excitement into my heart for the days to come in Haiti.
I am from Cornelius, NC and have lived there my whole life. I attended Pfeiffer University and played Lacrosse for all four years. I recently graduated with majors in Business Administration and Economics. I grew up playing every sport I could get a hold of but Lacrosse was different than other sports and I couldn’t get enough of it. I attend Davidson UMC where I have been going to since I can remember. This will be my first mission trip and I am very grateful of the opportunity!
Rev. A.J. Thomas is the pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Charlotte. A native of Niagara Falls, NY, he attended Roberts Wesleyan College (B.A. – Communication) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div.). Throughout his seven years of pastoral service, ministry among, with, and to young adults has always been an area of focus and attention. He is excited to serve as the hands and feet of Christ on this trip, and is excited to see how God will use the young adults on this team both during our time in Haiti and when each returns to their local church. A.J. has been married since October 2011 to the Rev. Ashley Pickerel Thomas, an associate pastor of Davidson United Methodist Church.