Staff Team

Marcia Mount Shoop, Pastor/Head of Staff

Marcia began her call to ministry at Grace Covenant on July 1, 2016. She has been in ministry all over the country, at every level of the PC(USA) and in academic and community contexts. She is the author of several books, including Let the Bones Dance andTouchdowns for Jesus. Marcia and her husband, John, have a podcast called “Going Deep: Sports in the 21st Century.” And they have two children, Sidney and Mary Elizabeth. Marcia loves horses, dogs, and pretty much all animals, being outside, poetry, and hearing and sharing good stories. (Marcia can be reached at mmshoop@gcpcusa.org)

Samantha Gonzalez-Block, Associate Pastor

Samantha joined the Grace Covenant family in 2015. Raised in Montclair, New Jersey, she is a graduate of Barnard College and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Samantha has served as a middle school teacher and as a women’s rights advocate in Valparaiso, Chile and at the United Nations in New York. Samantha enjoys working with young people and using Latin dance as a medium to bring people together. (Samantha can be reached at sgblock@gcpcusa.org)

Richard Coble, Associate Pastor

Richard joined the community at Grace Covenant in the summer of 2017. Prior to coming, he worked in a range of ministry positions, including hospital chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, and seminary and divinity school teaching. Richard is also a published author, with articles appearing in pastoral care and counseling journals such as Pastoral Psychology and the Journal of Pastoral Theology. He is married to Lindsey, and together they have a young son Joseph. His focus at Grace Covenant is pastoral care and adult education. He enjoys coffee, running, good writing, and community. (Richard can be reached at rcoble@gcpcusa.org).

Jeff Jones, Director of Music Ministries

Jeff joined Grace Covenant in 2014. Prior to his arrival in Asheville Jeff served the Presbyterian Church of Danville (Kentucky) for 18 years and was on the faculty of Centre College teaching in the music department and assisting the religious life office with campus worship. Additionally he served churches in Georgia and Connecticut. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati Christian University and graduate degrees from Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Jeff can be reached at jjones@gcpcusa.org)

Sherrie Meehan, Operations Administrator

Sherrie Meehan joins us as Operations Administrator. She is a native of Duluth, Minnesota and an alumna of Warren Wilson College. Sherrie has served as Church Administrator for Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, Swannanoa, NC, and Grandin Court Baptist Church, Roanoake, VA. She has also worked for the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Sherrie’s leisure time is spent gardening, bicycling, canoeing with husband, Pat, and getting together with friends to sing, play music, and share potluck. (Sherrie can be reached at smeehan@gcpcusa.org)

Anna Louise Murchison, Communications Administrator

Anna Louise Murchison joins us as the Communications Administrator. She grew up predominantly in Virginia but has been trotting the globe since a young age, spending time in New Zealand, Kenya, and Nicaragua. She has worked as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Miami, in several positions at Columbia Theological Seminary and as an office coordinator in the holistic health field. She now resides happily in Black Mountain with her daughter, Kaia. (Anna Louise can be reached at almurchison@gcpcusa.org)

Natalie Weaver, Stewardship & Financial Administrator

Natalie Weaver joins us at the Stewardship & Finance Administrator. She worked in multifamily property management for many years before returning to school to complete her degree in Accounting, her true passion. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of North Texas, Natalie began working with several small businesses as their bookkeeper and operations manager while her husband, Ben, started his own handyman business. After a successful start up year, they decided to pursue their dream of living in the mountains. They moved from her hometown of Denton, Texas, to Alexander/Weaverville in the summer of 2016. Happy in her new North Carolina home, she enjoys hiking, rafting, live music, yoga, and soaking up mountain sunsets on her back porch. (Natalie Weaver can be reached at nweaver@gcpcusa.org)

Exly Lewis, Sexton

Exly Lewis joins us as our new Sexton. Exly is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but grew up predominantly in New York and Connecticut. He has worked in home improvements and renovations for over 15 years. Exly enjoys hiking and biking in the WNC mountains. (Exly can be reached at elewis@gcpcusa.org)

Childcare Workers

  • Mary Rugh

    Childcare Worker - Infant Room

  • Maria (Mapi) Mendoza Worley

    Childcare Worker - Toddler Room

  • Marion DeLaubenfels

    Childcare Worker - Preschool Room

  • Kay Cole

    Childcare Worker - One-On-One Assistant/Substitute

  • Heather Tate

    Childcare Worker - One-On-One Assistant/Substitute

  • Susan Piland

    Childcare Worker - One-On-One Assistant/Substitute

  • Juanita Schneider

    Childcare Worker - Substitute

  • Tinamarie McDermott

    Childcare Worker - Substitute

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