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

Richard Coble, Associate Pastor

Richard joined the community at Grace Covenant in 2017. Prior to coming, he worked in a range of ministry positions, including hospital chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, and teaching seminary students. Richard is also a published author of one book, The Chaplain’s Presence and Medical Power, along with several articles in the area of Pastoral Theology and Care. He is married to Lindsey, and together they have two young children, Joseph and Auden. His focus at Grace Covenant is congregational care and adult formation. He loves worship and conversations with our community as we discover the depths of God’s love and justice. (Richard can be reached at

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. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and exploring new trails in and around Asheville with his sidekick, Eli (Ellie), a beloved Norwegian Buhund. (Jeff can be reached at

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks, Director of Formation for Children, Youth, and Their Families

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks is our Director of Children’s and Family Ministries.  Amy Kim loves creating space for folks to interact with the Holy through art and opportunities for disruption. Amy Kim also serves on the board of More Light Presbyterians, leads workshops and conferences nationally for the PCUSA and has been published in ministry periodicals about Spiritual Formation and disrupting Racism.  Her life is shared with her amazing spouse, Justin, children, Natalily & Isaiah and Obed the poodle.  (Amy Kim can be reached at

Luke Johnson, Director of Media & Technology

Luke Johnson has been telling stories through media since 1999 when he was a senior in high school working at Covenant Pines Bible Camp. For more than twenty years he has been a pastor with a camera telling stories that matter. He has found kindred spirits at GCPC and the great Presbyterian family and now works with us as the Director of Media and Technology. (Luke can be reached at

Anna Louise Murchison, Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Anna Louise Murchison is the Engagement & Communications Coordinator. 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

Natalie Weaver, Stewardship & Financial Administrator

Natalie joined the GCPC Staff Team in December 2016 as the Stewardship & Finance Administrator. She has a degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas and over ten years of experience in small business bookkeeping, office management, and residential property management. Born and raised in Denton, Texas, she and her husband, Ben, fulfilled a lifetime dream of moving to the mountains in the summer of 2016 and haven’t looked back since. Natalie enjoys all the beauty of the great outdoors – hiking, backpacking, rafting, live music, and soaking up sunsets on her back porch with her three furbabies. (Natalie can be reached at

Cliff Schlegemilch, Property Manager

Clifford Schlegelmilch was owner and operator of Schlegelmilch Enterprises, a general contractor. He was also a law enforcement officer and firefighter with City of Beaufort in SC. He retired in 2006 and moved to Leicester. He was the supervisor of maintenance at Ridgecrest Conference Center for 8 years. He then was a Spa Engineer at Omni Grove Park Inn. He is married to Sheryl Schlegelmilch and they have been married for 41 years. They have two grown children, Mark and Maria, who they adopted from Guatemala as infants. He is looking forward to joining the family at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. (Cliff can be reached at

Micah Hayes, Assistant Director of Media and Technology 

Micah is a native of Asheville NC, who joined the GCPC staff in 2021. Using his technical training from the U.S. Army in Broadcasting, he has been working in Audio/Video production for over 8 years. Some of his passions are fitness and prison reform activism, but his favorite thing to do is spend quality time with his son Micah Jr.  Also a student at UNCA, Micah is studying Mass Communication to further his goal of being a life-long learner. (Micah can be reached at

Melva Lowry, Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, Melva Lowry completed a Master of Arts in Discipleship Development from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She is also a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary with a dual degree in Divinity and Practical Theology in Christian Leadership with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise from Georgia State University. Melva has been active in the PC(USA) all her life; including participating in the NNPCW as a coordinating team member and charter member for Racial Ethnic Young Women Together. Melva also served for two years as the Hands and Feet Fellow in Baltimore for the PC(USA). Her heart is for mentoring youth and young adults to develop spiritual practices that will guide them in their careers. Melva recently moved to Asheville and is also one of the new co-directors of Asheville Poverty Initiative, one of Grace Covenant’s Ministry Partners. (Melva can be reached at

Cat Kessler, Program Assistant for Children and Youth

Cat Kessler joined the GCPC team in 2020 after many years in tourism marketing. She has a degree in journalism from UNC Chapel Hill and loves using words and design to create meaningful experiences that remind everyone of their deep belovedness. Cat serves on the board of Youth Mission Co. and also does freelance writing, covering everything from podcasting to public relations to dentistry. In her free time, Cat enjoys all things crafting, board games, movies and cooking, and she looks forward to doing more family camping. She lives in Weaverville with her husband, Scott, son, Rainan, and rescue hound dog, Polly. (Cat can be reached at

Allison Kiehl, Garden Manager

Allison grew up as a water child in Virginia Beach, VA. She has a varied background that includes a degree in International Business and Spanish, traveling to Central America and Europe, and organic farming in California, Hawaii and Asheville. Prior to joining GCPC, she had a career in land conservation working as a land steward of preserved wildlands and family farms. Allison loves connecting to nature and connecting people through growing food. She loves just about any activity that is outdoors. She also loves to help train shelter dogs, building things out of wood, and watching college basketball and women’s soccer. She is so grateful for all that she has and that she gets to share her life with her wife Sarah Carter and their very spoiled and skeptical super mutt Kona! (Allison can be reached at

Childcare Workers

  • Maria (Mapi) Mendoza Worley

    Childcare Staff - Toddler Room

  • Sapphire DeBellott

    Childcare Staff - Preschool Room

  • Marion DeLaubenfels

    Childcare Staff - One-on-one Care

  • Pearl DeBellott

    Childcare Staff - One-on-one Care