Tyler’s appointment to Mountain Chapel United Methodist marks the beginning of his fifteenth year of pastoral ministry. In that time, he has served churches in Alabama, New Jersey and his home state of Minnesota. Tyler has his bachelor’s degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Garrett Seminary in Evanston, IL. He enjoys road trips and family time with his wife, Eleanor and their children, Greta and Wes. Downhill skiing, golf and family dance parties are some of his favorite activities.
Naseem Akhtar is Mountain Chapel’s Nursery Coordinator. She has two bachelor’s degrees: one in Education and the other in Psychology. She earned a Master’s in Education. Naseem loves her Church and the children entrusted to her care.
Stacey Bouchillon has been the Financial Secretary since 2011. She grew up and still lives in the Rocky Ridge area. She has two children ages 14 and 19. Mountain Chapel has been and continues to be a blessing to her and her family.
Kay comes to Mountain Chapel with almost 4 decades of church experience having served churches in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama. She teaches choral music at Chelsea High School where she leads multiple choirs and is the chair of the fine arts department. Her bachelor’s degree is in Music Education from Louisiana College and her master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, is in Church Music. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Music Education from Auburn University and sings with the newly formed choral ensemble, Alabama Voices. Kay brings a wide range of worship styles and musical genres to her work at Mountain Chapel and believes that variety is an important aspect to vibrant corporate worship. She is wife to one, mother of three plus a daughter-in-love, and grandmother to one . . . so far! She lives with her family in Columbiana, is a “foody”, and loves to travel, which is a great thing since that is an important component of choral groups everywhere!
Antione Gordon was born and raised in Birmingham’s Ensley neighborhood. He enjoys working with his hands and he approaches every task with his whole heart. He loves studying and reading the Bible. Antoine has been at Mountain Chapel since the summer of 2017.
Mi Kyung Hwang, a native South Korean, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music degree in Music History from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. As an active collaborative keyboard artist, she has performed with soloists, choirs, and orchestras at the University of Arizona, Young Harris College, Perimeter College of Georgia State University, University of North Georgia, and Talladega College. As organist, she performed at the venues of American Guild of Organist’s Southern Arizona Chapter and Arkansas Fort Smith Chapter, and international organ festivals in Canada, France, Switzerland, and South Korea. There, she had further private organ studies with world class organists today, such as Guy Bovet, Simon Preston, David Higgs, Oliver Latry, Daniel Roth, and Marie Claire Alain. She has received numerous scholarships and honors including full tuition waivers from the University of Arizona and was the winner of the 20th Peter Knock Music Memorial Fund Competition in 2011. As a dedicated teacher, she served on piano faculty at Young Harris College, University of North Georgia, and Perimeter College of Georgia State University where she served as Coordinator of Piano Studies. Currently, she is Chair of Music Department and Assistant Professor at Talladega College teaching music theory and piano courses.
Allyson Lewis has been part of the Mountain Chapel family since 2001 when she began serving in Children’s Ministry. Now as Director of the Middle School Ministries, for students in grades 6-8, she finds joy in helping these students develop a deep, loving relationship with Jesus. Allyson has a heart for missions and coordinates our Angel Tree event and a Back to School drive each year for under-served children in the Birmingham area. Allyson and her 2 boys, Freddie and Noah reside in Alabaster.
Greg McCool was born and raised in Birmingham and graduated from Shades Valley High School and the University of Montevallo with a degree in Finance. Most of his adult life has been spent working in the Hospitality Industry with concentration in Front Office, Convention Services and Catering. He has been at Mountain Chapel in the church office since 2004 and has been on several committees and taught Children’s Sunday school for eight years.
Sam is a native of the Birmingham area and attended Spain Park High School. He graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017, and he has been working in full time youth ministry since. Sam grew up in the Methodist church and has always had a heart for youth. He loves games, trips, and spending time with students. Currently, Sam is back in school pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. In his free time Sam likes to eat at new restaurants and watch movies as an AMC A-list member.
As a mother of twin sons, Nancy Owen volunteered with the youth ministry at Mountain Chapel from 2003-2008 until she felt God calling her into Women’s Ministry. Nancy is Director of Women’s Ministries and finds great joy in connecting women to Christ and one another through Bible studies, UMW Circles and a monthly e-newsletter as well as an annual women’s retreat. As empty nesters, Nancy and her husband John enjoy traveling and spending time with their sons whenever possible.
Chris Shaw is our Director of Facilities and acts as the “glue” between the church facility and the ministry leaders, staff and members that keep the facilities in tip top shape. In his free time, Chris enjoys being outdoors, working with his hands, and learning how things work. Chris has been on the Mountain Chapel staff for eight years.
Toni serves as our Office Manager and has been with Mountain Chapel since January 2019. Toni and her family recently moved to the area from Montgomery where she served as communication coordinator at a non-denominational church. She has been married to her husband, Pete, for 31 years. They have one son, Clayton. When she is not working here, she spends some of her free time working with several local non-profits that serve families with special needs children. She also cherishes the time she gets to spend with her boys and her fur-babies, loves watching Alabama football, going to the beach, and doing most anything outdoors.
Sybil Watson is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College where she majored in Music Education. Currently, she is Handbell Director at Canterbury United Methodist and Mountain Chapel United Methodist. Over the years, she has played handbells in various churches around the Birmingham area and with Embellishments, a civic handbell ensemble based in Birmingham. In addition to music, Sybil enjoys reading and being with her three Pomeranians.
Amanda is a native Alabamian, who has been blessed to serve in Florida and South Carolina, and has found that the saying is right – “there’s no place like home.” Once an avid musician, she was called into ministry 15 years ago, and is thankful to God every day for changing her career direction, while still allowing her to use her love of children and music to serve the Him. She has a passion to reach, teach, and release kids to impact their world. Walking alongside parents to raise Godly spiritual champions is her goal. She graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Music and is pursuing her Masters in Family and Marriage Counseling from Liberty University. She loves to travel, spend time with family, shop, and cook. Amanda resides in Alabaster with her husband (Adam), son (Camden), and their two dogs (Carley and Bo).