Staff

Pastor

David Carboni

David Carboni is serving in his 31st year of ordained ministry. He and his wife, Kay married in 1972 and they have three children and 5 grandchildren. David graduated from Auburn with a degree in Industrial Design and Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta where he earned his Masters of Divinity. He is a retired Lt. Col. and served in the Alabama National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves. David enjoys his lake house where he has family opportunities with his family like taking advantage of the water, gardening and working around the house.

Minister of Music / Director of Pastoral Care

Ken Watson

Ken Watson joined the staff of Mountain Chapel in 2005, following an extensive career as a concert pianist and as keyboardist for The Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College and The Juilliard School, but his faith and calling to full-time ministry is where his heart lies. As Minister of Music and Pastoral Care, Ken’s passion is encouraging and nurturing others to grow in their faith and use their own unique gifts to touch the lives of others through the power of the Holy Spirit. He enjoys time at the beach with his wife, Jill, discovering new restaurants and food trends, and listening to their dogs, Handel and Harris, play their toy piano.

Director of Women’s Ministries

Nancy Owen

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.

Director of Youth Ministries

Jeremiah Wilson

Jeremiah Wilson has been the Director of Youth Ministries since November 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree from Samford University and he is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He loves being able to minister to the students at Mountain Chapel. Jeremiah’s dream is that when each student graduates high school they will have the necessary tools to pursue God in all areas of their life. When he is not at work Jeremiah loves discussing theology, hiking, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with his wife Kaitlyn and their two dogs.

Children’s Education Director

Karen Pirkle

Karen Pirkle is our Children’s Director, and has been at Mountain Chapel for the last four years. Before coming to Mountain Chapel she worked at First United Methodist Church, Alabaster, and Vestavia UMC. Karen has been with Hoover City Schools for the past 22 years as a teacher. She and her husband Greg have three children, Cameron, McKenzie and Ashton. Karen is passionate about working with children and sharing God’s love with them.

Director of Pre-Teen Ministries

Allyson Lewis

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 Rising Stars Ministry, for children in grades 4-6, 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.

Nursery Coordinator

Naseem Akhtar

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.

Pre-School/MDO Director and Financial Secretary

Stacey Bouchillon

Stacey Bouchillon has been the Preschool and Mother’s Day Out Director since 1997, and the Financial Secretary since 2011. She grew up in Rocky Ridge 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.

Church Secretary

Jill Henderson

Jill Henderson is a former school teacher and banker. She loves to be with her grandchildren, have Bible study, bowl, play bridge, go to Sunday School and worship, be with friends in church, and “work” in the church office with a wonderful staff.

Church Secretary

Greg McCool

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.

Director of Handbells

Sybil Watson

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.

Director of Facilities

Chris Shaw

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 seven years.