Staff

Pastor

Tyler Christiansen

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. Email: tyler@mcumcal.org

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. Email: ken@mcumcal.org

Director of Youth Ministries

Sean Orr

Sean grew up in Nashville, TN and went to Birmingham Southern College where he got his bachelor’s in Religion. After college, he started Center for Youth Ministry Training where he earned his Masters in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary. Sean has been in Birmingham for seven years and has worked in youth ministry for all seven years. Sean enjoys to spend his time drinking a cup of good coffee, hanging out with his dog, Mowgli, exercising, reading and going to movies. Email: sean@mcumcal.org

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.

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. Email: allyson@mcumcal.org

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.