We’re extremely excited about our 2018 leadership, all of whom bring a wealth of experience and talent to work and worship with us at Lake Junaluska.

Worship | Adult & Youth Choral | Instrumental & Handbells | Dance, Drama & Art | Children


Alice RogersAlice Rogers

Alice is Senior Pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she also serves as Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology at the Candler School of Theology. She has served as an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church for 32 years in a variety of church contexts: inner city, rural, suburban, small membership and large congregations.

Barbara Day MillerBarbara Day Miller
Worship Leader

Barbara served as Associate Dean of Worship and Music at Candler School of Theology and director of the Candler Singers from 1997-2016. She also served as worship coordinator and music leader for the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is the author of two books and continues to consult churches on creative worship, global hymns and songs, and congregational planning and participation in worship.

Mark MillerMark Miller
Evening Prayer / Young Adult Choir

Mark Miller serves as Associate Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, NJ. Mark’s dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community.

Mark MummertMark Mummert

Mark is Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, MA, where he conducts the Trinity Choir and the Trinity Choristers, and is Artistic Director of the “Music at Trinity” fine arts series. His recording of organ works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Distler, and Clarke titled, “Reformation Chorales Reformed,” was released in March 2017. His psalm settings and other works for the liturgy have been published by Augsburg Fortress.

Joya Abrams
Worship Musician

Bio to come.

Ebo Quainoo
Worship Musician

Bio to come.

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Choral (Adult & Youth)

Alicia WalkerAlicia Walker
Adult Choir

Alicia is Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she directs the University Chorus and the USC Men’s Chorus, and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and sacred music. A long-time church musician, she has served churches in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, and South Carolina. She also travels each year to South Africa to teach continuing education for choral directors.

Welborn YoungWelborn Young
Chamber Choir

Welborn is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Bel Canto Company, a position he has held since 2005. He is also Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been a featured festival conductor at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the York Minster International Choral Festival in Great Britain, and at Carnegie Hall.

Andrew MinearAndrew Minear
Senior High Choir

Andrew is Assistant Professor in Choral Studies and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he leads the university choirs, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. He is an active guest conductor and clinician, and has led church choirs in Florida, Georgia, and Michigan.

Cari EarnhartCari Earnhart

Middle High Choir

Cari is the Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Fresno, where she conducts the Fresno State Concert Choir and Fresno State Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting. She previously served as Director of Choral Activities at American University in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and has served as a guest conductor with groups in Hungary, Italy, and Turkey.

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Instrumental & Handbells

Michael HelmanMichael Helman
Advanced Handbells

Michael is Director of Music/Organist at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, FL, where he directs the adult choirs and a graded handbell program of children through adults and coordinates the church’s Concert Series. He is an active composer of handbell, organ, and choral music; in 2012, he was named the Handbell Editor for the Lorenz Corporation.

Kath WissingerKath Wissinger

Intermediate Handbells

Kath is a director, teacher, ringer, composer, clinician and publisher who teaches and directs at handbell events across the country. She has published more than 130 pieces across many genres and is well-known for her captivating melodies and harmonies as well as her pedagogical series. In 2015, she launched ringTrue Handbell Music, a new publishing company with Jeffers Handbell Supply.

David StanleyDavid Stanley

Instrumental Ensemble

David is the Director of Bands at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, VA, where he directs the Marching Colonels, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. He is also an experienced concert conductor, choir director, and trumpet player.

Molly Stanley

Instrumental Ensemble

Molly is the Orchestra Director at James Madison Middle School and Highland Park Elementary School in Roanoke, VA. Her wide range of experience includes elementary choir, Suzuki strings, middle and high school orchestras, and children’s church education. She has been a staff member at Music & Worship Arts Week since 2013, assisting with the instrumental ensemble.

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Dance, Drama & Art

Les OliverLes Oliver

Worship Visuals

Les currently serves as part-time Minister of Worship Arts and Missions at Central United Methodist Church in Rogers, AR. He is ordained as a Deacon in The UMC, received a master’s in music at the University of Arkansas, and has seminary training from Wesley Theological, Drew Theological, and Perkins School of Theology.  He has led visual arts workshops at numerous Fellowship events, including convocations and Music & Worship Arts Week.

Ronya-Lee AndersonRonya-Lee Anderson


Ronya-Lee is a dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, and educator. She holds an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s in dance and English language and literature from the University of Maryland.  She has performed as a dancer both nationally and internationally and currently serves as Artistic Director for Dancing by the Power: Movement Matters, a company that combines art, spoken word, live music, dance, and fashion in performance.

Carrie GerowCarrie Gerow


Carrie serves on the faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she created and teaches the first dance kinesiology curriculum taught at the university. She earned her BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, and has danced with companies including New Dialect, Epiphany Dance Company, as well as Karen Peterson and Dancers, a mixed-ability company that creates works for able-bodied dancers alongside dancers with disabilities.

Jeff BarkerJeff Barker
Theatre in Worship

Jeff is chair of the theatre department and teaches worship arts courses at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. An accomplished author, playwright, and screenwriter, he also teaches in the doctoral program at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL.

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Andrea BaxterAndrea Baxter
Older Elementary Choir

Andrea is the Director for Worship Renewal at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA, where she oversees the graded children’s music program and directs youth and adult choirs. She regularly leads workshops on the importance of children in worship and conducts children’s choir festivals, and has served as a curriculum writer for Growing in Grace.

Tamara NicelyTamara Nicely


Tamara is the Music Specialist at Gordon Elementary School in Richmond, VA. She is also the Music Assistant at Reveille United Methodist Church in Richmond, where she directs the Cherub, Elementary, and Primary Choirs, Youth Handbells, and Youth Instrumental Ensemble. Tamara has been chosen Teacher of the Year twice by her school and is Orff certified.

Tom SheltonTom Shelton
Younger Elementary Choir

Tom is Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Focusing on children’s and youth music, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music, and music education while also coordinating and conducting the Neighborhood Children’s Choir Program. He is also Director of Music for Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton UMC, the current National President for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications.

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