Ann Duncan

Ann Duncan

Pastor Ann Duncan is Maggie Valley’s preacher, teacher, leader, visioner, and more. Ann arrived as our senior pastor in 2018.

Ann is a third-generation United Methodist pastor with ten years of ministry experience. Ann and her husband, Nathan have two young children: Roan and Emmalena.

Pastor Ann was born in Decatur, Georgia, and raised in Avery County, NC (near Grandfather Mountain), Nashville, Tennessee, and China Grove, NC. Ann is the daughter of two United Methodist pastors, Sally and Andy, who raised her in church and the Methodist tradition. Her parents are now retired pastors.

Her paternal grandparents own a home at Lake Junaluska, The Rock House on Amen Corner. Her grandfather was a United Methodist theologian at Duke University. Throughout her life Ann has come often to Maggie Valley. She has ridden the chair lift to Ghost Town, eaten many meals at Joey’s and J. Arthurs, participated in the Lake Junaluska July 4th parade, skied at Cataloochee, and watched the 2001 millennial fireworks over Maggie Valley.

Ann attended Duke University, was a Cameron Crazy basketball fan, and majored in Religion. One summer she participated in an archeological dig in Israel and studied another summer in Italy. Along with many classes in Spanish, she took a Spanish-language immersion course in Costa Rica.

She then attended Boston University School of Theology (a United Methodist seminary) where she preached in the same pulpit once used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She graduated in 2006 with her Master of Divinity.

Ann worked at a homeless shelter in Boston as an intern and then as an employee for two years. Interested in the Peace Corps, Ann attended an orientation session where Nathan Duncan spoke as a Peace Corps veteran and native of the Boston area. The rest is history. They were married on a mountaintop outside Asheville in 2007.

Nathan and Ann then served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa in a small, very rural village. She learned to live without running water, electricity, mattresses, paved roads, and grocery stores. Ann taught in a local middle school and learned to speak French and the native language. She was a Girls’ Empowerment and Education Volunteer and advocated for women’s involvement in the economic vitality of the village.

Upon their return from Africa, Ann and Nathan lived at Lake Junaluska for six months where Ann was the assistant director for children’s ministry. As she reflected on her experiences and passions, Ann only then determined to become a United Methodist pastor.

Pastor Ann has worked as youth pastor at First UMC in Rutherfordton, then as a pastor in Shelby, and most recently in Brevard. In the Western North Carolina Conference, she has participated in programs for young clergy led by our bishop and leadership and evangelism programs through the WNCC Foundation. She wrote with her father, “The Gospel According to the Hunger Games” that gained national press. She is the secretary of the conference Board of Ministry.

She has traveled widely, including West Africa, Israel, Jordan, Switzerland, Germany, England, France, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, and the Caribbean, plus throughout the United States. Ann scuba dives and has hiked Mount LeConte in the Smokey Mountains twice. She enjoys reading, cooking, and yoga.

Contact Pastor Ann Langford: 828-506-6073 (cell) or
aduncan@wnccumc.net or ann.l.duncan@gmail.com.

 

Renee Highsmith Mackey

Renee Highsmith Mackey

Renee Highsmith Mackey is our church Administrative Assistant. Her duties include work on the church bulletin, newsletter, and all other tasks that keep the church running smoothly. If you call the church, Renee will answer the phone.

Renee grew up in the Church and has always been very involved in it’s activities.  She gave her life to the Lord when she was just 10 years old. For many years, she followed 1Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think little of you because you are young. Be their ideal; let them follow the way you teach and live; be a pattern for them in your love, your faith, and your clean thoughts.”

She lost her father, Legrande Highsmith, at a young age, but her mother, Edith, kept the family together and strong, deep rooted in her Christian faith. Her mother taught her to work hard and “always give 110%.” Through her mother’s influence and guidance, Rene excelled academically and musically.

Renee received her Bachelor of Music and Art from Western Carolina University. She worked on her Masters of Educational Administration & Supervision Degree at Western Governor’s University. She’s taught Chorus, Drama, Music, and Art for 22 years in all levels of education.

Renee loves being on the stage and has been in many musicals and operas. She is now a member of “Subject 2 Change” Gospel music group. They love singing for the Lord and sharing their talents with congregations everywhere.

In 1997, Renee was asked to play the piano for the MVUMC Easter Cantata, and shortly added Choir Director to her title. She has been around ever since that day! She retired from her church music position in 2018.

When Renee retired from teaching school, she became the church’s Administrative Assistant.

Renee and her husband Jeff have four children, Autumn, Austin, Jesse and David. They have three grandchildren, Laylen, Brysen, Anzleigh. Jeff is a sergeant for the Maggie Valley Police Dept. and has always supported and encouraged her in her endeavors throughout the years.

Renee’s life summed up in one quote: “I am loved by the King and it makes my heart sing.”

Contact Renee at renee@maggieumc.org

Jason Jones

Jason Jones

Jason Jones grew up in the Asheville area and joined Maggie Valley’s staff in January 2019.  He studied music at Mars Hill University and Arizona State University.  He is an accomplished singer, organist, and piano player.  He works full time at Mission Health in Asheville.  His earliest memory of Maggie Valley was clogging at Ghost Town in the Sky as a child.  We are fortunate to have him as our music minister leading the choir and congregation in worship.

Janice Rogers

Janice Rogers

Janice Rogers is our church organist.  Playing since the age of 10, she has been a church musician her entire career.  She plays the piano and organ and sings.  Born in Haywood County, she returned in 2008 to live here permanently.  Janice plays the organ every Sunday at the 11 o’clock service.

Colleen Williamson

Colleen Williamson

Colleen Williamson is our church treasurer.  Originally from Haywood County, she was a local hairdresser for 28 years before owning and operating three local H&R Blocks for 14 years.  She has been married to John for 47 years.  Together they have 6 kids, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-grand child.  Colleen manages our expenses and yearly budget.  

Erma Bond

Erma Bond

Erma Bond is the Associate Pastor.  Erma grew up in Maggie Valley and returned in 1996 and became the associate pastor.  She has served faithfully for over twenty years overseeing many missions and ministries.  Erma is indeed a pastor to the whole community.  Currently, Erma is on medical leave through June 30.