Pastor: Rev. Kevin Bates is the pastor of Piney Mountain UMC and Davis Chapel UMC. Kevin is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (2010) and received his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School (2015). He is a graduate of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative and a member of the 2018 Re:Generate Fellows, a holistic leadership development program focused on exploring issues related to food, health and ecological well-being. He lives in Candler with his wife, Mary, and their kittens, Eyja and Katla.

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Secretary: Courtney Stewman is the church secretary at Piney Mountain UMC. She goes to Enka High School and runs Cross country in the fall along with Track and Field in the spring.