Rev. Colin Snider, Lead Pastor
Rev. Colin Snider served seven years with First UMC Cary before coming back to Kitty Hawk UMC. He most recently pastored that church’s successful “1st on Chatham” community, which meets in the former Cary Theater. Prior to his appointment at First UMC Cary, Pastor Colin was appointed to Kitty Hawk UMC as Associate Pastor with Rev. Curtis Campbell. Pastor Colin married Meredith Koebley in August of 2010 and have two sons Llewellyn and Abram.
Pastor Snider was raised in Savannah, GA and earned a B.A. in Religion from Charleston Southern University and then a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.
Rev. Betsy Haas, Associate Pastor (Volunteer)
Betsy grew up in South Jersey, and attended the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a BA degree in Communications/Journalism and met her future husband, Kenn. Upon their graduation and Kenn’s commission as a Navy officer, they lived in Florida, Texas and California where Kenn became a Navy Pilot. Betsy held several jobs, including Director of Student Life at a small college in Texas, and display advertising and writing a weekly restaurant column for a newspaper in California. Months after their first child Sarah was born, Kenn was hired by Delta Air Lines and they moved south of Atlanta, where their daughter Jamie was born. Betsy heard her calling into ministry and spent three years attending the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and was ordained in the North Georgia Conference, where she is still a clergy member. In 2009 they moved to the Outer Banks, and Betsy was appointed to serve as our Associate Pastor by DS Richard Stone in 2010. She is the author of a book on grieving called “Mourning Break”.
Rev. Dr. Rob Robinson, Visitation Pastor
“Rob” is a retired clergy from the NJ conference of the UMC. He grew up in Millville NJ, attended Asbury College, Willmore, KY—where he received a call to ministry in a chapel service. Rob then transferred to Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, where he graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies. He then enrolled in Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree. After 5 years in full-time Ministry, Rob was accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program in ministry to marriage and the family. During all of his seminary experience he served local churches. Rob now resides in Corolla, NC, with his wife Ronda. They have two adult boys living and working in central New Jersey with their respective families that have provided them with a grandson and granddaughter. He is quite honored to be serving as visitation pastor of the Kitty Hawk UMC—especially since it is filled with active, committed lay people and a dynamic staff.
Natalie Drummond, Director of Music and Technology
A native of eastern North Carolina, Natalie received her B.A. in Music and Certificate in Markets and Management from Duke University, and her M.M. in Composition and Music Theory from East Carolina University. After completing a year towards her doctoral degree in Musicology at Duke, she became a certified NC Public School teacher and taught elementary and middle school music in various areas of eastern NC. In addition to teaching, Natalie has performed throughout the eastern US, both as a classical mezzo-soprano, and as a “pop”/musical theater singer. From 2004 to 2011, she produced and performed in the musical variety shows at the Outer Banks Music Showcase.
During her time teaching and performing, Natalie felt God's call to use her talents in ministry, and she served as music director at First Christian Church of Greenville, Kitty Hawk Baptist Church, and Duck United Methodist Church before becoming the Director of Music at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. In addition to directing KHUMC's music program, Natalie supervises audio/visual technology in the church and maintains the church website and various social media. Natalie is grateful that God has given her the gift and passion for music, and she seeks to point others to Christ through the ministry of music.
Kathy Weeks, Youth Director
Kathy lives in Southern Shores and has attended KHUMC, along with her family, for over 25 years. While co-owner of a furnishings business during most of those years, Kathy also enjoyed assisting as a parent volunteer with many of our youth programs. She now serves on the KHUMC staff as our Youth Director and cherishes this opportunity to work with middle and high school youth. Kathy loves planning and participating in activities with our youth and their families that bring them closer to God and His word.
Alice Spragins, Director of Children’s Ministry
Alice grew up as the daughter of a United Methodist preacher. Her father was serving Hatteras United Methodist when she was born. Alice and her family lived in many other towns in Eastern NC. When her family moved to Roanoke Rapids she met her husband, Kevin Spragins. Kevin is now an active duty service member in the United States Coast Guard. Alice soon felt God calling her to work with at risk children. Alice graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Social Work; and then went to work as a Child Protective Services Investigator. She worked in both Norfolk, VA and Currituck County. When Alice and Kevin decided to start a family, she left her job to stay home and raise their daughter, Julianne.
Becky Strickland, Preschool Director
Becky has been a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church for over thirty years. Together with her husband David, they raised two daughters, Lindsay and Brittany, in this church and in April of 2015 celebrated the marriage of Lindsay in our beautiful sanctuary. Becky and David have one grandson who brings them great joy.
Often it is said people come full circle in their life choices and professional careers. She began her teaching career as a daycare center director at Better Beginning Child Care Center. Here she learned all she needed to know at the hands and feet of little humans and realized this simple truth: “Children do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Becky secured a job as a kindergarten teacher at Kitty Hawk Elementary School in 1985 and continued teaching for thirty years; spending twelve years as a Language Arts teacher at FFMS. She was named Teacher of the Year at KHES, FFMS, and served as 2006-2007 DCS Teacher of the Year. She earned a Master’s Degree and National Board Certification while teaching in Dare County.
KHUMC Preschool is a safe place for children to learn about how they fit in this large world, how they should work alongside others, how they are loved by God, and for them to feel they are held within the nurturing arms of those who truly care. Becky is excited to be a part of this mission.
Amy Berge, Administrative Assistant
After graduating high school, Amy attended Anne Arundel Community College to start schooling to be a nurse. While in school, she worked on a medical surgical floor as a nursing assistant at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis MD for 2 years. Schooling was put on hold when she got married and moved to the Outer Banks in 1994.
Amy and her husband became members of KHUMC in 1998 and had their first of 3 daughters in 1998. She was a stay at home mom until her daughter started preschool. She volunteered and substituted in the preschool and was talked into taking a job in the classroom which involved going back to school. She worked my way up to assistant director, and 10 years later lost her job when everyone was downsizing due to the economy.
At that time she took the job of Administrative Assistant at Kitty Hawk Methodist and she added the job of financial secretary 2 years later. Amy is the "gatekeeper" of the office- she handles day to day office duties, and much, much more!
she loves working with her church family!
Karen DeBellis, Treasurer (Volunteer)
Karen grew up in Virginia and East Tennessee. She was married to John DeBellis in 1992 and had two boys, Daniel and Michael. Daniel lives and works on the Outer banks and attends CoA. Michael is studying at Emory University in Atlanta.
Karen and John moved to Kitty Hawk from Tarpon Springs, FL (outside of Tampa) in 2015 after retiring. Karen graduated from the University of Tennessee – Go Vols! and then received her MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. Karen started her career in New York City working in accounting/finance. She eventually moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida and worked for Franklin Templeton Investments for 23 years. She retired from Franklin as a Senior Vice President in 2015.
Karen is enjoying her retirement as it allows her time to volunteer in this tremendous community and specifically as Treasurer at Kitty Hawk UMC. Karen is also an active volunteer at Interfaith Community Outreach and as a Guardian Ad Litem.
Staff Photos Courtesy of Pamela Soper Photography
Allison Brown, Director of Church Life
Allison is excited for the opportunity to guide our church in connecting people to God and one another as she joins our staff as Director of Church Life. She is passionate about helping people discover and live out of their truest selves. Allison's life mission is to love well and she believes each of us has a unique way of bringing and sharing love in this world. She brings over 15 years of experience guiding people in their spiritual journey. In that time, she's led numerous transformational small groups, coached small group leaders, and mentored dozens inside and outside the church.
Allison earned a certification in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction through Christian Formation and Direction Ministries in San Diego, CA. She is a Gallup Strength Finders Certified Coach. She received a BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill where she met her husband, Scott. Together, they have three children, Anna (13), McKenzie (10) and Scotty (4).