Meet our leadership
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Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Tyson - Pastor
Born into a Christian family, Elizabeth had a childhood dream of being a missionary which matured into a call to ordained ministry. Growing up mostly in Southern California, she attended U.C. Santa Barbara (B.A.) before following her ministry calling at Gordon-Conwell (M.Div.) and Yale Divinity School (S.T.M.). She met her husband John in Scotland, where she earned her Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History with a concentration in Missions. In the 90s, she had the wonderful opportunity of being in ministry at HUMC with John Bergland. From 2011-2019, Elizabeth pastored Mighty Wind UMC at the Outer Banks. Elizabeth and John have two older daughters, Joanna and Julia, and three younger adults: John Jr. who lives in Los Angeles and works in advertising; Victoria, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill; and Charlotte, a first-year at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since John went to Duke, their cars may soon have the Duke/UNC divided license plate! Elizabeth especially enjoys leading worship, missions, evangelism, teaching, and visiting.
Dana Newton - Preschool Director
Dana Newton has been with McMannen for over 10 years. She currently serves as the Preschool Director. She has previously worked with The Autism Society of NC. Dana is married and has two sons.