Senior Pastor

Rev. Alan Mears joined our staff July 2020. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University 2003, Asbury Theological Seminary 2006, and was ordained in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church where he has served since 2006. Alan has served as an associate pastor, a church planter, and senior pastor before joining us here at Mineral Springs. Alan is married to Kami Mears and has Montana (18), Katelyn (6), & Braylan (5) at home with them. Alan has a passion for seeing people transformed by the love of Jesus and sent forth to offer their lives in surrender to the Gospel. He is also a huge wolfpack fan, sci-fi geek, and a lover of sports.

Next Generation Pastor Next Generation Pastor

Daniel Parker ,

Daniel has a passion for teenagers and young adults. He has dedicated the past 12 years of his life to full time youth ministry. Raised in Puerto Rico, Daniel is a native Spanish speaker. After finishing his undergrad at Lee University he served for 10 years at Quaker Gap Baptist Church, when the Lord called him to Mineral Springs UMC. Daniel is married to Ashleigh Parker and together they have 2 children, Rilee (4) and Ella (2) and are expecting there third in October.

Director of Traditional Worship

Christa Lemmonds,

Is a multi-generational member of Mineral Springs UMC. (Sounds like I’m old) she became an official member of the staff in June 2016.

Her educational background is in interior design, “I used to get paid for my opinion. Ha Ha…” She was the Music Director for Prospect UMC from 1997 – 2002; She also teaches Private piano lessons to students ages 3- 30.

I am a newlywed!! My husband is Farhad Hossein; we had a surprise wedding at my parents 50th anniversary March 4, 2018! We have 3 children Garrett Cook, Christina Salyer, Bryce Hosseini and 1 grandson Colton Salyer. Oh, yes our son-in-law; Jeffery who is now part of our clan.

I am a passionate gardener; but not the ordinary kind (like pulling weeds) I like glamorous gardening, cutting, arranging and deadheading flowers ( I really like to Mow but now I just let my dear husband ride the mower.) I love to go to Sonic drive in on Sunday nights and pretend it is 1950 something.. Oh and I’m really into cooking, baking & especially the eating part! (Yes I do take pictures of my food) I am addicted to Pinterest!

I get to help usher in the Holy Spirit into our corporate worship and see the joy on peoples faces when real praise begins. Helping folks worship in the Spirit!

Director of the Bridge

Chris Hartis

Chris joined the staff of MSUMC in October of 2019, but has been a volunteer in the Bridge band since 2016. He is a graduate if Sun Valley High School and has lived in Union County his whole life. He’s always had a love of music. Chris has played music semi-professionally since the age of 14with many local and regional musicians. His favorite part of worship is using music to connect people with God.

Chris is married to Donna Hartis. They enjoy gardening and dogs. In his spare time, his hobbies are reading and chess.


Pam Brenwald,

Pam has been at Mineral Springs United Methodist Church for 12 years.

Previously she worked as a Purchasing Manager; in customer service, quality control, payroll, shipping and receiving and she also sells ColorStreet nail strips,

Married to my husband, Don. She has two adult daughters, Summer & Brandi

I Love my family and my pets. I am an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, softball coach and player, love the outdoors, the beach, and reading by my pool.

I serve as Co-Director of Lay Servant Ministry of the Rock Hill District, at PUMC I am the alternate Lay delegate for Annual Conference,

serve on Church Council, facilitate Adult Sunday School, serve as the Worship/Altar Guild chairperson, am active in United Methodist Women, sing in the chancel choir, praise band, and play handbells.

I love serving the Lord in all I do and working in fellowship with God’s people to His glory.


Ian M. Faires,

a native of Charlotte, NC has been playing the piano since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis in Piano and Percussion. Ian holds a North Carolina and Colorado State Teaching License. Ian began playing for church when he was 12 years old but has been involved in music since he was 3 years old. He began his teaching career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teaching 5th grade beginning band at 9 different elementary schools. He then moved to Mooresville, NC to teach general music, beginning band and assisted with marching band. After a 5 year stint in Mooresville, Ian moved to open Porter Ridge Middle and High Schools and began the band programs at those schools in 2005. He remained there until 2018, when he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to teach at Fossil Ridge High School. Ian has recently been appointed to Jay M. Robinson Middle School in Charlotte to teach band beginning in the Fall of 2020. Besides teaching, Ian has played for a number of churches most notably, Southside Baptist in Mooresville, Mt. Zion UMC in Cornelius, where he was Associate Music Minister, First Baptist of Indian Trail, Faith UMC, Spirit of Joy Lutheran in Weddington, and Foothills Unitarian in Fort Collins, CO. In his spare time, Ian enjoys playing for community and high school musicals, working in the Deli at The Fresh Market, reaching his fitness goals and assisting others in reaching their fitness goals.

Pre-School Director

Margaret Worley,