Staff of APC
Kyle has been our Lead Pastor since May 2017. Our church’s rich history, eclectic worship, heart for mission, and energy for reaching out into the community drew him to Alamance.
Kyle is a Piedmont Triad native, and a life-long Presbyterian. He grew up in Eden; and went to school at UNC-G in Greensboro. He studied religion, Greek, and Latin. Kyle is a graduate of Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA; and a doctoral candidate at Louisville Seminary. His project thesis is on the art of storytelling and the Christian practice of evangelism.
Kyle has worked in ministry for the last twenty years at churches in Greensboro, NC; Decatur, GA; Camden, SC; and most recently at Concord Presbyterian Church near Statesville, NC.
Kyle brings to APC a passion for creativity and collaboration. He encourages us to build new relationships inside and outside the church, and to share the stories of our faith and life as expressions of the gospel. Kyle urges us to reach out to those missing out on the good things God is doing at church every week. He wants us to be a visible and active presence in our community.
Kyle has a particular interest in hunger relief ministry -- he has moderated Salem Presbytery’s Domestic Hunger Committee for the last ten years.
Kyle is married to his high-school youth group sweetheart, Michelle. Together, they have a precocious and delightful little girl named Maelyn; and a lazy fox hound named Sydney. They feel right at home in Greensboro, and they are enjoying their new Southeast Guilford community. They love to travel, explore new places, and go on adventures together as a family. Kyle also loves photography and trivia. He dabbles in playing guitar. He proudly pulls for the Tarheels from November to April!
Rev. J. Kyle Goodman: Lead Pastor and Head of Staff
Rev. Jess Rigel, Associate Pastor for Discipleship
Jess is very excited to serve Alamance Presbyterian Church as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship! After spending her youth in New Jersey, Jessica moved to Virginia to attend Mary Washington College, where she studied English, religion, and education. Shortly after graduating, she served as a land steward and community gardener through the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program in Cascabel, Arizona. Her experiences there led her to a new appreciation for the glories of God’s good creation, and a lifelong commitment to food justice and environmental advocacy. Following her time in Cascabel, Jessica taught eighth grade language arts in nearby Benson before returning to the YAV program; this time in New Orleans, Louisiana. After a year treasuring the culture and chaos of NOLA while exploring community gardening in an urban setting, she felt the call to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. There, she earned both a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Christian Education focused on youth and young adult faith formation.
Jess loves to encounter new people and cultures, and is blessed to have visited over 20 countries, most recently Greece and Turkey. Her travels, her faith, and her experiences growing food have made her passionate about addressing the poverty caused by hunger, primarily through reestablishing a relationship with nature that provides for “the redemption of the land” (Lev. 23:25). She is also an avid reader, cook, and lifelong learner.
Lynn Barnes: Administrative Assistant
Lynn is a native of Guilford County. She spent most of her childhood in the Alamance community.
Her father's family has attended APC since the late 1880s. Lynn graduated from Southeast Guilford High School in 1976, and from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1980. She met her husband, Tom Barnes, at St. Andrews. They were married in 1982, and promptly embarked on a whirlwind tour of the southern and midwestern United States that lasted 18 years. Tom & Lynn returned to North Carolina in 2000, when they settled in Pleasant Garden. The couple has one child, Lois Barnes Vinson.
It is Mrs. Barnes' personal philosophy that, if one cannot be bright, one can at least dress brightly.
Andrew Long: Youth Coordinator Audio and Sound Technician
Andrew has been a long-time member of APC and has found his niche in working with our youth, giving them the guidance they need to grow in their faith. He is currently in his third year of college at John Wesley University in High Point, studying Youth and Family Ministries. Working with youth is a passion of Andrew's. He looks forward to helping more as he continues to serve. His life is working with youth and his passion is to make their lives better.
Dana Adams : Finance Director
Dana Adams grew up in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, but has lived in the beautiful state of North Carolina for almost 30 years. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After being a stay-at-home mom for many years, Dana graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Piedmont Community College. She brings to Alamance Presbyterian Church her love of numbers as well as 12½ years of accounting experience working as the Business Administrator for a Methodist Church in Greensboro. Dana enjoys spending time with her family-her husband, Jay, her son, Matt who lives in Texas and her daughter and son-in-law, Rebekah and Curtis who live in Raleigh. In her spare time, she enjoys reading.
Joy Thomas: Director of Children's Ministries
Joy was raised in Greensboro, NC. She graduated from North Carolina State University. She and her husband, Danny, married in 1992. They have four children: Jacob, Ciara, Savannah, and Jonah. Joy joined the staff in September, 2007. She is the Director of Children’s Ministries. Joy loves to spend time with children of all ages. She is blessed to serve God by helping children grow in their faith. When Joy isn’t helping her own children or other children, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, cleaning and organizing.
Katie Long Director of Music
Katie is a native of Guilford County whogrew up in the Pleasant Garden area. She attended Appalachian State University; and graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Choral Music Education, and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Katie has sung with many different church choirs in the Boone and Blowing Rock area, as well as in the Triad. Most recently, Katie served as Interim Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church in Boone, NC. Katie also enjoys singing opera and has performed in different venues in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Rebecca Oden: Accompanist
Rebecca is a recent graduate of UNC-Greensboro, summa cum laude, with a degree in Piano Performance and secondary studies in organ. At UNC-G she received the Presser Scholarship awarded by the faculty of the School of Music. She received a Student Excellence Award, UNC-G's highest academic honor; as well as the merit- based Alumni Scholarship. Rebecca is an active collaborative pianist in the Greensboro area. She accompanies several UNC-G students; and plays for various events, including the NATS competition. She hopes to eventually earn her Masters degree in Collaborative Piano/Accompanying. Originally from Gastonia, NC, Rebecca enjoyed growing up with church music and is thrilled to continue sharing in Alamance Presbyterian's thriving musical life.
Child Development Center Directors
Mary Ellen Shores: Director of Alamance CDC
Mary Ellen grew up on a dairy farm, six miles east of Hart, Michigan, where she dreamed of becoming a writer and world traveler, so she studied journalism and French at Michigan State University, and later, earned her Master’s in journalism with a minor in English from Marshall University.
Once a reporter for a newspaper in Denver, Colorado, she often finds herself doing administrative work and teaching preschool. She has also been a working artist, starting a company: dream with m.e.
Her service includes Worship and Arts Team Chair, Elder, Clerk of Session, member of the choir, volunteer for VBS, and liturgical writer.
She and her husband, Lee, have three sons: Gabriel, Ariel, and Joel, and a dog named Keeper.