Carteret Street United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Reverend Frank Lybrand
Frank was born and raised in Union, South Carolina. He is the third of three sons. His parents worked in the textile industry. Following graduation from Union High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as an air traffic controller. His duty stations were San Antonio, Texas, Biloxi, Mississippi, Goldsboro, N.C. and Taichung, Taiwan. After the service he returned to Union, received a diploma in drafting from Spartanburg Technical College while working in the textile industry.
Frank served churches while working on a BA from Wofford College and a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. Most of his ministry has been in the upstate counties of Spartanburg, Anderson, and Lancaster. He has directed Salkehatchie Summer Service camps, served on various conference and districts boards and is presently the Chairperson of the Proclamation and Preaching Sub-Committee of the S.C. Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
Frank is married to Sherry Greer Lybrand. Sherry teaches at Robert Anderson College and Career Academy, a middle school in the Anderson 5 School District. She teaches learning disability students. Frank and Sherry have two children. Torey lives in Murrell’s Inlet and is the Plant Manager for Pepsi Cola. Taylor finished the University of South Carolina in 2015 and is presently working with United Way of the Midlands in Columbia.
The Reverend Travis Pearson
I was born and raised in Aiken, SC in a loving family. I grew up in St. John's UMC, so I have always had the wonderful balance of my home-family and my church-family working together to help nurture my relationship with Christ.
I attended undergrad at Coastal Carolina University where I met my wife Becky. While I was a sophomore at Coastal, I felt the call in to ministry, received an offer to become a youth director just south of Columbia, and subsequently transferred to the University of South Carolina to finish my biology degree while working with Beulah UMC. I finished my B.S. degree in 2010 and immediately enrolled with Asbury Theological Seminary.
Becky and I got married in 2012 once she completed her master's degree in clinical and mental health counseling from Winthrop. I made myself available for appointment in 2013 (after working with two other churches as a director of student ministries from 2011-2014) and became the associate pastor at Main Street UMC in 2014. I completed my MDiv in 2015 and am thrilled to come serve alongside Carteret Street as your associate pastor!
Becky and I love being outdoors, we are always looking for some kayaking buddies. I also have an old tennis racket that desperately needs dusting off (I "played" tennis in high school). We have two dogs (Sampson and Ginger), and a ridiculously fluffy cat (Mr. Zeke) adopted us a few years ago.
Church Organist and Children's Choir Director
Cynthia Chapman moved to Beaufort in 1973 when she married her husband, Chuck. In 1975 Carteret Street UMC was without an organist and Kay Tisdale Crosby asked her to fill in…She’s been here ever since! She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree with her proficiency in organ. In addition to being an organist, Cynthia also directs the youth and children’s choirs at Carteret Street UMC, and is retired from teaching music at Laurel Bay. Cynthia has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Chancel Choir and Carillon Handbell Choir Director
Kay Kaigler Tisdale Crosby moved to Beaufort in 1968 from Columbia, SC with her late husband Tommy Tisdale. She attended Winthrop University and graduated from Columbia College as a Voice Major. She taught piano for many years and in 1971 she joined Carteret Street UMC as a temporary choir director and has been here ever since. She is now retired from MCCS Parris Island. She is now married to John Crosby, a retired teacher. Kay is the director of the Chancel Choir and the Carillon Handbell Choir.
Ellen Fabian is the Church Secretary at Carteret Street. She has two sons, James and Bradley. Ellen is a native of Beaufort and graduated from Beaufort High School in 1995. She graduated College from USC Beaufort in December 2000. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Psychology and Business.
Kent Easty is the Business Manager at Carteret Street. He is retired Air Force. He is married to Joan and they have three children and five grandchildren. In Kent’s spare time he referee’s for swim meets around the United States.
Coordinator of Food Ministries
Karen Wilson is our Coordinator of Food Ministries at Carteret Street. She is married to Gray and they have three daughters, Ashley Smith (Jeremy), Lauren Wilson (Mikey) and Sarah and three grandsons, Bradley, Hunter and Avery Smith.
Tina Ashmore is the Nursery Supervisor at Carteret Street. She works full-time at Port Royal Oral Surgery. Tina is married to Jerry and they have five children, Amanda, Sean, Ellie, Katie, and Tori.
John Perry is a native of New York and is a full-time fire fighter/EMT I in the Burton Fire District. He works part time at Carteret Street UMC as our Custodian. John and his wife, Pat, moved to Beaufort in 1992. They have three children, Stephen, Katie, and JP.