Staff and Leadership

Who We Are

James Cullen

Minister

I grew up in the town of Kinston, NC and have spent most of my life in Eastern North Carolina. I am married to Ann Cullen. She also grew up in the rural areas of Lenoir County (Deep Run/Pink Hill). 

We have been married for over 34 years and have four daughters and two sons. They have blessed us with 11 grandchildren. 

When I was approximately sixteen years old, I started to fill the pulpit on numerous occasions. Approximately twelve years ago, I felt the call to ministry. My wife, Ann and I talked about it and reached this decision together. 

There are many people who have had an influence on my development and spiritual growth. However, the biggest influence has been my wife, Ann. She has seen me at my worst and pulled me out of some personal and spiritual slumps. She is my inspiration to strive to be my best. She is even now supporting and encouraging as we take this step to serve God more fully. 

I was baptized when I was 12 years old and grew up in the non-denominational church of Christ. Ann was baptized shortly after we were married. We moved our membership to Northwest Christian Church where we served in several capacities. 

Later, we moved our membership to Southwood Memorial Christian Church where I served as elder, chairman of the board, and interim pastor. 

I talked about my desire to enter the ministry with a friend Dr. Curtis Keith. He suggested that I make my desires known to John Richardson, the Regional Minister for the Disciples of Christ in Wilson, NC. 

I entered the care of the Commission on Ministry and enrolled in Lexington Theological Seminary. I graduated from LTS in June of 2015 and was ordained in September 2015. 

In November of 2013, I was called to serve as an interim pastor at Lanie’s Chapel in Jones County. I started there on the first Sunday of Advent and this has grown into a full time ministry. 

My previous professional career includes nearly 40 years during which, I have worked as an engineer, manager and director in a variety of manufacturing and other operations. The last ten years of my public career I was at Lenoir Memorial Hospital as Director of Engineering Services. 

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Alexandra Shreve

Youth Director

I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where our family attended a United Methodist Church.  My parents were charter members and we didn’t miss a Sunday.  While that upbringing laid a good foundation in those early years, it wasn’t until age 23 that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  At a time when I was struggling with young adult challenges and a new marriage, I called upon the name of Jesus to help me.  All those early Sunday school lessons, Bible stories and songs never left me.  I cried out to Him for hope and restoration.  I knew he could get my life and marriage back on the right pathway. Thirty-six years later, my husband, Donald and I are still witnessing God’s faithfulness in our lives. 

Always loving the coast, we relocated to Carteret County in 1995 where we established some Eastern North Carolina roots.  There we were active members with First Baptist Church in Swansboro for 17 years where I served as the Children’s Ministry Director, Deacon and participated in numerous leadership roles within key committees.  Don and I relocated to Glad Tidings Church in Morehead City and served as Life Group leaders and worked with Prayer Teams and Operation Christmas Child.  God amazingly created a new pathway that led us to Bath, NC.  Upon completion of our new house, we moved to the area in April 2019. Understanding that establishing church fellowship was priority, we began the visiting process.  The folks at Bath Christian Church were warm and we realized that would be our new church home.  Shortly thereafter, the Holy Spirit planted a seed in my heart about serving as Youth Director at BCC.  It is an honor and privilege to be the leader for youth and families as we know the present and future rests with our youngest members.  

Don and I have one daughter and a special son-in-law who live in New Bern with our grand-dog, Shelby.  In addition, we have a fur baby named Gracie who has lots of energy and keeps us on our toes.     

I graduated with a BS in Psychology from Campbell University in 2004 then later went on to achieve a Master’s in Education (Early Childhood) in 2017 from UNC-W.  My employment history, community service and ministerial work encompasses work with children, families and individuals with disabilities.        

My favorite verse is Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (NIV) 

I believe that the Lord uses us where we are and is always preparing us for next steps.  If we are in fellowship with him, reading his Word and obedient as his children, the possibilities are endless as to what he can accomplish through us.   

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Connie Lyon

Church Secretary

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Jamie Barnhill

Church Treasurer

Jamie is our “volunteer” church treasurer. In that role he receives and maintains records of all monies received and disbursed by the Church. In addition he prepares a number of reports including yearly contributions to donors and members, and monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to the Board of Deacons and Elders. He also manages payroll for ministerial, secretarial, and cleaning personnel. 

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