Dr. Jay Coker,  Interim Pastor

Dr. John Wright Coker, Jr., is life-long Presbyterian and native of North Carolina.  He grew up in the Brunswick County community of Leland and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  His Master of Divinity was received from the Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. In 1989, he received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Coker was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1979. He served as Associate Pastor of the Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and then, of the Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee. In 1985, Dr. Coker was called as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Pascagoula, Mississippi, where he served until his move to the historic First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1994.  In August 2015, Dr. Coker began a new “chapter” in his ministry, beginning his work with The Outreach Foundation (www.theoutreachfoundation.org). 


Laura Rasmussen, Associate Pastor

Laura joined Mallard Creek Church in September 2014 as the Associate Pastor and has been excited to work with their ministries in missions and Christian education/formation. She was born and raised in Omaha, NE, and went to college at Northwest Missouri State University and seminary at Fuller Theological Seminary. Laura worked for 1 year with AmeriCorp on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation, lived in Jackson Hole, WY for 5 years, and in Los Angeles for 10 years. She loves traveling and the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, playing softball and scrabble. Laura dreams of being a race car driver.

Email Rev. Laura at laurar@mallardcreekchurch.org.

Kenneth Craig, Parish Associate

Rev. Craig and his wife Nancy are deeply rooted in the MCPC community. Rev. Craig served as the lead pastor for Mallard Creek for over 20 years. He then served as a Parish minister with First Presbyterian in downtown Concord, before returning to MCPC to serve in the same position. His relentless care and compassion for members, friends and family of Mallard Creek is an undeniable God-given gift that we are so thankful to have. 

To contact Rev. Kenneth Craig, please call the church office at 704-547-0038.

Sarah Grace Montgomery, Director of Christian Education

Sarah Grace has been serving as the Director of Christian Education at MCPC for 9 years. Her desire for youth and families to come to know the love of God fuels her, and continues to bring her joy for what God has in store. Sarah Grace and her husband Michael, along with their daughter Margaret Grace, love serving the Charlotte community as a family. Sarah Grace always looks forward to stirring stew at the annual BBQ, and singing Whitney Houston at the top of her lungs.

Email Sarah Grace at sarahgrace@mallardcreekchurch.org.


David Barnaba,  Director of Music Ministries

David is our Director of Music Ministries at Mallard Creek. David is no stranger to working in music, and has grown up in a musical family. His Grandfather played in many bands, and his mother is a private piano instructor in South Carolina. David is a graduate of the Crane School of music in Potsdam, NY and has a degree in music education. He is a full-time elementary music teacher at Pitts School Road Elementary, is married to his wife Tara, and has a 2 year old daughter, Clara.


Meet Priscilla Stephens, Financial Secretary

Priscilla is starting her 17th year at MCPC as Financial Secretary. She and her husband, Ronald, love to travel and go to Estate Sales. Priscilla enjoys having close her daughter and two grandsons (ages 16 and 13). Priscilla has met and become friends with so many people at MCPC and has always been treated like a member of the Mallard Creek family even though she's not a church member. She loves her job and hopes to be an active part of the church family for years to come.. Email Priscilla at priscillas@mallardcreekchurch.org.


Shawn Watkins, Administrative Assistant

Shawn is starting her first year caring for the many details that are involved in assisting the church body. After spending 17 years with Love, Inc. her compassion and love for people is something that she is excited to continue utilizing as she gets to know the MCPC family. Shawn and her husband, Lynn, have four grown children that they enjoy celebrating as God leads their lives.  Email Shawn Watkins at swatkins@mallardcreekchurch.org.