Our Lead Ministry Directors

The Staff Directors at Sugarloaf UMC are here to empower you to become all that God is calling you to be! Our staff works tirelessly to make an eternal impact. You can learn a little about each of these great people below. Also, if you would like to contact a Ministry Director by email all you have to do is click on their picture below. 

  • Dr. Matthew Mitchell

    Lead Pastor

    Learn more about Matthew by clicking on the MEET OUR PASTOR now. 

  • Chip Hogsed

    Director of Worship & Arts

    Over 18 years of ministry experience serving as both an ordained pastor and worship leader with all aspects of growing a church, leading a worship service musically, using creative arts and technical tools. Chip is a highly skilled musician, rich and diverse creative artist, strong stage developing skills, strong interpersonal and communication skills, extensive experience developing teams and leaders, deeply committed Christian with a flourishing personal faith. Chip believes meeting with God is the most important thing anyone can ever do. With God’s help, his mission is to create moments that do just that, leading all to the abundant life in Christ. Desiring to create more than just a program but to use our gifts to point to a purpose and a people to belong to, empower an unstoppable team to proclaim the greatness of God and the redemptive work of Christ.

  • Tim Dryden

    Worship Leader

    Tim Dryden has been leading worship at Sugarloaf since August of 2013.  Along with a love for sailing Tim enjoys playing both guitar and piano and spending time with his wife Melissa and 3 children.  Tim brings over 8 years of experience in leading passionate modern worship.  Tim handles all of our videography and leads our amazing 20 member choir.   

  • Nancy Burns

    Finance & Operations

    Nancy Burns has been working  at Sugarloaf since February of 2003.  She and her husband Joe recently celebrated their 37th year of marriage.  They enjoy watching college football, visiting with their grandson and traveling to see family.  Nancy has over 18 years of church employment experience and currently manages Finance and Operations for Sugarloaf UMC.

  • Terri Strawn

    Missions & Membership

    Terri Strawn has been working at Sugarloaf since August of 2004.  She currently serves the church in the area of Missions, Membership and Congregational Care.  She is married to Jay and they have two grown children, Abby and Connor.  When she has spare time she loves to craft, Pinterest, read and cook.

  • Deb Saul


    Deb has been the Director of the Weekday Preschool since October 2008.  Having more than 20 years of experience working with preschoolers, she feels fortunate to work with a creative, loving staff while serving young families.  She is married to Jac, has 3 grown daughters and 2 grandchildren.  She loves cycling, cooking and visiting family.

  • Adam Carpenter

    Student Life Director

    Adam has joined Sugarloaf over the summer and is serving as our Youth Pastor.  He just graduated from LaGrange College and has a passion for ministry and youth.  Adam is a newlywed to his lovely bride Megan.

  • Crystal Leatherberry

    Interim Sugarloaf Kids Director

    Crystal has been on staff for over a year with Sugarloaf and has enjoyed taking care of our youngest members.  She is a member of our Emmaus community and has served on several walks over the years.  Crystal has 3 very active children and enjoys spending time with them as a PTA Vice President and during their sporting activities.