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Rev. Laura Byrch, Pastor

Laura began serving as pastor of Blackburns' Chapel  in July, 2020.  She was eager to come and serve with this congregation after being able to worship and preach at Blackburns' on several occasions since moving to the High Country in 2015.  She has also served on the board of Todd's Table (formerly Blackburn Community Outreach/BCO) since 2017. 


Always eager to laugh, Laura loves people and all things that foster a sense of community and making connections. She believes deeply that God has called the church to be diverse, compassionate, and just. Laura is thrilled to be part of a church that is engaged deeply in stewarding the land through having gardens and edible landscaping on our property, a prayer trail, and partnership with Todd's Table. She particularly appreciates the ways that Blackburns' Chapel lives into Jesus’ example and calling for the church to be a place of unlikely friendships created and sustained by God’s mercy.  In addition to being pastor at Blackburns', Laura continues to serve part-time as Pastor of Community Engagement at Boone UMC.  She and her husband JB love reading, gardening, cycling, hiking, being on the water, and generally appreciating this beautiful place we get to call home. 



Imke Nickelson, Worship Coordinator

Most Sundays, we are led by Imke Nickelson and her wonderful classical/jazz guitar renditions of hymns and more modern songs. We also have talented local musicians who jump in from time to time and range from playing traditional hymns on piano, to bluegrass, to more contemporary worship music.  

Chapel Leadership Team

Ken Boaz, Chair

Caitlin Stanton-Rich, Staff Parish Relations Rep

Laura Byrch, Leadership Development & Nominations Rep

Jeremiah Stanton-Rich, Trustee Rep

Robert Scouten, Financial Treasurer 

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