Staff

Rev. Rosemary McMahan – Pastor

Since July of 2002, Rosemary McMahan has ministered with the people of Big Cove Presbyterian Church. She enjoys leading the people in worship and learning about ministry and mission with them. Rosemary completed studies and testing for ordination and was ordained as a “teaching elder” (Minister of Word and Sacrament) by the North Alabama Presbytery. She has a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Rosemary is a certified spiritual director who enjoys walking with others on their spiritual journeys. Rosemary and her husband Dennis have two adult married children and a granddaughter. Rosemary likes to read, garden, jog, write poetry, and go to the beach and the lake (or Italy!) with her husband.

 

Rev. Houston Hodges – Parish Associate

The Rev. Houston Hodges is a “mostly retired” Presbyterian minister who enjoys working at Big Cove church as a volunteer. He helps lead worship, teaches, and tries to be helpful. Houston is originally from Texas, but has served in California and Manitoba as well as here in Huntsville. Ordained in 1954, he was in campus ministry during the tumultuous sixties. Prior to retirement in 1995 he was the Executive Presbyter of North Alabama Presbytery. He and Pat have a blended family of six children, coast to coast, and seven grandchildren. He loves the Presbyterian Church, teaching, writing, daily walks, an occasional nap, and his Macintosh.

 

Carla Feehan – Music Director

Carla became our Music Director in December of 2012. She grew up in Guntersville, and her father was an engineer who worked in Huntsville with Werner Von Braun. As a child she used to pass Big Cove Church frequently while travelling with her family to Huntsville; she loved the scenic setting of our church and often wondered what it was like. Carla graduated from Samford University with a music degree, specializing in piano, and she has also done masters level work in children’s guidance counseling. She retired as an elementary school music teacher, having taught in both Gadsden and Cullman city schools. Carla has many years’ additional experience in multiple churches throughout north and central Alabama as a music director at every level, as a pianist, and as the director of children, youth, and senior adult ministries and programs. Carla’s husband, Mike, is an Auburn graduate, a retired Army Colonel and retired senior officer for a state law enforcement agency. Mike has also served in a number of activities and leadership positions at the churches they have attended.

 

Daniel Norwood – Pianist

Daniel joined the Big Cove staff in February 2015. He began private training in music at age 5, and received top honors from the Piano Guild of America. Daniel earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Honors Program student, where he studied business, technology, music and theater. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2012, and will this year complete a second degree in Music. Daniel has participated by invitation in ensembles with Russian pianist Tatiana Kasman, as well as provided piano accompaniment and instruction for UAB’s chamber and concert groups. He has held a teaching post at the Vestavia Conservatory of the Arts, and has performed in numerous venues (including Steinway Hall of Vestavia, the Alys Robinson Stephens Center of Performing Arts, the VBC Mark C. Concert Hall, Hulsey Recital Hall, Roberts Recital Hall, The Moody Music Concert Hall, and select Alabama universities). Daniel studied under – and has performed alongside – Russian international pianist Yakov Kasman, and Chinese international pianist Ka Man Ng. He is a prizewinner in multiple piano competitions, including AMTA and Zelpha Wells Piano competition. In addition to his music, Daniel has worked project management in public and private organizations, such as NASA and NAIC. He resides in Athens, and currently teaches both privately, and as a faculty member of Valley Conservatory of Music.

 

Kirk Finley – Treasurer

Kirk assumed the Treasurer position of Big Cove Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2013. Kirk grew up in Big Cove, and now resides there with his wife Christie and two sons, Drake and Tate. He has been a life-long member of Big Cove Church, and has supported the ministry as both an Elder and Clerk of Session. Kirk has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and he works for the federal government on Redstone Arsenal. He enjoys outdoor sports and activities like fishing, golf, and distance running. He also spends time volunteering at the local sports league and coaching his sons in basketball and baseball.

 

Diane Lee – Bookkeeper

Diane Lee has served as the church bookkeeper since 2010. Diane is retired from ADTRAN where she worked in the accounting department for 15 years. Previously, she served as Comptroller of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Diane and her husband Tennent are members of Big Cove and have four children and three teenage grandchildren. They both have enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Greece and Italy since their retirement.

 

 

Mary Hooper – Administrative Assistant

Mary joined the Big Cove staff in 2012. For 32 years Mary taught English at the high school or college level, most recently at Randolph School. But she also taught freshman composition and literature in the department of English at UAH for 4 years when she and her husband (Charles Boley) first moved to Huntsville in 1984. She grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, attended college in North Carolina, and earned a Master’s Degree in English literature from Vanderbilt University. She has been a member of Faith Presbyterian Church for as long as she has lived in Huntsville. She and Charles have been married since 1982, and they have an adult daughter, Elizabeth, who lives and works in Huntsville. Mary enjoys reading; walking; working crossword, Sudoku, and other puzzles; going to Carolina beaches; and watching birds and looking at the stars with Charles.