Following the departure of Rev. Rosemary McMahan, who left for new challenges after 13 years as Pastor of Big Cove Church, we are currently in the process of pursuing the call of a new permanent minister.
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.
Jervon Niska – Pianist/Accompanist
Jervon Niska is from Lakeville MN, an only child raised in an active Christian family. He attended Maplewood Academy, a four-year boarding school in Hutchinson, MN, where among his other studies he also gained musical and leadership skills. He received a scholarship to Oakwood University, which brought him to Huntsville. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and plans to complete his degree in 2017. Despite his young age, Jervon has a great deal of prior experience in church and worship music, and he also enjoys playing other genres. He began his musical ministry early by helping lead worship on a number of occasions as Praise Team leader at his church in Hutchinson. Here in Huntsville he served as Contemporary Worship Leader at First Presbyterian Church, and also performed other musician duties there before coming to Big Cove. In addition, he has performed with Huntsville Master Chorale as well as The Oakwood University Choir, and has served as a Music Theory tutor at Oakwood University. Jervon has a love of the outdoors and he enjoys sharing his gifts and talents as a Christian and a musician with all of God’s children.
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.