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.

 

Jennifer Salter – Pianist/Accompanist

Jennifer is the newest member of our staff, having joined us in June 2014. Jennifer’s father was a minister in Montgomery, and Jennifer was the pianist for Aldersgate UMC for 20+ years while also serving as a preschool teacher at St. James. Jennifer and her family moved here from Montgomery to follow her husband’s new career opportunity. She has been teaching music at Mt. Zion Weekday Education in Monrovia since moving to Madison in 2011. She has also served as pianist for two other churches in our area over the past several years, before we were fortunate enough to obtain her services at Big Cove. Jennifer is a “work out” enthusiast and spends a lot of time in the gym. Her husband, French, is the Custom Publications Manager for TN Valley Printing and he is also the General Manager of the Redstone Rocket, the arsenal’s weekly newspaper. Following high school graduation this year their son, Trent, plans to go to college then seminary to fulfill a calling to the ministry.

 

Betty King – Treasurer

Betty assumed the Treasurer position of Big Cove Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2011. This is her second time to serve as Treasurer (previously serving from 2003 through 2006). Betty has been a member of Big Cove Presbyterian Church since 1997. She became an Elder in 2003. Betty is married with two children. Retired from the federal government, she is a Certified Public Accountant, a consultant in government contract accounting, and teaches part-time at UAHuntsville. She is an animal lover. Betty enjoys the daily walks with her active German Shepherd dog, playing with her two Boston Terrier dogs, and just sitting with her lazy cat when time permits.

 

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.