Ben is a husband, father, son, sibling and friend whom God called to be a pastor. He and his amazing wife, Lydia, and their daughters, Margot and Phoebe (in June of 2015), arrived in the "Crossroads of Western Civilization" in May of 2014. Ben understands his ministry through the building up of a community where the Risen Christ is proclaimed. Through preaching, worship leadership, weekly Bible studies and small groups Ben aims to work alongside the amazing saints (and sinners) of HMPC to care for this slice of God's Kingdom to which they've been called to nurture.
Lydia is a special education teacher, Margot is a precocious toddler who is excited to teach Phoebe, her little sister everything she knows about being an amazing child of God. Prior to Tarboro, the Kanes lived in Nashville, TN where they met at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
You can contact Ben at email@example.com, follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@revbkane13) or subscribe to his blog, "Rearing Kane".
Carrie Lyon, Children's Christian Education
Carrie joined the HMPC team in June 2017. She is originally from western New York and grew up on Chautauqua Lake, near beautiful Chautauqua Institution. Although she loved the hiking and swimming there, the snow drove her South. She moved to Tarboro to teach, after falling in love with charming Main Street, and 19 years later, she's still here! She's currently at Martin Millennium Academy (MMA) as the media co-ordinator, which is just a fancy way of saying, “librarian”! She also works with students to create and perform musicals for our school community. She is a proud mother of three amazing girls; Lydia, Annalise and Emmeline (Emmie), whom she has fondly dubbed the “von Trapps”, because they are always singing!
Carrie is excited and delighted to be able to work with children, to help nurture their love and understanding of God, and to see, firsthand, the amazing role that Jesus will play in their lives!
Bill Hilderbrandt, Choir Director and Organist
Bill is the Director of Music/ Organist atHoward Memorial Presbyterian Church- Tarboro, NC where he oversees the Adult Chancel Choir, the Youth Ensemble, handbells, and is the organist at the Church. Bill also plays for all weddings and funerals at the church and has been an accompanist and guest conductor with the Edgecombe County Community Chorus.
Bill is a native of Miami, Florida, but loves calling North Carolina home. He holds a BA degree in Music Edand an organ performance degree from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida. Bill has served many churches in North Carolina, since 1974, and arrived at HMPC in 2007.
Angie Gregg, Office Administrator
Angie Gregg began working at HMPC in November 2016. She is the Office Administrator and Finance Director at the church, and she comes with a wealth of experience, most notably running the Albemarle Animal Hospital with Sammy, her husband for 31 years. Angie works Monday-Thursday, 9:00 - 5:00, and Friday, 9:00 - 1:00.
Ray and Brenda Dickens, Sextons
Ray and Brenda handle all the set up and clean up and makes sure our church looks wonderful. They've been with us since July 2017 and their work speaks for itself!
Maddie Beadell, Youth Director
Madalynn Beadell, "Maddie," began working with Howard Memorial in August 2017 as the part-time youth director. She is currently attending East Carolina University and studying Recreational Therapy. Her family lives in Seven Lakes, North Carolina and her home church is Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst, North Carolina. She was born in Watertown, New York and moved to North Carolina when she was five because her dad was stationed at Fort Bragg.
She loves being outside, hiking, biking, swimming, camping, kayaking, you name it. Her biggest dream is to thru-hike the Appalachian trail, from Georgia to Maine, and she hopes to complete the trail in 2020 after graduation. She's excited to bring new experiences and lots of love to the youth here at Howard Memorial. She believes God has placed her at this beautiful church to do his work and she's am excited to start!
Anna Vaughn Creech, Communications Coordinator
Anna Vaughn is originally from Tarboro and grew up going to Howard Memorial. She recalls wonderful times participating in the children's choir, going on youth mission trips, and also working as the youth coordinator here the year after she graduated from college. Even though she now lives in Raleigh, this church and Tarboro will always feel like home to her.
With her background in graphic design, she is involved with the branding, website, social media and various communication needs of our church. She also works as a a full-time artist — and she'll be getting married at HMPC in May 2018!