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 firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook or Twitter (@revbkane13) or subscribe to his blog, "Rearing Kane".
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.
Katie Schultz, Children's Ministry and Music
Katie has worked at Howard Memorial since 2008. Her main responsibilities are leading the children's choirs and planning the children's Sunday school lessons. She works full time as a K-5 music teacher at Stocks Elementary School here in Tarboro. Katie grew up in Johnson City, New York and attended Onondaga Community College in Syracuse NY before transferring to Jacksonville State University of Alabama where she received a bachelors degree in music and education and met her husband, Adam Schultz, at JSU. He, too, works in music education. In 2006 they were married and moved to North Carolina and have lived in Tarboro since 2008. They have 2 boys, Conner and Cooper and 2 dogs, Madison and Isabelle.
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.
Arthur Walker, Sexton
Arthur handles all the set up and clean up and makes sure our church looks wonderful. After meeting Ben through a mutual friend Arthur began work in early 2015. Always smiling and eager to aid the staff and membership, Arthur is an incredible asset to our ministry.