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The Rev. Naomi Sease Carriker, Senior Pastor

Tim Browning, Musician-in-Residence

Our Musician-in-Residence, Tim Browning, has ten years of experience of leading worship through contemporary music at Kinsman Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, among numerous other experiences such as teacher and performer. Although you will see him at the organ or piano most often during worship, he also plays violin, viola, guitar, trumpet, harmonica, just to name a few, and teaches voice, as well. Tim is also employed with Fletcher Academy in various roles including choirs and ensembles. In part, his objective is "To glorify the Creator by equipping young people with the techniques of music making..."

Angela Hayes, Director of Choirs

Angela Hayes is the Director of Choirs at Nativity. Her experience with leading various church choirs for ten years comes from San Francisco at Saint Ignatius Cathedral. Angela mostly directs the choirs during worship, but also assists with providing music through piano. Angela has has lots of experience teaching and leading young persons in vocal arts and theater. Currently, she is also employed by a private school in Greenville, SC. She is full of energy with gifts abounding.

Michele Grush, Parish Administrator

Michele almost literally grew up in the church having a father as a pastor. She has fond memories of playing hide-and-seek in the building, ringing the church bell, and helping to fill the baptismal pool. By degree, she is an accountant earning her BS from Wake Forest University in 1989. After having raised three children, she has found her passion to be back in the heart of the church. Since 2004, her roles at Nativity have included Preschool Teacher, Youth Leader, Care Director and most recently, Parish Administrator since 2017. She has been married to Mark over 20 years and they are almost empty-nesters. Their oldest son (Aury), lives in Atlanta and works in Sports Information, their daughter (Charlotte) is a junior in at UNC-Chapel Hill, and their youngest son (Graham) is an active Youth at Nativity graduating and is a senior in high school. Michele thoroughly enjoys the day-to-day activities of the church including the interaction with Nativity parishioners and members of the community, as well as helping ministry staff carry out the mission of Nativity. For fun, Michele enjoys traveling, playing cards and Catan with her family and friends, watching documentaries and college basketball (Go Deacs and Heels!), and taking advantage of the incredible food and beverage scene in Asheville and its surrounding areas.

Mike Natarella, Ph.D., Nativity Preschool & Kindergarten Director

Mike feels both blessed and honored to serve as the Director of Nativity Preschool. His path to Nativity Preschool has been filled with wonderful life experiences, travel, and surrounding himself with some of the most inspiring students, parents, teachers, administrators, and professors who have all positively impacted his life. He earned his undergraduate degree in secondary social studies from The University of Missouri Columbia (Go Tigers!), and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). He spent eleven years as a middle and high school teacher in Missouri, Paraguay, and Alabama. Next, he spent five years as an elementary assistant principal in Alabama mentored by two amazing principals who inspired and challenged him to always engage the entire community in order to maximize the potential of each and every student. In 2011, he made one of the most difficult professional and personal decisions of his life: a hiatus from his career as a professional educator to become a stay at home father. His wife of 16 years, Emily, is a physician and they have three boys who were at the time very young in age. The decision to become a stay at home father was a sacrifice, as his professional career was both fulfilling and proceeding on a positive trajectory. However, as a dedicated stay at home father he worked every day to provide a stable, nurturing and challenging environment for Anthony , Alex , and Joseph . He loved this work in no small part because it was a natural extension of his passion for nurturing Christian values, positive character traits, life skills and intellectual growth in his own children. He commits his time, energy and expertise to Nativity Preschool to foster a culture of collaboration among parents, teachers, and students so that all students can love, learn, and live in Christ.

Jen Loizzo, Office Assistant

Carrie Dahlberg, Financial Secretary

Gene Hoemann, Bookkeeper

Ed Brumley, Sexton