Barrett Freeman

Senior Pastor

Barrett began vocational ministry in 1997 and has been a pastor on multiple church staffs since that time.  He joined the Mt. Carmel church staff in July of 2011 as the Minister to Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families and became Pastor on January 11, 2015. His wife, Kerry, is a local teacher, and they have two daughters, Chloe and Lola, as well as a son, Reef.  Barrett completed his  M.Div. degree at Campbell Divinity School, and he also holds an MAT from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Prior to his post graduate degrees he completed a BA in Religious Studies from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.  He loves: running with his wife, playing with his kids, lounging on the beach, swinging a golf club, and cheering for the Tar Heels.

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Will Haas

Minister of Students & Praise Band Leader

Will is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a BA in Biblical Studies.  After getting “caught in the Webb” so to speak, he is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at the Gardner-Webb School of Divinity.  His wife, Rebecca, is working on her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at GWU as well (for which Will proves to be a great case study…).  He enjoys trips to Aldi with his wife, playing the ole sports ball, and singing in the shower.

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Kimberly Steiner

Communications assistant

Kimberly is originally from a small southern New Jersey town outside Philadelphia.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Art Conservation and has worked in museums and libraries in the past.  She and her cyber hacking husband moved to North Carolina in 2014 and live in Fearrington Village with their two sons, spoiled dog, and precious cat.  Kimberly enjoys history, art, learning languages, feeding stray cats, watching horror movies, organizing, and chocolate.

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Virginia Taylor

Children's Minister

Virginia has served several churches in Chapel Hill since moving here over 25 years ago, but being the Minister of Children at Mount Carmel at this time is the most fun she’s had in ministry. Virginia earned a Doctor of Ministry at Campbell University in 2017 and a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998. Her husband, Ralph, is an engineer for the State of North Carolina in Raleigh and they are happy to have their daughter and son-in-law only ten minutes down the road. When she’s not at church, Virginia is probably walking around her neighborhood with friends and unicorns, stretching out on a Pilates mat, meeting a friend for coffee, reading a book in her hammock, or watching a Hallmark movie.

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Karen Chapman

Administrative Assistant

Karen has been working for Mount Carmel since 2005.  Growing up in Chapel Hill she has fond memories of attending Mount Carmel as a child with her parents and sister.  Karen lives in Efland with her husband, Mike, and two cats, Clyde and Hannah. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, two granddaughters, and grandson.


Dawn Berry

Kitchen Coordinator

Dawn coordinates the church's weekly Wednesday Night Suppers.  She has been involved in Mount Carmel's Shepherd's Table program and semi-annual BBQs for years, and is the perfect person to run the kitchen!

Community Partnerships

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Anna Williams

Preschool Director

Anna is the director of MCCP, a non-profit preschool, hosted at Mount Carmel.

Anna grew up in Wilson, NC.  She attended Meredith College in Raleigh.  Anna worked at St. Mark's UMC Preschool in Raleigh as a 2s teacher and the assistant director before moving to Chapel Hill in 2018.  She has served in many roles within her church leading both adult and children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.   She loves the opportunity that preschool gives her to share her love of education and God's love with the preschool families.  Anna also served as the PTA President of her children’s elementary school for two years.

Outside of preschool, Anna enjoys spending time on the Pamlico River in Washington, NC.  She is married to Ben, and they have two children, Stuart and Maggie.

Damien Fields

AHOP Director

Damien is the director of AHOP, a non-profit virtual Christian school, hosted at Mount Carmel.

Rev. Fields is currently the Pastor of Apostolic House of Prayer, Inc. and also the Superintendent of AHOP Christian Leadership Academy, Inc.  Rev. Fields, has an extensive background in Higher Education, as he spent 4 years as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Augustine University located in Raleigh, NC.