Meet Our Staff


chris seager youth pastor

Chris Seager

Youth Minister

Chris grew up nearby in Leicester. He graduated from Erwin High School before he went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Construction Management from Western Carolina University.  In 2018 he left the mountains to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where God continued to stir his heart for ministry.  In 2020 he and his family returned to the mountains, where he continues to work towards his Master of Divinity online through Southeastern Seminary.

In December of 2020, Chris accepted the call to be the youth minister at Starnes Cove Baptist Church.  He has a heart to see youth become fully devoted followers of Christ: equipped for gospel ministry here in the mountains, and to the nations.

He enjoys reading, home projects, traveling, sports, and anything outdoors. He and his wife Haley were married in 2014.  They have a daughter named Blakely and a son named Brooks.


Billy Woody

Music Director

A life-long resident of Asheville, Billy has been a member of Starnes Cove Baptist for over 50 years. He has served as the music director of the church 45 years. 

Billy graduated from nearby Enka High School in June 1966, and he attended Montreat-Anderson College for two years with a major in music. After many years, he retired from Civil Service in 2007.

Billy and his wife, Evelyn, were married in 1981 and reside nearby in Candler. In his spare time, Billy enjoys lawn care, bowling, and gardening.

Monica Merrell

Administrative & Financial Secretary

Monica grew up in the Starnes Cove community on the west side of Asheville. She and her husband, Brent, joined Starnes Cove Baptist Church in 2000. She began serving in the children’s ministry during the same year and she continues to oversee the children’s ministry. She started her job as the financial and administrative secretary in 2005. She loves her job, but she loves her church family even more.  

Monica enjoys serving in children’s ministry, spending time with her family, and being outdoors. She and Brent have two daughters and they live in Haywood County.


Marlan Harris

Publications Secretary


Kathy Glass


Kathy grew up in nearby Waynesville.  Her mother was a church organist and her father sang in the choir, so she has attended choir practices for as long as she can remember.

Kathy moved to Asheville in 1980.  She and her husband, Gary, joined SCBC in early 1982, and she became the church pianist later that year.  She serves as Praise Team leader for contemporary worship music.  She is thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord with her musical gifts, and she is appreciative of the support of her husband, which allows her to serve in this capacity.

In 2014, Kathy retired from City/County Government in Buncombe County where she had spent over 34 years working in IT.  She and Gary have two grown children who are both married and are serving the Lord where they are (Asheville and Austin, Texas). They have two young grandchildren.

Kathy enjoys being with family, sewing, and playing guitar. She is grateful for good health and the blessings that allow her to grow in her walk with her Lord Jesus Christ.

Carol Radford


Carol and her family joined SCBC in 1977 after her husband, Jack's, retirement from the USAF. She became the church organist the same year. Wherever his AF assignments took them, she was blessed to serve as an organist, including churches in Florida, Arkansas, Hawaii, and Virginia. She loves to be with God's people on Sundays and to praise him through music.

Carol has had the privilege of teaching in many of the places where they have lived. She loves God's word and leading adult Bible studies, particularly her long-time Sunday School class that she still leads. She served as the church's first full-time administrative secretary from 1991-2001, along with other roles in the church.

She has two children, a son and a daughter, and five grandchildren. Her husband died in 2014, after nearly fifty-nine years of marriage.

Jeanette Woody


Jeanette was born and raised here in Asheville. She first came to Starnes Cove Baptist Church in 1991 and she and her family formally joined the church as members in 2004. Although she works full-time as a secretary for the Biltmore Estate, she has been working as the church custodian since 2006. Her husband, Junior, is currently chairman of the security team at the church. They have been married since 1992, and they have two children. Jeanette enjoys gardening, especially working in her flower beds, as well as doing crafts.

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