Mallory Monroe, Coordinator of Children’s Activities
Ever since the day my little brother was born when I was three-years-old, I have been working alongside children. Children motivate, inspire, and renew my hope in many ways, even on the hardest of days that fall upon this world in which we live. In 2012, I graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education where I left prepared to teach children in elementary grades to read, add, subtract, experiment, and so, so much more. However, years prior to graduating, I knew that I was called, somehow, someway, to ministry within the church.
Therefore, in the fall of 2012, I began a journey at the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University in the small town of Boiling Springs, NC. I will not belabor all that I learned here with mere words but I will say that my worldview and my faith changed for the better. During my time in divinity school, I worked as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church in Shelby, NC. After graduating in December of 2016 from divinity school, I took a different direction and began working as a teacher’s assistant at a local elementary school and also began working at Park Road Baptist Church as the Children’s Coordinator.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies with my soon-to-be husband Ben, taking walks around my neighborhood, practicing yoga, and baking cookies for friends.
All in all, the community at Park Road Baptist Church is one for which I am deeply grateful.
Dan McClintock, Minister of Mission and Family Life
My family has always been a top priority for me and a tremendous source of joy. My wife, Anne, and I have been married for 36 years. She will retire from teaching (2nd grade) this year after 17 years with CMS. We have 3 children: Sarah, Emily, and Daniel. All three are married and living in NC and they have provided us with 4 beautiful granddaughters with another baby on the way! I’ve always loved sports of all sorts including skiing, climbing, running, tennis, etc. Current activities include golf, cycling, and scuba diving when the opportunity arises.
As soon as I saw the position description it seemed like a perfect fit for me. Missions has always been a central focus of my life and ministry. My wife and I moved to France when our children were 4, 5 and 7 years old because the need for ministry to university students there was so compelling. In my 19 years at UNC Charlotte, our group has been involved in a variety of local community service projects as well as taking annual spring break mission trips to places like Boston, New York City, Gulfport, and Florida to do inner city ministry, hurricane relief, and children’s ministry. And…I went on a mission trip to Cuba last September!
I have always emphasized the need for students to be involved in a church. The inter-generational aspect of church life is indispensable and church should bring people together at different stages of their lives. It’s important for parents to raise their children in an atmosphere that encourages the development of faith, surrounded by a loving and supportive community.
R. Monty Bennett, Director of Music/Organist
Having been hailed as “one of the country’s top young concert artists” by the Baldwin Organ Company, R. Monty Bennett began musical studies at an early age in his native California. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was a student of Dr. James Welch, with whom he studied organ, carillon and harpsichord. Early keyboard studies were under the tutelage of William Bagileo, Herbert Nanney of Stanford University, and Dr. Roger Nyquist, of Santa Clara University. Always seeking to gain further knowledge of organ music and the instrument, he has participated in master classes with Gillian Weir, Laura Ellis, Bruce Neswick, Gerre Hancock, Joyce Jones, Robert Glasgow and Todd Wilson, and has studied pipe organ voicing with Francesco Ruffatti.
Monty has performed around the world as an organist, accompanist and conductor. In 2005, he made his European debut playing a recital for the 22nd International Festival of Organists in Turin, Italy, where he played the European première of a collection of African-American spirituals by Calvin Taylor. He has played for numerous chapters of the American Guild of Organists, as well as performing at major churches and universities across the county. He also performs on the carillon and played his first European carillon recital on the 70 bell instrument in installed at the Chapel of the Dukes of Savoy, Chambéry, France.
Formerly the Minister of Music at Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC and Associate Minister of Music/Organist at Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC, he presided at the Calvary Grand Moller Pipe Organ. He most recently served as the Principal Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, a musically diverse, historically African-American congregation of 7500 members, where he designed and dedicated the Five-Manual, 168 stop, Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ. Monty is the Music Director at Temple Israel, Charlotte, NC. He recently served as the Organist of First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, NC. He also serves as carillonneur for Christoph Paccard Bellfoundries of Charleston, SC. In light of his musical accomplishments, he is listed in Who’s Who in America and has been featured on the renowned Public Radio International’s broadcast Pipedreams.
An active member of The American Guild of Organists from the age of 13, Monty holds the Colleague certification of the AGO and has served on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chapter, where he coordinated the chapter’s nationally acclaimed Summer Recital Series.
Joey Haynes, Coordinator of Youth Activities
Greetings! I’m Joey Haynes and I am currently serving as the youth coordinator at Park Road.
Originally from West Virginia, I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2011 where I studied International Studies. Those who know me, describe me as a “wondering man” or “vagabond.” I love to travel! Through my years of bouncing around, I have met some of the most incredible people. These opportunities allow me to see the world as it really is: full of hope, dreams, and people struggling for a chance to be happy.
My adventures have taken me throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. I’ve used traveling as a means to extend my classroom and been rewarded with priceless bonds and knowledge.
I’ve been with Park Road since November 2013. From first meeting Russ and Amy, I had a sense that there was something different about Park Road Baptist. Once I had the opportunity to interview and join in worship, I felt the Spirit of God alive and at work!
My experience here guided me to Union Presbyterian Seminary where I am currently a student. The congregation has been a wonderful support. I feel like I am learning so much about my faith and digging deeper into God’s call.
I love planning activities for the youth, especially our retreats and summer trips. It is an amazing experience to be on this journey with our teenagers as they are also wrestling with the tough questions that Jesus posed to us. If I have learned anything during my time in this position, it is the importance of being present.
My hope is that all of our youth graduate from our program understanding that God calls us to form a community of love, compassion, and acceptance which they continue carrying with them throughout their lives.