Meet Our Staff

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Rev. Lory Catlett

Lory Catlett is the Pastor at Blackman UMC.  She completed her bachelor’s degree at Auburn University, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Before she arrived at Blackman UMC, she had served in ministry for over 20 years in Alabama and Tennessee.  She is Married to Jamie, and they have one daughter Makaylee.  Lory enjoys life on the farm, baking, and spending time with her dog Lucy!


Mike Rose
Music Director

Mike Rose is the music director at Blackman UMC.  He studied Music Ed at Illinois State University, and his major instrument was the trumpet.  He has been a member of BUMC since 2001 and has two grown children, Mikki and Will, who attend BUMC occasionally.  He also works at St. Mark’s UMC as I.T. Coordinator.  Additionally, he serves as a sound and media technician for Blackman UMC.

Deanna Kendall

Youth Director

Deanna Kendall is the Director of Youth Ministry. She and her husband, Brian, have been members at BUMC since 2000. Their daughter Brianne grew up in the Blackman church family. Deanna earned a B.A. in German Literature and Language and Russian Studies at Albion College, an M.A. in German Literature at Vanderbilt University. She went on to teach all levels of German, Western Civilization II, AP European History, Current Global Issues, and AP US Government for 20 years at St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, TN.

Tiffany Striepling

Tiffany and her family have been members of Blackman United Methodist since 2012. She received her BSW from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. Tiffany has stayed home with her 3 children for many years and is happy to have this opportunity to work and serve the church. Tiffany lives in the Blackman community with her husband Brian, their 3 children, and two rescue dogs.

Jan MacKrell


Joann Bryson
Nursery Worker


Kellessa Caruthers
Nursery Worker