Meet Our Staff


Bro. David Stockton
Senior Pastor

Bro. David Stockton is a native of Livingston, Tennessee.  He is a 2004 graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a 2009 graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky with a Master’s of Divinity degree. 

David is married to Sarah (a Murfreesboro native and 1999 graduate of Riverdale) and they have identical twin girls, Hannah and Sydney, who were born in August 2014. 

Since 2004 David has served churches throughout the Tennessee Conference, including 2 in the Cookeville District, one in the Clarksville District, and one in the Murfreesboro District prior to his arrival at Blackman UMC in June 2015

David enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time with his family, and traveling.


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 trumpet.  He has been a member of BUMC since 2001 and has two grown children, Mikki and Will, who attend BUMC from time to time.  He also works at St. Mark’s UMC as I.T. Coordinator.  Additionally, he serves as sound and media technician for Blackman UMC.

James Richards
Director of Student Ministry

James Richards serves as the Director of Student Ministry at Blackman UMC. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in missions and ministry. Prior to his arrival at Blackman UMC, James has experience in student ministry from serving church congregations in Texas to international outreach in Honduras and South Africa. James has joined us at Blackman UMC with his fiancée Kelsey. They will be getting married in February of 2021.

James enjoys sports, fishing, outdoor recreation, and photography.


Mary Rose Gansel
Administrative Assistant


Jan MacKrell


Joann Bryson
Nursery Worker


Kellessa Caruthers
Nursery Worker