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Morningstar UMC Staff


Morningstar UMC

P.O. Box 419
11072 Highway 11
Chelsea, Al 35042
Phone: (205) 678.2572

Reverend Mark Puckett
Pastor Mark came to Morningstar in June of 2012. 

Melissa Welborn
Melissa joins the church staff from a diverse background in church ministry. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, she comes to us via West Virginia and North Alabama church families.  She has been in youth ministry to some degree for the past 16 years.  She has a deep love for youth of all ages and a heartfelt passion for the mission field. She has participated in numerous international as well as local missions.
She has a 7 year old son, Bryson, 2 dogs, 3 cats, a guinea pig, and fish. Bryson, who has spent most of his life in a youth room, considers himself a youth as well.  He is very active and full of music. He loves to hang out with Mommy “helping” or just entertaining her with all of his singing and dancing.
Melissa loves the outdoors, and finds she is closest to Christ when there.  She enjoys time in the mountains or at the beach. Melissa loves Christ first and foremost, loves to be a mommy, is a huge Alabama football fan, loves to cook and play, and loves to be surrounded by friends.
Michael Myrick
Michael joined the staff here at Morningstar in May of 2006. He began choir directing professionally in the United Methodist Church in June of 1984 and has since served several congregations within the North Alabama conference. In recent years, he has focused particular attention on music literature for the volunteer choir and the development of choral groups within the church.
Michael has been in public education as a music teacher since 1988 and is currently the music teacher for the Fultondale community grades K-12. He works closely with his wife, Kathryn, who is the theatre director for Shelby County High School. It is Michael’s greatest desire to serve those around him by helping them develop their musical gifts for ministry to others.
Michael also finds enjoyment and interest in the areas of choral music writing and arranging, the relationships between theological concepts, Christian development and aesthetics, hymn stories, teaching musicianship using technology, and antique car restoration.

Trevor Newberry
The Harvest Worship Leader
Trevor has been a part of Morningstar's staff since 2008.  Trevor is a gifted musician and leader.  Trevor's passions include all things coffee & playing music. 

Erica Scott
Erica has served both as a teacher, and now as the Director, of Morningstar's Mother's Day Out Program.  Erica graduated from Stillman College with a B.A. in Business Administration, but has spent the last several years as daycare professional.  She brings a deep and abiding love for children and parents to this beloved program of Morningstar United Methodist Church.  Erica, her husband, and their two girls live in Chelsea.

Tom Grigsby
Tom has been the pianist at Morningstar since November of 2005. He graduated in 1989 from Jacksonville State University, where he studied piano and trumpet. He has been the band director at Shelby County High School in Columbiana for ten years. He and his wife, Brooke, have two children, Tommy, Jr. and Addison.
One of his biggest hobbies is following NASCAR. He also is an avid golfer and reader. He loves to spend time riding his Harley with friends.
His greatest hope is that his piano playing will bless other people, and that he doesn’t get in anyone's way of worshiping.

Liz Weygand
Liz has been at Morningstar since 2007 as a member, but took on the role of the church's Mother's Day Out Director for two years.  During that time, she came to enjoy the financial and bookkeeping portions of that job and when she transitioned out of the directorship, she put in her resume for the church's bookkeeper position.  Liz keeps the books for both the Mother's Day Out Program and the church.