Bryson City Presbyterian Church


Update on New Pastor Search

Update on our search for a new pastor... Transitional Pastor Search: May 31, 2020 - Beth Newman has lived in Asheville for 25 years. Beth is married and has 2 teenage daughters. Beth has introduced herself in a letter to us - now published on the front page of our June 2020 Newsletter. May 24, 2020 - Pastor Beth Newman has been chosen as our transitional pastor. May 13, 2020 - A transitional candidate will be interviewed by the session this week, and steps taken to secure the position. April 27, 2020 - The MIF form was reviewed and approved unanimously and our interview process can now begin. We have one potential candidate that will be presented to the Presbytery at the beginning of May. March 30, 2020 - We are developing some consistent questions that can be asked of potential pastoral candidates. Clerk of Session Mark Brannon will continue to report our progress.

Rev. Terry Hanna became our Pastor in January 2005. After more than 15 years of service to us, our beloved Pastor Terry is retiring on May 31, 2020.

Rev. Rachel Lackey
Rev. Rachel Lackey
Minister of Music & Administrative Assistant

Rev. Rachel Lackey is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University and a Masters of Religious Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rachel continued her education through Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and through becoming a Certified Instructor in the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition. Rachel has served on the staffs of a variety of churches and non-profits. She and her husband, Jim Strickland, moved to Bryson City in 2002 to develop a non-profit retreat center, The Sabbath House. They continue to serve as co-directors of this ministry to provide a place where people may experience Sabbath rest and renewal.

Renee Mercer
Josie Parker
Nursery Worker