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Rev. Karen Doucette

Karen Doucette serves as Community Pastor for Haw Creek Commons, including the Bethesda UMC congregation in Asheville North Carolina.  Her primary role is to offer love and care to her neighbors and to foster community gatherings at the church facility.  She is married to Mike Doucette for 27 years and has three children, Caitlin (25), Lorna (23) and Michael (17).  She was raised in Haw Creek and is thrilled to be present in the community that gave so much to her during her younger years. karen.doucette@hawcreekcommons.com

 
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Rev. Luke Lingle

Luke is a native of Asheboro, North Carolina, where he grew up in Central United Methodist Church. Luke is a pastor who enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, basketball, and a good craft beer. He attended Wingate University, located east of Charlotte, NC, where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in English Literature. Luke and Andrea, whom he met in high school, were married in the summer of 2004. Luke began Divinity School at Duke University, concentrating in Christian Education and Blue Devil basketball. Currently, Luke is working on an M.B.A. through Western Carolina University. Since 2005, Luke has worked full time within the United Methodist Church. Upon graduation from Duke in 2007, Luke received a three year grant from the James B. Duke Endowment to research and create Christian Education Curriculum based on the art of story telling. While working on curriculum, Luke also served as the Associate Pastor of Union Grove UMC in Hillsborough, NC responsible for assisting in worship and leading youth programs and mission trips. In 2010, Luke was appointed to Etowah UMC in Etowah, NC, as the Associate Pastor. Luke continued his passion for working with young people at Etowah where he partnered with several other local churches to begin an outreach ministry for young people called Super Massive Hendopalooza. In 2012 the Lingle’s moved to Asheville, NC, where Luke became an Associate Pastor at Central UMC. At Central, Luke and his family began a house church, he started a ministry called Theology Pub, and he helped lead the creation of a new recovery congregation called Daybreak Community, which now worships at Biltmore UMC in Asheville. In 2014, Luke was appointed to the staff of the Western North Carolina Conference as a Church Vitality Strategist. Through the Office of Church Vitality his primary districts were the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain where he was a consultant, coach, and facilitator for local churches and pastors. Luke joined the staff of Missional Wisdom Foundation in the fall of 2016 as the Director of Community Development. His work includes helping develop the Haw Creek Commons community in Asheville, leading a course with Launch & Lead, and coaching for folks doing Missional Ministry, small business owners, and leaders. Luke’s areas of theological study include the intersection of economic and community development and the role of leadership development in local churches. Luke and Andrea have five children Laine, Annabel, Oliver, a daughter Gwyneth who passed away, and Celian Blake. The Lingle’s love hiking in the mountains, wading the rivers of Pisgah National Forest, and playing in their backyard. luke.lingle@hawcreekcommons.com

 
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Katey Rudd

Katey is the Cultivator at Haw Creek Commons. Her primary role is to cultivate community, gardens, coworking and maker spaces where residents of the Haw Creek community can gather and grow. An avid gardener and constant learner, Katey finds her deepest spiritual practice with the natural world, the ecology of systems colliding and collaborating, through practicing the Permaculture ethics: Care of Earth, Care of People, Share of Excess.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from Texas Christian University. She is a credential Registered Dietitian and an avid nutrition advocate with a holistic approach. She is passionate about bringing families and communities together around health: growing and cooking (delicious) healthy food together, practicing physical movement, finding personal meaning and work, and evolving daily through spiritual practice. katey.rudd@hawcreekcommons.com

 
 
 
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Bryan Mitchell

Bryan is a cultivator of community at Haw Creek Commons and a prior of residential intentional communities in Asheville. His primary calling is practicing full presence with and listening well to others. Utilizing these gifts, along with the gift of administration, he facilitates the spaces, experiences, and conversations for people to explore and practice Christianity. He believes it is through community and spiritual practices that we find the Triune God who whispers the answers to our burning life questions. Bryan most recently graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. During his time there, he focused extensively on different residential intentional community models and how to implement a series of them in Asheville. His vocational history is as varied as they come – city planning, campus ministry, small business entrepreneurship, fundraising, church staffing, consulting. After a long, experimental, and revelatory journey, he can say that he has been led by the Spirit to where he is today. Bryan is a resident of the Haw Creek community along with his wife Meredith and their daughter Charlotte. He enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, reading, and experiencing all that life has to offer. bryan@hawcreekcommons.com
 

 
 
 
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Callie Earnest

Callie Earnest is the newest intern at Haw Creek Commons. She has a lot of interests in bringing people together. She enjoys meeting and talking to new people. She has different responsibilities at HCC, but most involve taking care of the retreat center and preparing for the opening of the Bethesda space. Connecting with people of all different cultures and beliefs is what community building means to her. Callie is originally from Texas. She is currently a student at the University of Texas at Tyler. She also just graduated with her associates degree from Trinity Valley Community College. She is very passionate about bringing people together and showing all types of people love. She loves animals, Korean food, the outdoors, and her family. cearnest@hawcreekcommons.com