Committed to our mission and ready to serve our congregation and community with joy and passion, here is a brief introduction to our professional ministry staff.
Rev. Travis Smith comes to us with over 20 years of Pastoral experience. Travis was born and raised in Chesnee, SC, in the upstate region. After graduating from Gardner-Webb University with a BA in Religious Studies, Travis completed his Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling from the Gardner-Webb School of Divinity. After his Master's degree, Travis completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Travis strongly values serving the community and has served in leadership roles in the nonprofit world. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of Blue Ridge Hope, which he founded and provides mental health services to the community regardless of their ability to pay. Travis and his wife Allyson have a total of 4 children and one fur child named Marli. Travis is always game for great live music and a good documentary. You can contact Pastor Travis at the email listed above.
Todd began his music ministry at the age of 11 when his home church needed an organist. He went on to direct music and youth ministries at several churches before coming to Acton UMC to serve as Director of Music in 1994. Todd enjoys working with musicians of varying ages and abilities to prepare music for worship. He appreciates choral anthems in a variety of styles and classic hymns in an inspiring worship space. He is grateful to be part of a congregation where a typical Sunday includes a vibrant worship service, a thoughtful theological discussion, and at least one colorful Appalachian story. Todd also works as a farmer and real estate developer.
Machelle has served as organist of Acton UMC since 1994. The daughter of a church musician, she was an enthusiastic participant in church music from an early age. Studying both piano and organ, she enjoys the range of musical expression that both instruments offer in worship services. Most of her favorite organ works are Baroque. She is especially fond of Bach. Sacred choral music awes and inspires her. Machelle holds a BA in English from Mars Hill College and an MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University. She puts these skills to use as a pediatric speech therapist at Mission Hospital.