Kari Baumann, Pastoral Intern
Kari Baumann is our Wake Forest University School of Divinity Pastoral Intern. Kari and her family have been at College Park since 2003. In that time, Kari has served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher and member of the Children's Ministry Team, an occasional proclaimer, the moderator of the Women of Valor book club, and she is proud to say that she won Judge's Choice at the last Mostly Male Bakeoff. She and her husband Mike and son Atticus live here in Greensboro. Both Mike and Kari work for Guilford County Schools, Mike as a 4th grade teacher and Kari as a school librarian. In whatever free time she has left, Kari loves to read, take walks at Hamilton Lakes park, and attend concerts (virtually for now, but in-person someday soon).
James Blay, Pastor of Missions and Community
Rev James Blay is a graduate of McAfee School of Divinity with a Master of Divinity Degree. He is a native of Liberia where he last served as Vice President of Administration at the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary. James is married to Allison Wray Blay and they live together with their beloved golden doodle Benny.
Elizabeth Guthmann, Music Coordinator/ Office & Media Manager
Elizabeth Guthmann has worked as the Office & Media Manager since March, 2021 and has recently taken on the Music Coordination role as well. She attended College Park for a few months before Covid started and is excited to get more involved. She has been involved in ministry almost her whole life and deeply believes in the ability that the Church has to shape our communities and demonstrate the love of God to people. Elizabeth has two little kids, Whittaker and Tucker, and a big family spread out all over the country. She loves to camp and hike and is a passionate builder, woodworker, seamstress, and musician. In her free time she works on camper renovations! If you want to connect with her about office or media needs, helping out with music at CP, or just want a hiking buddy, feel free to reach out to her.
Tammy Shaney – Building and Grounds Caretaker
Tammy Shaney is the Building and Grounds Chair here at College Park. She is married to Lauren Grubbs-Shaney and has two children, Ryan and Jacob. She loves that there are no preconceived roles at CP and that she has as equal of an opportunity to unstop a toilet as any man here. Tammy loves to cook, travel, and read, and her family loves to camp and be outdoors.
Lin Story-Bunce, Pastor of Families and Faith Development
Lin Story-Bunce has served as Pastor Families and Faith Development since 2009. Lin is a native of Lexington, NC, where her family still calls home. She earned a B.S. in Math Education from Campbell University (which she never uses) and a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. A lifelong athlete, Lin played soccer in college for the Fighting Camels. She is married to Caryanne Story-Bunce who is an educator in Greensboro. Together, Lin and Caryanne enjoy trying to keep up with their children, Loukas, Maryn and Rya, and two energetic pups, Wake and Parker. Lin is a teacher, preacher, dreamer and procrastinator who, if you ask our youth, has a knack for trying to do way too many things in far too little time.
Michael Usey, Pastor
Michael Usey has been the lead pastor at College Park since 1994. The child of a school teacher and a Navy aviator, he is a complex mixture of both parents. Raised in San Diego, he remains part of the Friar Faithful, a Padres fan, favoring their Taco Bell brown uniforms. He has degrees from Baylor, Southern seminary, Emory, and BTS in Richmond.
Most of the time, Michael loves being a pastor, and spends most days reading gonzo books and listening to all kinds of people, who are after all the living human documents. He has other hobbies too: refereeing soccer, keeping bees, breaking sporting clays, and sauntering in the woods. He’s extremely lucky to be married to Ann, his wife, a high school English teacher and a Michigander. They have three children: Nathan (a RPCV & MSW), Zachariah (also an MSW), and Hannah, still in college. They all love on their two dogs, Loki & Kody.
What Michael loves about this congregation would be a long list, but here are three. His pulpit is free; a preacher can say whatever the spirit lays on the preacher’s heart. Secondly, the congregation’s imagination is still captured by the bible as God’s love letter to humanity. And the spiritual texture of the congregation is a mixture of personal devotion to Jesus on the one hand, and a deep realization that loving God means loving people, on the other. This both/and mixture of personal spirituality with social action is not unique but is rare. One of Michael’s skills is to discover and lure immensely talented ministers to this church, and he has been blessed with a long parade of incredible ministry colleagues and friends. Michael’s coffee-office is A Special Blend; email him and he’ll be glad to meet you there.
Jana Dye, Interim Associate Pastor
Jana Dye is both a new and old face to College Park. She had the great privilege of serving as the pastoral intern and assistant minister to youth and families during her time at Wake Forest Divinity from 2017-2019 before they sent her off to do a pastoral residency in Boston. Now that the residency is completed, she is beyond thrilled to be back with her beloved College Park community while she serves in this interim role for the next several months.
When she’s not busy chasing youth around and giving her senior pastor a hard time, you can catch her doing some of the other things she loves most: running, hiking, eating good food in large quantities, and cheering on her beloved Kentucky wildcats. Being in the land of Tarheels and Blue Devils has taught her more about Christ-like patience and compassion than she ever knew possible.
While she’s lived in a few different places in her adult life, going “home” still means going to Louisville, Kentucky where much of her close family and friends live. Although she definitely has some familiarity with Greensboro already, this is her first time being an official Greensboro resident and she is very excited to hear all the locals’ recommendations on where to get the best food, beer, and coffee!