Our Church Staff
Rev. Aryn Williams-Ruebel
Pastor Aryn is a native North Carolinian who grew up in the rural farming community of East Bend. She has been serving churches in Jackson and Haywood County since 2012. A life long Methodist, second career pastor she has a life-time of real world experience. She has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Health Education from East Carolina University. She has worked in group homes for kids, as a contact tracer for Syphilis and HIV and has worked with children with developmental disabilities. She received her call from God to ministry in 2010 and has her Mdiv from Emory University. She has a passion for connecting the church with the community and seeing how the Holy Spirit continues to work through us. Pastor Aryn joined Cashiers UMC in 2020 with her Husband Jay and their three daughters Gracie, Norah and Journi.
Bryan Heller joined CUMC as church pianist in 2006. He is a graduate from Western Carolina University, earning a B.M. in Commercial & Electronic Music, as well as an emphasis in piano accompaniment and performance. Bryan owes a lot of his musical education to Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, located in West Palm Beach Florida, where he grew up and attended high school. One of his biggest (and scariest) accomplishments is performing in Carnegie Hall as an accompanist for the Smoky Mountain High School Concert Choir. In addition to church pianist, Bryan is the owner of his own company “PianoMountain”, which includes piano instruction, accompanying, performance and nature photography and videography of Western North Carolina. In addition to music, Bryan’s hobbies include hiking, kayaking, exercising, architecture, eating sushi and anything related to science fiction.
A native of New Jersey, Meg was Confirmed in the Episcopal church, and enjoyed several delightful years of Canterbury Club sponsored by the local parish while attending Ohio Wesleyan University. She spent thirty-two inspiring years in church choir with many friends and amazing musicians. Meg appreciated volunteering as a member of Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, as well as serving on the vestry, as warden and as owner’s representative for a major interior renovation of the sanctuary and installation of a new pipe organ. Her business career includes administration, contract management, marketing, and technology related positions in several industries. She cherished her two years as an expat in Finland as a part of a global software team in the maritime construction industry. Meg delights in continuing to research both family history and her family’s collections and is enjoying her new home and community in Western North Carolina. .
Jan is a native of Sylva, NC and grew up in the Pumpkintown community. She was baptized into the Christian faith at 11 years old at Zion Hill Church. She moved away for a time and had a career in computers, electronics manufacturing and quality control and has a certification from the American Society for Quality as a Certified Mechanical Inspector. She has worked in Cashiers community churches since 2004 and has been with CUMC since 2014. She is currently a member of Lifeway Community Church. She enjoys working with others and greeting the public with a friendly hello and a smile. She is a prayer warrior and seeks to be an ambassador for Christ in all she does. Her goal is to always offer quality customer service in whatever field she is in. When not working, she enjoys gardening, particularly growing vegetables, and dahlias! She loves to spend time with her husband Steve. She has two daughters and 3 grandchildren whom she sees as often as she can.
Mother's Morning Out Teacher
Alissa is a native of Waynesville NC and is majoring in Art Education at WCU. Her creative spirit is a delight to be around and she is wonderful with our children.
Mother's Morning Out Teacher
Alyssa is a student at WCU majoring in Elementary Education she is great with our children and has been a wonderful addition to our team.
Mother's Morning Out Coordinator
Susan has been with our Mother’s Morning Out program for over 12 years and brings with her a vast amount of education, knowledge and experience in early childhood education. She and her husband, Frank, have two grown children and one granddaughter, Samantha.
We are currently seeking a Mother’s Morning Out Teacher’s Assistant. For more information, please click the button below.