Pastor Monica

Monica Mowdy – Pastor

The lead pastor of Carthage UMC is Monica Mowdy. Monica has been a pastor for 14 years in various churches on the Cumberland Plateau. Monica is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is married to Joe and they have 7 children between them; two boys, Kota Jack, 18 and Dylan, 17 still live at home and attend Smith Co. High School.


Deanna Cowan – Administrative Assistant

Deanna Cowan has been the Administrative Assistant at CUMC since 2015. Deanna has an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting and is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She has two daughters, Kayla, who is a teacher & Emily, who attends Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. She lives in Elmwood with her husband, Michael and family dog, Lucy.


Mia Miller – Director of Youth Ministry

Mia Miller and her husband Scott have attended Carthage UMC for the past fifteen years.  They live in on Cordell Hull Lake in the Turkey Creek community. They have three sons, Jackson, Cole, and Tucker, a daughter, Hadley and son-in-law Dustin.  In addition to their children, Mia and her family have two dogs, Jack and Milo, as well as way too many porch cats! Through her high school years, she attended St. Cecilia Academy and The Blair School of Music in Nashville, TN where she was born and raised; then, went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.


Nicole Harriman – Director of Children’s Ministry

Nicole has been blessed to be a member of Carthage UMC for 7 years, she has served in the children`s ministry for 5 years, and has been the Director of Children`s Ministry since 2015. She received her Associate of Allied Health from VSCC in 2005 and works full time as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Nicole has two children, Marissa who is a freshman at SCHS and Abby Jane who is in 5th grade at Forks River, and two doggie children Weezy and Ellie Mae.

 Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry – Director of Music Ministries

I’ve been at CUMC for 11 years and love it. Music is my passion and I’m blessed to be able to serve in a place that loves Jesus and good music. We know that anything positive in our lives comes from God and it’s only because He loves us, not because we deserve it.

With this truth in mind, we strive to honor Him with everything we do… it’s our offering to Him. Aside from music, I love spending time with family and friends, good food, nature, sunsets, and movies (when I get a chance to go).

To paraphrase a quote from Brennen Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, “I am astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call me by name…” and “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.”


Music Team

Marcus Lavendar, David Bass, Jane deLong, Jodi Gammon

Facilities Manager – TBA

Nursery Coordinator – Tracy Banka

Tracy and her husband Dennis live in Carthage, along with their teenage son, Greyson, and their dog, Pheobe. The Bankas own the local country music radio station, 104.1 FM.

Media Coordinator – Mindi Brown

Mindi Brown and her husband Shane Brown live in Carthage with their four children. Blake and Chloe are young adults, and Kennedy Jane and Ace are in their preschool and toddler years, respectively.

The Browns also have a Mini Schnauzer named Finn, an indoor cat named Max, an outdoor cat named Tigger, as well as a pony named Spirit.

They love living in Carthage and raising their family in this community and having CUMC as a church family.