Our Leadership

Robert M. Watkins - Pastor

Robert M. Watkins


Robert M. Watkins comes (home) to Mallard Creek Presbyterian from California where he was the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Sacramento. He has served in this position since January 2016. Before that, Rob served as a Pastor and Associate Pastor for 25 years. His ministry began as Pastor in Ludlow, Kentucky at First Presbyterian Church, then as an Associate Pastor in North Carolina, serving First Presbyterian-Gastonia and then here at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, and then as Pastor in Augusta, Georgia at the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Rob was born in Virginia, but grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. Rob attended Davidson College and Union Seminary in Richmond, VA. Rob is married to the Rev. Alison Messick-Watkins, They have two children—Perry and Chelsea They also have one dog, Hazel.

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Andrea Thomas

Director of Children & Youth Ministries

Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and Ministry from Boston College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Garner Webb. She has completed a Chaplaincy residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and has been an Associate Chaplain at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, where she specialized in mental health advocacy with kids and teens. She is married to Carson and they have a dog named Nellie. She is also a registered Yoga instructor. She loves science fiction, women’s spirituality, and brussels sprouts. She is passionate about helping youth and children come to know the love of Christ through love of neighbor in the community of the church and through acts of service outside the church walls.

Shawn Watkins

Shawn Watkins

Administrative Assistant

Shawn joined Mallard Creek Presbyterian in December of 2015 and cares for the many details that are involved in assisting the church body. After spending 17 years with Love, Inc. a Christian nonprofit, her compassion and love for people is something that she is excited to continue utilizing with the MCPC family. Shawn and her husband, Lynn, have four children, 2 sons in laws and 2 grandsons. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, biking and traveling to see family.

David Barnaba, Director of Music Ministries

David Barnaba

Director of Music Ministries

David is our Director of Music Ministries at Mallard Creek. David is no stranger to working in music, and has grown up in a musical family. His Grandfather played in many bands, and his mother is a private piano instructor in South Carolina. David is a graduate of the Crane School of music in Potsdam, NY and has a degree in music education. He is a full-time elementary music teacher at Pitts School Road Elementary, is married to his wife Tara, and has 2 daughters, Clara and Scarlett.

Cathy Marlor

Cathy Marlor

Financial Secretary

Cathy has worked for churches and nonprofits for the past 30 years. She and her husband, Mike have 3 sons, 2 beautiful daughter in-laws, 3 adorable grandchildren and one dog. In their free time, Cathy and Mike enjoy camping in the NC mountains.

Kristy Maddox, Preschool Assistant Director

Kristy Maddux

Preschool Director

Kristy Maddux has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from WVU. After moving to Charlotte, Kristy became an assistant teacher at MCPC Preschool and loved it so much that she is starting her 24th year on the MCPCP team. Kristy and her husband, Mike, have three adult children, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 granddaughter, 2 miniature dachshunds, and 4 grand dogs. She is also a member of Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, where she is a deacon, enjoys helping out, and caring for those in need. In her spare time, Kristy loves to cook, read, attend yard sales, watch college basketball and football, take care of her grand baby, and spend time with her family.