Our staff

Howard Cole

Senior pastor

After 20+ years as an Emergency room nurse in the military and civilian spheres, Howard was called by Metro North as the Senior Pastor in March of 2014.He received his BSN from Biola University in SoCal, met and married Alleyn in 1993 and went on to serve as an officer in the Air Force. In May of 2010, he received his MDIV from RTS in Charlotte, NC. He enjoys helping people connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life, movies, good books, and diet Coke.  Howard and Alleyn have 5 children; Taryn, Stephen, Paige, Chris and Sam and 2 playful Westies, Rocky and Eleven.

John Schley

associate pastor
Of Ministries

John was called to Metro North as the Director of Student Ministries in 1996. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a BA in Industrial Engineering. He married Jacqui in 1984 and finished a MA in Educational Ministries in 1988 while at Wheaton Graduate School.  He was ordained in 2005 after finishing his MDiv at Columbia Seminary.  John and Jacqui have ministered to youth for 35+ years. They have 4 children and two daughters-in-law and one awesome grandson (Ransom); T.J. (married to Elizabeth), Jeremy (married to Courtney), Liz, and Stephanie.

Barbara walsh

Executive Director of Metro North Church and School

Barbara received her Bachelors in Education from the College of Charleston in 1993. Since then Barbara has taught, served as the director of a small private school and child care center and spent time as a stay-at-home mom. After eight years on staff at Metro North School, Barbara was hired as the director in the Fall of 2013. In Spring of 2017, she added Director of Metro North Church to her title. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, and they have two children, Matthew and Nicholas.

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Arline joined Metro North Church as their Office Administrator in April of 2011. Prior to this, Arline was a stay-at-home mom for 6 years and an Executive Secretary for Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Charleston for 9 years. Arline earned her BS in Management from Kaplan University in 2006. Arline and her husband, Gary, have been married since 2005. They have 2 children and a son-in-law: Julianna (who is married to Gustavo) and Noah.


Financial administrator

Tonya began as the Financial Adm. at Metro North in Nov of 2014. She has lived in SC for most of her life, and has been attending MNC since 1997. Tonya has been a self-employed accountant for 21 years. She is also a licensed Gen. Contractor and works as a project manager for Ironwood Construction. Tonya is married to David, together they have 4 children, Rebekah, Ashton, Betsy,(married to Michael)  and Michael (married to Kristi) and three grandsons, Micah, Grey, and Holden.



Patrick graduated from Liberty University in 2015 where he studied Music and Worship. ln college, he met his wife Megan and they were married in July of 2015. On Valentine's day of 2017, the Marshalls welcomed Brooks Jordan into their growing family! Patrick has a passion for connecting worship music with the truth of scripture and leading people in this way to better understand the Creator through song. He also loves outdoor adventures, music, and food. 

Debra Braun

Children's Ministries

Debra started leading Metro KIDS ministry in January of 2014. She received her nursing degree from Trident Technical College in 1988. She is married to David Braun. They have three children and one son-in-law; Hannah(who is married to Kyle), Franklin and John Henry. She has always had a heart for children's ministry and has served in previous other churches as a preschool Sunday school teacher and as a Nursery Coordinator. In addition to leading our children's ministries, Debra also works for Metro North School, a ministry of Metro North Church.

Tyler McSwain

Assistant SLAM Director

Tyler joined the staff at Metro North in April 2016 as the Assistant SLAM Director. A native to Charleston, Tyler earned his BA in Religion and Youth Ministry from Charletson Southern University in 2009. He is currently pursuing an MA degree in Christian Studies from CSU.  He recently married his wife Tracey in December 2016. Tyler enjoys learning theology, sci-fi movies that involve most super heroes and Star Wars, being “tech savy” with the latest gadgets and computers, yard work/home improvement, and spending time outdoors . 



Kenny Barnes
David Braun
Cameron Bunn
David Cantrill
Phillip Crawford
David Logan
Chuck Rhoads
Jim Walsh
Jim Ashworth(Deacon Emeritus)
Ron Pitsinger(Deacon Emeritus)


Ruling Elders:
Nate Arnold
Todd Billman
Ken Dorian (Clerk)
Bob Gillgrist
John Miller
Eddy Swanson
Frank Turner (Elder Emeritus)

Teaching Elders:
Howard Cole
John Schley