Meet Our Staff



Lance Cunningham

Senior Pastor
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Lance received a Th.D. and Masters degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been pastor at Mt. Carmel for over twenty five years.

Lance is from Wingo, KY, and he is married to Connie Cunningham.  Lance loves to travel whenever he can.  He is a lifelong hiker, and he leads a pastor’s hiking trip every year.  Lance also loves to follow weather patterns (to predict the weather), and he occasionally helps members with their travel plans.  Lance and Connie have four grown children and six grandchildren.


Connie Cunningham

Minister of Connections
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Connie has been an Outreach and Assimilation Minister for over twenty years,  and she has served on staff at Mt. Carmel for 15 years. She loves to connect people to each other, get them connected in ministry, and lead people to Christ.

Connie is from Nashville, TN and is married to Lance Cunningham. Connie and Lance love to travel, and they like to hike together, especially in the national parks. She also enjoys reading, gardening, interior design, and people. Connie and Lance have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Jeff Prince

Minister to Students
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Jeff came to Mt. Carmel in November 2010. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

Prior to becoming a student minister, Jeff worked five summers with Centrifuge camps. Jeff reads, watches movies, enjoys live music, and plays fantasy hockey. On a sweet note, Jeff’s new favorite donut shop is Duck Donuts!

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Jamie Holdren

Minister of Music
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Jamie received her B.M.E. from Georgetown College in Kentucky and an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

A native of Cincinnati, Jamie has been a member of Mt. Carmel since 1970 and began serving as Minister of Music in 2013.  She taught choral music at the Princeton City Schools for 29 years before coming on staff.   Jamie and her husband Bill, have two sons, Nick and James.  Music, gardening and reading top her list of favorite pastimes.

Mitch Casson

Minister to Children and Families
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A northern Kentucky native, Mitch joined the Mt. Carmel staff in June 2015. His wife Sarah is committed to serving alongside him, and together they have three wonderful children, Carter, Caraline, and Charlotte. Mitch graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in 2007 with a degree in church religion and followed up with a Master’s of Religion from Liberty University in 2013. In his free time, Mitch loves to hang out with his kids and play sports. He is also an avid Kentucky basketball fan.

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George Staggs

Senior Adult Minister

George is from Bracken County, Kentucky.  He is a retired Baptist minister, and a retired hospice chaplain.  George loves to sing, and he is in the adult choir.  He still preaches occasionally, and he sings whenever and wherever he can.  He is married to Bobbie, who teaches the 3rd and 4th grade Life Group at Mt. Carmel.  They travel whenever they can, but they have two grown children and six grandchildren, and they take up most of their spare time.  A little known fact about George is that he is a model train collector, and has built a huge display in his basement.

Debbie Phillips

Church Secretary
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Debbie Phillips serves as the church secretary, and she has been on the church staff for twenty one years.  She is a children’s Life Group teacher, and she has been  a member of Mt. Carmel for thirty-seven years.  Her husband, Jerry, is a greeter in the preschool/children’s area.  They have one son, Tyler, who recently graduated from Georgetown College.  Debbie enjoys reading and hiking in her spare time.

Cheri Weidner

Publishing Assistant
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Cheri and her husband were baptized and became members of Mt. Carmel in November 2002. They have been homeschooling their children for 16 years. Their eldest daughter recently graduated from IWU with a B.S. in Psychology. She will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at University of Cincinnati. Their youngest daughter is a senior in high school. She plays the flute in the church orchestra. Cheri is currently the Children’s Life Group director, and has been the Publishing Assistant since 2012.

Jenny McSwain

Financial Administrator
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Jenny became our Financial Administrator in May 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree of Associate of Applied Business in Accounting Technology. Jenny has been in the accounting field for the past 20 years. Jenny was baptized at Mt. Carmel, and she and her husband James became members of the church in 2005. Their extended family is also very active at Mt. Carmel. She loves watching her daughter play club soccer and her son play basketball and club soccer. She also enjoys reading and listening to music.

Susan Waits

DayCare Director
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Susan has worked twenty six years as a preschool teacher.  In 2006 she joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Daycare as a preschool teacher, and she later became the director.  Susan and her husband, Gary, have been members of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church since 2008.  Susan especially enjoys her time in the daycare building relationships with the children and the parents.

Susan grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and she moved to Cincinnati in 1977.  Susan has been married to Gary for forty one years.  They have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, quilting, antique shopping, and spending time with her family.