Church Staff

Chad Irons – Pastor

Chad has been serving as the pastor of the Royal Oaks United Methodist Church in Kannapolis, NC since July 2019. He was born and raised in the Methodist church and answered God’s calling at the age of 50.  Chad has been active in church leadership for nearly 25 years and was the Associate Pastor at Westford UMC in Concord, NC prior to his appointment at Royal Oaks UMC. Under his guidance Royal Oaks UMC is continuing the tradition of serving and demonstrating the love of Christ. Chad believes strongly in the essence of community and that, as we continue our Christian walk, our journey will be empty without sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others. Chad is married to his beautiful wife, Annemarie, and has 2 wonderful adult children. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, spoiling his dog, riding his motorcycle, and meeting new people.

Donald Allman – Choir Director

d_allmanDonald has been the choir director at Royal Oaks UMC for 17 plus years. He enjoys all kinds of music but especially Southern Gospel. Under Donald’s leadership the choir sings a variety of music from hymns to contemporary to gospel. Each year Donald leads the choir in a Christmas and Easter cantata.

Kathy Allman – Pianist

k_allmanKathy is a retired teacher who has shared piano duties for about 15 years. She loves music whether planning, singing, working with the bell choir, or simply listening to music. She fondly remembers being able to help in selecting the baby grand piano that adds so beautifully to our music ministry.

Joyce Lemmond – Pianist

j_lemmondJoyce is one of the pianist at Royal Oaks UMC and has been a member of the church since she was a young girl. She is married with one daughter, three step children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Joyce has enjoyed playing the piano for over 34 years.

Lindsey Griffin – Children & Youth Director

l_griffinLindsey is the director of the children’s and youth ministries. She has been a member of the church since she was a young girl and is proud to say that she was married here and now attends the Royal Oaks UMC with her husband and two sons. Lindsey enjoys coordinating and helping with the children’s and youth ministries because she is able to see their love for God grow. You could say that Lindsey loves Royal Oaks UMC and its members just like family.