Our Ministry Team
Rev. Rob Licht
Rob is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Sneads Ferry, NC. Prior to his arrival in Sneads Ferry, Rob served as pastor of Hebron United Methodist Church in Mebane, NC. Rob has also served as Pastor of the Scotland Neck-Rich Square Charge in Scotland Neck, NC; Pastor of Littleton UMC in Littleton, NC, as Associate Pastor with responsibility for Youth and Young Adults at Mount Sylvan UMC in Durham, NC and as pastor of the Corinth-Ebenezer Charge in rural Johnston County. He is originally from Hagerstown, MD where his twin brother, his brother’s family and his mother still reside. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in History and Religion, from Randolph-Macon College located in Ashland, VA, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. While at Randolph-Macon, Rob completed an Honors Thesis on the role of the Virgin Mary in Protestant and Catholic theology. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Divinity School of Duke University in 2003. His areas of academic interest are focused on spiritual formation and how the spiritual life relates to the church's liturgy and worship practices. Rob's outside interests include music, reading, gardening and history. He shares his home with Joy, a friendly black lab/hound mix who has a genuine fondness for both people and trash receptacles.
Rachel was born and raised in Sneads Ferry, graduating from Dixon High School in 1971. Rachel went to Coastal Carolina Community College, graduating in 1973, as a medical secretary. After graduation, she worked as a medical transcriptionist, first, for an orthopaedic practice in Jacksonville and then for a radiology practice in Wilmington. She married her husband, Ken, in 1981 and moved to Kinston where she was employed part-time at another radiology practice. Her son, Curtis, was born in 1987. After he graduated from high school and started attending East Carolina University, she and Ken decided to move to Sneads Ferry full-time in June 2008. She commuted to Kinston until the fall of 2010 when her position was phased out. By God's grace and Miss Ida's retirement, she was able to start working as secretary of the church in April 2011. Rachel is a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church. She is a member of the UMW and has volunteered her time with the Church's Food Bank, Operation TopCat (a cat rescue organization) and the Sea Turtle Project on North Tosail Beach. She is also a member of the Onslow County Public Library Board and works for the Board of Elections during election time. Rachel enjoys reading, gardening, refinishing furniture and spending time with her family and friends. She loves Sneads Ferry and loves her job as Secretary of the Church