Meet Our


Marybeth Asher-Lawson

Marybeth undertook her duties as Pastor at Springwood on November 13, 2017. Born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, (her mother is from Reidsville) she is a graduate of the University of Texas (B.S., Education). She received her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  Marybeth is both "beach baby" and "mountain mama".  She loves the sound and rhythm of the waves, but equally enjoys putzing in her garden in Burlington and breathing in the cool mountain air in western North Carolina. 
   Marybeth is a PCUSA pastor with over 25 years of pastoral ministry experience.  After first working as a primary school teacher in Texas and Kentucky, she began her ministry in Philadelphia as Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Jenkintown.  In 2000 she and her family moved to Hong Kong where she served international churches with the permission of Philadelphia Presbytery until 2016 when they returned to the USA.  

    In addition to preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, Marybeth loves working with children and drinking tea with friends.  She engages in "procrasti-baking" on Saturdays when the sermon won't gel.  She lives with her husband Scott Lawson, who for 30 years has led her in hilarious adventures around the world. Scott is an avid cyclist and he loves to play acoustic and electric guitars. Marybeth and Scott have one daughter, Grace, who is truly amazing.    


Teresa Balatico

Teresa is originally from Georgia, but after moving around in the US as well as abroad quite a bit with her husband’s military career, they are happy to be back in NC.  She has worked in state and county government offices, a children’s psychiatric hospital, and in churches throughout the last 20 years.  She brings strong administrative skills as well as a friendly and welcoming disposition to the church office on Wednesdays.  In her free time, she enjoys attending dance, musical and theatrical performances, thrifting/antiquing, traveling, and spending time enjoying nature with her husband.  She has a grown daughter who lives nearby, and a very cute grandkitty named Emily Dickinson.  

Admin Assistant
Music Ministry/ Communications Associate
Sarah Jones-Ely

 “Energetic”, “patient”, “joyful”, “great personality”, “God-loving”, “talented”, “fun”, “thoughtful”….  These are the words that our choir members used when asked to describe our church music leader, Sarah Jones-Ely.  (Those same words above also could be used to describe our choir members, so this is definitely a match made in heaven!)  Sarah is originally from Pittsboro, where she grew up on a farm with her parents and three siblings. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she majored in general music, with a concentration in voice and piano, and minored in photography. She has served as an accompanist at First Baptist Church Thomasville and as Praise Team Co-leader at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Pittsboro. In addition to her music ministry, Sarah does freelance photography and works at Starbucks as a barista trainer. Sarah lives with her musically talented husband, Zach Jones-Ely, and they are expecting a little Jones-Ely to come around Christmas this year!

Church Treasurer

Lisa Griggs

Lisa Griggs is an accomplished bookkeeper with years of experience in the Burlington area. Lisa is an excellent chef and yoga master, who enjoys spending time with her family and 2 awesome dogs.  Lisa is available to assist with all financial matters at Springwood.

Church Session

Class of 2024


Jim Bleiler 

Wanda Small  

Class of 2022

Mike Griggs

Linda Kennedy

Lisa Shelton

Class of 2023

Arthur Buckaloo

Russ McNeal

Rick Sutton