2016-2017 Blackburn House Cohort

mary lyons

Mary Lyons

Hobbies: art and reading

Favorite Book: The Parable of the Sower

Favorite Food: Ice cream

Favorite Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes

Favorite Cartoon Figure: Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls

Favorite Board Game: Jenga

Skills: visual art, communications, community-building, hospitality, caring for children and elderly, community organizing and activism

My Personal Goals: 1) Grow in how to better sustain myself through self and communal care. 2) I want to better understand and articulate my theological beliefs. 3) Figure out how to reach folks through their faith to empower, educate, and encourage them without allowing faith to become a tool of manipulation.



Jeremiah Stanton-Rich

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, working with youth

Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings series

Favorite Food: Italian

Favorite Movie: Interstellar

Favorite Superhero: Batman

Favorite Board Game: none

Skills: outdoor recreation, working with youth, leading group activities

My Personal Goals: 1) Grow closer to God through being challenged in my faith. 2) Gain a fuller and more intimate understanding of community. 3) Gain more confidence in my vocation and leadership by living and serving outside of my comfort zone.



Christian Forrester

Main Hobbies: Acting, reading, singing, Archery, and movies

Favorite Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Favorite Foods: Chicken Chow-mein or Pizza

Favorite Movie: Princess Bride

Favorite Superhero or Cartoon Figure: The Doctor

Favorite Board Game: Scrabble

Skills: communication and counseling, food preparation, animal care, child care, basic construction, customer service, latte preparation, basic management and conflict resolution

My Personal Goals: 1) To gain a better understanding of God’s call on my life. 2) To learn firsthand how to channel my gifts towards service to a larger group or community.


Partner with Jeremiah, Mary and Christian this year:

To carry out their leadership, formation and ministry with Blackburn House, Jeremiah, Mary and Christian need to each raise $10,000 over the next 11 months. In order to meet their goal they each need 20 people to contribute at one of the following levels:

4 people at $100/month

5 people at $50/month

11 people at $25/month

____???____  Or you can give a special gift in an amount that feels right to you.

Would you partner with them financially this year?


There are two methods to make your contribution:

  • Through Paypal, a safe and secure online system, by clicking the DONATE button below –


Note: Please put the resident’s name to which you’re donating in the memo/comments section on the checkout screen. 

  • By check, mailed to:

PO Box 42, Todd, NC 28684

Note: Make checks payable to our fiscal sponsor, Blackburn’s Chapel UMC, with the name of the resident to which you’re donating in the memo line.


Thanks for your prayers and support!

Find out more about the Blackburn House program here.