Rev. Lori Carden  |  Senior Pastor  |  Email Lori


Lori Carden is a native of Sylacauga, AL, and has served in churches in Sylacauga, Harpersville, Columbiana, and Childersburg. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Memphis Theological Seminary. Lori has also served as a staff member of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church. There she served as the Natural Church Development Coordinator as well as the Director of Connectional Ministries.  These positions allowed her to assist churches in matters of church health and growth. Lori possesses a strong faith and is often heard saying, “Whatever it is, it isn’t bigger than God!” Her ministry passion is to help others connect to this awesome God in real and relevant ways. She is married to Tom Carden and has two grown children, Alex and Emily.


Ben Williams  |  Worship Arts Leader  |  Email Ben


Ben Williams is a native of Sylacauga, AL, a graduate of the University of Alabama, a graphic designer by trade, a husband, a father, a life-long United Methodist, and a believer in Christ! Ben leads in the worship arts (music, visual arts, etc.) by encouraging others to worship! On staff since Cahaba Bend's beginning, Ben guided the worship team from the simplicity of praise choruses accompanied by acoustic guitar in the pastor's living room, to current Sunday mornings with a full band and a variety of opportunities for engaging in worship. In all worship settings, his and the worship team's goal is to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which people encounter Christ.


Zack Nichols  |  Director of Student Ministries  |  Email Zack


Zack Nichols was born in Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Samford University across the street. Needless to say, he loves his hometown. He is a graphic designer and has been involved in student ministry in one way or another for several years. As a staff member with Cahaba Bend, Zack is doing what he loves in serving with the Student Ministries as well as the worship team. He strongly believes in building a ministry with students helping other students instead of developing another "youth group." He works to use a discipleship model in hopes that Cahaba Bend Student Ministry can truly affect the community of Helena and point people directly to the cross.


Ashley Laird  |  Children's Ministry Director  |  Email Ashley


Ashley led the Children's Ministry through tremendous change when The Church at Cahaba Bend was meeting at Helena Intermediate School and in the first year in our current facility.  She stepped away from the position to be mom to Brant, and later Wyn.  Both Lairds, Matthew and Ashley, have deep roots in the history of Cahaba Bend, and have provided vital leadership over the years.  

Maggie Bell  |  Director, The Day School at Cahaba Bend  |  Email Maggie


Maggie was born and raised in Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University.  Maggie, husband Kevin, and three sons- Matthew, Jake and Tucker have been in Helena for 7 plus years.  She began her education career teaching chemistry to high schoolers, but with the birth of her three sons she realized her passion was in teaching preschoolers.  She began as a childrens ministry volunteer; then with the combined vision of other church members, she helped develop and open the Day School at her church home. In the role as Director, she is also able to teach chapel and music to the preschoolers and enjoys sharing her faith with them and encouraging them to grow their faith as well.  Maggie is extremely grateful to be able to serve her church and community in this way.