Our Pastor, Staff and Leaders


Rev. Angela Hollar


Angela is a life-long United Methodist who grew up in a United Methodist parsonage as the youngest of two daughters of the Rev. C. B. and Betty Jo Barr. Rev. Barr was an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference for 50 years before completely retiring and joining the Church Triumphant at age 91. Angela’s parents had a profound impact on her interests in service, dedication, integrity, and order in ministry. Her mother resides here in Raleigh at The Cardinal at North Hills.

As part of the United Methodist itineracy, her dad had an appointment in Newton for ten years where she did much of her formative growing up, graduated from high school, met her future husband, and began App State. In 1981, graduating from App and Forsyth Memorial Hospital with a BS in Medical Technology, she married Mark and began work in the lab at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She became the chemistry supervisor and the core lab supervisor and worked at Gaston for 23 years. Most importantly during this time they had their daughter, Leah Amanda.

In 2000, while serving as a First United Methodist Church (Gastonia) counselor on a senior high youth mission trip to Washington, DC, Angela began to discern her call to ordained ministry. In 2004-2007 she attended and earned the M.Div. degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury. She was appointed to Ebenezer UMC (Belmont) in 2007 as a provisional elder and was ordained Elder in 2010. She served Ebenezer for nine years and in 2016 began work in the Western North Carolina Conference office as a team associate for the Church Legacy Initiative. At Annual Conference 2022 she retired from the Western NC Conference.

After a conversation with Capital District Superintendent Dr. Chris Brady, and not being completely ready for retirement, she agreed to accept an appointment to the Church at Six Forks as the half-time pastor. She is excited to work with the leadership, congregation, and community of Church at Six Forks.

Angela is married to Mark who is a retired teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and assistant superintendent in the Gaston County Schools. He now works part-time for Wesley Community Development, a real estate organization helping churches reimagine, repurpose, and redevelop their assets for effective ministry. Her daughter Leah, a physical therapist at WakeMed, is married to Britt Milner, school counselor at Oberlin Middle, and they have one daughter, Amanda Hope who is the joy of her grandparents!

Join Pastor Angela for worship and serving the community as we follow Jesus, make disciples, and transform our community and world.



Bree Weishaar



Brianne Weishaar, a.k.a. Mrs. Bree, has been in education for over 23 years. She worked as a teacher and an administrator, graduated Cum Laude from Capital University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and completed the honors program, and attended The English Nanny and Governess School and became a certified governess. She hopes to begin working on a Master of Divinity degree within the next year.

Bree loves to learn and values education. She believes that knowledge is one of the keys to a happy and productive future. Her goal is to pass that on to every child she meets… for each child to learn to crave new knowledge, to attempt to fully grasp what they have already been taught, and to share what they know with others. Knowledge, however, is useless without a firm foundation from which it can grow. She was fortunate enough to have been blessed with a love for the Lord and strong Christian base from which that love could be nurtured and grow. Faith is the most important key for guiding a child down the paths of right and good. It is her calling in life to allow God to use her as a source of knowledge, hope, and guidance for all souls, especially children, who seek His grace and love.

Bree holds both herself and others to the highest standards when it comes to core values such as honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity. She has a strong work ethic, high self-esteem, and genuinely cares about others. She believes professionalism, teamwork, and communication are key to collaborating with students and parents to provide a child with a safe, stimulating, and harmonious environment. She is patient, disciplined, and confident in her abilities to engage and inspire younger generations. She aspires to help parents instill these kinds of traits in their children. She loves what she does and strives to positively impact as many young lives as possible.

Bree tends to see the special, sometimes hidden, qualities in children. She tries to teach children to explore and utilize the unique gifts they possess and help them overcome any obstacles blocking their paths. She wants to let them know how extraordinary and valuable they are to God, their family, to her, and to the world. Her ultimate goal is to help as many children as possible realize their potential and use every ounce of themselves to reach it. It is her hope that all children grow up knowing they can do anything if only they believe in God and themselves.

She has one rule that governs all aspects of her life… Lead with Love. No matter what task she is undertaking, it is imperative that she approaches the situation from a place of genuine peace, hope, and positivity… desiring only the most beneficial outcome for all involved parties. It is her goal to become a consistent source of comfort, strength, and guidance for all young people she encounters… as well as a continuous source of laughter and fun founded in the Word of God. Joining Church at Six Forks as the Director of Children and Family Ministries and the Preschool Director allows her to answer her true calling.

Hannah Sullivan


Hannah Sullivan has been involved in music programs her whole life. She sang in the youth choir in her rural church in Franklin, NC.  She played the clarinet in middle and high school.  She continued playing the clarinet in the Appalachian State University marching band (aka The Band of Distinction) while earning her accounting degree.

After college, Hannah passed the CPA exam and moved to Raleigh to work as an auditor for the State of North Carolina at the State Auditor’s Office and the Department of Health and Human Services. All the while, Hannah participated in the choir/praise team at Church at Six Forks (formerly Windborne UMC).  In addition, for about 10 years she participated in an acapella singing group that mainly performed as a prison ministry. Hannah is married to Mike and has a 10 year old son, Josiah, and a cat named Dusty.

As the Music Director, Hannah is always welcome for participants that would like to sing or play a musical instrument.  No experience necessary.  If you want to participate, you are always welcome.

Rowena Rantanen


Rowena was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 7 years old.  She was raised primarily in Greenfield, Massachusetts, then attended the University of Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music. She and her nuclear family eventually moved to Palm Bay, Florida, where they lived for 10 years before moving to Apex, North Carolina five years ago.  In addition to being the Pianist for the Church at Six Forks, Rowena gives music lessons (piano, keyboard, and singing) through her company, RNR Performing Arts as well as Prelude Music Academy.  She is a member of both the North Carolina Music Federation and the Cary-Apex Piano Teachers Association.

Rowena has been a church musician since she was 19, working in different capacities including Organist, Choir Director, Pianist, Liturgical Dance Instructor, and Minister of Music.  Churches she has worked for include Robbins Memorial Church, South Deerfield Congregational Church, First Congregational Church in Greenfield, and Leverett Congregational Church, all in Massachusetts; Christ United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in Florida; and Swift Creek Baptist Church in Raleigh. 

A performing artist since age 5, Rowena has also been involved in musical productions for over 50 years, having worn several hats including Director, Producer, Music Director, Choreographer, Dance Captain, Stage Manager, Costume Mistress, Properties Mistress, and various principal and ensemble theatre roles.  Rowena is also a retired dance teacher, a published playwright, and the founder of RMC Fairy Tale Theatre, FUMC Theatre Ministry Group, and several ensembles (both dance and instrumental).

Rowena has been married to her husband, Eric, for 30 years.  They have four wonderful children – Katie and Laura, who live with them in Apex; and Steven and Elysse, who both live and work in Florida.


Laura Rantanen



Laura was born in Massachusetts and spent much of her life in Florida. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, she moved to North Carolina to be near her family. In her free time, she reads and draws as a hobby.

Laura grew up in a United Methodist congregation and is enjoying being part of a church again. Her mother, Rowena, is the church pianist.


The Church at Six Forks Praise Team includes:

  • Hannah Sullivan
  • Rose Spradley
  • Vic Spradley
  • Heather Roberts
  • Lisa Clary
  • Jason Gordon
  • Mark Hollar
  • Rachel Gorrell
  • Bruce Buck
  • Rowena Rantanen

The Design Team

The Design Team is our Church Administrative team, which oversees the staff, facilities, and finances of the church. Along with the Ministry Teams we care for the operations and missional focus of the church.

Meet our team:
Al O’Connell, Council Chairperson
Mary Gordon, Lay Leader
Rob Bays, Staff Parish
Mike Sullivan, Finance
Harold Dawson, Trustees
Steve Gorrell, Treasurer
Rachel Gorrell, Recording Secretary
Bruce Buck, PD McNeil, Rose Spradley: Nominations
Angela Hollar, Pastor




Michael Aheron, Chairperson


Hannah Sullivan, Music
Wanda Aheron, Chairperson


Rose Spradley, President


Renee Young
Michael Aheron, North Raleigh Ministries Liason
Bruce Buck, Barton Pond Elementary Liason


Bruce Buck, Coordinator