Reverend Marcus Dodson

Reverend Marcus Dodson serves full-time as the chaplain at Transylvania Regional Hospital as well as part-time pastor of Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church.  In 2009 he was reappointed for his 15th year and enjoys the opportunity to be bi-vocational.  He is a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed his chaplaincy training at UNC Hospitals.

Marcus’ wife, Kim, is an ordained deacon and serves in a part-time position at First United Methodist Church, Brevard.  They have three children, Maggie, Jeremy, and Emilee.

Marcus' s interests include exercise and reading.  He pursues both of these interests at children’s  sports practices.  He describes being a parent as the most important work he has done in his life.  Although an introvert, he enjoys people and has special interest in helping people during times of crisis and at the end of life.  Marcus considers his “regular-ness” as his greatest pastoral asset.  He appreciates that God in Christ invites all of us to find our call to ministry and to experience the joy of participating in the building of God’s community.

Ruth Cech, Music Director

Ruth Cech was born a few miles west of Chicago to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents. Ruth was the only daughter of Anna and Ernest Cech. Four brothers rounded out the Cech family.

Ruth's musical abilities began early and her first position as music director was at the age of sixteen. Soon after this appointment, Ruth attended the Chicago Cosmopolitan School of Music. While at the music school, the Lawndale Emmanuel Baptist Church greatly missed Ruth's directorship of the music program.

Ruth moved to Florida in 1956 (almost a pioneer) and began her Sunshine State music career at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg then moved on to First Presbyterian of Dunedin and St. Andrew's Pres. also in Dunedin. In all these positions Ruth served as director for both junior and adult choirs. Ruth also directed the music department at First Christian Church in Clearwater, Florida.

1970 was a momentus year for Ruth. She came to Lake Toxaway and opened The Red Barn, a fine seasonal gift and coffee shop. Ruth became a full-time Toxaway resident in 1977 and volunteered as the musician for Lake Toxaway UMC and choir director as well as organist to Lake Toxaway Baptist Church. Ms. Cech expanded her music career when the Lake Toxaway chapel, St. Andrews by the Lake opened.

To this day, Ruth remains as music director of LTUMC, musician and pastor co-ordinator at the Lake Chapel and our very own "Resident Theologian."

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