R. Mark King is the Western North Carolina Annual Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services. Ordained as a Baptist pastor and a United Methodist elder, he served as pastor before entering church business administration. He subsequently served at St. Stephen UMC and University City UMC, both in Charlotte, Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, and Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

Andy Langford is senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Concord, North Carolina. He was written over twenty books and is the General Editor of The United Methodist Book of Worship.