STAFF


Clergy

glenn_staffpicRev. Dr. Glenn Ethridge | Senior Pastor
gethridge@ogumc.org    404.636.7558 ext. 211

Glenn is our lead pastor. He preaches weekly and leads the church in visioning and strategic planning. Glenn was born and reared in the faith, and answered the call to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church in college. He is grateful for the local church that nurtured his faith, tolerated his adolescence, and grounded him in Jesus Christ. During his 28 years of pastoral ministry, Glenn has been deeply touched by small group discipleship and international short-term mission trips. Glenn seeks to create a vibrant faith community that is rooted in faith, welcoming to all, and passionate about serving others. Glenn earned degrees from the University of Georgia, Yale University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He serves as chairperson of the N. Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and is a member of the Board of the Foundation for Wesley Woods. Glenn and his wife Cathy, a music therapist/teacher with DeKalb County, have one adult son Lee, who works at Northside Hospital.


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Rev. Dr. Amy Morgan | Senior Associate Pastor
Amorgan@ogumc.org    404.636.7558 ext. 210

Amy Morgan serves as our Senior Associate Pastor, with primary responsibility for Service and Nurture.   Her passion in ministry is helping people find ways to use their unique gifts and abilities to do significant ministry.  One of her greatest joys is empowering ministry teams to meet the real needs of people as they share God’s love.

Amy is an ordained elder who has served churches in North Georgia for over 30 years, both a lead pastor and as a staff associate. After attending Young Harris College and LaGrange College, Amy pursued her M.Div. degree at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in 1999 from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur.

Amy has served on numerous conference and district committees. She had the honor of being chosen to preach at Annual Conference in 2008 and served as a Head Clergy Teller at five Annual Conference sessions. Amy teaches Worship and Sacraments in the Emory Course of Study School and has taught Preaching in the Advanced School.

Amy’s husband, Dan, is the Fire Chief for Rockdale County. They have two grown children. Hannah and her husband Brandon live in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Hannah is a nurse and Brandon is a pediatric resident. Jarrett lives in Atlanta and is a camera operator for the film industry. Amy and Dan have one grandchild, Lillian, and love being part of the “grandparents club!”


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Rev. Dr. Joseph McBrayer | Associate Pastor
jmcbrayer@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext. 212

Joseph enjoys music, technology, photography/video, digital story telling, and learning. He is passionate about life, justice, and community–and coffee. He is an ordained deacon in the North Ga United Methodist Church and holds a Forestry Degree from Auburn University, as well as a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He has previously served in ministry with Emory Wesley Fellowship, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Collegiate Ministry division, and Glenn Memorial UMC.

He grew up in Carrollton, GA and has lived in and around Decatur, GA for the past 11 years with his spouse, Frances, who is a social worker with Refugees. They are parents to a remarkable, three year old little girl.

You can connect with him on Instagram @RevJmcbray, on Facebook, on twitter @jmcbray, email him, or drop by the office for a cup of coffee.

 


GILBERT, Mary LouRev. Mary Lou Gilbert Pastor of Visitation and Senior Adult Ministry
mlougilbert@comcast.net

With a degree and background in Christian Education, Mary Lou served part time on the staff of Glenn Memorial UMC while the Gilbert children were young.  Once they reached junior high and high school, she enrolled as a part-time student at Candler School of Theology and continued to serve at Glenn Memorial UMC.  She graduated from Candler in 1998, was ordained Elder in the North GA Annual Conference and served in the following appointments:  Associate Pastor at Saint Mark UMC, Pastor in Charge at Buchanan UMC, Associate Pastor at Oak Grove UMC, and Senior Pastor of Haygood Memorial UMC.  She has initiated and participated in numerous mission trips, including Bolivia, Appalachia Service Project, and Urban Atlanta.  Her love of people has led her to work with volunteers in many areas of ministry including: evangelism, senior adult ministry, Christian Ed., recreation, and mission.

Mary Lou and her husband, Jack, retired in 2011. Jack enjoys teaching Sunday school at Oak Grove, and volunteers to support the refugee program of New American Pathways, while Mary Lou serves on the Board of Directors for Senior Connections, and the Advisory Committee for The Center for Positive Aging.

The Gilberts have three married sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and two young granddaughters. Mary Lou and Jack have lived in the same house in Druid Hills since 1979, when they came to Atlanta for Jack to work at Candler School of Theology.  Mary Lou currently serves as Pastor of Visitation and Senior Adult Ministry, and volunteers as the staff person for Creation Stewardship at Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

 


Dana EverhartRev. Dr. Dana Everhart | Theologian in Residence
dana.everhart@ngumc.net

Dana is a born and bred United Methodist.  A native of Brandon, Florida and the Brandon First United Methodist Church (now New Hope UMC),  Dana attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education. Dana also is a graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology having received his Masters of Divinity in 1984 and most recently his Doctor of Ministry degree in May of 2018.

Dana serves as our Theologian in Residence at Oak Grove, where his primary role is teaching.  Bishop Haupert-Johnson appointed him  as the Director of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation in June 2017. In that role he shepherds candidates through the process to become ordained clergy. Previously he has served a number of churches including McDonough First, Bright Star, and others, and most recently he was the district superintendent of the Atlanta Emory District.

Dana is married to Sally, a journalist by degree, who is currently working with the Gwinnett County Library System.  They have three grown children: Matthew, Jacob, and Katie.

Dana’s passion is to develop and care for clergy and their families so that they might bring others to the love and grace of God.

 


ADMINISTRATION

SMITH-DALE-82Dale Smith | Executive Director
dsmith@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext. 225

Dale came to Oak Grove in March 2011, after completing his degree in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Religion at Atlanta Christian College. Previous to serving at Oak Grove, he was on the staff at Emory University for 21 years, 13 of which were with the Candler School of Theology. He was born in Seville, Spain to Air Force parents but grew up in Northern Maine and the farmlands of Southeastern Kansas. After high school, he joined the United States Coast Guard, serving at Marcus Island Japan; Coast Guard Far East Section Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan; the Coast Guard Institute in Oklahoma City, OK and completing his seven years of service as a Recruiter based in Atlanta.

His favorite thing at Oak Grove is the wonderful people here. “While many congregations claim to be warm and welcoming, the people of Oak Grove truly open their hearts to invite others in.”


Rachel FullertonExecutive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
rfullerton@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext. 216

Rachel joined Oak Grove in August of 2011 as the Administrative Assistant  for the Young Children’s School where she worked with Sue Balcom. She left and became Administrative Assistant to Dale Smith, then in June 2015 Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor.  As a lifelong United Methodist, Rachel comes from a long line of church folks. Her grandmother, Faye Hutcheson, worked for the Council on Ministries (now referred to as Connectional Ministries), her mom, Karen Fullerton, is the N. GA Conference Benefits Officer, and her dad, Lee Fullerton, is now retired clergy from the N. Ga Conference. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. While at Wesleyan, Rachel was very active in campus-wide activities. She was President of Student Government Association her senior year, a member of the Wesleyan Disciples, a member of WAVE, (Wesleyan Admissions Volunteer Experience), and served on many more committees and clubs in her time at Wesleyan from 2006-2010. Rachel is currently a member at Embry Hills United Methodist Church, where she is a youth counselor and in charge of the young adult program.


Pamela Reynolds | Director of Finance
preynolds@ogumc.org  404.636.7558 ext. 224

Pam joined Oak Grove in October, 2010, but she grew up locally and attended Lakeside High School. She graduated from theUniversity of Georgia with a degree in Finance and Accounting. Pam and her husband Scott, also a native Atlantan, have 3 children. George is the oldest, a civil engineer and a 4th generation Georgia Tech graduate. Alice is a Samford University graduate and is a preschool teacher here at Vanderlyn Elementary. Their youngest, Mary, is a teacher at Briarlake Elementary. Pam is currently on the Lakeside Foundation scholarship committee. She taught 1st grade Sunday School for 10 years, and assisted with children’s choir and children’s mission programs for many happy years.


Diane O’Steen | Membership / Database Administrator
dosteen@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext. 221

Diane became a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in June 2006 when Cokesbury UMC closed. Originally from the Carolinas (born near Charlotte, NC then lived in Florence, SC) she came to Atlanta in 1965 and immediately joined the Atlanta Bar Association where she retired as Executive Director in January 2013. After serving as a volunteer at Oak Grove UMC she joined the staff in February 2016 as Administrative Assistant to the Youth Minister then became the Membership and Database Administrator in June 2017. Diane’s daughter, Terri Robinson, and her family live in Anniston, AL . She is blessed with four grandchildren: Heather, David, April and Christopher.


Sandee PictureSandee Edmondson | Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director
sedmondson@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext 228

Sandee joined the Oak Grove staff in the summer of 2015 after leaving the Henry County Court System where she served as a court clerk and member of the customer service team. Sandee is currently the organist and accompanist at Jonesboro First United Methodist but has also served many other Methodist Churches in the Atlanta area such as McDonough First UMC, First UMC of Austell, and Cliftondale United Methodist Church. Sandee is a native of Atlanta where she graduated from Arlington High School before attending West Georgia College earning a bachelors degree in piano performance. Sandee is married to husband Scott Keesey; each bring 2 children to their blended family. Kristen Edmondson 19, Brett Edmondson 17, Emilia Keesey 12, and Camden Keesey 9.   


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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Kim Cody | Director of Children’s Ministry
kcody@ogumc.org  404.636.7558 ext. 218

Kim Cody became a member of Oak Grove in 1991 and joined the staff in 1995. Kim worked part-time as Director of Elementary children for seven years before taking over as full time Director of Children’s Ministry. She was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL and majored in communication arts at The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Kim worked as a graphic artist in West Palm Beach and Atlanta for over 15 years. Prior to joining Oak Grove she also worked at the Center for Puppetry Arts. While volunteering extensively in church and in the community, Kim felt a calling to work with children. An invitation to work in ministy at Oak Grove led to a new career, one she thanks God for each day. Kim and her husband share the same name, but according to Mr. Kim, are not hard to tell apart…. She is tall and blonde, he is short and good looking! They have two children, Shannon who resides in London and Alex who is a Navy Officer currently stationed in Japan. Kim loves cooking, gardening, and traveling, but most of all, she loves being in ministry with families at Oak Grove!


Barbara Naish | Director of Oak Grove Christian School
bnaish@ogumc.org    404.636.7558 ext. 230

Barbara has been the director of the Oak Grove Christian School for over 20 years. She lives in Roswell with her husband of 42 years, has two grown children and seven grandchildren. She is blessed to have her son’s family close by in Roswell.
Barbara is originally from Cincinnati, OH, where she grew up, got married and raised a family there. Her daughter and her family live there with four grandchildren. Barbara graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Child Development and attended Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati to complete her teaching certification and graduate work. Her entire career of 40 plus years has been dedicated to working with children’s programs and early childhood education. It is her passion and true joy to serve as the director of the Christian School.

 


 

Meredith Dunn | Director of Young Christian School
mdunn@ogumc.org  404-636-7951 ext 240

Meredith Dunn is the Director of the Young Children’s School.  She is a life-long Methodist and began her post-secondary education at Berry College where she majored in Early Childhood Education.  She went on to continue her education and earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education at Piedmont College and a Specialist Degree in Leadership and Development at Lincoln Memorial University.  She has an extensive background in teaching all age levels.  She is married to Tom who works as a manager of information security for Alston and Bird.  They have two beautiful children, Charlie, 8, and Julia, 7.  They are all active members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church.


IMG_3471Nancy Brooks | Assistant Director of Oak Grove Christian School
nbrooks@ogumc.org  404.636.7558 ext. 232

 

 

 

 

 

 


MITCHELL-STEPANIE-366-resizedStephanie Mitchell | Children’s Ministry Program Director
smitchell@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext. 239

Stephanie Mitchell started sharing her gifts and talents at Oak Grove UMC in middle school 14 years ago, in the church nursery. Her love for working with children led her to pursue a degree in education. After graduating from college in 2010 with a BA in education, Stephanie accepted a full time position as Assistant Children’s Ministry Director at OGUMC. Stephanie and her husband, David, have a son, Mason and live in Decatur. Her favorite part about being at Oak Grove is the congregation. Stephanie considers herself blessed to be part of this very special family of faith & friendship.


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Tricia Fazio | Children’s Ministry Program Director/Nursery Supervisor
tfazio@ogumc.org   404.636.7558 ext. 238

Tricia has been a caregiver since her early teens, beginning as a trusted babysitter for neighbors, family and friends. At age 14, she was offered a summer-long position at Kittredge Daycare. Her nurturing spirit led her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University, followed by a 17-year tenure at Equitable Life as a Sales Assistant, specializing in client relations. After marrying her husband, Matt, in 1998, followed by the birth of her son, Cleve, in 2001 and daughter, Libby, in 2004, Tricia devoted her time and talents to motherhood full-time.

It was in 2007 that her entrepreneurial spirit was reignited, resulting in a successful one-woman childcare business. Not content with just one prosperous business, in 2010, Tricia began her self-taught research and development of a new line of natural bath and body products. The result, after less than a year of cosmetic chemistry experience, was Southern Gal Soaps, a nod to her native Atlantan pride.

Since taking on the role of Nursery Director, Tricia feels blessed for the privilege to care for OGUMC’s youngest members as well as getting to know and support their parents.


YOUTH MINISTRY

image002Andy WebbYouth Director
awebb@ogumc.org

We are so excited that our new Director of Youth Ministry, Andy Webb, started June 15.  Andy is a native of DeKalb County, born and raised in the Decatur/Avondale area.  Andy has worked with youth and children for 30 years, most recently at Johns Creek United Methodist Church for the past 17 years.

Andy brings many years of experience, a fun spirit, and a heart for youth ministry in the name of Christ to Oak Grove.  We look forward to getting to know Andy and his two daughters Maizie (15, right) and Cari (12, left).  Please send a note of welcome to Andy at awebb@ogumc.org.


MUSIC MINISTRY

IMGP1300Ed Scruggs | Director of Traditional Music
escruggs@ogumc.org

Edgar Scruggs is Director of Traditional Music for Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA and has also served churches in Connecticut and Tennessee. Ed held the position as Director of Choral Studies, first, at the University of Georgia and most recently, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where he was Musical Director for “Christmas at Belmont,” produced by PBS and nationally televised each holiday season.

He received degrees from the university of Tennessee (B.S., MM.), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MCM), and has completed his Ph.D studies at Florida State University (ABD).

His ensembles have given invitational performances for the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association and have been guests of music Education in China. Ed’s guest conducting includes performances for the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England, for both television and radio for the BBC and festivals in Latvia, Estonia and Switzerland. His articles have been published for both the Music Educators State and National Journals and for church music publications.

Ed and his wife Elise live in Vinings and have a new grandson Cooper.


0033Rudy Wilson | Orchestra Conductor
orwilson44@yahoo.com

Mr. Rudy Wilson served as a Georgia Music Educator for over 37 years and as Band Director at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia for 28 years. Mr. Wilson is a native of Alma, Georgia and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Berry College, Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music, and the Education Specialist degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Under Mr. Wilson’s leadership, the Brookwood Band program grew from 75 members to over 300 involved in the band program. The performing bands at Brookwood consistently received superior ratings for 27 years in concert, jazz, and marching band festivals and performance evaluations. The Symphonic Winds performed at Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in 1991, 2003, and 2008 and performed as featured band at the University of Georgia High School Music Festival in 1995, 2005 and 2010, University of South Carolina Band Clinic and Conductors’ Symposium in 1995, University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic in 2008, and the Columbus State University Honor Bands of Georgia Clinic in 2008. Mr. Wilson has served as District IX Instrumental Chair, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity Zeta Chapter President and Secretary (3 terms), District IX and XIII Honor Band Chair, GMEA Marching Band Committee Chair, and Smoke Rise Baptist Orchestra Director and Fine Arts/Music Committee, and deacon for Smoke Rise Baptist Church. Mr. Wilson also serves as the Band Chair for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and band liaison for Brightspark Events, a student travel company. Mr. Wilson presented an article published in BandWorld entitled Bridging the Gap (using marching band as transition for rising freshmen). Mr. Wilson has served as concert and marching band adjudicator for GMEA, SCBDA, and AMEA events. He served as Honor Band Conductor/Clinician for Fulton County, Districts IV, VIII, IX, X and XIII, and Aiken County Honor Band. Mr. Wilson enjoys performing trombone in various organizations and churches. He has performed with the Rome, Lanier, and Gwinnett Symphony Orchestras and is currently a member of the Atlanta 17 Big Band. He studied trombone with Stan Pethel, Gail Wilson, Roger Rocco, and Charles Vernon. Mr. Wilson’s professional affiliations include: NAfME, GMEA, NBA, PAGE, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Wilson has been awarded eight National Band Association Citations of Excellence.

Mr. Wilson resides in Lawrenceville with his wife Mary, Retired Band Director from North Gwinnett Middle School. They have two adult children, Katy, a graduate of the University of Georgia in Music Education, currently serving as band director at West Hall High School in Gainesville, and Daniel, a Financial Analyst for Arby’s and his wife Jenna, an elementary educator. Mr. Wilson enjoys being a substitute on occasion, being a clinician and sharing his experience with other band programs.


LeanneBigLeanne Herrman | Organist
lherrmann@ogumc.org
404-636-7558

Leanne is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Oberlin College. She is the accompanist for the DeKalb Choral Guild, Collegium Vocale, the Summer Singers of Atlanta, and works in the Atlanta area as a freelance pianist and organist. Leanne serves as staff pianist at Paideia School, accompanying choirs and playing for over 50 musicals. Leanne served as organist at Northwest Presbyterian Church 2004-2009. Leanne has accompanied statewide festival and honor choirs and has played under the direction of Larry Lapin, Rodney Eichenberger, Anne Howard Jones, Norman MacKenzie, Kevin Hibbard and Katherine Murray. Leanne lives in Decatur with her husband, John. Her daughter, Megan, is a freshman at Oberlin College. Her son, Daniel, is a senior at Eckerd College.


Atticus Hicks | 9:35 Worship Leader
ahicks@ogumc.org
404.636.7558 ext. 208

Atticus began leading worship in his youth group at Mt. Carmel UMC in Norcross, GA when he was a freshman in High School. While in college he was the worship leader at Hope Springs Christian Fellowship in Athens, GA as well as leading services at various college ministries on the UGA campus. Atticus started leading contemporary worship at Oak Grove in November 2011 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and a minor in Portuguese. In July 2012 he also began working with the Youth praise band. Atticus comes from three generations of Methodist pastors and his mother, Nanci, is currently the pastor at Briarcliff UMC just up the road. His father, Steve, is on the building staff at Dunwoody UMC. Atticus is married to Leslie and in 2016 were overjoyed to welcome their son Rowan to the world. Atticus enjoys listening to and playing all kinds of music, as well as watching and playing football, baseball and basketball.


COMMUNICATIONS

Virginia Sowell | Communications Coordinator
virginia.sowell@comcast.net

Virginia joined Oak Grove UMC with her husband Jim and sons Daniel and Thomas in 1998. With her background in advertising and graphic design she quickly jumped in, sharing her skills with the church. Not long after she was asked to come on board to help in an official capacity. She has been called a part-time worker with a full-time heart, and truly enjoys viewing God as the ultimate “client”. She designs the weekly bulletin and newsletter in addition to creating posters, brochures and other types of visual communication. Virginia is passionate about the Oak Grove Mobile Soup Kitchen, serving the homeless downtown every Wednesday morning. She has also been an active volunteer in Oak Grove’s Scouting ministry for many years and works with the Refugee Ministry too.
The best part of Oak Grove is the congregation. In 2011, when her son Thomas was injured in a snowboarding fall, Virginia and her family learned just how much Oak Grove members come together in a crisis. Oak Grove folks are a faithful and prayerful group, who make this the ideal place to worship and to work.


FACILITIES

Carl Craig | Campus Coordinator
Ccraig@ogumc.org
404.636.7558 ext. 219

 

 

 

 

 


Dwight Howard | Maintenance Coordinator
dhoward@ogumc.org
404.636.7558 ext. 234

 

 

 

 

 


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Novis Cody | Director of Food Service
Ncody@ogumc.org
404.636.7558 ext. 227

 

 

 

 

 


Larry Edwards | Office Assistant
ledwards@ogumc.org
404.636.7558 ext. 215