Bringing nearly three decades of experience in the ministry, Pastor Jennie came to Midway in June 2018 having most recently served as Sr. Pastor at Elizabeth Lee UMC in Chickamauga, GA, where the church experienced tremendous growth. A native of Roswell, she was raised in Roswell UMC and attended Candler School of Theology at Emory. Ordained in the UMC in 1990, she has served at several churches in the North Georgia Conference, as well as on the Board of Ministry for the Conference. Her husband, Herzen, leads Hillside UMC in Woodstock and they are the proud parents of two adult sons.
Born in Chattanooga, Brad grew up in Nashville (an avid Tennessee Vols fan). He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Trevecca Nazarene University and graduated in May 2019 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Master’s of Divinity. While studying at Candler, he served as the pastor of both Nine Mile UMC and Gates Chapel UMC in northwest Georgia. Brad was appointed to Midway as a full-time local pastor beginning in June 2019 serving in the Assistant Pastor role, where he oversees Missions and Discipleship, as well as sharing in pastoral care and preaching.
Minister of Music & Worship Arts
Jane has been Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Midway since 1999. She currently plans and organizes music for the traditional service, directs the Chancel Choir weekly and for special holiday services, and directs and plays the keyboard at the Contemporary Service. In addition, she works closely with the pastor to provide liturgical input and support for worship, oversees Communion servers, and leads large-scale musical events such as the annual Christmas cantata and Music for Missions fundraiser. She has many years of church and secular experience as a youth singer, high school and church accompanist, adult choir singer, organist, and worship leader for women’s retreats.
Director, Weekday Education
As the Minister of Weekday Education, Beth and the We Wonder/F.U.N. Kidz staff focus on providing a loving, Christian environment where children are able to experience positive physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. Beth has been blessed by Midway’s children and their families since 1998.
Minister, Children & Family Ministries
Midway’s Minister of Children & Family Ministries, Leslie came to us in August 2018 with 26 years of experience in working with children, in roles including youth counselor, kindergarten teacher, curriculum coordinator, preschool center manager and more. Most recently, she served as Director of Children & Youth Ministry at Winters Chapel UMC in Doraville for nearly seven years. She’s also been a state-approved trainer of adults for the past 10 years.
Judy is the Ministry Assistant, providing a warm welcome to visitors during the week, and leading a wide range of office support functions, including some communications responsibilities, tracking data used in analyzing church growth, and oversight of the office support team of volunteers. She is active in the music ministry and volunteered in the church office and many other areas for many years.
Communications & Connections Coordinator
Joining the Midway staff in 2012, Julia is the Communications and Connections Coordinator. She oversees communication efforts, ensures that guests are warmly greeted and have all their needs met, helps new members get “plugged in” to the church, manages the church membership database, and assists Sunday School classes and small groups with growth and promotion.
As Youth Minister, Morgan teaches the youth Sunday School class and conducts the youth programming on Sunday evenings. She also coordinates Midway’s Confirmation Program and all youth ministry special events, including service projects, outings, retreats, and mission trips. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Brian joined Midway UMC in March 2017. He has worked in the local church for the past 25 years in different capacities, most recently at Johns Creek UMC as Minister of Recreation for 16 years. His passion is to help the church run as efficiently as possible so that the body of Christ can minister appropriately. As Church Business Administrator, Brian manages all financial matters and supports the Finance Committee. He also supports the church Trustees by managing the physical assets of the church, including buildings and grounds and facilities scheduling.
SPRC members for 2019:
Mike Dalton – Chairman
Every United Methodist congregation has a Staff/Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). It’s the responsibility of the SPRC to oversee the relationship between staff, congregation, and the district superintendent (to whom our pastor reports) so that the mission of the church continuously moves forward.
Midway members are encouraged to provide helpful feedback to members of the SPRC regarding any issues related to the work of the church, clergy/staff, or function of the church. Feel free to contact an SPRC member directly if you have a personal relationship, or by calling the church office and requesting contact information.