Sara Webb Phillips was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee. She earned her bachelors degree fromThe University of Tennessee-Martin andlater earned her Master of Divinity from Emory University. Sara is married to the Rev. Dr. Ed Phillips, who teaches at Candler School of Theology. They have three daughters: Meredith (with grandbaby Sara Ann Marie), Karen and Emily.Sara has published several books (and co-authored with Ed), served as editor of a preaching journal and has been active on many levels of leadership in The United MethodistChurch. A few of Sara's hobbies include cheering on her favorite college basketball and football teams (Duke, TN Vols, Notre Dame and now Georgia teams), music, movies, reading, gardening and traveling. She feels very blessed in life!
Pastor Ken is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of Point University with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministries. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at the Interdenominational Theological Center Gammon, Atlanta Georgia. Pastor Ken is a candidate in the United Methodist Church seeking ordination as elder in full connection and a certified chaplain.
With over twenty years in ministry and serving in various churches, Pastor Ken endeavors to encourage both the churched and unchurched specifically youth and young adults to fully seek and have a personal relationship with God. Pastor Middleton’s desire for the youth and young adults is to guide them to a savior who loves them unconditionally and to reach those who are poor and disenfranchised.
Aaron Carter-Ényì (PhD, CAGO) teaches music theory, class piano, and music appreciation in the Morehouse College Music Department. While attending Methodist-affiliated Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Aaron accompanied the choir of the Congregational Church of Austin. After five years as a church choir accompanist, Aaron discerned a call to ministry and church leadership, becoming the director of music ministries at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Antonio. During this ministry, Aaron focused on expanding skills in sacred music, completing a Master's in Choral Conducting and Colleague Certification from the American Guild of Organists. He was granted a 2012 Fulbright grant to research Nigerian sacred music which culminated in his PhD dissertation from Ohio State University.
Interim – Children’s Coordinator
Jenny Middleton has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years in Sales and Marketing. A few years ago she felt God calling her to pursue counseling to the Christian Community as such she enrolled as a student at Toccoa Falls College and will complete her Bachelors in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Bible and Theology in 2019. Jenny has served as a bible study teacher, worship leader, choir director and United Methodist Women’s Co-President while at St. James UMC, Alpharetta GA and brings a wealth of ministry experience to our Children’s Ministry.
Minister of Care & Education
Brent comes to us from West Virginia where he served as a hospital chaplain, having done accredited Clinical Pastoral Education. He served in a public trauma hospital and in a private mental health hospital concurrently. Prior to this he worked as a licensed social worker for four years, dealing with parent training, supervision of specialized foster care parents and visits between foster children and the biological parents, in home preservation programs designed to prevent the need for removal of children into state custody, developing and implementing behavior modification plans, intervention option-in plans, and giving testimony in court when court related to children in his care. He also served as a parish minster of small rural and town churches and as a youth pastor for a total of ten years. He is an ordained American Baptist minister holding a master of divinity degree earned in Philadelphia at Eastern Baptist theological seminary. He considers that his primary God given spiritual gift is the gift of encouragement.
Musu Paasewe is a graduate of Park University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to North Springs United Methodist she worked as a church administrator in Houston, Texas.