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!
Missions /Associate Pastor @ North Springs UMC
Rev. Dr. Christian Van, Associate Pastor at North Springs UMC
He is an Elder of the United Methodist Church and a member of Northern Illinois Conference. He was trained as a Physician and also ordained as a Minister of the Gospel. Dr. Van was an Executive Director of the Asian American Language Ministry Plan of the United Methodist Church and an Executive Director of the Pacific Islander Ministry Plan of the UMC from 2014- 2018 at the General Board of Global Ministries. He is married to Rev. Kelly T. Van, Pastor at Vining United Methodist Church, in Atlanta. They have five daughters, who love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ as well.
Minister of Care & Education @ North Springs UMC
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.
Youth Pastor @ North Springs UMC
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.
JERRELL MELTON III
Choir Director @ North Springs UMC
Jerrell Melton III is a pianist and vocalist from Fayetteville, Georgia and recent graduate of Morehouse College where he concentrated in Piano Performance. Growing with a passion for Jazz and Classical music, Jerrell began performing across Atlanta very young, and developed a name for himself and strong reputation for his versatility in sound and performance. In his time at Morehouse, Jerrell served as the student accompanist for the Morehouse College Glee Club and the vocalist for the Morehouse Jazz Band. He previously served as accompanist for Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church for a number of years and most recently served as interim music director at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. He is thoroughly excited to be joining the North Springs family and to serve in worship.
Church Administrator @ North Springs UMC
Musu Paasewe is a graduate of Park University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.