About Us

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Rev. Geoff Grubbs - Senior Pastor

Rev. Geoffrey Grubbs is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served appointments in North Georgia for the last twenty plus years. Geoff came to us in June of 2016 after serving as the Senior Associate at Northside UMC in Atlanta, Ga. His other pastoral appointments have been a mix of both senior pastor roles and as part of ministry teams. Prior to coming to the church he served as a firefighter/paramedic and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

   Geoff and his wife, Tina, have been married for 24 years and have three daughters. Their oldest, Nathalie Bri, lives just south of Atlanta. His middle daughter, Victoria Elise, is a ministry intern at the University of Ga. where she is a recent graduate. His youngest daughter, Amelia Ashlyn, is a high school sophomore.

    In his own words, “the church is a sanctuary or safe place where people should be able to come to learn about and form a relationship with God without fear of judgment and with an expectation of being invited, welcomed and encouraged.” Geoff believes the core of any church starts in worship and works itself out in discipleship from the earliest age to the very last day of our time on earth.

 

“Come join us here at St. Paul. You are invited, welcomed and encouraged to be a part of our fellowship.” 

 

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Angela Johnson - Associate Pastor/Children's Minister

After graduating from high school, Angela attended Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. During her college days, Angela had aspirations of being the next “Oprah,” as she majored in a Mass Communications degree.  Little did Angela know, God had other plans for her!  In 2008, Angela attended Pfeiffer University and Wesley Theological Seminary, where she majored in a Masters of Theological Studies.  It was in seminary when Angela felt the call to be a deacon, in the United Methodist Church.  In 2012, Angela was commissioned as a deacon in the UMC by Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. In 2015, Bishop Jonathan Holston ordained Angela as a deacon in full-connection. 

Angela has served at the following places: First UMC of Clover, in Clover, SC; Pleasant Hill UMC, Fort Mill, SC; Lithia Springs UMC, Lithia Springs, GA; Georgia State Wesley Foundation, Atlanta, GA; Action Ministries, Atlanta, GA.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, boxing, and walking. 

Angela’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Favorite Quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

Recent feature about Angela in the Gainesville Times....here.

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Stacey Willingham - Youth Director

Stacey has been a part of our youth ministry since she arrived at our church. She has continued to serve as a volunteer in our youth ministry and is well acquainted with our youth

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Timothy Gale - Choir Master

Timothy Gale earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN; a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis.  Before accepting a teaching position at West Hall, he taught in Florida and Tennessee.  He is in his twenty-ninth year as Choral Director at West Hall, and now also teaches at Johnson H. S.
Timothy is in his twenty-third year in his present position as the Music Director at St. Paul UMC.  He directs the adult choir, the hand bell choir and he supervises the children’s choirs and other special music events.  Prior to coming to St. Paul Timothy served as Minister of Music at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Gainesville for four years.
He is married to Laura Gale, the music teacher at McEver Rd. Elementary School in Hall County, and they have three children: Elizabeth, Andrew and Matthew.

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Cynthia Brooks - Accompanist

Cynthia plays the piano, trumpet, and organ.  She has worked with adult and children’s choirs, and has written Christmas musicals.  She has been an accompanist for different United Methodist churches for many years, and she plays both by note and by ear.  She most enjoys using her musical ability to play for worship services.

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Karen Robertson - Administrative Assistant

Karen is one of the people that will greet you when you call or come by during the week.  She will help you with your inquiry or direct you to another person on the St Paul staff.