Rev. Geoff Grubbs - Senior Pastor
Our Pastor is the father of two great children, Victoria and Amelia, and husband to Tina. He has a distinct passion for his family and bringing that spirit of family into the church here at St. Paul.
Geoff has a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2008 and has served several churches of varying size and vitality. Rev. Grubbs is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
An avid fan of baseball and especially the Boston Red Sox as well as a football fan both college and professional.
With a passion for discipleship and teaching Geoff hopes to inspire the people of St. Paul and the surrounding area to fall in love with God through Scripture and with each other through fellowship.
"Tina and I are excited to be at St Paul. Know that I am praying for all of us. May we grow together into the future. See you in church."
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.
Sam Cruce - Director of Youth & Families Ministries
Samuel Cruce is a Gainesville, Georgia, native who brings “a love for students and a love for the Lord” with his calling to youth ministry. He has been a Counselor for Three Dimensional Life and a Youth Minister at Northside UMC, among other positions. He also served as an Army Chaplain for a year following his initial military service as an Infantryman and Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.
Sam’s education includes a Bachelors in Biblical Studies at Toccoa Falls College followed by Masters programs at: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MAR), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Candler School of Theology (ThM).
Sam is married to Amanda, who is a teacher at Flowery Branch Elementary, and whom he says is a “huge” blessing to him. Amanda is also a Gainesville, Georgia, native and she received both a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Georgia.
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.
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.