Rev. Nancy Johnson is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Born in the lovely Florence, Alabama she came to Atlanta in 1991. With a bachelor’s degree in music in hand and acting classes ongoing, Nancy worked in the theatre and corporate video scene for several years. While an active member of Peachtree Road UMC, she perceived a call to ministry and began seminary.
In 1999, Nancy began work on a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She studied for a semester at the United Theological Center in Melbourne, Australia. In 2002, Nancy received her MDiv from Candler and in 2006 was ordained. In her years of ministry, Nancy has served in both associate and lead pastor roles. Her churches include Underwood, Cascade, Peachtree Road and The River United Methodist Churches.
Placing a high importance on community involvement, Nancy recently served on the boards of Forsyth County Community Connection, Leadership Forsyth, and the Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club. She is a volunteer chaplain for Northside Forsyth Hospital. Her writing can also be found in each issue of Around About Cumming Magazine
One of Nancy’s greatest joys is writing. She is currently the author of a blog called Feast for the Soul: Reflections of a Clergy Cook. Her writing focuses on issues of food and spirituality, as well as cooking, family, travel and being a mom.
Now living in Cumming, Georgia, Nancy has been married to Todd Pierson since 1995. They have two amazing children, Vivian and Roland, born in 2002 and 2005. If she had time for hobbies, they would be reading, cooking, traveling, hiking, gardening and scuba diving.
Email Rev. Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Nancy’s blog A Feast for the Soul: Reflections of a Clergy Cook
Rich Austin, originally from Charlotte, NC, relocated to the Atlanta area just last year. Rich comes to Christ UMC after serving as music director of several churches throughout North and South Carolina. Rich started his music career as a trombonist and has played in several symphony orchestras throughout the southeast. And while he still plays trombone quite a bit, he has found that his true calling is leading God’s people in worship through music.
Rich and his wife, Ashley, have an eight-year-old daughter, Claire and they reside in the Woodstock area. The Austins love Georgia immensely and enjoy exploring their new area together. Rich holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University, a Master of Music Degree from Winthrop University, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University. He has also completed post-graduate study in music at the University of South Carolina.
Jan’s journey towards Christ United Methodist started back in 1990, when she and her husband Mike moved to Atlanta from Birmingham. Jan received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Montevallo, a small college just outside of Birmingham.
She began her career teaching 3-year-old preschool at a small private school in Roswell and fell in love with the profession of caring for and teaching small children. After teaching for two years, Jan spent the next 6 years as the director of the privately owned full-time Sutton Country Day School in Roswell. As director, she learned every aspect of how to manage a growing school and a large staff of teachers.
During that time, she and Mike were blessed with two sons, Michael and Ryan, and their daughter Hannah. And while loving what she was doing in the field of child care, Jan wanted to make a change to a Christian work environment with a time frame that would allow her to be home with her children after school.
In September of 1998, God opened the doors for Jan to come to Christ Church as director of this wonderful preschool. Jan will tell you that it is a perfect fit for she and her family. The program has thrived under her direction, doubling in size to an enrollment of 126 students.
Jan’s own words reveal the excitement she feels about this ministry. ”I could not be more proud of the job that our staff does each day for these children. It is truly a ministry to our community and I feel privileged to be in a position at such a wonderful and supportive church, where I can really make a difference in the lives of the children and their parents.”
Tammy Nall has an over the top love for children and student ministries. She began working with youth 25 years ago as a teen herself serving in a 5th/6th grade Sunday School class. Since then she has served in several roles such as a children/youth choir leader, children’s church and VBS worship leader, youth Sunday School teacher and youth large group leader. Her passion for music and teens has allowed her to form connections with them and their families that go beyond the youth ministry into their college years and career paths.
She loves serving on mission trips, going to camps and just hanging out with students showing them who Jesus is to her and works at setting an example of while we are not perfect, through Jesus we are amazingly forgiven and blessed.
Tammy is also a School Nurse with the Cobb County School District and has been working in Pediatric Nursing for 20 years.
Things she enjoys are reading, hanging out at the lake and spending time with her husband and two teenage boys camping or doing anything together. As one of the biggest Georgia Football fans you will met you for sure will hear a Go Dawgs often in the fall!!
Kenya Wooden is a member of Christ Church and beloved mother of three teenagers. In addition to her work preparing the sanctuary building for worship, she has helped to give support to many other church programs. Kenya offers valuable support in our children’s church, making a difference in the lives of our youngest disciples. She has helped to supervise the youth programs, allowing them to have new and exciting experiences. Placing a high value on family, Kenya works tirelessly for the good of her own extended family as well as her brothers and sisters in Christ.
Alice is an attorney in the Atlanta area, She studied organ at Stetson University for two years but decided on a legal career as a less stressful alternative. However, she does enjoy playing the piano in the worship service and accompanying the choir. She agrees wholeheartedly with Martin Luther who asked, “Why should the devil have all the good music?” and attempts to incorporate all styles of music – classical to funk – in the worship service. She also writes the weekly music insert that provides information about the musical selections in the worship service. Alice is married to Jorge, an AVID rocketeer and consultant for UPS, has two kids, Laura who is majoring in music and economics and Joe who is studying at Southern Polytech. Her two cats, Stuart and Loki remind her of her insignificance in the universe and, resultantly, of the boundless grace of God.
Ruby Jean Reavis was born in Memphis , Tennessee and was raised in Jamaica, New York. She is the oldest of 4 siblings. She received her high school education from Jamaica High and attended SUNY at Old Westbury.
Ruby has 3 adult children and has raised 3 of her 7 grandchildren, the youngest which attends Georgia Southern University as a junior. Presently Ruby has been employed 15 years with the Cobb County School District as a paraprofessional in Special Education, working with students with autism and other disabilities. Recently widowed Ruby’s work in special education has taken her to a new phase in education. She enjoys the new challenge of working with young adults ages 17 to 22 years teaching Life Skills preparing them to live outside of home and school.