David Jones, Senior Pastor
Significant others: My wife Cathy, who is my best friend and a dental hygienist. Our daughter Shannon is working on her PhD in Political Science at Georgia State. Our son Cameron is working on his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Georgia State. His wife Brittany is a certified nutritionist. Our dog Casey is a permanently adolescent Springer Spaniel. Cathy’s horse Cimarron lives on a farm near Conyers where Cathy rides while I fish on my days off.
How I relax and have fun: Read, fish, cook just about anything “low and slow” on my Weber smoker, go to a movie with Cathy, watch Braves baseball and Tech football, or head to the mountains.
Favorite music: Just about anything by the Wailin’ Jennys, Shawn Mullins, the Eagles, James Taylor, and Billy Joel; folk and folk rock; and selected movie soundtracks.
Favorite food or restaurant: Food – barbecue, hands down. Try what Phil serves at The Hickory Pig in Gainesville. Tell him “the Preacher” sent you. Restaurant -- Mama’s Fish House on Maui; great food but a heck of a drive to get there!
Biblical character I identify with most: Paul, because he loved to tear down walls, take risks, and find new ways to share the old, old story.
Ideal vacation: Find a secluded cabin with horse trails nearby where Cathy could ride, a river where I could fish, a hot tub we could sit in while we watched the sun set over snow-capped mountains, and a fireplace to keep us warm and cozy at night. Oh, and room service would be nice!
Favorite Quotation: “All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.” Julian of Norwich
The usual stuff: I’ve been the senior pastor at Glenn since July 2007. Over the course of my ministry I’ve been the pastor of congregations ranging in size from 40 to 4,500 members. I think I’m one of the few native Atlantans left. I graduated from the Westminister Schools and I’m a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Birmingham-Southern College where I earned a degree in philosophy. I have a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary at the University of Chicago. What’s most important is that I love to teach, preach, build teams, and help people live their lives well in Jesus’ name.
Jessica Terrell, Senior Associate Pastor
How I relax and have fun: I enjoy Duke basketball, reading, traveling, hiking, kayaking, running with my dogs and gardening.
Favorite food or restaurant: Charlie Joseph’s, a hot dog and hamburger joint in LaGrange, Ga. My family has been going there since it opened in 1920.
Ideal vacation: Traveling through the British Isles.
What I like best about Glenn: The deep and dear friendships I have made.
Minister for Children and Older Adults
Significant others: My husband, Mathew, and our families
How I relax and have fun: I spend time with family and friends, enjoy hiking or jogging, or trying a new recipe (preferably dessert!).
Musical Tastes: I'm pretty easy to please, enjoying a wide array of music.
Favorite food: As mentioned above -- dessert! And The Varsity is one of my favorite restaurants.
Biblical character with whom I most identify: Elizabeth -- recognizing that God's calling is always full of surprises humbles me daily.
Ideal vacation: The North Carolina mountains and the Georgia Golden Isles are steadfast favorites.
What I like most about Glenn: The Glenn family has welcomed us with open arms! There is always something exciting happening for persons of all ages -- from Sunday morning worship to fellowship and outreach opportunities throughout the week.
The usual stuff: I'm a proud alumna of Reinhardt College, Duke Divinity School, and the University of North Carolina School of Social Work!
Blair Setnor, Minister of Youth and Community Outreach
Husband, Shane Setnor and our three pups, Dingo, Dawson and Kellen
What I like best about Glenn:
The community! The love and support Shane and I have received is incredible. The clergy, staff, and congregation have been formative in shaping who I am, my ministry, and my vocation.
Josh Amerson, Assistant Minister
Significant Others: Wife Lindsey, son Luke, daughter Caroline
When I want to relax and have fun: I love playing in the yard with Luke, watching a good movie, or messing around with the quitar
Favorite Music: I'm pretty much in to everything except country music. I like good background stuff like Mogwai or Sigur Ros when I'm working or studying
Favorite Food or Restaurant: I could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner (okay, maybe not breakfast). I will also jump at the chance to go to a good steakhouse like Bones or Chops.
The biblical charcater I identify most with is: Barnabas, he was a "balcony person" always encouraging and rooting others on.
Ideal Vacation: I've always wanted to do a golf tour of Scotland. But a sandy beach with some Jimmy Buffett, a cold drink, and my family always works.
What I like best about Glenn: The Little Chapel is an incredible place to go spend some time with Christ and recenter myself.
Joseph McBrayer, Campus Minister and Emory Wesley Fellowship Director
Significant others: My awesome wife Frances who works in Refugee Resettlement with Catholic Charities.
How I relax and have fun: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, soccer, playing guitar, playing Wii,and people watching.
Favorite Music: Rock of many flavors including, but not limited to: acoustic, indie, and classic. Also folksy music, gospel, and a little rap/r&b and country.
Favorite food or restaurant: Asian food of many kinds...but not spicy.
Biblical character I identify most with: Probably Joseph, but that is kind of a cop out right? But really, the story of Joseph and the multi-colored coat is one that I do identify with for various reasons beyond the fact that that's why my name is Joseph--it is my mom's favorite story.
Ideal vacation: Pretty much anywhere that Frances and I get to go for fun, but especially a place with mountains and trees.
The (un)usual stuff: I have a BS in Forestry from Auburn University and I like outdoor activities, bike riding, Macintosh computers, technology in general, asking questions, and learning things. I am a graduate of Candler School of Theology, seeking ordination in the North Georgia Conference, and feel called to be a United Methodist Campus Minister.
More info at emorywesley.org.
Sara LaDew, Administrative Assistant to the Pastors
How I relax and have fun:
I enjoy being outside, whether that’s going on a hike, listening to a concert in Piedmont park, or exploring local farmers markets and antique shops.
I grew up listening to the likes of Van Morrison, James Taylor, and the Eagles. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, but those guys remain as some of my all time favorites.
Being originally from New Orleans, most food up here just can’t compare. But in Atlanta, one of my favorite spots is Mary Macs Tearoom. The sweet tea and cinnamon rolls are classic comfort foods.
Biblical character with whom I most identify:
The Book of Ruth has always been a favorite of mine. I love the way in which both Ruth and Naomi manage to evolve so much as characters in the span of 5 short chapters. The cycles of emptiness and fullness that they gracefully endure together reminds me that relationships rooted in faith have some of the strongest and most formative bonds.
What I like most about Glenn:
I am yet another graduate of Candler School of Theology! So I enjoy seeing the ways in which Glenn and Candler strive to maintain and grow their unique partnership.
Mary Paris, Finance Administrative Assistant
Significant others: Husband Jeff and son Jason
How I relax and have fun: Read, Jazzercise, eat
Favorite Music: R&B/Jazz
Favorite food or restaurant: Italian
Ideal vacation: Anywhere on the beach
What I like best about Glenn: The people
Steven Darsey, Director of Music
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Timothy Albrecht, Professor of Music
and University Organist at Emory;
Organist Laureate at Glenn Memorial
Significant others: Wife: Tamara Daughter: Esther
How I relax and have fun: I read, listen to opera, play the organ, visit art museums, and watch the Atlanta Braves.
Favorite music: Scotch on the rocks (I am Lutheran)
Favorite food or restaurant: Sadly, I have been reduced to eating mostly chicken and fish.
Biblical character I identify most with: St. Paul at his trial before the Roman governor Festus and King Agrippa (Acts 25 and 26).
Ideal vacation: Family reunions
What I like best about Glenn: Being surrounded by people who want to worship Christ via an order of service that includes classical music rendered in a fine acoustic, prepared with care and offered honestly in an attempt to give the Lord the best one can.
Kathy Wells, Director of After School Program
Significant Others: I have lived with my family in the Emory area for over 25 years.
When I want to relax and have fun I read English mysteries, cook for friends - preferably at the beach!
Favorite music: pop, soft rock, bluegrass, old spirituals
Favorite food or restaurant: I love to cook. Favorites are Mexican and Japanese foods.
The biblical character I identify most with is: Ruth. She overcame hardships and became a loyal hard worker.
Ideal Vacation: St. George's Island, FL or Cotswolds of England.
What I like best about Glenn: The community of families, and I love teaching children.
Debra Thompson, Ministry Intern
Significant others: My husband Richard, our three sons, Richard Jr, Jerrod and Lamar, my daughter in law Briana, and my three year old granddaughter Leah.
How I relax and have fun: Going to the beach in Florida every day when I am home on break from school.
Favorite Music: I like all kind of music, but especially R&B.
Favorite food or restaurant: My favorite food is fried chicken wings and macaroni and cheese.
Biblical character I most identify with: Joshua.
Ideal vacation: A cruise to Nassau, Bahamas.
What I like most about Glenn: The outreach ministry Glenn does in the community.
The usual stuff: I am a second year student at Candler. Upon graduation I plan to seek ordination as an Elder in the UMC
Philip Kuntz, Youth Ministry Intern
How I relax and have fun: I play tennis and watch Netflix!
Musical Tastes: Most kinds. I have a strange affinity for 80's pop, though.
Favorite food: Ethnic food, pretty much any kind
Biblical character with whom I most identify: Hmmmmmm... the disciple, Philip, naturally.
Ideal vacation: The beach!
What I like most about Glenn: The people. I've felt at home ever since I started at Glenn last August.
The usual stuff: I was born and raised in Dunwoody, GA, about thirty minutes away from Glenn. I recently graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South, where I received a BA in Religion. I am a student at the Candler School of Theology, seeking an M. Div degree.
Lauren Kelly Nichols, Youth Ministry Intern & Skate Coordinator
Significant others: Barrett Nichols, husband
How I relax and have fun: I love hiking, running, camping, singing, napping, and hanging out with the people I love.
Musical Tastes: Pretty much anything except for country and rap. I really like folkish music!
Favorite food: Indian Food
Biblical character with whom I most identify: Tough one! I probably identify most with Peter when he goes and walks out on the water with Jesus and as soon as he becomes afraid he starts to sink. So often when I take my eyes of the Lord I feel like I'm drowning.
Ideal vacation: a get-a-way to the mountains
What I like most about Glenn: I love the energy at FNS! I also have really enjoyed getting to know the wonderful staff at Glenn.
The usual stuff: I'm from Houston, TX! I just graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Religion. I am a student at the Candler School of Theology, seeking an M. Div degree.
Bette Hedden, Ministry Intern
Significant others: Husband Michael, Daughter Courtney, Son-in-law Ryan, Son Brett, who live and work in the NYC area
How I relax and have fun: Playing flute, Reading - Southern Fiction and Mystery, Baking & Cooking for family and friends, Going to Concerts
Favorite music: Classical, Jazz, Adele, Sarah McLachlan
Favorite food: BBQ in the South, Pizza in the North, and my grandmother's potato salad
Biblical character with whom I most identify: Job. Really. Strong Faith. He loses it all and chooses "life".
Ideal vacation: Israel, Italy, India (the I's are NOT intentional!)
What I like most about Glenn: The congregation is so warm and welcoming!
The usual stuff:
I am originally from NJ, lived in Greenville SC for 7 years, and moved to Atlanta in 2011 to follow a call to full time ministry. I am a certified Project Manager (PMP) and spent 20+ years in Information Technology Consulting.