Our Staff


Nathan Attwood, Senior Pastor

Dr. Attwood is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as a pastor in Alabama and Florida for over 20 years.

nathanwattwood@gmail.com

Emily Hagan, Assistant Minister

A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, Emily assists the pastor in all areas of ministry.

emilycmhagan@gmail.com

Blake Mayes, Youth Pastor

Blake has worked in youth ministry at Clearbranch UMC and Montgomery First UMC.  He studied for ministry at Huntingdon College.  Blake leads ministries with teenagers both in our church and in our service to our community's young people.

blakemayes0@gmail.com

Lisa Gilbertsen, Program Coordinator

After retiring from a nearly 30 year career in the US Army, Lisa joined our staff to facilitate ministries with children and youth.

fumcmarianna@gmail.com

Judy Harrison, Music Director

Judy has overseen music ministries since 2017 but has been on staff as choir director, and, previously, as accompanist for many years.  She leads the chancel choir, handbells and coordinates the rich musical life of our church.

Christine Yoshikawa, Organist/Accompanist

In addition to serving as organist for Sunday morning worship and accompanist for the chancel choir, Dr. Yoshikawa serves on the faculties of Chipola College and Gulf Coast State College.

Cindy Dwanyen, Church Secretary

Cindy organizes our church office, orders supplies, manages the church-wide calendar and database, produces publications, and generally helps our staff and congregation in innumerable ways.  Cindy is our "go to" person in our church office.

Dwanyen01@gmail.com

Jo Anne Brandenburg, Financial Secretary

Jo Anne keeps track of donations and expenditures, financial reporting and much more.  She is our congregation's longest serving staff member.

joanne.mariannafirt@gmail.com

Gary Thornton, Custodian

Gary keeps our facilities in order and facilitates our Wednesday Night Suppers.