Dave Allen Grady was appointed to Christ UMC in June 2019. His vision is that all of God’s children might live a graceful response to God’s love in Jesus. At Christ UMC he serves as Pastor.
Dave comes to Christ Church having served various sized churches in the North Georgia Conference, North Alabama Conference, The Methodist Church of Great Britain, and recently as Director of Church Relations for Wellroot Family Services (The United Methodist Children’s Home). He has taught in Candler School of Theology’s License of Pastoral Ministry Program and Course of Study. He has also served as a delegate to the 2012 & 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences. Dave is a graduate of The University of Alabama and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking and running.
Dave is married to The Reverend Susan Allen Grady, Pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church. They have a daughter, Joy, who loves gymnastics, art and math.
Email Rev. Dave at Dave@ChristChurchUMC.org.
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.
Rev. Roy Edward Cook was born in Long Beach, California on February 20, 1942. He graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended LaGrange College, 1961-63. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1966, and from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1969 with Master of Divinity degree. In 1989, he received a Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State University.
Rev. Cook served in ministry throughout the North Georgia United Methodist Conference from 1971. He became an elder in full connection in 1974. During his time in ministry, Rev. Cook served many congregations, including Inman-Brooks, Bold Springs, Varnell-Smith Chapel, Francis Asbury, Fannin Circuit, Carrollton First, Savannah Valley, Jones Chapel, Young Memorial, Hapeville First and Little River United Methodist Churches. He worked with older adult ministries on the conference level for 15 years.
Rev. Cook is also active in the community beyond the local church. He has been a member of the Lions Club every year except one since 1971 and has been president of the Lions Club for four annual terms; one term in the Hapeville chapter and three in Woodstock. In 2007, he was elected Melvin Jones Fellow.
Rev. Cook married his wife, Ann on September 2 of 1967. They have a son Randy, and an adopted daughter, Margaret.
After his retirement in 2000, Rev. Cook and Ann chose to become a part of our church family at Christ United Methodist Church. We have been blessed to have them as active participants in our congregation where they work as office volunteers. Rev. Cook coordinates and welcomes new members in our congregation, sings in the choir and recently gave oversight to the creation of the church’s new directory. Rev. Cook was named as Pastor Emeritus in 2015.