Staff

Pastors

Rev. Dr. John Simmons

Senior Pastor

Education:Georgia Tech - BS
Candler School of Theology - MDiv and DMin

Hometown: West Point, GA

Favorite Activity: Spending time at mountain cabin

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rasberry Chocolate Truffle

Been at St. James since: September, 2012

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Exercise at YMCA

Rev. Emily Bagwell

Associate Pastor

Education: Berry College-BS;
Wesley Theological Seminary-MDiv

Hometown: Albany, GA

Favorite Activity: Hiking

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Been at St. James since: June, 2013

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Building Projects like Habitat for Humanity

Staff

Rev. Dr. Erin Reed Cooper

Director of Family Ministries

Hometown: Canton, MO

Favorite Activity: Family Time

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ginger Lavender

Been at St. James since: April, 2017

How I Like To Connect in the Community? Through your kids!

Calissa Dauterman

Creative Worship Director (The Table)

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Favorite Activity: Singing

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Graeter's Toffee Chocolate Chip

Been at St. James since: June, 2017

How You Like To Connect in the Community: I love helping people identify and use their gifts in worship and service.

Michael Ervin

Director of Music Ministry

Hometown: Alexandria, AL

Favorite Activity: Musicking; fishing; anything involving water

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks

Been at St. James since: June, 2017

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Singing with local ensembles; helping with local food banks

Meredith Howell

Associate Director of Children’s Ministries

Hometown: Durham, NC

Favorite Activity: Stand up paddle boarding

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla

Been at St. James since: January 2014

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Through my children

Matthew Johnson

Ministry Intern

Updates soon

Hometown: Boonville, NC

Favorite Activity:

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:

Been at St. James since: June 2017

How I Like To Connect in the Community:

Stan Malone

Facilities Manager

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Favorite Activity: Caring for Dogs

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla

Been at St. James since: Member since May 1972/Staff since September 2007

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Dog Rescue

Craig Smith

Organist

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Favorite Activity: Caring for my two English Cream Goldens and playing the organ

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Banana Pudding

Been at St. James since: 1972

How I Like To Connect in the Community: I like to connect to others through the power of music.

Dawn Terrizzi

Office Coordinator

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Favorite Activity: Being at the beach with my family

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Chip

Been at St. James since: September, 2016

How I Like To Connect in the Community? By helping people and animals in need

Shannan Wassel

Business Administrator

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Favorite Activity: Exercise

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Oreo Cookie

Been at St. James since: June, 2015

Allen Whittaker

Director of Activities Ministries

Hometown: Enterprise, AL

Favorite Activity: Running and Disney

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

Been at St. James since: October, 2014

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Running (Atlanta Track Club)

Ryan Willette

Associate Director of Youth Ministries

Hometown: Garland, TX

Favorite Activity: River floating

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rocky Road

Been at St. James since: August, 2017

How I Like To Connect in the Community? By connecting with youth

Susannah Withers

Nursery Coordinator

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Favorite Activity: Reading and being at the beach

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Strawberry

Been at St. James since: Preschool family since 2013 / Staff May, 2017

How I Like To Connect in the Community: Volunteering with my children

Susan Viers

Preschool Director

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Favorite Activity: Swim and Read books

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

Been at St. James since: Teacher since 2003; Director February, 2016

How I Like To Connect in the Community? Love working at the hospitals and volunteering.