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

Staff

Shannan Wassel

Business Administrator

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga

Favorite Activity: Exercise

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Oreo Cookie

Been at St. James since: June, 2015

Susan Viers

Preschool Director

Title: Director of Preschool

Hometown: Birmingham AL

Favorite Activity: Swim and Read books

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

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

How I like to connect/volunteer in the community? Love working at the hospitals and volunteering.

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 You Like To Connect in the Community: Dog Rescue

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/volunteer in the community? Heavily involved in Athletics at Dunwoody High School

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

Meredith Howell

Interim Director of Children’s Ministry

Hometown: Durham, NC

Favorite Activity: Stand up paddle boarding

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla

Been at St. James since: January 2014

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

Linda Merrill

Director of Music Ministry

Hometown: Richmond, Va

Favorite Activity: Watching grandson, Sewing, and Walking (hiking, too!)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Caramel

Been at St. James since: August, 1989

How You Like To Connect in the Community: Working with neighborhood group

Emily Porter

Associate Director of Student Ministry

Hometown: Griffin, GA.

Favorite Activity: Hiking and Sewing

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate

Been at St. James since: September 2016

How I like to connect/volunteer in the community? I run a free coffee house for students as an outreach at Georgia Tech.