Pastor

Dr. Ed Tomlinson

 

Ed Tomlinson has been a member of the North Georgia Annual Conference since 1973. He has served at Northside, Mt. Bethel, Allgood Road, and Briarcliff Churches. Previously, he has been District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Roswell (1988-91) and Rome-Carrollton Districts. After 8 years as Executive Assistant to the Bishop, he was assigned to the Atlanta-Roswell District in 2007 and will finish a six year term before beginning service as Pastor at Lanier United Methodist Church in Cumming.

He has been a delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1988 and to General Conference since 2000. As first clergy elected in 2008, he was Vice Chairperson of the North Georgia delegation. He chaired the General Administration Legislative Committee at the 2004 General Conference.

Currently, Ed serves on the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and is a member of its Executive Committee. He is a member of the denomination’s Human Rights Task Force. Also, he was elected to the 2008-12 Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy which evaluates and assigns the bishops. He was previously a director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

His service extends to a number of boards and agencies of the North Georgia Annual Conference. He was the first President of Aldersgate Homes for the developmentally disabled. He served as Vice Chairperson of the North Georgia Board of Ordained Ministry. He was Chairperson of the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center Board. He was selected as Chairperson of the Conference Task Force on Persons Living in Poverty. He was chosen to Chair the Building Committee for the United Methodist Center at Simpsonwood. He was Conference Information Officer. He is a member of the Loan Committee of the North Georgia Foundation. He is now chairperson of Emory Pastoral Services Advisory Committee.

Ed is a graduate of Emory and Henry College, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M. Div.), and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH (Doctor of Ministry).

Ed and his wife, Nancy, have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

 

Director of Music

Jamie Smith

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Born and raised in Cumming, Georgia, I began playing music and singing at a young age playing piano and alto sax through my school years. My passion for music was carried into college. I graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Georgia in 1997 and 1999. After college I taught band for 8 years. Currently, I am teaching elementary music in Gwinnett County. In 1999 Jasper United Methodist church invited me to become the Associate Music and Worship Leader . I worked for 13 years with all aspects of the music programs including choral music, hand - bells, and instrumental ensemble. I was the director of the children’s music program and we performed two children’s musicals a year. Since August 2013 I have been a member of Concord Baptist Church in Cumming where I served as the Impact Elementary Choir Director. I am truly blessed to be the new Director of Music at Lanier United Methodist Church. Please join me in growing our music program as we worship our Heavenly Father. 

 

Office Administrator

Chris Williams

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Chris has worked as Lanier Church’s Administrative Assistant since November 2003.  Before coming to work at Lanier, she retired from Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T/Western Electric) after 30 years there.  As a corporate secretary, Chris worked up through the secretarial ranks from Departmental Secretary to the last 17 years as a Legal Secretaries in the Patent Law Department.

Chris moved to Cumming with her parents in 1968.  She is a 1973 graduate of Forsyth County High School and a 1976 graduate of Lanier Tech.  She and her husband live in Cumming on the road where he was born.  They have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  Other than being with her family, Chris enjoys the beach and sewing – especially quilting.  Chris and Ricky have been members of Lanier Church since 1997.  She sings with the Praise Team and the choir and enjoys being a part of the Lanier Women’s Ministry. 

 

Preschool

Lesli Gray, Director

Kelly Hollis, Assistant Director

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