Senior Pastor—Reverend Thomas Martin

“I am excited to be serving Sandy Springs in my second appointment.  I grew up in South Georgia, went to Birmingham-Southern College, married Leslie, went to Duke Divinity, where I graduated in 2008 and then served Peachtree Road UMC.  Along the way, Leslie and I got two dogs, Baxter and Georgia and two kids, Davis and Mills.  When Leslie and I aren’t spending time with each other and the dogs, we like to go to concerts together or play tennis.” [email protected]

Candace JohnsonMinister to Children and Leisure Activities—Candace Johnson

“Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I moved to Atlanta to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University and graduated with my MDIV in 2008. I couldn’t resist the warm weather and hospitality of Atlanta and am happy to live here now (but still cheer for my Pittsburgh Steelers!). I love getting the chance to explore the stories of our faith with children and their families.” [email protected]

jennifer wyantMinister to Youth and Conexus—Jennifer Wyant

“Welcome! I began working at SSUMC as a pastoral intern back in 2011, and even after my internship was over, I just couldn’t leave. After I graduated from Candler School of Theology, I continued working here with our awesome youth and new members alongside with my equally awesome husband, Guy. When I’m not here, I’m working on trying to get my PhD from Emory University. [email protected]

lara fergusonMinister of Music and Communications—Lara Ferguson

“I am excited to be a part of the staff and church family at Sandy Springs UMC. Since coming onboard in March of 2011 I have come to love the people and community. Serving at SSUMC gives me the opportunity to use my gifts and talents to help make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.” [email protected]

Director of Activities Center and Community Outreach–Jenny Byrd


“I grew up in Rome, Georgia, and graduated from the Emory University School of Business in 1979. My husband, Ed, and I have three grown children and we are huge SEC fans. Go Gamecocks! [email protected]

nancy-nadolskiPreschool Director—Nancy Nadolski

“I have been privileged to serve the preschool for twelve years. It is a blessing and privilege to work at SSUMC Preschool& Kindergarten. It is such a joy to see those smiling faces each day and to share Christ’s love with each child. [email protected]

ann hladilekAdministrative Assistant –Ann Hladilek

“I am the Administrative Assistant to the program staff at Sandy Springs UMC. It is such a rewarding position to support this team of dynamic and dedicated people. I am thrilled to be on their team!!” [email protected]

bobby shawMaintenance Director—Bobby Shaw

“I am excited to be the newest member of the SSUMC staff. I began my employ in May of 2014 and have tried to meet the challenges of day to day maintenance head on. I enjoy my work and being part of a team that is dedicated to serving the members of this Church and the surrounding community. I come from a construction background and led the team that built several churches over the last 12 years.” [email protected]