Staff

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. Leslie and I have two dogs, Baxter and Ruby, and three kids, Davis, Mills, and Mary Ellis.  When we aren’t spending time together as a family, Leslie and I like to go to concerts together or play tennis.”

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Minister 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]

Associate Pastor —Amber Lea Gray

“I am excited to join in the ministry here at Sandy Springs UMC. I grew up in NW Mississippi and I married my best friend November of 2013. We have an adorable little pup (Leo) and a cat (Luna). I have a BA in Religion from Carson Newman, a MS in Counseling from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology.  Here at Sandy Springs UMC I am going to be working with the youth, young adults, and doing some different adult ministries. For fun I like photography, writing, and taking Zumba classes!”

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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]

Preschool Director—Nancy Nadolski

“I have been privileged to serve the preschool since 2002. It is a blessing 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]

Administrative 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]


Finance Director—Eric Dickerson

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