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, Youth and Young Adults—Amber Lea Gray

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Minister 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]

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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