Church Staff

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Ellynda Lipsey

Rev. Ellynda Lipsey

Senior Pastor

(770) 921-8512 ext 214

Rev. Lipsey was born in Pakistan as the daughter of Methodist missionaries, Rev. Dr.  F. W. and Mrs. Ruby Ella Price. She has lived in many places and has loved her experiences in the church around the country and around the world. Following her college years as a Religion major at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, she became a US-2 National Division Missionary with the Board of Global Ministries.  She served in a Latin American congregation and community center in Long Beach, California and then served as a Church and Community Worker in Appalachia (Tishomingo County, Mississippi). Rev. Lipsey served as a Campus Minister at the University of Mississippi and Emory University.  She has also been on the pastoral staff for the following congregations: Epworth UMC (Candler Park), Hernando UMC, Hinds Chapel UMC, Mt. Zion UMC (Marietta), Glenn Memorial UMC, St. Timothy UMC, Embry Hills UMC.  She served as the Pastor in Charge of John Wesley UMC in Norcross and St. Timothy UMC in Stone Mountain. She is excited to be appointed as the new Senior Pastor at Mountain Park UMC and looks forward to sharing the love of Christ together and getting to know this community.

Rev. Lipsey is married to Hal Lipsey. The Lipseys will celebrate their 36th anniversary in June. In 1995 their foster daughter, Laura Telaku Lipsey Bray, came from Kosovo to become a part of their family. All together the family speaks ten languages.  Pentecost is always one of their favorite Sundays!

Rev. Tyler Jackson

Rev. Tyler Jackson

Associate Pastor

(770) 921-8512 ext 224

Tyler graduated in 2010 from the University of Georgia earning a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in Art X – Experimental Arts. Tyler earned his Masters of Divinity at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2014. Tyler has experience helping plant an urban church on Atlanta’s east side - Eastside UMC - having developed the arts ministry, prayer ministry and congregational care, as well as leading in a host of different ways. Currently, Tyler is in his first year as a Provisional Elder and happily serves as the Associate Pastor at Mountain Park UMC. Tyler leads the contemporary worship service, missions, and assists with congregational care.

When not at church, Tyler loves spending time with his wife, Natalie, and their 3 year old son, Gabriel. He also enjoys reading, watching Netflix, listening to a variety of podcasts, as well as finding new ways channel his creativity.

Rev. Charles Barnes

Rev. Charles Barnes

Pastor Emeritus

If you have ever visited the Traditional Worship Service, you have probably met Charles. He's the one who noticed you as a visitor the moment you drove into the parking lot and made his way over to you before you could sit down. Charles is a retired Methodist pastor who once served Mountain Park UMC many, many years ago.

Program Staff

Rachel Hockman

Rachel Hockman

Director of Family Ministries

(770) 921-8512 ext 223

Rachel was at Mountain Park UMC for two years as the Associate Director of Children's Ministry before accepting the role of Director of Family Ministries. Rachel has served in UMC churches for 9 years and has a background in children, youth, and administration. Rachel graduated from LaGrange College with a BA in Religion (concentration in Church Leadership). Rachel is married to Trey, who serves as the Worship and Arts Pastor at The Nett Church. Rachel enjoys theatre, star gazing, going to Disney World, and spending time with her dog, Toby.

Josh Henley

Josh Henley

Director of Youth Ministries

(770) 921-8512 ext 217

Josh Henley is an Alabama native with a Bachelors of Science in Geography (specializing in environment and natural resources) from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Josh has 10 years experience working with youth between volunteer and work positions.   Most recently Josh was the Assistant Director of Student Ministries at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Josh is married to Meredith, who works as a Physician Assistant at a practice in Gainesville, GA. In his spare time, Josh loves to cook, play board games, watch football, and spend time with his wife, son (Thomas), and cat (Quill).

Courtney Wallace

Courtney Wallace

Associate Director of Children's Ministries

(770) 921-8512 ext 220

Courtney grew up in the metro-Atlanta area.  She graduated from Georgia State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and has served in children's and youth ministries all over the state of Georgia.  She is married to Robert and has two beautiful children, Kaylee and Bo.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with her family, and watching college football.

Christine Barfield

Christine Barfield

Preschool Director

(770) 921-8512 ext 216

Christine has been a member of our community for 26 years. Christine has worked with MPUMC Preschool for twelve years. She and her husband Ted have three boys Christopher (married to Lindsey), Alexander (Graduate student at UGA) and Ben (Engineering student at Georgia Southern). Now an empty-Nester she has a passion for rescue dogs. In her free time, you can find her running, hiking or kayaking with her husband.

Susan Farris

Susan Farris

Director of Music Ministries

(770) 921-8512 ext 226

Susan came to Mountain Park UMC from Aldersgate UMC in the Huntsville, AL, area, where she was the Director of Music Ministries for  two years. Prior to that, she spent seven years as the Director of Traditional Music and Arts at Asbury UMC, also in the Huntsville area. In all of the churches she has served, Susan has grown and developed the music programs to give opportunities for as many people as possible to participate in the music ministry of the church. Susan brings a wealth of experience, talent, creativity and enthusiasm.

Chris Tweedy

Chris Tweedy

Worship Coordinator

(770) 921-8512 ext 228

Chris Tweedy is a retired librarian, member of MPUMC since 1989, mom of 3, grandma of 2, and she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, sewing and crocheting things for her family and friends. She is also a certified lay servant and a Stephen Minister.  Chris worked for 17 years as a professional librarian and then home-schooled my children for the next 10 years after that.  She enjoys serving God’s people here at Mountain Park.

Leo Paskell

Leo Paskell

Worship Leader

"Imitate me as I follow Christ", a scripture written by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 11:1 accurately describes the life of Leonardo Paskell Jr.  Raised in Stone Mountain Georgia, Leo gave his life to Christ as a young man, but it wasn't until his sophomore year at DeKalb School of the Arts that he truly dedicated his life completely to Christ. Since then, he has lived a life that seeks to bring glory and honor to God through music and fellowship. Leo is a very inspirational and God-fearing young man whose ministry has touched the hearts of many and when he is not teaching at a college retreat, leading praise and worship, or facilitating a young adult small group in his living room, he can be found studying  for an exam at Georgia State University where he is a graduating senior with a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies.

Administration

Londa Bennett

Londa Bennett

Financial Administrator

(770) 921-8512 ext 213

Londa can help you with any of your church financial concerns.  If you have questions about giving, your contribution statement, or any financial transactions with the church, please feel free to contact her.  Londa has over 20 years experience in finance and business administration specializing in 501(c)(3) organizations with a focus on church finance management.  She holds an Associate Degree in Biblical studies and enjoys serving in the Kingdom of God.  In her spare time, Londa enjoys music and travel.

Ed Birt

Ed Birt

Office and Communications Manager

(770) 921-8512 ext 210

Ed Birt is an Atlanta native. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University and is completing a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Ed has served in various volunteer and staff positions in large, medium and smaller churches and is excited about bringing administrative, organizational and technological skillset in service to God and God’s people. He is married to Karla and has two sons Stephen and Sidney.

Shaysha Kingsbury

Shaysha Kingsbury

Church Secretary

(770) 921-8512 ext 211

Shaysha has served MPUMC in an office administrative capacity since 2008.  An advocate for the homeless, she serves at the Conference level as member-at-large for North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council.  She is a strong advocate and supporter of afflicted families like hers who have loved ones who suffer from addictions and mental illness.  Shaysha resides in Snellville with her husband Bill where they are active members of SUMC.  Shaysha enjoys entertaining, reading, bicycling and golf.

Teilynn Ivey

Teilynn Ivey

Administrative Assistant

(770) 921-8512 ext 211

Teilynn Ivey grew up in Avondale Estates and graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College with a BA in Human Learning and a minor in Business Administration.  Teilynn has served in various church ministries including Preschool Director and Teacher, Youth Administrator, and Methodist Children's Home Administrator.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Dallas, and their children Dash and Jane. Teilynn is also an active member at University Heights UMC in Decatur.

Hank Majors

Hank Majors

Building Maintenance Supervisor

(770) 921-8512 ext 215

Hank is one-half of our wonderful maintenance crew. He is married to Debbie and they have three children and two grandchildren. He and his wife volunteer at SPAY Atlanta and Southeastern Greyhound Adoption. In his spare time, Hank enjoys gardening.

Steven Weimar

Steven Weimar

Maintenance

(770) 921-8512 ext 218

Steven makes up the other half of our wonderful maintenance crew. Steven likes to attend country music concerts and UGA football games. He also volunteers with the church's youth group.

In Memoriam

Rev. Mike Whittaker

Rev. Mike Whittaker

Associate Pastor Emeritus

Mike, our former Associate Pastor after 4 ½ years of dedicated service to Mountain Park UMC passed away on Saturday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m.