Thomas Martin, Senior Pastor
“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.”
Amber Lea Gray, Associate Pastor
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!
Candace Johnson, Minister to Children and Leisure Activities
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.
Jenny Byrd, Director of Activities Center and Community Outreach
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!
Nancy Nadolski, Preschool Director—
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.
Ann Hladilek, Administrative Assistant
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!!