Pastor – Rev. Julie Schendel –
Rev. Julie Schendel has been the senior pastor at Crossroads UMC since January 2019. She grew up in Lilburn and found her call to ministry in youth group at Snellville UMC. She received her BA in Religion from LaGrange College, her MDiv from Candler School of Theology, and will begin her DMin this Fall with Portland Seminary. Ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2010 Julie has served churches of various sizes including Covington, Snellville, Vinings, Peachtree Road and more. She served in mission projects around the world such as India, Philippines, Republic of Georgia, Bahamas, Nicaragua, and Honduras, and believes that the more we connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds, the more we can recognize one another as beloved children of God. Julie loves the theology of The United Methodist Church that focuses on grace and inviting everyone to the table. It is her passion to help people grow in their discipleship with Jesus Christ and learn how to connect with the wider community by sharing the love of Christ with everyone we meet. There is a place for you at Crossroads UMC and we would love to see you in worship!
Director of Music Ministries – Mary Lynn Luke –
Mary Lynn has worked with the Crossroads UMC music program since 1999. She is a choral director and pianist in the Conyers area. She commits herself fully to prepare quality music at both the contemporary and traditional worship services. Mary Lynn coordinates Crossroads’ drama ministry so that the message comes alive in alternative ways.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Nate Bramel –
Nate grew up in Roswell, GA and was raised in the Methodist Church, attending Mount Pisgah UMC. He majored in Journalism and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Nate found his call to ministry during his time both as a camper and counselor at Camp Glisson. After graduating in 2018, Nate served as an intern for the University of Georgia Wesley Foundation focusing on podcasting and discipleship. He also served as a full-time program intern for Glisson Camp and Retreat Ministries this past year. Nate will begin his MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University this fall.
Director of Children’s Ministries – Ginger Peek –
Ginger was born in Indianapolis, IN. She knows sign language and worked 8 years with special needs children in Pennsylvania’s public schools. She enjoys working with children, crafts, learning and constantly growing in her walk with God. She looks forward to working with your children in the many exciting programs that are available here at Crossroads UMC.
Praise Band Leader – Paul Hedges – Paul is a guitar and drum instructor in the Grayson area, where he lives with his wife, Ashlee. He has been blessed to have the opportunity to serve as worship leader for numerous retreats, conferences and events in the metro Atlanta area. Paul also writes and performs his own original worship and Christian inspirational music. He loves working with youth and seeing them grow closer to Christ through uninhibited worship.
Accounting Coordinator – Debbie Jenkins –
Debbie has been an active member of the Church of God a Worldwide Association, a non-denominational Christian church, for over 35 years. She was ordained a deaconess in 2002, and has served on her local church financial board. She moved to Conyers in 2015, to be close to her family. She is a mother and grandmother. She loves serving and do her best to put God first in her life. She is honored to serve as the Accounting Coordinator for Crossroads United Methodist Church.
Administrative Assistant – Carol Turner –
Carol is a native of Newton County, wife of a Baptist minister, mother and grandmother. Growing up in the home of a minister, she knows the importance of church administration and has served in that area for many years. “It is my pleasure to serve the staff and the congregation of Crossroads United Methodist Church.”