Skip comes to Brookhaven after vocational work in congregational, academic and pastoral care and counseling settings. He has served churches in Texas and the Atlanta area. Skip was raised in North Carolina, where he still has family, but lives in Gwinnett County with his wife, Dale Ann, and their amazing daughter, Bethany.
Skip’s passion lies with the reality of divine grace, a grace that can be realized through everyday relationships with God and neighbor and which can be encountered through the community of the local church. He celebrates the good gift of life that is bestowed through Jesus Christ and the ongoing availability of redemption.
He is often caught short by the wonder of God’s creation and the surprising movement of the Holy Spirit that can illuminate the smallest moments of the day.
Director of Music Ministries
Don has been the Director of Music at Brookhaven United Church for five years. Prior to that, Don was a full time, professional pianist in NYC. Don was raised Roman Catholic (and was even an altar boy!) at St. Mary’s church in the small, vacation town of Wells, Maine. It was there where he realized his love of music. Don eventually left Maine to spend two years at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied classical piano and received his high school diploma. After studying at New England Conservatory and receiving his Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, from Long Island University, he made a name for himself in NYC as a pianist and accompanist. In addition to playing keyboards on Broadway for such hits as Wicked and Little Mermaid, Don maintained a private piano studio of 30+ students and freelanced throughout NYC, Long Island and Connecticut. After spending 21 years as a church pianist and music director, Don is excited to continue serving BUMC and looks forward to what the future holds!
-Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Psalm 105:2
Director of Children’s Ministries
Gia comes to us from Nassau, The Bahamas and is currently a student at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in the Master of Theology program. She graduated from Candler in May 2017 with a Masters of Divinity. Gia has a passion for ministry and working with children. She is excited to be working with the children at Brookhaven UMC. Gia is also pursuing Elder ordination in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching old black and white movies.
Nancy joined the Brookhaven UMC staff in October 2016 after a 30 year career in healthcare at Shepherd Center, Inc. and Alliant Quality. Nancy is an Atlanta native and is a graduate of The University of Georgia. She is married and lives in Sandy Springs with her husband, Jeff and chocolate lab, Kassie. Nancy has 2 children, Meredith ~ a Science teacher at Peachtree Charter Middle School and Michael ~ an Engineer at the Savannah River Site. In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with family and loved ones, playing tennis and baking.
Child Development Center Director