Our Staff

Our Ministers

Shane Green

Senior Minister

Shane Green has been St. Paul’s Senior Minister since 2012.  He is a graduate of Columbus State University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Southern Methodist University.

Shane is married to Brooke Ragan Green, and together they have two children.

He is an ordained Elder and passionate about evangelism. Convinced of God’s desire to transform the world through Jesus Christ, Shane strives to make God’s Kingdom a reality.


Phone: 706-327-7419

Email: shane@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

John Fugh, Jr.

Associate Minister


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 205

Email: john@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Buddy Cooper

Associate Minister

Edwin “Buddy” Marshall Cooper Jr., is married to Sheila Davis Cooper.  Their children are Eddie Cooper (III) and Charlotte Cooper MacDonald (married to Jason MacDonald).  They have two grandchildren, Elli and Emma.  Buddy and Sheila are also loving parents to their furbaby Abby, a Llewellin Setter.

Buddy went to Fort Valley High School before continuing his education at Middle GA College and GA Southern University in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics.  He felt called to ministry, where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry in Leadership Development at Emory University, Candler.

Buddy has worked extensively throughout the South Georgia area in the Macon District Board of Ministers.  He was the Senior Minister of St. Paul UMC from 1998 to 2012 before becoming Columbus District Superintendent, then Dean of the South Georgia Cabinet.  Afterwards, Buddy became the Northwest District Superintendent before retiring to spend time with his grandchildren.  He continues to minister as one of St. Paul’s Associate Pastors and is on the Ministerial Staff of St. Francis Hospital.

Buddy is an avid and talented golfer and an author of theologian books.  He says, “I love teaching the Bible, history related to our journey, and parables of modern life that illustrate master truths in such a way that they become paradigms of that truth for us.”  Buddy is also a member of MENSA.


Phone: 706-327-7419

Email: buddy@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Our Program Staff

Grace Bailey

Director of Education & Women's Ministry

An Alabama native, Grace graduated from the University of Montevallo with a degree in Education.  She is married to Everett, and they are proud parents, in-laws, and grandparents to Meredith, Ian, Cullen and Brody McKenzie respectively.  She is honored and humbled to serve Christ by serving members of St. Paul.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 207

Email: grace@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Theresa Holzknecht

Media Director

Theresa holds Bachelor’s degrees in Photographic Design (UGA) and Communications — Integrated Media (CSU).  She worked as an art teacher at Columbus High School, then worked at St. Paul as the Director of MMO and Preschool.

Theresa is now the Media Director for St. Paul.  She is humbled to be able to share the visuals she creates for St. Paul’s teachings in hopes of sharing with others how she sees our beautiful world.

Theresa has two sons, Jackson Holzknecht Steers and Charley Holzknecht Steers.  Like their mom, Jackson and Charley are both interested in photography and digital media.


Phone: 706-327-7419

Email: theresa@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Mary Lou Jarrell

Connections Coordinator

Mary Lou Jarrell is a Columbus native and has been a member of St. Paul UMC almost all of her life. Recently retired from teaching math at Brookstone, she has taken on the new role of Connections Coordinator.

She is married to Charlie and they have two children, Scott (married to Courtney, granddaughter Robyn and grandson Evan), and Maggie who both grew up at St. Paul.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 225

Email: marylou@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Sally Key Bowden

Director of Children's Ministry

While a student at Auburn University, I learned the importance and effectiveness of relational ministry as I had the opportunity to serve as a Young Life/WyldLife Leader. Living in Memphis, TN for the past two years, I worked on Young Life Staff which helped me to gain valuable experience with youth.

Spending time with kids and getting to know them is one of the most effective ways to share the love of Jesus, and there is nothing I love more.

I have never met a stranger and consider myself to be an expert in loquaciousness, however, some might say I talk a little too much. Besides spending time with kids and friends young and old, I LOVE music.

I’m pretty much always listening to all types of music. I enjoy an occasional concert, but mainly classic/southern rock cover bands. Who doesn’t love a good Marshall Tucker cover?!? I also enjoy collecting old editions of Gone With The Wind, a story I’ve loved since I was four years old (my dog, Aunt Pitty, was named after Aunt Pitty Pat from GWTW).


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 209

Email: sally@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Nan Konze

Director of Preschool

Nan has been married to Mike for over 30 yrs, “GranNan” to seven, “mom” to three, and “Miss TaDah” to many and proud of each title.

“Encouragement is a priority in my life as I try to reflect His light. I feel like I am in the right place in my life, in my career, and in my heart. I love sharing moments with children and their parents as they struggle to become whom they are meant to become.”

Favorite Verse: Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge.


Phone: 706-327-7452

Email: nan@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Wayne Martz

Director of Music Ministry

Born in Ohio, Wayne  is an alumnus of the American Boychoir School, Princton, N.J., the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Michigan, and Graduated from Westminster Choir College, Princton, N.J. with a degree in Church Music/Organ.

He has worked Full time since 1983 in various Churches and denominations. Married to Jeanne Martz in 1987, they have 2 grown children, Rachel Martz and Luke Martz.

Wayne and Jeanne have joyfully worked together with children’s choirs continuously and harmoniously since 1988. Through the music ministry, Wayne and Jeanne seek to draw the hearts and minds of all people closer to God.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 211

Email: waynemartz@gmail.com

Jeanne Martz

Director of Children's Music

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Jeanne graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a degree in Flute Performance. Upon graduation she immediately joined the Charleston Symphony until 1987 when she married Wayne Martz.

Jeanne began working with Wayne teaching Children’s Choirs in 1988. In 2004 Wayne and Jeanne moved to Columbus in 2004 to serve at St. Paul. At that time Jeanne became a licensed realtor and has worked at Coldwell Banker ever since.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 211

Laura Marvets

Director of Youth Ministry

Laura serves as the Youth Director at St. Paul. Born in Marietta Ga and raised in Columbus Ga, Laura spent her childhood years on a tennis court. She attended North Georgia College and State University with a tennis scholarship. Later, transferring to Columbus State University where she graduated with a Exercise Science Degree and three successful years of college tennis.

Laura is married to Jay Marvets. She enjoys painting, exercising, discovering new music, traveling, and cooking. Jay and Laura have two dogs – Bo, and June, that they adore!


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 216

Email: laura@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Logan Ogletree

Youth Ministry Assistant

Logan Ogletree is a Columbus native who graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Marketing. He drastically grew in his relationship with God in the youth at St. Paul in 2011. Logan is very excited to be back where it all started and to share that love through ministry.


Phone: 706-327-7452

Email: logan@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Our Support Staff

Tim Farmer

Church Administrator

Tim is a graduate of Columbus High School and Columbus State University.  He retired from Columbus Bank and Trust Company, after 38 years, in August, 2013.  Tim is currently working as Church Administrator for St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Tim is married to Jamie Farmer and they have three daughters: Costa Head, Marianna Farmer, and Sarah Beth Guidry.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 210

Email: tim@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Kathy Hollon

Executive Program Assistant

Kathy graduated from Columbus State University with a degree in Business Administration. She is married to Gary and they are proud parents to Emily.

In their spare time, the family enjoys boating on local area lakes.

She feels blessed to be a part of the St. Paul Staff.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 201

Email: kathy@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Joyce Johnson

Office Assistant


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 218

Email: joyce@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Cindy Lee

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Lee was born in Columbus but was educated in Fulton County/Atlanta public schools and Business College. She has worked in various areas at St. Paul for over two decades including the kitchen staff, the janitorial staff, the nursery staff/Nursery Coordinator, and has served in her current position as the Administrative Assistant since September 2001.

“I love being a part of the St. Paul staff because the people that worship, volunteer and serve this church are AWESOME! They have been the best role models, mentors, and examples to live by because of how they love the Lord, care for their church, give back to the community, and impact the world. St. Paul continues to be a blessing to me, my two daughters, and my family.”


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 202

Email: cindyl@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Susan Scott

Preschool Faculty & Nursery Coordinator


Susan loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loves all types of arts and crafts projects, reading, cooking, gourmet coffee, and trying new things.

“I love to teach because I have always loved learning myself and want to share that thrill with others. I especially love teaching children, they are so eager and excited to learn new things.”

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Cindy Shavers

Financial Secretary

Cindy came to St. Paul in the summer of 2006 as the Financial Secretary.  Cindy grew up in church but as she grew older, life took over.  She rededicated her life to the Lord in 1996.  She is now very involved within her local church.  In addition to her local church, she is active within the Christian Motorcyclist Association for the past 23 years.  Cindy is married to Donnie and they have three children and seven grandchildren.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 204

Email: cindys@stpaulunitedmethodist.com

Beauty Stephens

Director of Food Services

Beauty has been a part of the St. Paul kitchen staff for many, many years. She became the Kitchen Director in 2016.

She and her staff enjoy preparing the best meals and desserts possible that are sure to leave your taste buds wanting more! She loves trying new recipes and making sure the kitchen is in tip top shape.

She is the mother of three daughters, one son, and 11 grandchildren. She enjoys spending quality time with her children and grandchildren, reading the Bible, and baking up goodies in the kitchen. She loves the Lord and feels blessed to share in that with the St. Paul family.


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 219

Our Preschool Faculty

Kassie Burke

Preschool Faculty

TK – Transitional Kindergarten

Kassie and her husband, Joe have been married for almost 7 years. They have one toddler daughter, Raegan. They are from North Carolina but moved to Georgia in 2013 for the military. They have two dogs, Jaxon and Bentley. In 2011, she graduated from UNC-Pembroke with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education.

Nikki English

Preschool Faculty


Nikki is a wife of 6 years to Clinton Pugh and a mom of 6 – one biological (24) 2 adopted (11) and (10) and 3 foster babies that are her world. She has been a foster parent for over 20 years and is proud to make a difference in the lives of so many.

“I’m really excited about every day at St Paul Preschool and can’t wait until I can get to know my babies and see them learn and laugh each day.”

Favorite Verse: Proverbs 31:25
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Jayme Graham

Preschool Faculty


Jayme is a military wife and mother to a miracle little boy. She enjoys going on trips (mainly to Disney), the theatre, and spending time with her family.

“I have been working with children since I was in middle school at my church. I love to watch them learn and grow and to see things from a child’s perspective. I am truly blessed to be at St Paul Preschool!! “

Favorite Verse: Proverb 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Debra Hartman

Preschool Faculty


Debra has two children, Michael and Sarah, and 2 granddaughters. She loves spending time with her family including her cat, Tabby. She also likes to read and shop.

“I have always loved children. It amazes me how much children change in their first year and I like knowing that I have a small part in giving them a positive start.”

Favorite verse: Proverbs 22:6
Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he shall not turn from it.

Pam Holloman

Preschool Faculty


Pam has been married for over 30 years to her husband, Allen. They are blessed with one daughter (Loryn) a wonderful son in law (Drew) and two beautiful grandchildren (Charlee and Grayson) that are her world.

“Becoming a ‘Mimi’ has been the greatest joy imaginable. I have always loved children and hoped God would allow me to have several; however, God had plans for me to protect and love other children of which I take that responsibility to heart. Children are, without question, our most precious treasures. Watching them grow and flourish brings to me the greatest happiness and I know God has placed me in the right place at St. Paul Preschool.”

Favorite Verse: Proverbs 22:6
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Lynn LeGallais

Preschool Faculty


Lynn loves spending time with her husband and two teenage children. Her extended family consists of four cats and a dog. She enjoys reading, going to the theater and working in the yard.

“I love working with children. They are at the stage in their lives where they are finding their independence. They are like little sponges, absorbing all they can. Seeing the pride on their faces after completing an activity is priceless.”

Favorite Verse: Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Morgan Podger

Preschool Faculty


Morgan loves spending time with her 3 wonderful children. She is a “baseball mom” so she spends a lot of time on the road traveling to out of town games.
“I teach because I absolutely love being around children. I love watching them smile and laugh. It makes me feel good to watch them learn and to see what they accomplish during the school year. Each child is such a blessing and I am thankful God has blessed me with the opportunity to work at St. Paul.”

Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Caroline Pugh Anthony

Preschool Faculty


Caroline has been married to Carl Anthony for 12 years. Between the two of them, they have 4 children – three boys & one girl and 4 grandchildren, three girls and one boy. She works for Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, and St Paul Preschool.

“I’m a busy bee and enjoy my babies when I’m not working and singing. Giving God all the praise for keeping me through it all.”

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Donyetta “Dee Dee” Rembert

Preschool Faculty


Dee Dee loves spending time with family & friends, shopping, doing makeup and traveling.

“No children or nieces/nephews of my own, however, my love for children runs deep. I enjoy watching them grow, learn and become little independent individuals each day. Working at St. Paul has truly been a joy.”

Favorite verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Shay Rodriguez

Preschool Faculty


Shay has been married to her husband, Edward, for eight years and is a mother of three beautiful babies and a fur baby Lab. She enjoys crafting where she says that she is a jack of all trades but master of none.

“I truly enjoy watching each child blossom into tiny little people with such vibrant personalities! I am beyond grateful to be assisting with their growth and development.”

Favorite Verse: Psalm 115:14
May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children.

JoDee Rovig

Preschool Faculty

Movers and Shakers

JoDee has been married to her husband, Josh, for almost 10 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Railee and Andi Lynn. She also has two fur babies Layla and Chloe. JoDee enjoys going to the park with her family, running, and date nights.

“I am excited about being a teacher at St. Paul Preschool. I love watching the children grow throughout the year and develop their own little personalities. Seeing their smiling faces every morning is one of the highlights of my day. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for my class!”

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble.

Susan Scott

Preschool Faculty & Nursery Coordinator


Susan loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loves all types of arts and crafts projects, reading, cooking, gourmet coffee, and trying new things.

“I love to teach because I have always loved learning myself and want to share that thrill with others. I especially love teaching children, they are so eager and excited to learn new things.”

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Teresa Tipton

Preschool Faculty


Teresa loves spending time with her family. She has 2 sons and 2 grandsons. She enjoys the beach, reading, crocheting, and watching movies.

“I love watching the babies change as the year progresses. At the beginning of the year they are so little and by the end of the year they are all walking.”

Favorite Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:7
For we live by faith, not by sight.

Isabel “Izzy” Torres

Preschool Faculty


Isabel is a new mom to a sweet toddler son named Paxton. He attends St.Paul preschool as well.

“Paxton has brought so much joy to my life which has given me such a huge passion for interacting and teaching children. Children are our future and what better way to make the world a better place than to teach them the best ways of life.”

Favorite bible verse: 1 John 3:18
Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Zsa Zsa Walton

Preschool Faculty


Zsa Zsa is a sister, wife, and mother of three. Two girls: Danielle (USAF active duty veteran) and Priia (our loud and in charge handi-capable queen in training) and one son: Kevin – a debonair, generous low key tech-savvy geek.

“I love the Lord and stand on his word. I get through any of life’s challenges by lifting Praises and having Faith that my Father has me covered in the blood. I pray over and for each and every child every morning. I love on and hug on them just like I still do with my own. I’m a tactile learner so… I’m a tactile teacher! We MAKE MESSES AND HAVE FUN!!!!”

Favorite Verse: Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Kristy Watkins

Preschool Faculty


Kristy loves spending time with her 3 kids and husband. She is a “soccer mom” so she loves watching soccer, especially when her kids are playing.

“I teach because I absolutely believe it was my calling. I was a stay-at-home mom and didn’t know what I was going to do since my kids were older, and truly believe this is where God wants me to be. I love watching the kids enthusiasm when learning and how much they pick up in a year!”

Favorite Verse: Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.