Meet Our Staff

Rev. Michael Morris

Senior Pastor
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Michael Morris became the pastor at St. Paul in July 2013 after serving Ellendale UMC in Bartlett, TN for the previous 12 years. Mike’s professional experience in ministry dates back to 1975 and involves 7 pastorates in Western Kentucky and Shelby County, TN and ministry at the Wesley Foundation at Memphis State University. Mike is a native of Paducah, KY. He received a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and graduate degrees from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Memphis State University. Mike has been married to Cindy (Hastas) from Western NY since 1977 and they have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Cindy works as a church administrator. Outside of church Mike enjoys reading, walking, and keeping up with St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Biblically, Mike finds his favorite inspirations, challenges, and hope from Genesis 1:27, So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them and from Ephesians 5:1-2, Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us.

Will Dougan

Director of Worship and Music
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Will Dougan joined the St Paul staff in 2007. He has 3 children and has been married to his wife, Angie since 1995. Will enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves, the Ole MIss Rebels, eating BBQ and is an avid shooter and outdoorsman.

Jill Kirk

Director of Children's Ministries
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Jill Kirk has been a member of St. Paul since 2001. In the Fall of 2007 she joined the staff as the Children’s Ministry Director. She and her husband Marty have been married since 1997 and have two children. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, garden and read.

Nancy Ytzen

Director of Nursery Ministries
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Nancy Ytzen joined the staff as Director of Nursery Ministries in July 2008. She and her late husband, Bob, became member of St. Paul in 1994 while Rev. Richard Smith was pastor. She is a mother of two sons and a daughter; and a grandmother of twelve. her focus in serving St. Paul has been working with young children (pre-school assistant teacher, children’s summer programs, and nursery ministries)

Rev. Shannon Pryor

Youth Pastor
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Shannon Dee Rogers Pryor joined the St. Paul Ministry Team in June of 2012 as the Youth Pastor. She brings with her a passion and enthusiasm for ministry to and with young people. Shannon is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church with a calling to Youth Ministry. She graduated Memphis Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 2009, is married and is blessed with one wonderful little boy. Her mission for our Youth Ministry is to encourage our young people to grow in Christ and discover how God is calling them to use their gifts and talents to live out their faith in both their current lives and in the future.

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Daina Aldrich

Preschool Director
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The St. Paul Preschool Director is Daina Aldrich. She has been a member of the staff team for 14 years and she really enjoys working with the families. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin with her BS in Physical Education. She came to us from the YMCA where she served as an Executive Director for the YMCA located on Quince Rd. in Memphis. She has been married for 20 years to Dave Aldrich and has 2 beautiful girls, Madison (18 yrs. old) and Brittan (15 yrs. old). She enjoys boating at Pickwick, shopping for bargins, reading and vacationing with here family. She has an open door policy and would welcome your visit at any time.

Vickie Hamilton

Office Administrator
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Vickie is the face of Saint Paul. She is friendly voice on the phone and the keeper of our church calendar. If you need to know anything about our ministries or special events she can provide you with the information you need to know.

Susan Holmes

Finance Administrator
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Susan Holmes joined the St. Paul staff in 2009. She has 2 grown children and has been married to her husband, Wes for 30 plus years. Susan and her family have been members since 1990 and over the years she has been involved in many areas of the church. She also enjoys Memphis Tiger and Grizzly basketball, boating, going to the beach, swimming, gardening, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Gary Goldsmith

Youth Music Director
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I started at St Paul UMC in 2011. I am a retired elementary music teacher. I enjoy playing different styles of music and creating in my woodshop, creating with musical instruments, teaching private lessons, and working with bonsai trees.