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Rev. Dr. Brad Thomas

Rev. Dr. Brad Thomas

Senior Pastor

pastor@stpaul-lakeland.org

A Couple of Things I Want You To Know…..

Two things I believe important to share are where I ground the essence of my vocational self-understanding and a vital role I will work to maintain throughout whatever years God provides us to walk in service together.

First, the most direct way I can articulate my sense of vocational identity is this: I am a pastor first, a minister second, and a preacher third.

Second, “pastor as an outsider”. While Rebecca and I look forward to becoming an integral part of the fellowship life of the St. Paul’s faith family and community, some gifts a pastor can provide a congregation are their role as a consultant and as a lead questioner of “the way we’ve always done it.” “Pastor as Outsider” is that part of my vocation which asks me to keep the “big picture” before the congregation – especially in periods of stagnancy, transition, or conflict.

Rather than take up any more space offering an additional interpretation of what those two things mean, I’d encourage a conversation around any questions you have when we meet.

Spouse:
Rebecca Burnette Thomas
Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Children:
Mary Thomas 22yrs.
Graduated from Rhodes College in May 2021 – with plans to attend law school.

Bradly Thomas 19yrs.
Class of ‘22 at Central High School with plans to attend Moore Tech and Southwest Community College. 

Jill Kirk

Jill Kirk

Children's Ministry Director

 

Jill Kirk is the Children’s Ministry Director at St Paul UMC.  Jill and her family have been members of St Paul since 2002 and became the Children’s Director in 2006.  Jill and her husband Marty live in Arlington and have two children, Abigail and Garrett. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.
You can contact her by emailing Children@stpaul-lakeland.org

Alison Sink

Alison Sink

Youth Director

Alison Sink is the youth director at St Paul UMC. She grew up in North Carolina and graduated from undergrad from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is at St Paul through the Center for Youth Ministry Training master program and is working on her masters degree in youth ministry. In her free time she loves to hike, do pottery, and play board games. You can contact her by emailing youth@stpaul-lakeland.org 

Jessica Clough

Jessica Clough

Preschool Director

 

Jessica Clough has been a professional educator since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas. Jessica is recognized as a board-certified teacher by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  Jessica began her ministry at St. Paul UMC Preschool in 2017 as an Assistant Teacher before becoming the Director.  She enjoys welcoming all families in the community to the preschool and building strong relationships with the students, their families, and the preschool and church staff. Jessica has three beautiful children Reagan, Asa, and Mayleigh.  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, playing the piano, and watching the Chicago Bears.
You can contact her by emailing Preschool@stpaul-lakeland.org

Elizabeth Fields

Elizabeth Fields

Finance Administrator

 You may contact her by emailing finance@stpaul-lakeland.org

 

Ellie Tieman

Ellie Tieman

Office Administrator

 

Ellie was born in East Ridge, TN but raised in the Memphis area since she was toddling around in diapers. Ellie attended Highland Heights United Methodist in Memphis, TN until 2001 where she was a part of the youth group when Pastor Brad Thomas & his wife welcomed their first child.
Ellie and her husband Tim have been together since 2012 and married in December 2017. They have a few dogs and welcomed their first son in December 2022, born 7 weeks premature. Ellie rotates her Sundays at Grace Celebration Church with her husband Tim, where her father-in-law, Rev. Dr. Terry Tieman, is the pastor and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Ellie always keeps everyone on their toes with her exciting and hilarious antics. There is no telling what she may say or do from one moment to the next.
You may contact Ellie by emailing, SPUMC@stpaul-lakeland.org

Jon Steadman

Jon Steadman

Director of Music Ministries

Jon Steadman is proud to be St. Paul’s new Director of Music Ministry. He grew up in central Mississippi, where he gave his life to Christ in 1996. Since then, he has been faithfully committed to serving in music ministry. Jon holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis, and has been a Director of Music Ministries for various Memphis UMC congregations for almost 15 years. In 2019, he married Jennifer, the love of his life. They live in Bartlett, TN with their six children. For many years, Jon has taught private voice instruction, coached singers in vocal diction, and led various vocal and instrumental ensembles: choirs, bands, orchestras, and handbell ensembles. Jon is incredibly excited to join the St. Paul family and witness music be the vessel for the Holy Spirit’s transformative power to challenge us and soften hearts so that all at St. Paul UMC may share in the abundant love that God so freely bestows upon us. Most importantly, he is excited for the opportunity to lead people to the redemptive power of Christ and to encourage and bolster their faith and strengthen their relationship with Him.
You can contact Jon by emailing, spumcmusic2949@gmail.com