Rob Couch, Lead Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Robert G. (Rob) Couch began his appointment as Lead Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church on July 1, 2016. Rob and his wife Crystal have three children (David, Ethan, and Ella). He received his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rob served as an Associate Pastor at Christ UMC from 2000 to 2005. Rob is passionate about the church sharing the love of Christ in the community. In addition, Rob is a denominational leader serving as the Chair of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry and as an Alternate Jurisdictional Delegate. Throughout his career he has served at Christ UMC, Saraland UMC, and has come to us from First UMC in Prattville, Alabama.
Jeff Spiller, Founding Pastor
Rev. Jeffery R. (Jeff) Spiller was born September 2, 1954. He and his wife, Norma have two adult children, Melinda and Adam and two grandsons, Joseph and Jaxen. Jeff graduated from Huntingdon College with a B.A. and Candler School of Theology, Emory University with a Master in Divinity. In 1980, he was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church.
Jeff served as Senior Pastor of Christ UMC for 37 years. In 1979, he and 12 missioner families founded Christ UMC which became one of the fastest growing Methodist churches in the Alabama/West Florida Conference under his leadership. On July 1, 2016, Jeff retired from his role as Senior Pastor, but is still serving as a pastor at Christ UMC.
Jeff has written three books, Building a Regional Church…From The Ground Up!, Perceptions: Observations of Everyday Life Vol. I and Perceptions: Observations of Everyday Life Vol. II.
Jeremy Steele, Teaching Pastor
When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Rev. Jeremy Steele oversees our NewSong service as well as our new High Point service. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. He believes that we do that by discovering how we are part of the story that God has been telling since the creation of the world. Jeremy loves to write and has published several books, articles and resources for churches and is a regular contributor to Interpreter Magazine, Mycom, and Seedbed. You can find a list of all his resources at his website: JeremyWords.com
Jean Tippit, Discipleship Pastor
The Reverend Jean Tippit was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church after her graduation from Asbury Seminary, where she received a Masters of Divinity. Jean and her husband, Keith, have two beautiful girls, Ashley and Amy.
Jean served the Lord through youth ministry and ministry in the inner city of New Orleans and Mobile for over 20 years. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jean left youth ministry to assist full time in the recovery efforts. Most recently she has served as the pastor of churches in the Alabama-West Florida conference.
Jean has great heart for making disciples for the transformation of the world.
Bobby Williams, Pastoral Care Pastor
Rev. Bobby Williams came to Christ UMC in November 1999. A graduate of Satsuma High School, he has been in ministry since 1969. Bobby received a BA in Religion and a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from the University of Mobile. He is married to Nancy Williams, an instructor at the University of South Alabama. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Five of the grandchildren have been adopted. Bobby’s passion outside of his family is teaching the Word of God. In addition to his ministry at Christ UMC, he is an Adjunct Professor for Huntingdon College, teaching religion. In his spare time, he attempts to play golf.
Rob Blackwell, Administrator
Rob’s experience includes almost 30 years in church administration and business. He sees active church administration as a means of more efficiently and effectively using the church's resources to further its ministry goals, and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve Christ in his role at Christ UMC. Rob graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary. His wife Ellen is the Associate Director of College Counseling and Head Librarian at Bayside Academy. They have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children: Austin, Taylor and Sarah.
Brad Boland, Director of Ministries
Brad leverages more than 25 years of ministry experience to facilitate ministry and program development with Ministry Leaders and Volunteers. Brad graduated with a B.A. degree from Asbury University and an M.S. degree in Leadership from Southwestern University. His wife, Nicole, works with the Mobile County Public School System as a School Counselor and they have one daughter, Addison. Brad enjoys photography, music and keeping up with technology trends.
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRY TEAM
Ashley Walker | Director of Children's Ministry [Email]
Sam Taylor Gochey | Associate Children's Minister [Email]
Rheeta Morrow | Nursery Director [Email]
Teresa Jeffris | Nursery Director [Email]
Christie Ford | Kidz Crossing Director [Email]
Sunnilee Chafin | Kidz Crossing Asst. Dir./Human Resources [Email]
Marcia Jacobs | Group Life Minister [Email]
Patricia Parker | Finance Manager [Email]
Courtney Mathis | Executive Ministry Assistant [Email]
Sonya Carson | Adults/Admin. [Email]
Dawn Bratcher | Counseling/Director of Ministries/Membership [Email]
Emily Friend | Worship Arts/Kindermusik [Email]
Beth Lodwick | Finance, Youth & Children [Email]
Brittany Blackburn | Next Generation [Email]
Jonavin Murray | Chef [Email]
Aubrie Custred | Staff Counselor [Email]
Mike Smith | Facilities Director [Email]
Charles Hamrick | Maintenance Technician
Lydia Williams | Janitorial Staff
Kishad Sowels | Janitorial Staff
Hospitality & Connection
Lesly Barrow |Director of Hospitality & Connection [Email]
Joan Speed | Receptionist [Email]
Bonnie Malone | Volunteer Receptionist
Sue Harbin | Volunteer Receptionist
Gwen Reid | Volunteer Receptionist
Judy Sizemore | Volunteer Receptionist
Carol McArthur | Volunteer Receptionist
Pat Goodall | Volunteer Receptionist
Sharon Bush | Volunteer Receptionist
Patsy Vaughn | Volunteer Receptionist
Debbie Mathews | Volunteer Receptionist
Steve Ellisor | Recreation Minister [Email]
Rose Farnell | Sports Activities Minister [Email]
Marcia Horn | Recreation Assistant [Email]
Angelia Tait | Recreation Assistant [Email]
Glen McIntosh | Recreation Assistant [Email]
Jacob Mathis | Recreation Assistant
Chuck Dart | Recreation Assistant [Email]
Dajana Smiljanic | Recreation Assistant
Kristina Helms | Recreation Assistant
Carlos McMillian | Recreation Assistant
Ralph Gudeman | Worship Arts Minister [Email]
Colton Jones | NewSong Worship Arts Minister [Email]
Dale Gudeman | Kindermusik [Email]
Sarah Weeks | Director of Men's Ensemble/Renaissance [Email]
Jan McIntosh | Pianist
Kelley Burleson | Pianist