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Jeff Spiller, Senior Pastor

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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 has served as Senior Pastor of Christ UMC for 35+ 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.

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.


Danny Doss, Counseling Minister


Danny Doss is a Pastoral Counselor and ordained Elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Rev. Doss served churches throughout our conference for 25 years including: Troy First UMC, Gulf Shores UMC, Trinity UMC, Geneva First UMC and Hope Hull UMC. Rev. Doss was certified a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors in 1985 and licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in Alabama in 1998. He has served as the Director of the Counseling Ministry at Christ UMC since 2001. He is married to Kim Guy Doss of Opelika and they have a daughter, Rebecca, a student at the University of Alabama.

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Jim Kinder, NewSong Pastor

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Jim has been part of the Christ UMC team since July 2005. He has two grown sons, a miniature schnauzer and wants a Harley. You will often see Jim literally "running around town" as he prepares for his next running adventure. A graduate of Asbury Seminary, Jim received his Doctorate of Ministry in 2002; however, he will not respond to you if you call him Dr. Kinder.

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Jeremy Steele, Next Generation Minister

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When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy oversees our children, youth and college ministries, in addition to leading our Evening Worship 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. His most recent book is Taboo: The Questions You Aren’t Supposed to Ask. You can find a list of all his resources at his website:


Bobby Williams, Pastoral Care Minister


Bobby 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 over 25 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 works as the College Counselor and Middle & Upper School Librarian at St. Luke’s Episcopal School. They have been married for 28 years and have three children: Austin (23), Taylor (19) and Sarah (17).


Brad Boland, Director of Ministries

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Brad leverages more than 20 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. They have a 6 year old daughter, Addison. Brad enjoys photography, music and keeping up with technology trends.



Ashley Walker | Director of Children's Ministry [Email]
Sam Taylor Gochey | Associate Children's Minister [Email]
Courtney Mathis | Next Generation Volunteer Coordinator [Email]
Rheeta Morrow | Nursery Director [Email]
Teresa Jeffris | Nursery Director [Email]
Christie Ford | Kidz Crossing Director [Email]


Mike Rollins |  Director of Youth Ministry [Email]


Marcia Jacobs | Group Life Minister [Email]


Patricia Parker | Finance Manager [Email]


Trish Doughtery | Worship Arts/Kindermusik [Email]
Sonya Carson | Adults/Admin. [Email]
Dawn Bratcher | Counseling/Director of Ministries/Membership [Email]
Faye Sellers | Executive Ministry Assistant [Email]
Beth Lodwick | Finance, Youth & Children [Email]
Brittany Blackburn | Next Generation [Email]
Lesly Barrow | Communication Department [Email]


Kerry Cohen | Communication Director [Email] [Facebook]
Hannah Wilson | Media & Graphics Director [Email] [Facebook]
Pat Murphy | Media Technician [Email]
Andrew Robin | Associate Director of Newsong Media [Email]
Michael Seale | Associate Director of Sanctuary Media [Email]


Aubrie Custred | Staff Counselor [Email]


Mike Smith | Facilities Director [Email]
John Bass | Janitorial Manager [Email]
Charles Hamrick | Maintenance Technician
Lydia Williams | Janitorial Staff
Charles Glass | Janitorial Staff


Donna Alexander | Member Care [Email]
Kim Pratt | Senior Adults [Email]


Linda King | Receptionist [Email]
Bonnie Malone | Volunteer Receptionist
Sue Harbin | Volunteer Receptionist
Nancy Hawkins | 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
Toni Wharton | Recreation Assistant
Carlos McMillian | Recreation Assistant


Ralph Gudeman | Worship Arts Minister [Email]
Dale Gudeman | Kindermusik [Email]
Sarah Weeks | Director of Men's Ensemble/Renaissance [Email]
Jan McIntosh | Pianist
Kelley Burleson | Pianist
Bob Hupka | Organist [Email]


Bob Rist | Administrative Board Chairperson
Sharron Eckhoff | Staff/Parish Relations Chairperson
Clay Doyle | Trustees Chairperson
Sandra Dunaway | Finance Chairperson
Randy Eckhoff | Lay Leader