Rev. Dr. Tara Paul, Pastor

Tara was born in Wisconsin and lived much of her childhood in Midwest (and Florida, which lets face it is like the Midwest, only warmer). She came to Atlanta the summer she started High School as her mother was relocated as an Accountant Manager for the construction company that built the Georgia Dome.

While she attended six fine undergraduate colleges, she finally received her B.S. in Religion from the University of Georgia and went on to get her M.Div from Emory University and her doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary. Her D.Min is in Gospel and Culture and her dissertation was on the inclusion of pop culture in worship.

She and her husband, Jim, have two children: Hannah, a first year student at Wesleyan College in Macon, and Carter, a freshmen at Grady. They have three pets: Scout (a terrier/pit bull mix) and two cats: Gidget (the thug) and Cleo (the queen).

Her passion in ministry is helping people see how God is present all around us, especially in places where the church has historically stated that are of this world and not God.

In her free time, Tara enjoys binge watching on Netflix, taking naps, hunting for cheese curds, watching UGA football, Duke basketball, working out at the Y (does one really enjoy this?), and avoiding mayonnaise.

Tara’s previous appointments include: Dacula First UMC (2005-2007), where she served as an Associate Pastor to Youth and Families, Mountain Park UMC (2007-2011), where as an Associate Pastor she lead the Contemporary Service, Avondale Patillo UMC (2011-2013), as Senior Pastor, and Birmingham UMC in Milton (2013-2017), where she served as an Associate Pastor. She is excited to be at Inman Park and looks forward to many years of fruitful ministry.

Contact Tara at (404) 522-9322 or by email at


Sara Maughan, Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries

Sara and her husband, Chris, live in Decatur with their three boys. John (17) is starting UGA in the fall. Eli (15) is a Junior and Austin (8) is a rising third grader. Sara graduated from Candler School of Theology in May 2018 with her MDiv. For the last year, she was serving an appointment in the Gainesville district as a local pastor at Holly Springs UMC (the one in Pendergrass not Holly Springs). The commute was an hour long each way, but since she loves podcasts the drive wasn’t too bad.

Sara and Chris discovered the UMC in 2006 in Raleigh, NC. They quickly fell in love with the people and the theology; they knew they had found their church home. Shortly after being relocated to Decatur in 2008, they made their way to Glenn Memorial UMC on Emory’s campus. After years of volunteering and feeling a strong nudge to attend seminary, Sara jumped all in in 2015 with the support of her family and church family at Glenn. Sara is a certified candidate in the Atlanta/Emory District and hopefully will be commissioned as a Deacon next spring in Athens.

In her spare time, Sara likes to hold newborns so mommas can nap and shower. She charges no fee for this service. Sara also enjoys hanging out with her boy crew, watching movies, reading, and watching marching band during those games where people crash into each other and fight over a ball (both John and Eli are marching band kids and Sara still does not understand the game for which they are there.) Sara is thrilled beyond words to be a part of the community at Inman Park UMC! Contact Sara by email at

Lisa Farnsworth, Music Coordinator

lisaLisa, her husband Andrew, and their children Lorelei and Alex are active members in the church. Lisa had worked as a volunteer coordinating singers and musicians for our worship services during the summer of 2015.  Lisa’s work as a volunteer and passion for worship at Inman Park helped us begin to dream about doing something different with our music ministry. While we were talking about new possibilities, Lisa shared with us a vision statement containing some of her hopes and dreams for how we might do music ministry in new ways at Inman Park. Lisa’s vision and our dreams seem to align in many ways. After meeting with Lisa, we agreed to try a new thing and asked Lisa to help us get this going. We’ve enjoyed all the ways Lisa’s ideas have enriched worship! Contact Lisa by email at

Jerry Garrison, Accompanist



Jerry has served in various positions in many United Methodist churches, and we’re very happy to have him here with us as our Accompanist!