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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylor Pafford, Music Coordinator
Rev. Taylor Driskill Pafford is an intown Atlanta native, growing up in the Morningside/Virginia Highlands area. She was an active member of Haygood UMC as a child and youth. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and earned her degree in Musical Theatre. Taylor spent some time doing professional musical theatre in the Atlanta area before feeling the call to ministry. In 2010, she received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and she was ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in 2016. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry, with an emphasis in Arts and Theology, at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Taylor has previously served in ministry at Dunwoody UMC, Northside UMC, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center (Western NC), and Washington Street UMC (Columbia, SC).
Taylor is married to John and they have two energetic and entertaining daughters, Millie and Eliza. They also have a puggle dog named Maisie, who puts up with her human sisters. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys watching “Jeopardy!”, cooking, traveling, playing board games (who is up for a round of Catan?), and writing. Contact Taylor by email at email@example.com
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!