Rev. Tommy Ross- Pastor

Betsy Stewart- Children's Minister

Betsy Stewart graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and from Walden University with a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment grades K-12. She also obtained her Gifted Certification from North Georgia College. She has been a public school teacher for 25 years teaching both 1st and 2nd grades. Betsy has worked in ministry most of her adult life. She founded Inside Ministries which provided services to local shut in and hosted ministry events around our community. She also sang in the praise band at First Baptist Church of Thomaston for over 15 years. She has worked in both youth and children’s ministries as a Sunday school teacher and VBS director. She has taken both youth and children to summer camps throughout the years and served as the Preschool Director for First Baptist. Betsy enjoys mission work and has served on various mission teams ministering to people in South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, as well as to the indigenous people groups in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. Betsy has been at Thomaston First United Methodist Church for four years now and serves as both our Contemporary Worship Leader and Children’s Pastor.  She is the proud mother of Tyler (wife- Lucy), Rich, and Grady.  She is also “Hunny” to her grandson, Thad who she adores.  Her mission as the Children’s Pastor of TFUMC is to connect children to God by cultivating a heart-transforming personal faith in Jesus Christ through biblically sound teaching and discipleship as well as to minister to entire families by working to empower and eqip parents to be the primary spiritual leaders in their childrens’ lives. 

Madison Walker- Youth Minister

Pat Dodson- Director of Music

Mrs. Patricia DeFoor Dodson was born in Toccoa, Georgia to Henrietta and Haskell DeFoor. She grew up in Dalton, Georgia. Mrs. Dodson graduated from Campbell High of Smyrna, Reinhardt University – AA, Emory University – BA Education, and Emory University Candler School of Theology- MCE in Christian Education and Music with directed studies in Hymnology. Mrs. Pat taught elementary school before entering seminary and taught kindergarten through seminary. She has served at Asbury UMC in Decatur, Georgia and FUMC in Marion, North Carolina.  She was President of UM musicians of the Western North Carolina Conference. She has also served at FUMC in Griffin, Georgia and  FUMC in Milledgeville, Georgia.  She is the widow of John Wesley Dodson.  Mrs. Dodson has two children – Candice Dodson Berry and Haskell John Dodson and four  grand children – Rebecca Eckert, John Wesley Eckert, Raeleigh Berry and Rylan Berry.

Carolyn Ellington- Admin Assistant /Finance

Kristie Wilder- Preschool Director

Danny Stevens- Organist

Blair Cox- Technology Director

Blair is a graduate of Mercer University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre Arts with a minor in Christianity. He earned his Master of Divinity from the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta and his Film Production Certification from the Georgia Film Academy. Blair has been privileged to work in church ministry for over 20 years running sound, lights, and video as well as working with children and youth. Blair is an Eagle Scout.

Steve Mackey- Video and Media Tech

Bill House- Maintenance

Rosa Smith- Housekeeping

Andrea Pinnow- Church Nursery

Andrea graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and from Indiana University with a Master of Social Work degree.  She worked as a child welfare and medical social worker for more than 20 years.  Andrea began teaching elementary age students in 2020 and currently teaches online for BookNook and VIPKID.  She is also the teacher/director of the Parents’ Morning Out Program at the First Presbyterian Church of Thomaston.  Andrea has worked in the nursery since 2020.

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