Our Staff


Dr. Bill Burch

Senior Pastor


Dr. Bill Burch is honored to join our Northside family and serve as the new Senior Pastor. He comes to us from First UMC of Lawrenceville and has held previous appointments at Sam Jones Memorial UMC (Cartersville), First UMC of West Point, First UMC of Summerville, Mossy Creek UMC (Cleveland), and Mount Carmel and Emory Chapel UMCs (Newnan). He also spent 16 years on the Board of Ordained Ministry and holds a  Bachelor of Arts from Berry College, a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, and a Doctor of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. Bill has been married to his wife, Tracy, since 1986. In addition to spending time with his family, Bill enjoys reading, writing, walking, and clay shooting. He also writes a weekly blog entitled Treasure in Jars of

Clay at billburch.net




  •  Ph. 678.298.5046
  • Tel: ext. 1126




Dr. Charles Z. Gardner

Senior Associate Pastor


Dr. Charles Z Gardner joins Northside after serving for the past 6 years as the Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church.  Charles previously served as the Youth Pastor at Calhoun First UMC, Pastor of Pine Mountain First UMC and as an Associate Pastor at Peachtree Road UMC.  He holds a BS in Construction Management from Georgia Tech, a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a Doctor of Ministry from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  Charles is a native Atlantan and resides in Springlake with his wife Shannon and their son, Zach.  Along with being an avid runner and golfer, Charles enjoys spending time with his family as together they pursue their passion for travel, theatre and sporting events.


  • Ph. 404.367.2348
  • Tel: ext. 1112




Rev. Catherine Boothe

Associate Pastor


Rev. Catherine Boothe has been on staff at Northside Church since 2006, and was ordained a Deacon in the North Georgia Conference in 2010. She earned two associate’s degrees at Young Harris College before getting a B.S. in Education at Valdosta State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Catherine was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but grew up in Evans, Georgia. Her outside activities include BreakThru House (volunteer); Safe Sanctuary Trainer; as well as her book club and hot yoga classes. Catherine also has a cat, Atticus, who was found and rescued in the Northside Church building.


  • Ph. 404.367.2370
  • Tel: ext. 1170


Rev. Taylor Driskill Pafford

Pastor, Children's Ministries


Rev. Taylor Driskill Pafford has been on staff in Children’s Ministries at Northside Church since February 2012.  In the summer of 2013, Taylor was commissioned as a Provisional Deacon in the North Georgia Conference.  Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.  After undergrad, she performed professionally in musicals in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and here in Atlanta, GA.  She then attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where she earned a Master of Divinity (with a concentration in Theology and the Arts) in 2010.  Some of Taylor’s favorite activities are: attending theater productions, cooking, traveling, and playing with her adorable puggle puppy—Maisie.


  •  Ph. 404.367.2366
  • Tel: ext. 1138


Dr. Ann Brightwell McCord

Pastor, Pastoral Care


Dr. Ann Brightwell McCord has served in the Pastoral Care Ministry on the Northside Church staff since 2008.  She and her husband, Hank, have three grown children and seven grandchildren, all of whom are Northside Church members.  Dr. Ann grew up all over the United States as part of a military family.  (She sort of feels like John Wesley, in that, ‘all the world is my parish’!)  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Drama from Valdosta State University, a Master’s Degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Christian Education and Pastoral Care.  She has served in the North Georgia Conference as a Diaconal Minister and a Deacon for 27 years.


Dr. Ann enjoys spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren’s activities) and her friends, her book club, yoga, dinner club and singing as a guest with the Festival Choir and Praise Band.


  • Ph. 678.298.6319
  • Tel: ext. 1171

Pastors Assistants


Maggie Bridges

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor

  • Ph.678.298.5042
  • Tel: ext. 1123




Nissa White

Executive Assistant

  • Ph.678.298.5061
  • Tel: ext. 1149




Gayle Boland

Administrative Assistant to Dr. Brightwell McCord


  • Ph. 678.298.5070
  • Tel: ext. 1181




Dr. G. Gil Watson

Pastor Emeritus


Dr. G. Gil Watson served as Senior Pastor of Northside Church from 1994, until he

retired in 2017. An Atlanta native, he began his higher education at nearby

Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science,

followed by a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of

Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary

in Chicago, Illinois. Gil was ordained an Elder in the North Georgia Conference of

the United Methodist Church in 1972. He and his wife Carol have three children

and six grandchildren. Gil’s extracurricular activities demonstrate a passion for

the history of the American South and also for storytelling. Many Atlantans over

the years have seen him dress up as John Wesley to tell the history of Methodism

or as Joel Chandler Harris to tell the old Uncle Remus folk tales.


  •  Ph. 404.394.6480




Ernest Coleman

Executive Director


Ernest Coleman has been a member of Northside since 2000, and first joined the staff in 2006 as a part-time member of the Missions ministry. Ernest’s hometown is Athens, and he now has one grown daughter. He attended college at the University of Georgia, earning a B.A. in Accounting & Business Administration.


  • Ph. 678.298.5056
  • Tel: ext. 1121



Adult Discipleship


James Johnson

Director, Adult Discipleship


Growing up in Oklahoma, James felt a call to serve the church at a very young age, and has done so his entire adult life.  After graduating from Southern Nazarene University with a B.A. in theology, he attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University – and other than a few years in Oxford, MS working with students at Ole Miss, he has made Atlanta his home ever since.  Teaching the Bible and theology is his passion, and he loves nothing more than to share a cup of coffee and a conversation on matters of the faith.  His amazing wife, Candace Johnson, serves as Children’s Minister at another United Methodist congregation in the Atlanta Metro area, and they have recently welcomed a little bundle of joy – though perhaps not peace – into their family, their daughter Kifer.


  • Ph. 404.367.2378
  • Tel: ext. 1178






Randy White

I.T. Director


  • Ph. 678.298.5038
  • Tel: ext. 1124


Sheila Hanington

Executive Assistant to Executive Director and Business Manager


  • Ph. 678.298.5041
  • Tel: ext. 1115


Trisha Kirsch

Administrative Assistant


  • Ph. 404.355.6475
  • Tel: ext. 1100

Business Office


Nick Houston

Manager, Business Office


Nick Houston joined the Northside Staff in 2011 and became the Business Manager shortly thereafter. He grew up in Stockbridge, GA. He attended Kennesaw State University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration, and his Master of Accounting. Nick is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Kate, have four children: Lily, Drake, Scarlett, and Flint. They live in Kennesaw, GA and worship at Acworth United Methodist Church.


    Tel: ext. 1132





Steven Reed

Financial Assistant


  • Ph. 678.298.5059
  • Tel: ext. 1146

Children's Ministries


Rev. Taylor Driskill Pafford

Pastor, Children's Ministries


Rev. Taylor Driskill Pafford has been on staff in Children’s Ministries at Northside Church since February 2012.  In the summer of 2013, Taylor was commissioned as a Provisional Deacon in the North Georgia Conference.  Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.  After undergrad, she performed professionally in musicals in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and here in Atlanta, GA.  She then attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where she earned a Master of Divinity (with a concentration in Theology and the Arts) in 2010.  Some of Taylor’s favorite activities are: attending theater productions, cooking, traveling, and playing with her adorable puggle puppy—Maisie.


  •  Ph. 404.367.2366
  • Tel: ext. 1138


Estee Lassiter

Director of Childcare


  • ph. 678.298.5044
  • tel. ext. 1139


Jess Musil

Assistant Director of Children's Ministries

  • ph. 678.298.5068
  • tel. ext. 1128

Brandi Diamond

Children's Program Coordinator

  • ph. 678.298.5056
  • tel. ext. 1189



Marie Smith

Administrative Assistant


  • ph. 678.298.5034
  • tel. ext. 1144


Vickie Hall

Administrative Assistant


  • ph. 678.298.6324
  • tel. ext. 1104


Jenny Smith-Davids

Preschool Ministries Coordinator


  • ph. 678.298.5039
  • tel. ext. 1135


Contemporary Worship


Matt Jackson

Director of Contemporary Worship


Matt grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and began playing music at the age of 10 years old. His father an evangelist, Matt would often travel to play drums or piano for tent revivals and church conferences. For over 15 years, Matt has led worship and shared stages with some of the biggest names in Christian music. Matt and his wife, Molly, are high school sweethearts who have spent more than half their lives together. They have fraternal twins, Skye and Sophia who are 8 years old, and Zoe who is 5 years old.


  • Ph. 678.298.5071
  • Tel: ext. 1114




Evangelism & Hospitality


Amelia Simmons

Director of Evangelism & Hospitality


Amelia was born and raised in Waycross, Georgia. After graduating from Ware Co. High School Amelia attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she earned a BA in art history. Following a semester abroad in France, Amelia discovered her interest in creating art, not just reading about it. This desire led her to enroll at the University of Georgia where she earned a BFA in graphic design. Since graduation, she has worked as the Communications Director for Athens First United Methodist Church in Athens, Georgia and is now the Connections Coordinator here at Northside.


  • Ph. 678.298.6333
  • Tel: ext. 1172



Creative Services


Elisabeth Shabi

Creative Director, Creative Services


Elisabeth grew up in Savannah and moved to the Atlanta area in 2009 to attend college. She graduated from Reinhardt University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. For three years, Elisabeth was a designer for a community-based organization in North Georgia where she developed a passion for non-profit design work. Elisabeth joined the staff in February of 2014 and is delighted to use her vision and talents to serve the communication needs of Northside.


  • Ph. 678.298.5036
  • Tel: ext. 1193




Gaye Elam

Graphic Designer


  • ph. 678.298.6329
  • tel. ext. 1011


Eric Nyantekyi

Web Developer


  • ph. 678.298.6322
  • tel. ext. 1177


Michael Beasley

Graphic Designer


  • ph. 678.298.6329
  • tel. ext. 1169


Joshua Renzi

Project Manager


  • ph. 678.298.6329
  • tel. ext. 1009



Tim Miltner

Director, Facilities


Tim Miltner has been a Northside Church member since 1990 and came on staff in 1997 as the Director of Maintenance. He came to Northside with the thought “that I can help “fix” things. Now years later, I see that the Lord brought me to Northside so that he could “fix” me!” Tim received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and is a member of the Church Facility Manager Association. He married his sweetheart Libby in 1990 and is blessed with two boys—Alex, who is at Georgia Tech and Luke, who attends Whitefield Academy. Tim enjoys most anything outdoors from Scouting, Fishing, Sporting Clays Shooting, and riding motorcycles. He coached baseball for years and now is just a baseball, soccer and football parent. He has been known to take on most any project and enjoys working with his mind and hands on items that produce tangible results!


  • Ph. 678.298.5072
  • Tel: ext. 1164




Patrick Murphy

Facilities Coordinator


  • ph. 678.298.6332
  • tel. ext. 1179

Ben Glanton

Metro Atlanta Project Coordinator


  • ph. 678.298.5052
  • tel. ext. 1129



Kacie Brown

Metro Atlanta Project Associate


  • ph. 678.298.5063
  • tel. ext. 1101



Lynette Brown

Director, Missions


Lynette has been a member of Northside Church since 2010. She has a heart for missions and served as a volunteer in Missions for many years before joining the Northside Church staff. She grew up in Tennessee, attended the University of South Carolina before marrying her husband Mark. They moved to California and Lynette graduated from California State, Long Beach with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She has lived in many area of the country and held a variety of jobs including engineer, business owner and teacher. Lynette and Mark have three grown children and four grandboys. Hobbies include gardening, DIY home improvement projects and travel.


  • PH. 404-367-2356
  • Tel: ext. 1176





Michael Devine

Director of Music Ministries


Michael Devine comes to Northside Church from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he has served as Director of Sanctuary Worship and Music at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church in addition to his responsibilities as Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga. Prior to his appointments in Chattanooga, Michael worked in McLean, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C.


Michael completed his graduate education at Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College (MN). While there, he also assisted in conducting the Twin Cities based choral ensemble, Two Rivers Chorale. Michael completed his undergraduate work at the Wheaton College (IL) Conservatory of Music where he studied voice with Gerard Sundberg, a regular soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.


Michael’s musical career began as a member and soloist with the Vienna Boys’ Choir in Austria. Michael also performed as a boy soloist in the U.S. with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, the Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.


Michael has continued singing and has performed in Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, and as Colonel Calverly in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. Michael has served as an adjudicator at music festivals and competitions, and does workshops with high school choral programs. A dedicated church musician, Michael has served in Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, Evangelical Free, and non-denominational settings.


  • ph. 678-298-5062
  • tel. 1130



Gwyn Bacon

Organist -- Associate Director, Music Ministries & Worship Arts


  • ph. 678.298.5047
  • tel. ext. 1187



Jeanette Simpson

Music Associate and Coordinator

  • Ph.678.298.5040





Nancy Sample

Director, Preschool


Nancy is a former NMPreschool teacher who taught here in the early 1990s as a music teacher and a teacher of twos. Nancy then left NMP to pursue her master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in Interrelated Special Education. She has taught at the Schenck School and most recently as a K-1 Learning Specialist at the Lovett School. She is a proud mother of two girls, Carter and Ann. Carter was married at Northside in 2010 and is an ICU nurse in Charlotte. Ann recently graduated from the University of Alabama and is working in Birmingham.


  • Ph. 678.298.5037
  • Tel: ext. 1162




Jean Trammell

Assistant Director


  • ph. 678.298.5050
  • tel. ext. 1150


Paige Hill

Business Manager


  • ph. 678.298.5065
  • tel. ext. 1103



Allen Morrison

Director, Production


Allen Morrison, an Atlanta native, has been part of the Northside staff since 2009. He has a B.S. degree in Science, Technology & Culture from Georgia Tech. Among Allen’s goals at Northside is to “make the encounter of worship a meaningful and potentially perspective-changing environment.” When not working, he enjoys being husband to Whitney and father to their young daughter, hiking and backpacking, drinking coffee (“only the good stuff!”), and “learning about our Creator and His desire for Relationship with me.”


  • Ph. 404.355.6245
  • Tel: ext.1001




Bethany Catlin

Production Assistant


  • ph. 404.367.2371
  • tel. ext. 1113

Sports and Recreation


Kelley Stonis

Director, Sports & Recreation Ministries


Kelley Stonis was born and raised in Atlanta, just a few miles from our church. She joined the Northside staff in 1999, and became a church member in 2009. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Child Development and played four years of Division I-AA soccer. She and her husband, Kyle, have three daughters, Ava, Macie & Kayla. Kelley enjoys playing and coaching sports, running, photography, and spending time with family and friends.


  • Ph. 678.298.5066
  • Tel: ext. 1122




Clayton Schmitt

Assistant Director, Soccer, Soccer Academy, Basketball


  • ph. 678.298.6331
  • tel. ext. 1174


Jim Horesco

Sports Leagues & Summer Camp Coordinator


  • ph. 678.298.6325
  • tel. ext. 1167


Debbie Jett

Sports Leagues & Financial Administrator


  • ph. 678.298.5076
  • tel. ext. 1125


Edie Lvov

Programs & Office Manager


  • ph. 678.298.5058
  • tel. ext. 1190


Mandy Bennett

Sports Leagues & Summer Camp Assistant


  • ph. 404.367.2368
  • tel. ext. 1159


Wesley Lutz

Soccer Academy Coordinator


  • ph. 678.298.5067
  • tel. ext. 1161

Student Ministries


Ben Glanton

Student Project Coordinator


  • ph. 678.298.5052
  • tel. ext. 1129


Kena Hawkins

High School Associate


  • ph. 404.351.6558
  • tel. ext. 1196


Leigh Ann Ayres

Administrative Assistant


  • ph. 678.298.6323
  • tel. ext. 1107

Women's Ministry


Sue Allen

Director, Women’s Ministry


Sue Allen came to Northside in 2006 as Discipleship Coordinator in the Children’s Ministry; she has served as the Director of Women’s Ministry since 2008. Sue grew up in Berea, Ohio, before earning a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Wooster. She also has received an M.A. in Human Development & Family Relations and training as a Marriage & Family Therapist from the University of Connecticut. Sue and her husband Steve (Chaplain at The Lovett School) live with their four children and a small menagerie of pets. Sue loves leading Bible studies, journaling, writing devotionals, and spending time with family and friends.


  • Ph. 678.298.5035
  • Tel: ext. 1188




Christa Groves

Program Coordinator


ph. 678.298.5035

tel. ext. 1191

Northside Church

2799 Northside Dr NW

Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: (404) 355-6475

Fax: (404) 355-6478

Sunday Worship Services

Traditional Service

- 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM - Sanctuary

Communion Service

- 9:30-9:45 AM - Prayer Chapel

Contemporary Service

- 9:45 AM - Faith & Arts Center

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