Church Staff

Ministry Staff

Dean Bowers

Dean Bowers
Pastor
(256) 764-1692

 

Brandi Oliver

Brandi Oliver
Director of Children's Ministry

Brandi loves to serve the Lord and she has always been a kid magnet. As the two combined, she found her passion by becoming the Director of Children's Ministry at St. James UMC. Brandi's desire is that as the children learn tools to defend their faith and build a personal relationship with Christ, they will also build strong relationships with each other. Brandi is the wife to Jimmy and mother to three year old, Jaxton. At home she plays with Jaxton and their dog, Bojo, she cheers for Alabama Football and she loves to write poems. "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ." Colossians 2:2

Meredith McClanahan

Meredith McClanahan
Director of Middle School Ministry
  

Meredith McClanahan has been a teacher for 19 years, 12 of those years were spent teaching 5th grade. She recently decided to combine her love of teaching with her love for the Lord! Her passion led her to become the Middle School Director at St. James UMC. Meredith is the wife of John McClanahan, who has been a member of St. James UMC since childhood, and mother of two. She loves traveling, reading, and all things Auburn!!

Music Staff

Patsy Killen

Patsy Killen
Choir Director
(256) 764-1692

Patsy is a retired elementary school teacher. She was married to the late Danny Killen. Together they have two sons. Patsy is active in the Alabama Emmaus Community. At St. James UMC, Patsy directs the choir and praise team for the traditional service. She also leads part of the congregational singing. In her spare time, Patsy enjoys singing in the Florence Camerata and traveling to Paraguay.

Support Staff

Gale Humphries

Gale Humphries
Administrative Assistant
(256) 764-1692
 

Gale has been the secretary at St. James for 16 years. She is married to Jim Humphries. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. In her spare time, Gale loves to spend time with her husband, play with the grandchildren, do yard work, and read.

Julia Thaxton

Julia Thaxton
Assistant to Director of Children's Ministry
(256) 764-1692

Julia has been a member of St. James for 18 years and has been serving with the children of St. James since 2012. She has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught elementary school for 33 years. Julia has two beautiful daughters and a diva dog named Daisy.