JIM MCRAE

Lead Pastor
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Rev. Jim has been serving in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church for over thirteen years.  He is a native of Atlanta growing up in Sandy Springs.  He attended Pace Academy high and graduated from the University of Georgia earning a B.A. in English.  His call to ministry in his late 20′s was undeniable.  He then attended Emory University at the Candler School of Theology where he earned a Masters of Divinity.  He has enjoyed growth and ministry in all the churches he has served and Canton First is no different.  He loves fishing, golf, fast and loud anything, silver-making, and just hanging with Lisa.  His wife is a dream and without her…well you get the point!

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MARTHA FIELDEN

Associate Pastor: Evangelism
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After seventeen years as a banker Martha finally answered the call to ministry and received her Masters of Divinity in 1996 from Candler School of Theology. She was ordained an elder in 2001. She served ten years as Associate Pastor at Sam Jones in Memorial UMC in Cartersville and five years as Senior Associate at Northbrook UMC in Roswell.

Martha serves as Secretary of the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits and is a part of the Conference Bridge to Russia. Martha enjoys walking and is proud that she and her daughter walked the Susan G. Koemen 3-day in the fall of 2012.

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ANNE TAYLOR

Administrative Assistant

Anne has been with CFUMC for nineteen years and considers it a blessing every day.  She is a life-long native of Georgia from St. Mountain.  She attended Young Harris college.  She is married to Tim and a proud mother.  She loves basket making and being with her family (especially the grand kids!). Basically, Anne is the glue that holds us together.  If you have a question Anne has the answer!

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DON STAFFORD

Choir Director
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Don has been at Canton First for more than twenty years!  He has music degrees from Shorter, the University of Michigan, and Florida State University.  He enjoyed his time at Cherokee High School and North Hall High School as the Director of Music and eight years with the ASO under Robert Shaw.  He is married to Sharon and loves gardening, travel, and his grandson of six months.  He is a true blessing to us all!

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SHERRI JULIANI

Children's Director

Sherri first started her ministry to kids in the preschool at Mt. Bethel UMC.  She then was quickly added onto staff as the Assistant Director of Children.  Under her leadership Mt. Bethel experienced tremendous growth in the children’s ministry.  Sherri has also served as a guest speaker for women’s conferences, student and children retreats.   Sherri was recently published in Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a contributing writer for the publication.  Sherri has a passion for reaching children with the truth of God’s Word and the transformational power of connecting families through the love of a Savior, Jesus Christ.  She is married to Russell and has two children, Lexi and Brady.  WELCOME SHERRI!!!

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STEVE KLAESIUS

Youth Director
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Steve is one of a kind and absolutely loves working with our youth.  He has been a life long native in Georgia and loves living in the Canton area.  Most of all, he has a passion to see young men and women know Christ and because of that our youth program continues to grow.  He loves fly fishing and Sandy.  Not in that order!

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JENNELL BRYAN

Senior Adult Leader
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Jennell loves to serve our seniors and we are blessed to have her.  She is the mother of four and is a native of Waleska, Ga. just north of Canton.  She graduated from Gainesville Jr. College receiving her CDA.  She has been here twenty four years and continues to love to serve.  Her hobbies include her kids and grand kids, music, reading, camping and quilting.  She is a joy!

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KATHY SNOW

5th and 6th Grade Area Lead
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Kathy Snow is certainly one of those rare blessings that loves to pour into kids.  People are humbled by her grace, love and on fire spirit.  Kathy has a proven track record of leadership, passion, creativity and excellence that is unsurpassed.  Her passion and drive continue to attract families and the kids absolutely love her.  Kathy  continues to give that overtime to AREA 56 and does not miss a beat!  Kathy  has been a Canton resident for over seven years and has been a wonderful addition to the Canton Family.

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MARY DIESCH

Student Assistant
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Mary is a Reinhardt University graduate from Jefferson, Georgia. Her study focus has been music, with an emphasis in performance and education. Mary loves hiking, spending time with her friends and family, and getting to know new people. She is absolutely thrilled to be working with the students at Canton First United Methodist, and can’t wait to see God’s plan for this year!

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CHRIS STREHLKE

Youth Assistant
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Chris just has a passion for life.  He loves to help.  There is no such thing as “no” in Chris’ vocabulary.  Most of all, Chris loves our kids and proves it every day.  Being Steve’s right hand man is no easy task, but he does it with a smile.  When you meet Chris you feel like you are at home.  Thanks Chris for all you do!

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PAM WILSON

Preschool Director
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Pam has been involved in Christian Education all her life.  She received her B.A. in Christian Education from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina.  She has been with us for three years and has helped make our Preschool a place of love, nurture and growth.  She is married to her husband Chip who is a minister at Jasper First UMC.  Thanks Pam for loving our little ones!

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DEAN BALKWILL

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Hailing from Canada, Dean Balkwill began performing professionally at the age of 14. Credits include RENT on Broadway where Dean thrilled audiences as Roger, the heart broken romantic lead. THE LION KING then welcomed Dean as ED the Hyena in this Broadway smash hit. “Dean kept audiences cracked up the whole show,” said one Toronto critic. Declining an offer for the Original cast of Mamma Mia, its subsequent tour and final Broadway destination, Dean stayed with his family in Toronto starring in TOMMY, WEST SIDE STORY, GREASE and countless commercials.  What began as a dance partnership in TOMMY became a lifelong partnership between he and wife Lisa. They have three daughters and live to love their family.

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SUSAN MILLER

Financial Secretary
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Susan is from New Orleans, but we don’t hold that against her.  She earned a B.S. in Finance at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Masters in Special Ed at the North Georgia College and State University.  She loves to be with her kids and reading a good book, being outside, playing tennis, and sports.  Currently she works at Pickens Middle School teaching.  We love her!

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PAUL JOHNS

Building Super
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Paul has been with us for seven years and we couldn’t do it without him.  If it needs fixing he is the guy.  He is from Dixon, IL and has been here since 1987. He served honorably in the Army for twenty-six years.  He loves his Harley, deer hunting, and riding ATV’s.  He also loves to garden.  But most of all he loves Virginia (no not the state).  She is his world!

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GEORGE BRUNSON

Maintenance
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George has been working here for six years and keeps our place in tip top shape.  He served honorably in the Army for ten years.  He has a son and grand daughter whom he loves.  He has a passion for Shaolin Kung Fu and hopes to teach one day.  He is always willing to help with anything and everything.  He calls Canton First his home and we are proud to have him!