With nearly three decades of experience in the ministry, Pastor Jennie came to Midway in June 2018 having most recently served as Sr. Pastor at Elizabeth Lee UMC in Chickamauga, GA, where the church experienced tremendous growth. A native of Roswell, she was raised in Roswell UMC and attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Ordained in the UMC in 1990, she has served at several churches in the North Georgia Conference, as well as on the Board of Ministry for the Conference. Her husband, Herzen, leads Hillside UMC in Woodstock and they are the proud parents of two adult sons.
Having felt the call to ministry in middle school, Pastor Amanda credits her home church with nurturing her call, as her church family encouraged her growth in faith and gave her opportunities to grow in leadership. She attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina, where she majored in Christian Education and minored in Spanish. She attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2013, and served at several churches in the North Georgia Conference before being appointed to Midway UMC in May 2021. Amanda loves to work with people of all ages, helping them to grow in their faith and finding hands-on ways to live out that faith. Her husband, Victor, is an English teacher and soccer coach. They have two young sons and as a family, the Lanes enjoy hiking and being outdoors. They are also fans of UGA and Atlanta United.
As the Director of the Midway Preschool/F.U.N. Kidz staff, Beth focuses on providing a loving Christian environment where children are able to experience positive physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual growth. Beth has been blessed by Midway’s children and their families since 1998.
Director of Student Ministry and Missions
Nate has served local churches for over 25 years and joined the staff at Midway UMC in 2023. He loves a piping hot coffee, rooting for the Braves, and supporting the Kentucky Wildcats. He's all about spicy foods, and breakfast is his favorite. He is originally from Orlando, Florida and yes, he is a big Disney fan. Nate's wife Susan works as a clerk at Davis Elementary in Cobb County and they have two daughters Katie and Hope.
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Tiffany has many years of experience working with children and has an energy about her that is infectious! She loves Jesus and wants others to love him too!
Minister of Congregational Care
Having served as the Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Midway for 24 years, Jane retired from that role in May 2021 and now assists pastors in caring for the spiritual and emotional well-being of our congregation, with hospital visits and homebound Communion and visitation, as well as coordinating Midway's active Walk to Emmaus community. Jane was also commissioned in June 2021 as a Stephen Minister and leader of the Stephen Ministry team at Midway.
Kirk and Melissa Grizzle
Directors of Music
Local parents may recognize the Grizzles, as they are both very well-known in the Forsyth County Public School system. Melissa is the choral director at Vickery Creek Middle School. Kirk is the Fine Arts Chair and Director of Choral and Theatre Arts at Denmark High School. He has also worked with adults in his role leading The Forsyth Singers. Both have overseen numerous award-winning vocal ensembles and theatre productions over their years in education, and are widely respected in their field.
Lincoln started playing in church at age 14 and has served churches throughout North Georgia since 1998. An alumni of the University of Georgia, Lincoln works in downtown Atlanta where he focuses on electric vehicles. Lincoln and his wife Charlene live in Milton with their two boys.