Rev. Susan Allen Grady

Senior Pastor

Susan became pastor at Embry Hills in June 2017. Susan brings considerable experience and passion to this position. She is a graduate of Emory University and Candler School of Theology. She is an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served 4 churches in different areas of Metro Atlanta prior to coming to Embry Hills. Susan’s passions in ministry include preaching and teaching and helping folks connect with God in new and different ways. She enjoys travel, reading, poetry, and spending time with her friends and family far and near. Susan is married to Rev. Dave Allen Grady, also an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Susan and Dave enjoy spending time with their daughter, Joy, most of all.

Lee Fullerton

Pastor of Congregational Care

Lee Fullerton is the pastor of congregational care. He retired from the Embry Hills UMC in June 2015, his last appointment after forty-three years of ministry in rural, county seat, urban, suburban, and college congregations. Ten of those years were spent in extension ministry as a clinical chaplain in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. Since then, Lee has served several “ad interim” pastoral appointments, meaning he served in churches where the appointed pastor was not available. Lee and his wife Karen, who just retired as the North Georgia Conference Benefits Officer, have three children (Daniel, Jessica, and Rachel), three grandsons and one granddaughter. One of Lee’s favorite things is playing guitar with all the old rockers known as the “Altar Egos.” On a good day, he knows twenty or so chords and looks forward to finding his rhythm. So does the rest of the band.

Victoria Stoddard

Director of Serve Team and Director of Youth Ministries

Victoria Stoddard became a full-time member of the EHUMC Staff in September 1999, after 10 years with Sears, Roebuck & Company.  In search of a workplace with a meaning beyond net profit and a more family-friendly focus, she found it in the very church in which she had been raised!  Her current roles include working with the Serve Team and other church groups to provide service and donation opportunities for the congregation and community and overseeing the Youth Ministries’ offerings for 6th-12th graders and their families.  Previous positions have included Church Secretary and the areas of Witness (evangelism) and Club 45 (pre-teen ministries).  Having received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Furman University, music still plays an active role in her life with recital and other solo work as well as directing the Cherub & Jubilate Children’s Choirs at EHUMC.  Victoria is married to Dr. Hugh Stoddard, Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Emory University’s School of Medicine.  They share four children in various stages of young adulthood—Micah Stoddard & Aaron Stoddard and Michael Lawson & Ashleigh Lawson—the perfect group for a competitive game night.  Adding extra love (and lots of fur) to their home, are Toby the Dog and Mickey the Cat, both happily into their double digits.

Susannah Bales, LMFT

Director of Children's Ministries

Susannah feels honored to be the Director of Children’s Ministry at Embry Hills, where she can help children and adults explore the different stories of the Christian faith and the rhythms of the Christian year. She believes that as we continue to grow, these stories and rhythms offer comfort and courage by reminding us of God’s presence throughout the year. She graduated with a Master of Divinity in Society & Personality from Emory University and completed post-graduate coursework at the Link Marriage & Family Therapy Institute. She is fascinated by the sociology, psychology, and neurobiology of meaning-making, attachment and family systems; and she calls her own spirituality “a sort of Zen Methodism.”  In addition to serving part-time as the Director of Nurture and Children’s Ministry, she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Fleurish Psychotherapy in Decatur and Wise Heart Families in Roswell. She and her husband, Patrick Faulhaber, live in Decatur, GA with their two sweet dogs.

Laura Briscoe

Church and Building Administrator 

Laura joined the staff of Embry Hills in April 2017. Possessing dual citizenship in Texas and Georgia, she now lives in Clarkston with her husband, Jimmy, their two boys, Ashton and Sam, and cat, Delilah. She’s spent the last decade working in different churches within the Atlanta area and has grown to love the ever-changing pace of United Methodist churches. When not working, she can be found hanging out with family and friends, working as a freelance makeup artist, working on various craft projects, listening to podcasts, or hiking and camping with her boys.

Dottie Hunt

Director of Music

Dottie Hunt is a graduate of Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance. She has served at Crossroads UMC-Conyers, and Stockbridge UMC in the North Georgia Conference and Ingleside UMC-Macon and Vineville UMC-Macon in the South Georgia Conference. Most recently, she has been a member of the 9:35 Band at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Previously, she played keyboards with Timothy’s Burden out of Salem UMC - Covington.

Lori Cora

Finance Admin

Lori started at Embry Hills UMC in 2001 as financial secretary.  She is a CPA in public practice as a sole proprietor and has worked in this capacity since 1984.  Lori graduated from Georgia Southern College and began her career with a small local CPA firm then with her own firm for 10 years.  In 1999, Lori sold that practice and stayed home with the kids and worked on a smaller scale at home.  She continues to do so and has grown that practice as the kids have grown. Lori grew up at Embry Hills UMC.  Her parents are members here as well.  Her dedication to her work stems from her love of the church and her church family.  Lori is married to Hector Cora, a local Atlanta attorney.  They have four kids who have all grown up at Embry Hills UMC!  In her spare time, Lori spends lots of time with her kids and her dogs.  She and her son have a small pet-sitting business that keeps them very busy as well.  She also volunteers with other non-profit organizations and churches in the area to provide accounting services.

Angelo Martinez

Ministry Intern

Angelo is a second-year Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology. He is on the Deacon track for the Florida United Methodist conference. He's from Miami, FL and takes pride in my Hispanic and Native roots. He loves playing basketball, writing poetry, and working out. He has a passion for racial justice and reconciliation and is glad to be a part of the Embry Hills family this year. 

Austin Miller

Ministry Intern

Austin is a second-year student at the Candler School of Theology pursuing his Master of Divinity. He is also a certified candidate for ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. His undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology. He has previously worked with youth and children for Little Grassy United Methodist Camp in Illinois. He is from Illinois. Austin enjoys board games, video games, hiking, and discussing complicated topics. He is looking forward to witnessing a church experiencing and thriving through unplanned change and hopes to contribute to figuring out how the church can continue to act as a mission of God's love in a changing world.

Stephanie Train

Embry Hills Preschool and Kindergarten Director

bio coming...

Dena Jackson
Embry Hills Preschool and Kindergarten Co-Director

Embry Hills United Methodist Church

3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341

(770) 938-0661

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