Embry Hills United Methodist Church

3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341

(770) 938-0661

office@embryhillsumc.org

OUR STAFF

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.

Senior Pastor

Rev. Susan Allen Grady

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.

Pastor of Congregational Care

Lee Fullerton

Victoria received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Furman University.  In September 1999, she left a management position with Sears, Roebuck & Company just before her 10th year with the company in search of a position with a sense of fulfillment and meaning beyond net profit in a place that was more family-friendly. The timing was right and the position of Church Secretary at Embry Hills UMC came open at the same time. What better fit for her needs than the very church in which she had been raised! Currently, Victoria serves as Director of Outreach & Youth Ministries, working with the Work Area on Outreach and the 6th-12th graders and their families. Previous programming roles have included the areas of Witness and Club 45 (pre-teen ministries). Music still plays an active role in her life with recital and other solo work and directing the Cherub & Jubilate Children’s Choirs at EHUMC. Previously, she sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw, the DeKalb Choral Guild, and directed adult handbells and served as interim music director at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, as well as the pre-school music program and youth choirs at Embry Hills. Ms. Lawson has two children, Michael and Ashleigh, who attend Armstrong State University and Parkview High School. Both are active in their schools, church, and baseball/softball in their communities.  

Director of Outreach and Director of Youth Ministries

Victoria Lawson

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.

Director of Children's Ministries

Susannah Bales, LMFT

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 Emory District 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, or listening to podcasts. She loves hiking and camping with her boys and most recently has taken an interest in pottery making.

Church Admin

Laura Briscoe

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.

Director of Music

Dottie Hunt

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.

Finance Admin

Lori Cora

Ben 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 and was recently elected to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference for 2020. Prior to beginning his studies at Candler, Ben obtained his Bachelors in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Georgia and worked at a local civil engineering firm in Sandy Springs for 3 years. A native of Alpharetta, GA, Ben enjoys hiking, snow skiing, rock climbing and visiting local eateries with his friends. Currently, Ben lives in the Midtown area and is looking forward to learning more about ministry and fellowship with the wonderful people of Embry Hills UMC.

Ministry Intern

Ben Fletcher

Sally was born in Minneapolis, MN but grew up mostly in Atlanta.  She graduated from University of GA with a B.S. Ed. and received her M.S. Ed. From Mercer University.  She began teaching at Embry Hills UMC Preschool & Kindergarten in 1990 while her children attended preschool here and taught four-year-olds, Kindergarten and became Co-Director in 2000.  Sally currently serves as Membership Chairperson for the North Georgia United Methodist Preschool Directors Association. Sally and her husband, Steve, have three children - Kristin, Michael (Shannon) and Anna (Nolan) and one grandson, Carter.

Embry Hills Preschool and Kindergarten Co-Director

Sally Kramer

Dena graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 with a degree in Management from the Terry School of Business.  After being a stay at home mom with her four children, she began teaching Kindergarten at Clairmont Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten in 1998.  Dena went back to school and received her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and earned a Reading Specialist designation for grades Pre-K -12th from Mercer University in 2006.  In 2002 she accepted a position at Intown Community School where she served in many roles.  At Intown, Dena taught 5th grade and Middle School Math and Science and went on to become the Assistant Principal. She retired in May 2019.  She joined Embry Hills UMC Preschool and Kindergarten in August 2019 as a Co-Director. Dena lives in Tucker with her husband, Doug, and puppy, Badger.

Embry Hills Preschool and Kindergarten Co-Director

Dena Jackson
Dena Jackson
Embry Hills Preschool and Kindergarten Co-Director