Rev. Dr. Jordan Thrasher
Starting in July of 2021, Jordan is honored to be the senior pastor of Embry Hills United Methodist Church. Jordan grew up in Athens, went to Wofford College for undergrad where he majored in History and Religion, and then continued to the Candler School of Theology for both his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry. Jordan is married to Meredith, and they have three wonderful daughters, Georgia, Elizabeth, and Anna; and two mischievous dogs Bailey and Lucy, though sometimes the adjectives are reversed. Jordan enjoys being active, playing sports, and getting to know new people whenever he gets the chance. You can catch Jordan running, kayaking, cooking, and cheering on Atlanta United.
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.
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Director of Children's and Community Ministries
Starting in August of 2022, Linda joined EHUMC as a full-time Staff as the Director of Children's and Community Ministries. Linda grew up in El Salvador, Central America where she studied for her bachelor's degree. She was also involved in college theater for five years. Linda decided to move to the U.S. when she was 23 years old. Her faith experiences led her to want to know more about God and teaching others, so she went back to school to study for a Master in Divinity at Mcafee school of theology. Linda is married to Ruben Jimenez-Abrams and they have two beautiful cats named Apollo and Ramses. She enjoys traveling to places around the world and connecting with people by learning new languages.
Church and Building Administrator
Laura joined the staff of Embry Hills in April 2017. Raised between Texas and Georgia, she now lives in Tucker with her husband, Jimmy, their two children, Ashton and Sam, and horde of rescued cats. She’s spent more than a 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, listening to true-crime podcasts, or hiking, foraging, and camping with her family.
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 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.
Embry Hills Preschool and Kindergarten Director
Stephanie Train joined the Embry Hills UMC Staff in June 2020 as Director of Preschool and Kindergarten. An Atlanta native, Stephanie graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina with a BA in English, then headed straight back to her hometown. She taught pre-K for many years, coordinated a full-day summer camp program, and was an assistant preschool director (sometimes concurrently). Her proudest accomplishment is her beautiful, blended family and their new home in Embry Hills.