Meet Our Staff

Rev. Beth Sanders

Senior Pastor
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Contact number 404.285.7207

Beth comes to serve as Senior Pastor of Lewis Memorial after fifteen years in ordained ministry. Her first career was as a lawyer, practicing in civil litigation in Atlanta for seven years before accepting the call to full-time ministry in the church.  She earned a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Leadership at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, which includes study at Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Non-Profits. Beth also earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Emory and a J.D. from the University of Georgia.

Beth grew up in Atlanta, where she graduated from The Westminster Schools. Since then, she has lived in various places across Georgia from Athens to College Park and Rome. Beth is single and lives in Evans with her cat, Atticus. Her parents, Gene and Grace, and younger sister, Catharine, all live in Atlanta.

Outside of worship at Lewis Memorial, Beth loves singing in community choirs, though right now, being a full-time pastor and part-time student only leaves time for singing in the shower. She also enjoys cross country running and has participated in many 5K and 10 K races. Her next goal is running a half marathon. In other free moments, she likes cooking (and eating!),  reading, and binge-watching Hallmark Channel movies at Christmas.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Psalm 118:24

LMUMC staff member since June 20, 2016.

Cindy Vinson

Ministries Assistant/Director of Children's Ministry
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Contact number 706.513.7623

Cindy Vinson is our Ministries Executive Assistant at Lewis. Cindy graduated from Harlem High School and Kerr Business College. She has over 23 years experience in children’s ministry, 4 years with cub scouts (Pack 116 of Appling), and as Committee Chairperson. Cindy has been a member of Lewis Memorial Church since February of 1993. She is currently studying at AU for a BA in Sociology and minoring in Non-Profit Management. Cindy resides in Grovetown with her husband Michael. She loves to read, swim, and spend time with family and friends.

LMUMC staff member since October 3, 2000

Jason Powell

Contemporary Worship Leader
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Contact number  706.631.1320

Jason was born in Augusta, GA and grew up in Martinez, GA. He has been attending Lewis Memorial since he was around 5 years old, and has been a member since 1993. Graduating from Augusta State University in 2004 with a Bachelor in Middle Grades Education, certified in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Gifted Education, he taught for 11 years at Greenbrier Middle School in Columbia County before following his calling into music ministry. He served as the volunteer worship team leader for many years before this. Jason and his wife, Jennifer, live in Grovetown, GA., along with their three sons: Jacob, Luke, and Caleb. In addition to his passion for music, Jason enjoys spending his time with family and friends.

LMUMC staff member since June 1, 2015

 

Grant Nichols

Director of Youth Ministries & Young Adults
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Contact number 706.495.0699

If his face and name look familiar, it is because Grant Nichols has been a member of Lewis Memorial since he was 10 years old. He is a graduate of Augusta State University with a Bachelors of Social Work. In the past, Grant also served as a volunteer in our Youth Ministry. Having just recently returned from a six month missions experience in Nicaragua, he is beginning the application process to attend Asbury Theological Seminary to obtain a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. He enjoys reading, exercising, and being with family and friends.

LMUMC Staff Member since March 16, 2014

Cynthia Abraham

Bookeeper / Secretary
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Cynthia is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics with minor studies in engineering. She is a member of the Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry (North Augusta, SC).

LMUMC staff member since September 6, 2007

Joseph Silmaro

Interim Choir Director

Contact number 209.568.9522

Joseph comes to us from Sacramento California where he received his B.M. in Piano Performance in 2010 from the California State University, Stanislaus.  He currently is a full time nursing student at Augusta University. His wife, Arlene, is a “stay-at-home” mom to Emilia.

LMUMC staff member since August 31, 2016

Sandra DeJong

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
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Sandra De Jong is a member of  Warren Baptist church. She is “on mission”  here at Lewis Memorial working at the Reception Desk.  Sandra is responsible for bulletins, announcements and worship media.

She is married to Paul De Jong. Together they own and operate a Photography studio in their home.  Paul and Sandra have one son, Daniel (pastor of The Rock Baptist Church, Fayetteville, GA) who is married to Heather Jo. Sandra enjoys her 5 grandchildren, cooking, and canning from her garden. Stop by Sandra’s reception office desk and ask her about her grandchildren.  She always has a good story to tell!

LMUMC Staff Member since September 13, 2010.

Joanne Percival

MMO Director
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Contact number   706.863.0986 (MMO)

Joanne is the Founder and Director of our Mother’s Morning Out and Pre-school program at Lewis Memorial. She started the program in 2001. She attended Augusta College and has worked in children’s education since 1993. A member of Lewis Memorial UMC for over 26 years, she lives in Grovetown with her husband Bryant. They have two daughters, Sarah Kell and Emily Pinson; and one granddaughter, Kinsley. Joanne enjoys camping, reading, the beach and spending time with her family.

LMUMC Staff Member since June 7, 2001

Jesus Cruz

Custodian
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A native of Puerto Rico, Jesus came to the states in 1992. Married to Luz, they have three children…. two marine boys and one ordained minister daughter!
Jesus loves to read, theology books. Charles Swindohl is one of his favorite authors. He loves riding his Sky Blue scooter to work on sunny days.

LMUMC staff member since May 28, 2013