Staff

We have many servants at our church who voluntarily do the work of ministry, but a few of them have the privilege of getting paid to fulfill a specific role. Our staff is made up of unique and amazing people who work to fulfill the mission God has given us of making disciples of Jesus in the Tanner community and beyond. Whether that involves administration, music, keeping things clean, preaching, hanging out with kids or youth, maintenance, Bible study, event planning, or designing, it's all done to honor God and to share the love of Jesus. Check out our staff below.

 
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Stephen Fincher–Pastor

Stephen was born in the booming metropolis of Woodland, AL, where people love Friday night football, cows, chickens, and inventing their own fun. Stephen loves music, reading, running, playing guitar, hiking, hanging out with friends, and occasionally watching a movie. As a teenager, he became a Christian at a youth group and has been following Jesus ever since. After an experience with the Holy Spirit in college, Stephen pursued vocational ministry. He graduated from Auburn with a degree in Social Work and went to Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. While in Kentucky, he met his better half, Laura, who is wondrously intelligent, faithful, energetic, hard working, and fun. They have three cats: Moe (a tuxedo), Atticus (a Ragdoll), and Cairo (an orange tabby). Connect with Stephen at stephen.fincher@umcna.org 

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Leeroy and Patty Gatlin–Custodians

Patty and Leeroy love to serve their church and community. They both are retired from being machine operators, both have lived in Tanner all their lives, and both went to Tanner High School. The Gatlins were married in April of 1972. They have 4 children (Christy, Leeroy Jr., Chasity, and James), 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. One grandchild, James Jr., attends church with them. They lead a simple life doing their best to serve the Lord.

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Michael Pollick–Organist

Michael was born in Akron, Ohio, but has lived in northern Alabama since 1986. He has worn a number of hats over the years, including disk jockey, voice-over artist, children's theater, English tutor, and church accompanist. His Christian music ministry started at age 12, when a Pentecostal minister handed him an accordion and invited him to join the church "orchestra". His personal interests include acting, singing, watching movies and creative writing. He currently works as a product reviewer for a start-up company in San Francisco called BestReviews.com. He lives in Decatur with his wife Amy and two cats, Pippin and Natchez.