Our Staff


Rev. Herb Flanders , Senior Pastor

Providence UMC welcomed Rev. Herb Flanders as new Senior Pastor in 2016. Throughout his childhood and youth, he lived on a farm in Fayette County. He graduated from Fayette County High School in 1981, and from the University of Georgia in 1985 with a degree in Psychology. He earned his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1989, was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1991 and has a Master of Science in Christian Psychological Studies. Herb and Regina's, two sons, Miles and Cole, and Cole's wife, Alecia, are all UGA graduates like their parents. Writing has been a primary focus of his ministry; in 2015 he and Regina self-published a collection of Christmas thoughts, The Perfect Gift.

Rev. Maria Wells, Volunteer Associate Minister

Maria supports the Senior Pastor and staff in any role that is needed, including teaching and other areas. 

Leslie Lunsford, Director of Adult & Connection Ministry

Leslie enjoys helping Providence church family and Adult Ministry small group leaders with whatever they need, and meeting those who are new to Providence to help them find a small group and a place to serve. 

Adam Love, Director of Student Ministries 

Adam has a master’s in theology from Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. He is a lifelong Methodist and has worked with youth and young adults for many years. He seeks to help these young people establish a firm faith that will guide them into their adult years.

Patricia Bates, Co-director Preschool/MMO/Kindergarten

Patricia started the MMO program at Providence in 2001. She is constantly amazed and thankful for how much Providence has grown! 

Connie Corley, Children's Ministry K-5th grades

Connie works closely with Tracy Williamson to offer complete Children's Ministry programming. 

Amy Doil, Children's Ministry Assistant

Amy worked with the preschool program for many years before joining the Providence staff as the Children's Ministry Assistant. She works ministry leaders  to provide a program seeking to make the love of Jesus real to all of our children.

Tracy Williamson, Children's Ministry birth-4yrs/Preschool Co-Director

Tracy started the preschool program in 2005. Her goal is serve all the children at Providence guiding them as members of God’s kingdom. 



Julia Chang, Pianist for Traditional Worship

Not only is Julia the Pianist/Accompanist at the 9:30am Traditional Worship Service, she and her husband CJ are charter members of Providence. Julia’s expertise and love of music and the Lord shine through each Sunday as she plays for His glory.

Woody Brown, Director of Worship Ministry

Woody oversees the organization of all Sunday morning worship services which includes paid and volunteer staff, media and print content and Adult Music at the 9:30 Worship Service. 

Linda Ellis, Praise Band Director/Church Pianist

Linda is the Director of the 11am Contemporary Service Praise Band, accompanies soloists and fills in during the Traditional Service. 

Adam Holt, Contemporary Worship Leader

Adam leads the 11am Contemporary Worship Service. 


Rhonda Crowther, Executive Assistant

Rhonda assists our Senior Pastor and runs the front office of the church. 

Dana McKay, Financial Administrator

Dana handles all financial reporting for Providence. 
email: dmckay@provumc.com