Hillside's On-Campus Missionary Staff
Missionaries are those that use their Spiritual gifts to serve in their community, their nation and their world. Hillside staff is here to serve you. Feel free to contact your missionaries at Hillside for assistance as needed.
Congregational Care, Hospitality, and Servant Ministries
Director of Spiritual Formation
I have the honor and privilege to serve as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Hillside UMC. My direct areas of oversight include Small Groups ministry and that of Christian Education. I am a systems driven individual that enjoys seeing people connect with the purpose that God has given them as well as seeing people walk in their true identity as followers of Christ.
'I will go before you
and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.' Isaiah 45:2
Rev. Doug Mills
Director of Congregational Care
As the Director of Congregational Care Ministry, I lead a team of dedicated lay persons who celebrate life events and provide loving care, teaching and support to our church family and community as they face life difficulties and needs. These servants offer words of comfort, prayer, a listening ear, hope and companionship.
'So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become so very dear to us.' 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Director Of Guest Services and Servant Ministries
Working with teams to embrace our guests with outstanding hospitality that glorifies God and helping people show love to Jesus, and reveal His love to others, through ministry service is what I am blessed to do as Director of Guest Services and Servant Ministries.
'A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.' John 13:34-35
Finance, Facilities & Administration
Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations I serve as the primary steward for church resources, finances and facilities in conjunction with church leadership.
'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.' Proverbs 3:5-6
Director of Communications
As the Director of Communications, I get the opportunity to coordinate but also help support and develop the various ministries of Hillside on all promotional and communications activities. I love to design cutting edge art and promotional materials, while developing communication strategies that will help us as a church reach more people for Christ in our community.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Program Ministry Support
In supporting program ministry, I take care of the administrative needs of the Children and Youth Ministries.
'Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.' Ephesians 4:15-16
Blessed to support the church administratively in maintaining accurate church membership records and serve as assistant to the Director of Operations.
'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.' Philippians 4:8
As the Financial Secretary, I strive to accurately account for all monies received from our members and guests.
'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Philippians 4:13
Director of Maintenance
Oversee the maintenance and repair of the complex.
'I can do all this through him that gives me strength.' Philippians 4:13
Children, Junior High, and Senior High Youth
As Youth Minister I help students KNOW the Gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple students to GROW in their Christian faith, and encourage students to SHOW the love of Christ by their actions.
'Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”' John 11:25-26
As the Children’s Minister, I am working to make Sundays the best day of the week for our families at Hillside by creating a fun and dynamic LifeGroup and Large Group experience for their children. It is my goal to incite wonder in the hearts of our children for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, m shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalms 18:2
Assistant Youth Minister
As Assistant Youth Minister, I am blessed to assist our Youth Minister in program development, as well as help disciple the junior and senior high youth in their walk with the LORD.
I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3
Director of Children’s Outreach & Development
I am blessed to overlook our childcare programs and spend my days working with children to help them know God’s love and Grace.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Children's LifeGroup Coordinator
I am a certified early childhood educator with a bachelor's in Religion from Emory University and a Masters in early childhood education from Towson University in Baltimore, MD. I have been teaching for 10 years in Pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st grade and currently teach 1st grade at Hillside preschool and academy. I love Jesus and kids and enjoy the opportunity to teach kids about Christ's love each day.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Contemporary Worship Minister
I have the honor of serving as the Contemporary Worship Minister. I oversee the worship, media, and anything pertaining to the visual environment of Celebration Hall for worship services. Creating a distraction free environment in which The Creator and His creation can meet is priority for me. Regardless of the medium we use, it's purpose is to take the focus off of our circumstances and help us place focus on The One who holds the answers to all of life's questions.
'God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.' John 4:24
As Director of Production Ministries, I spend my time overseeing all aspects of worship from audio/visual to communication and training of volunteers in both Traditional and Contemporary environments. My priority is to produce a distraction-free environment to allow everyone to go deeper in their relationship with God.
'I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.' John 15:5
Missions and Outreach
Director of Missions & Outreach
As Director of Missions & Outreach at Hillside I encourage our church to know God's call to serve our neighbors, grow in being a servant and not just a volunteer, and show God's love through their actions and words as they serve.
'Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.'
Director of Counseling
I am a fully credentialed Licensed Professional Counselor and the Director of Hillside Counseling Center. I am responsible for assembling the group of therapists that work alongside me as we serve the community from within the outreach efforts of Hillside UMC. (We are qualified and uniquely qualified to help those in need.)
'The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.' Psalm 28:7
My name is Melissa King. I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I completed a Master of Science in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University. I have been working in a counseling related field since 2002 and have been in the private practice setting since 2010. I have a passion to see children and families thrive so they are able to overcome challenges that are negatively affecting their lives. I am committed to assisting in the process of healing and growth to help clients overcome challenges they may be facing. I approach therapy with individuals, children and families using creative methods. I see each client as unique and utilize treatment options accordingly. I specialize in the following areas:
Anxiety/OCD for children and adults
Women wanting lasting changes and in life transitions
'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.' Proverbs 3:5-6
My spirit was called to serve the Hillside Counseling Center, to form a community with the individuals and families seeking to make positive changes in their lives and relationships. I feel incredibly privileged to serve the clients, the church, and the community in a deep and meaningful way.
'He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.' 2 Corinthians 1:4
Hillside Preschool and Academy
Director of Hillside Preschool & Academy
I am honored to serve as the Director of Hillside Preschool and Academy. It is my great pleasure to lead our staff and students as we learn together and grow in faith. I am a National Board Certified Educator in Early Childhood. I have taught preschool - second grades. My husband and our two beautiful daughters are members of Hillside United Methodist Church. I am proud to work and worship here.
"For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Preschool Assistant Director
Assists the Director in assuring a successful preschool program.
'May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer' Psalm 19:14
Handles all finance and assists with day-to-day operations of the preschool.
'The Lord is my light and my salvation — Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life — Whom shall I dread?' Psalm 27:1
Responsible for greeting and assisting parents/visitors and assisting with day to day operation of the Preschool Office.
'Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.' Colossians 3:12