Our Pastors

Rev. Herzen Andone

Senior Pastor

In a world where Christianity has become one religious or spiritual “option” among many, the most effective way we express our faith is through the way we love – the way we love one another and the way we love the strangers among us.

“Indeed, God did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17 

Rev. Dorcas Rodriguez

Associate Pastor

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Life has its difficult moments and many of us are trying to survive and have some sense of peace and belonging in this world. We can try to make this a better place for hurting folks by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

As Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.” John 14:1 

Executive Ministers

Travis Jones

Minister 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

David Good

Minister 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

Ministers & Directors

Shawn Cox

Minister of Modern Worship & Technical Ministries

I have the honor of serving as the Modern 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

Chris Owenby

Director of Traditional Worship

It is my honor to serve as Hillside’s Director of Traditional Worship. And it is a sincere joy to serve our choirs and other musicians, servant leaders, and our congregants with excellence and passion! God is leading us where he wants us to go. To God be the Glory!

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:1-3

Steve Brooks

Youth Minister

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

Jenny Hurt

Children's Minister

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

Beth Federman

Director of Guest Services

What a blessing to work with Hillside’s exceptional parking, welcome center, greeter, usher and medical teams as together, we seek to provide OUTSTANDING hospitality that EXCEEDS our guests’ expectations, all for the GLORY of GOD!

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

Christy Good

Director of Mission & Servant Ministries

As Director of Missions & Servant Ministries at Hillside I encourage our church to know God's call to serve. Using our spiritual gifts to serve helps us to grow in being a servant and share God's love through our actions and words.

'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.' Romans 12:9-12

Bob Dowis

Facility Manager

Oversee the maintenance and repair of the complex.

'I can do all this through him that gives me strength.' Philippians 4:13

Lauren Cox

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 & Support Staff

Anita Norman

Music Associate

Music and ministry have been my passions throughout my entire life. It is a great privilege and blessing to share my gifts with the Hillside family as I direct our two handbell choirs, reignite and lead our children’s choirs, support and accompany the adult choral ensembles, and serve as organist for Traditional Worship.

“Make a JOYFUL noise unto the Lord, all ye lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing!” Psalm 100:1-2

Anne Beyer

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

Stephanie Franklin

Children's Large Group Director

I grew up at Hillside UMC in Towne Lake.  I met my husband Blake at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  We served together in the music and children's ministries in a church in Macon, GA for 10 years and moved back to Towne Lake in December 2016.  We have two daughters and I love working with children and helping them learn more about Jesus.  

“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

Annelise Collins

Enrichment Lead

As Enrichment Lead I work to provide a fun and engaging environment for children to learn and play after school. We serve children from the community, home schoolers and students from Hillside Preschool and Academy.

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction, be persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12

Paula Shelton

Mother's Day Out Lead

I am responsible for children from our church family and the community. We provide care and socialization for children while Mom takes time for herself.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Danielle Hopkins

Breakfast Club Lead

As the Lead for Breakfast Club, I create and implement Hillside's before-school programing for our preschool and Kindergarten-aged children.

"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." 1 Chronicles 16:11

Susan Puckett

Children's Life Group Coordinator

I have the pleasure of working with the adult volunteer Life Group leaders for our Children's Life Groups. I handle their scheduling and make sure they have everything they need to effectively lead their groups each Sunday so they can focus on the children and not worry about supplies. I also get to work with the wonderful Hillside Kids ages infants to 5th grade and they just touch my heart every week! I am so blessed to be able to work with such great people who are completely committed to sharing the gospel message and the love of Jesus Christ with our children.

'The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17 

Melissa Cox

Children's Support Staff

I have the sincere privilege of working on the Children's ministry team here at Hillside. I handle the daily task of the clerical and administrative functions for Children Ministries.

'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you whenever you go.' Joshua 1:9

Kerri Muffett

Operations Support

As the operation support assistant, I take care of the administrative duties of the church and support the staff.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4–8

Linda Wilson

Programs 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

Loretta Yike

Financial Secretary

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