Staff

Rev. Sara Webb Phillips

Lead Pastor


Sara Webb Phillips is originally from West Tennessee, where she grew up on a farm. After college at the University of Tennessee at Martin, she received her M.Div. degree, and has since served in ministry for 40 years. She has been connected with seven Annual Conferences, and served in various ways: three-point circuit, college chaplain (twice), Red Bird Mission involvement, university justice and peace director, large urban church, small inner city missions, seminary Field Education, writer, and publisher.


She is married to Ed Phillips, whose relationship is the product of a Wesley Foundation romance. Ed is the Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory. Both Ed and Sara were ordained elders in the United Methodist Church in 1980. They have three daughters, Meredith (spouse Sean, and granddaughter Sara Ann), Karen, who has a lively spirit while coping with some disabilities, and Emily, a GT grad in environmental engineering.


Sara enjoys gardening, music, traveling and reading, and has loyalty to the UT Vols (football) and Duke (basketball). She also dabbles in singing and playing folk music.

 

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Mrs. Nora Harris

Financial Assistant


Nora grew up in Roswell, Georgia. She attended Emory University and graduated with Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. She is a licensed CPA. Nora also works part time in the Finance Department of Oak Grove UMC. Nora, her husband, Jay, and their two sons live in the Oak Grove community and are members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. In her spare time Nora enjoys playing golf with her family, gardening and reading. 


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CC Sunchild

Lead Musician


With the purity and sensibility of one who spends much time basking in the glowing rays of the Sun, Grace's Lead Musician, Colette Coward, also known as CC Sunchild, embodies everything her name suggests. Musically, she captures a whimsical innocence and simplicity, underscored by a compellingly brilliant complexity. Her diverse training and experience in jazz, classical, gospel, pop, and world music are nestled seamlessly within the intricate weavings of her creative expression.


CC has traveled all over the world and has performed with several well-known artists such as Patti LaBelle, Bruce Hornsby, Bobby McFerrin, India.Arie, Rueben Studdard, Dionne Farris, Raphael Saadiq, Caron Wheeler, and a host of others. Most recently, CC performed nightly at Suzhou, China’s Crowne Plaza, where she was the featured artist-in-residence. Prior to that, she traveled to Bali, Indonesia to study Gamelan under the tutelage of Master Nyoman Warsa.


CC’s debut CD, Air, is available on all music and streaming platforms. Connect with CC via her website ccsunchild.com.


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Pastor Dan Levine

Teaching Parish Assistant


Dan is appointed to serve at Grace as its Teaching Parish Assistant. From Connecticut, he is a student at Emory's Candler School of Theology. 


With experience in camp ministries and the local church, Dan also currently serves  on the Board of Directors for the Reconciling Ministries Network.


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Pastor Yeojin Kwak Hopson

Pastor of Children and Family Outreach


Yeojin is originally from Seoul, South Korea where she graduated from Methodist Theological University before deciding to pursue her M.Div. in America, at Emory's Candler School of Theology. After graduating Candler in 2018, Yeojin is excited to continue her passion of serving in Children's Ministry at Grace as the Pastor of Children and Family Outreach.


Also a ministry candidate in the North Georgia Conference, Yeojin is married to Sam Hopson. They love  spending time with their dog, Charlie. Additionally, Yeojin enjoys reading books, doing yoga, and walking mindfully.


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Pastor Chadwick Smith

Pastor of Youth and Community Outreach


A native of Metro Atlanta, Chadwick graduated from Southern Methodist University with a master's degree in education. While in Texas he also served with Teach for America.


Chadwick has served local churches, and is currently a student at Emory's Candler School of Theology. Speaking German and Spanish, he is serving Grace as its Pastor of Youth and Community Outreach.


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Pastor Elaine Robinson Beattie

Worship & Arts Intern


Elaine is a graduate of Emory's Candler School of Theology. As a Certified Candidate for Ministry with the United Methodist Church, she is currently completing her  worship class requirement at Gammon Seminary/Interdenominational Theological Center.


Elaine's work in ministry includes leading and teaching small group studies, women’s ministry, as well as facilitating staff team-building and congregational health and development. Her true passion is clergy wellness and leadership development.


Elaine is married to Rev. Dr. Charles M. Beattie II, Chaplain, blues recording artist, and entrepreneur. They live in Atlanta, GA, with their beloved dog, Miss Ella Fitzgerald Robinson Beattie.


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Ms. Roddie Ingram

Children/Youth Meals Coordinator


A long-time member of Grace, Roddie has led its nursery and after-school programs in the 1980s. She has also taught in Atlanta Public Schools, Green Forest Academy, and is currently at Bright Horizons.


Roddie is currently serving Grace as its Children/Youth Meals Coordinator.


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