Our 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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Rev. Dan Levine

Teaching Parish Assistant/Coordinator of Tech Support


Dan is appointed to serve at Grace as its Teaching Parish Assistant. Originally from Connecticut, he is a student at Emory's Candler School of Theology. He is a member of the New York Annual Conference and has experience in camp and retreat ministries as well as in the local church. He holds an Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT) and a Bachelor of Arts in History (Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT).

 

An outspoken advocate for affirmation and inclusion of all of God's creation in the ministry of the church, Dan currently serves  on the Board of Directors for the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) as the convener for the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) and is a member of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus.


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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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Rachel Haines

Office Manager


Rachel grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana before pursuing her undergraduate studies at Emory & Henry College. After college, Rachel spent time serving with AmeriCorps VISTA in Southwest Virginia. Currently, Rachel is a first-year MDiv Student at Candler School of Theology.

 

Rachel enjoys crafting, quality time with her loved ones, and spending as little time as she can stuck in Atlanta traffic.


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Pastor Yeojin Kwak Hopson

Pastor of Children & 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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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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Rolando Salazar

Director of Music & Worship Arts


Rolando is excited to join the Grace family! He moved to Atlanta from Amarillo, TX almost ten years ago for grad school at Georgia State University where he studied orchestral conducting and opera. He is the Associate Conductor/Chorus Master for the Atlanta Opera and is in demand as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist for international opera stars based out of and traveling through Atlanta.


He has served as a singer, pianist, organist, and director as needed at several churches in the Atlanta area and he is excited to join the Grace family regularly for Worship. His three passions in life are opera, sacred choral music, and country western, but not always in that exact order. He can be seen out on runs with his trusty sidekick, Hank the cowdog.


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Pastor Chadwick Smith

Pastor of Youth & 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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