Rev. Stacey Rushing


Stacey grew up in Tucker, GA where she attended Tucker First UMC as a youth and graduated from Tucker High School. She went on to earn degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (BA in Religion) and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Master of Divinity). In 2013, she was ordained as an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and appointed to serve University Heights UMC. Prior to being appointed to University Heights UMC, Stacey worked in publications at the Society of Biblical Literature and was an associate Pastor at Johns Creek UMC.

Stacey's passions in ministry include ministry in the context of community, missions and engaging new people in the life of faith.

Stacey shares her love for the church and call to ministry with her husband Dalton who is the pastor of Decatur First United Methodist Church. They have two wonderful daughters, Emmaline (5) and Annie (2), who are a constant source of laughter and life lessons.

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rev. candi dugas, d.min.

Pastor of Worship & Arts

This woman right here started it all, Mother Ella Mae Brown, started my coming to know G~d for myself, with her guidance of prayer and divine communion, passion for reading books, her own creativity, and understanding of integrity – things like honesty, admitting my mistakes, and always doing the best I can. It all started at her feet – and at the feet of the nuns who lived in the convent adjacent to my elementary school.   

We design bios to help people get to know us better, and since the beginning of my new role at Grace as the interim Pastor of Worship and Arts, I’ve been pondering how to update our site’s blurb about me. Today, this seems to be the best introduction to who I am and what I’m about. I could list all kinds of education and experience that qualify me to do what I do here – but before all of that, what it comes down to, is what Big Mama taught me, poured into me during the most formative years of my physical life. (By the way, whom you cannot see in the picture is Granddaddy, Deacon Julius Brown, sitting next to Big Mama. Be assured that I have a whole ‘nother list of wonderful things I learned from him – LOL!) 

But … if you’d like more detail, feel free to explore my CV … or shoot me an email, would love to get to know you better as well, over coffee sometime. :-)  Thank you for taking a few moments to read a bit about me and the wonderful things we’re doing at Grace!   


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Corrie Alexander

Minister of Growth & Discipleship

Corrie is originally from Nashville, TN. She got her BS in Athletic Training from the University of Evansville in 2015. She is now a student at Candler School of Theology working on her Master's of Divinity. Most recently, Corrie was serving at University Heights UMC as their Minister to Children and Youth. Before moving to Atlanta, Corrie worked at Camp Horizon, in Arkansas City, KS as their Program Intern. She has spent 4 summers working with children and youth at Cedar Crest Camp in Dickson, TN and at Camp Horizon. Her interests include backpacking, playing the guitar, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

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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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