Administrative Council- Gayle Speight
Gayle was born and grew up in Milledgeville, Georgia. She attended Georgia Military College Prep from 8th to 12th grade when the school first allowed girls to again attend. She graduated from Georgia College & State University with an associate and later a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Gayle retired from the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Medical Administrator after 30 years of service to the state of Georgia. During that time, she worked part time for Central Georgia Medical College teaching pre-nursing courses. Presently, she works part-time as an independent contractor for the River Edge Crisis Center. Gayle has attended Hopewell United Methodist Church for over 40 years. She and her husband, Vernon, share four children and five grandchildren. Most of their free time is devoted to helping with the grandchildren and following their sports and other activities.
I bet you’d be surprised to know that Gayle was a political science major before switching to nursing and still prefers watching political commentary over movies and sitcoms.
Committee Members: John Anderson – Jimmie Lee Bale – Katherine Bray – Bill Breiner – Sharon Breiner – Carol Brock – Flo Douglas – Julie Lavender – Susie Meeks – Pat Miller – Pastor Ted Miller – Becki O’Brien – Jim O’Brien – Brad Oliver – Kay Puckett – Patty Shreve – Jeanene Vinson – Anna George Warnock – All Church Members
Board of Trustees – Bill Breiner
Committee Members: Craig Brock – Curt Douglas – Anthony Cooper – Flo Douglas – Donnie Meeks – Pastor Ted Miller – Jim O’Brien – Ollie Roach – Patti Rogers – Dick Shreve
Cemetery Committee – John Anderson
Committee Members: Howell Horton – Mike Humphrey – Cathy Johnson – Donnie Meeks – Ollie Roach – Chuck Rogers – Patty Shreve – Gayle Speight – Charles Vinson – Jeanene Vinson
Education Committee – Kay Puckett
Kay was born in Atlanta, Georgia on an icy March 1st morning. After the death of her father, she moved to Thomson to be near her grandparents. She graduated a proud Thomson Bulldog. Growing up, her mother Betty, taught her and her five siblings the joy of camping on the lake, growing vegetables, and loving family. Helping with her younger sister, Paula, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, inspired her to attend Georgia college and earn a teaching degree in Special Education. She delighted in working with many special needs students through her 30 year career.
Kay met her husband, Chuck, at Georgia College and has been happily married since 1987. They raised two sons, Kalen who is married to Jess and Nathan. She is excited to begin a new adventure soon, that of being a grandmother! Kay and Chuck found their second loving family over 30 years ago, when they joined Hopewell United Methodist Church on the day of Kalen’s birth.
Kay loves to travel, sometimes in the camper, cook, work in the yard, sew, read, and mostly be with family and friends. Did you know that a 23 day road trip to California to visit her son, Nathan, was the beginning of Kay’s “Puckett List” or bucket list. She and Chuck want to visit many more parts of the United States where they can enjoy the miracle of God’s creation and share it with others.
Committee Members: Jan Anderson – Sharon Breiner – Ginny Davis – Rasheda Root – Gayle Speight – Jeanene Vinson
Communications Committee – Patty Shreve
Patty was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating from high school, she embarked on a series of different careers. She graduated in 1980 from Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, after having spent five years as an enlisted soldier. Along the way, she graduated with a degree in Business Management from the New York University. In 1983 she graduated from the United States Army Rotary Wing Aviator Course. She met her husband, Dick, when they were assigned to fly a mission together. After 23 years in the military, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, she retired and she and Dick moved to middle Georgia because of the mild weather. At that time she joined the American Red Cross, Disaster Services, for 13 years deploying to over 80 disaster relief operations to include 9/11 New York City, Guam, and Hurricane Katrina. They came to Hopewell in 2016. Between her and Dick, they have three children, four grandchildren, and six great granddaughters. Did you know that before joining the Army, Patty completed a four-year apprenticeship program at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville becoming a journeyman machinist?
Committee Members: Nancy Beasley – Randy Beasley – Donna Bentley – Becky Brock – Flo Douglas – Linda Helton – Becki O’Brien, Prayer Email – Ruth Roach
Congregational Care & Family Ministries – Carol Brock
Have you ever met someone who loves the smell of freshly turned soil? This lady does. Carol is a true native of Milledgeville having been born, reared, and educated here. She grew up working in her family’s feed, seed, and fertilizer store learning about plants, seeds, chemicals, and animals from her grandmother and daddy. On weekends, she accompanied her family to their local cattle farm on the Oconee River east of town. There she learned to be a good steward of the earth, drive a stick shift truck and a tractor. After retiring from a career in education, Carol once again found herself working with her sister on this farm raising cow-calf pairs and producing hay. Some of her most favorite memories are from this land affectionately referred to by her as, “Just This Side of Heaven.” She helps others with assorted projects, loves a challenge, and delights in fixing something that is broken or at least trying to fix it. Most days of the year you can find her in the backyard tending to flowers or digging in the dirt. Sharing bouquets of freshly cut flowers compounds her joy. She is thrilled at the sight of new seedlings growing or a misplaced bulb blooming. She has two adult children in Washington state and each has one child. She and her husband, Craig, reside on the north side of town. So now you have it. Carol is a farmer’s daughter by love, an educator by profession, a child of God by grace. I might mention, she is a butcher by trade and can cut a swing side of beef.
Committee Members: Virginia Ames – Hope Buchanan – Elsie Clark – Flo Douglas – Joyce Gay – Pastor Rick Gillian – Linda Helton – JoAnn Landers – Becky McCoy – Angela Prosser – Ann Veal
Finance Committee – Becki O’Brien
Committee Members: John Anderson – Bill Breiner – Carol Brock – Flo Douglas – Pastor Rick Gillian – Julie Lavender – Susie Meeks – Jim O’Brien – Kay Puckett – Patty Shreve – Gayle Speight – Jeanene Vinson – Anna George Warnock
Nominations & Leadership Development Committee – Pastor Rick Gillian
Rev. Gillian was called early in life to Gospel Ministry. He has thirty-two years of Ministry experience, primarily as Pastor. His family is from Maryland, (his mother is retired and lives in Annapolis, and he has a sister who lives near to her). Rick came to the South in January 1988 to begin his Undergraduate studies in Birmingham, Alabama, and became a Southerner for life.
Rick has attended three Seminaries and has completed a Bachelor’s-degree with Major studies in Religion & Philosophy, The Master of Arts in Christian Education, and Master of Divinity studies. He has also completed the Course of Study of the United Methodist Church. He was originally Licensed to Gospel Ministry in November 1987 and was Ordained in May 1991 (at Bluff Park Baptist Church in Birmingham).
The Gillians transferred two years ago into the NGUMC from the Alabama West Florida Conference of the UMC where Rick was serving as a United Methodist Pastor near Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Rick is married to Marcia (pronounced like Marsha), and has two children (Katherine & William) and three grandchildren. William lives at home and has been working at Publix grocery stores for three years. He is a graduate of Coastal Alabama Community College and loves to act in community theatres.
Marcia has a University degree in Music Education, and a Seminary Master’s degree in Music.
Rick’s hobbies are golf and writing.
Committee Members: Sharon Breiner – Jack Brock – Flo Douglas – Becki O’Brien – Chuck Puckett – Angela Prosser – Patti Rogers – Gayle Speight
Staff-Parish Relations Committee – Anna George Warnock
Anna George is a life long Methodist who was born in Louisiana and attended high school and college in Mississippi. She came to Milledgeville to serve her Lord at Central State Hospital. Anna retired from the State of Georgia in 1999. Anna George and her husband, Dewey, have been married for 50 years and their two sons have provided them with eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She continues to serve her Savior, Jesus Christ, through a variety of activities at Hopewell. Was it mentioned? She loves to cook.
Committee Members: David Brock – Ginny Davis – Flo Douglas – Pastor Rick Gillian – Susie Meeks – Brad Oliver – Chuck Puckett – Ruth Roach – Jeanene Vinson
Worship Committee – Susie Meeks
Committee Members: – Andy Anderson – Jan Anderson – Becky Cooper, Pianist – Elsie Clark, Communion – Anthony Cooper, Acolyte – Becky Cooper, Pianist – Flo Douglas, Lay Leader & Choir Director – Pastor Rick Gillian – Gail Oliver – Patti Rogers – Gayle Speight – Vernon Speight – Jeanene Vinson, Altar Guild & Communion
Men’s Club President – Brad Oliver
Brad was born in 1937 in Lebanon, Tennessee, attended Castle Heights Military Academy for his high school education, then completed two years of college at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute before enlisting in the Army in 1957. He served in Germany with the 3rd Division, attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, then returned home to attend Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was commissioned in June 1959 and went on to serve over 21 years on active duty, including three years in Vietnam. The Army brought Brad to the military department at Georgia Military College on June 30, 1974. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel in 1978. While in the Army, Brad completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska and his master’s degree at Georgia College. He is also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Brad’s second 20-year career was that of Assistant Director of the Youth Development Center here in Milledgeville. He retired from that career November 1, 1998.
Brad is married to the former Gail Weddington of Tullahoma, Tennessee. They celebrated 59 years of marriage September 11th and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Brad has been a Rotarian in Milledgeville Rotary since February of 1977. He has held every job except secretary, was treasurer for nine years along with being club president during the 50th anniversary year of the club that saw then Rotary International President Chuck Keller and his wife attend the celebration. He was chosen to take a Group Study Exchange to Australia in 1985 and chaired the Rotary Peace Community Project during 1995-96 which was responsible for the marble Peace Monument in front of the Baldwin County Court House in downtown Milledgeville. Brad is a Paul Harris, Will Watt, and Hue Thomas Fellow. His wife, Gail, is a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Gail have also served on a Rotary mission trip to Costa Rica.
Brad enjoys working in the yard and garden, pond fishing, and being with his family. He collects sea shells at the beach and turns them into jewelry and other forms of shell art. It might surprise you to know that Brad loves chick-flick and Hallmark movies.
United Methodist Women President – Jimmie Lee Bale
Jimmie Lee, a native of Valdosta, Georgia, has been active in Women’s Society of Christian Service – now known as United Methodist Women – for at least 70 years, including local unit president.
Jimmie Lee’s profession was that of accountant and auditor. Her work history is diverse and extensive holding a variety of positions. She served as the pastor’s assistant at the Andrew College located in Cuthbert, Georgia, as well as at Hazelhurst, Georgia. Other positions included Certified Director of Christian Education at Lockport, New York; Chair of Education Work Area of Hopewell United Methodist Church; District President and Treasurer of the North Georgia Conference; United Methodist Women Treasurer and Secretary of Financial Interpretations; exofficio member of the Southeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Women Finance Committee; and a Trustee at Paine College, Augusta, Georgia.
She has been an instructor in local and area leadership courses sponsored by both the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women as well as a certified lay speaker. She retired from Georgia College and State University as an administrative assistant on April 1, 1994.
She currently resides with her son, Bobby, and his wife, Cindy, in Gray, Georgia.