meet the staff

  • Dr. Lester Spencer

    SENIOR PASTOR

    Served here since: 1993-2011 and reappointed to serve here July 1, 2016. 


    Family: Lester and his wife, Janeese, have been married for 28 years and have three children, Harden, Ciara, and Joshua. Janeese has been an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church for 28 years. Harden, the oldest, is attending seminary at Duke Divinity School. Ciara is in the Nursing School at UAB, and Joshua, the youngest, is attending Auburn University!


    Born/Raised: Born in Mobile, AL. Raised in Montgomery, AL.


    Hobbies: Adventure Travel, Working Out, Golf, Hunting, Scuba, Enjoy Family and Friends


    Sports Team: Auburn and USA Soccer Team.


    Random Fact: Sailed the Virgin Islands with my beautiful and adventuresome wife on our honeymoon... just the two of us!


    Dream Vacation: Alaskan Wilderness Adventure


    Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:19 - For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you see it?" 


    Quote: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Passionate Leader, Relationally Focused, Kingdom Builder


    Contact: lester@sjlife.com  

  • WALTER ALBRITTON

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Serving here since: January 1, 2004


    Family: Dean and I have been married 64 years as of June 1, 2016. We have five children: David (who awaits us in heaven), Matt, Mark, Tim and Steve. We have twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. They are all beautiful and brilliant like Dean. We live in the Cabin near the Tallapoosa River down the hill from Emerald Mountain in Elmore County.


    Born/Raised: Elmore Country, AL near Wetupmka.


    Hobbies: Writing, Gardening


    Sports Team: Auburn

     

    Random Fact: I met Dean when we were six, in the first grade; my biggest regret is that I did not ask her to marry me when we were six.


    Dream Vacation: Camping on backwaters of Minnesota


    Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


    Quote: "Don't sell your mule to buy a plow."


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Servant of Jesus


    Contact: 334-224-6107 or walbritton@elmore.rr.com

  • MIKE McKNIGHT

    associate pastor of pastoral care

    Served here since: 2017


    Family: Wife Rene. 3 children. 8 grandchildren


    Born/Raised: Born in Newton, AL; raised in Dothan


    Hobbies: Golf, Catan


    Sports Team: Alabama and Auburn


    Dream Vacation: Alaska


    Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:5 - I will never leave or forsake you. 


    Quote: All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Easy going, Love Christ and the works, Love my church family


    Contact: mike@sjlife.com

  • BROWNING WOOD
    Associate Pastor of YOUTH & EVANGELISM

    Serving here since: January 2013


    Family: I am a Father to my son, Braiden, and my daughter Baylee.


    Born/Raised: I was born in Hollywood and raised in Lubbock, TX. Go Tech!


    Hobbies: Hunting, biking, the great outdoors


    Sports Team: Texas Tech U


    Random Fact: I look big, but I only weigh 180 pounds


    Dream Vacation: Grizzly hunt in Alaska with my bow


    Bible Verse: Philippians 1:21 - For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.


    Quote: The only life worth living, is the one you give away.


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Big, Fun, Sensitive


    Contact: 334-481-0728 or browning@sjlife.com


  • ALAN BREWER

    Executive Director

    Served here since: the church moved to the east side of town


    Family: Wife Susan, son Jeffrey, daughter Rebecca, and six grandchildren


    Born/Raised: Miami Beach, FL. Montgomery, AL


    Hobbies: wood working


    Sports Team: Auburn


    Dream Vacation: Fly fishing


    Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


    Quote: "It's never too late to be what you could've been" - George Eliot


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Friend, Accountable, Encourager


    Contact: alan@sjlife.com  

  • MELISSA MCINNIS 

    worship LEADER

    Serving here since: June 2013


    Family: I married my husband in September 2012 and we welcomed our first baby boy, Anderson, into the world in February 2016.  We have the cutest, spunkiest pup named Grady.  Our favorite moments are lazy Saturday mornings with coffee and homemade breakfast.


    Born/Raised: I was born in Decatur, Georgia and grew up in Snellville, GA in the suburbs of Atlanta.


    Hobbies: Traveling, reading, eating and decorating.


    Sports Team: Georgia Bulldogs!


    Random Fact: I like cloudy days and thunderstorms. They make me want to curl up on the couch.


    Dream Vacation: New Zealand


    Bible Verse: James 4:8


    Apple or Android: Apple. 


    3 Words that Describe You:  Simple, Conscientious, Friendly


    Contact: 334-481-0740 or melissam@sjlife.com

  • LEAH WINN
    preschool DIRECTOR

    Serving here since: July 1997


    Family: Married to Dan, with two children Mary Hayden and Daniel, and three grandchildren.


    Born/Raised: I was born in Columbia, South Carolina and have live in Montomgery since the age of 12.


    Hobbies: Listening to music, Reading


    Sports Team: Auburn


    Random Fact: I love to dance.


    Dream Vacation: Anywhere with my family


    Bible Verse: Psalm 91:2 - I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."


    Quote: When in doubt, don't


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Grateful, Loved, Happy


    Contact: 334-481-0722 or lwinn@sjlife.com

  • JENNIFER AUGHTMAN
    director of children's ministrIES

    Serving here since: February 2010


    Family: I have two children. One daughter, Josey, and one son, Graves.


    Born/Raised: Born and raised in Montgomery!


    Hobbies: Going to the beach with my kids, working out, going out to lunch with friends


    Sports Team: Auburn & Trinity Wildcats


    Random Fact: I have been a member of Saint James since I was born! I eat dessert everyday! It keeps you sweet!


    Dream Vacation: Anywhere there is sand, sun, and water!


    Bible Verse: Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


    Quote: Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministy of Jesus flows out of you! - Corrie Ten Boom


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Enthusiastic, Encouraging, Faithful


    Contact: 334-481-0735 or jen@sjlife.com

  • JEFF COLLIER

    buildings & grounds supervisor

    Serving here since: 2004


    Family: I live in slapout AL. I have two grown children who have just graduated from college! Yea!


    Born/Raised: I was born in Montgomery and grew up in Wetumpka AL. 


    Hobbies: Woodworking, Making metal sculptures (yard art)


    Sports Team: Alabama Football


    Random Fact: I am hard headed.


    Dream Vacation: Cruise ship anywhere it will take me


    Bible Verse: John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


    Quote: You can't fix stupid. - John Wayne


    Apple or Android: Android


    3 Words that Describe You: Comical, Quick-witted, Timely


    Contact: 334-657-3780 or jeff@sjlife.com

  • CYLE CONOLY

    technical director

    Serving here since: May 2013


    Family: My beautiful wife and I have been married for 8 years, have a 5 year old daughter named Eleanor, a 3 year old boy named Charlie and newborn named Margaret. 


    Born/Raised: Montgomery


    Hobbies: Computers, Fishing, Tennis, Anything with my family


    Sports Team: Auburn! War Eagle!


    Random Fact: My name starts with a C because it is short for Carlyle. 


    Dream Vacation: Anywhere in Australia


    Bible Verse: Luke 14:11 - For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.


    Quote: Don't tell God how big your problems are; tell your problems how big God is.


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Nerd, Funny, Quiet


    Contact: cyle@sjlife.com

  • APRIL DAMATO

    ADMINISTRATIve assistant to executive director

    Serving here since: 2007


    Family: I have been married 8 years to my wonderful husband, Matt. We have 2 beautiful children, Amy Kate and Lucas.


    Born/Raised: I grew up in Dothan, AL but claim Okaloosa Country in the FL Panhandle as my "home".


    Hobbies: Sewing


    Sports Team: I'm not really a fan of much sports, but in our household, we cheer for Auburn and the Chicago Bears.


    Random Fact: I have driven/owned more cars than years I've been married.


    Dream Vacation: Yellowstone National Park


    Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


    Apple or Android: Apple! 


    3 Words that Describe You: Trustworthy, Content, Joyful


    Contact: 334-481-0748 or adamato@sjlife.com

  • Robbie AMunds

    DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

    Served here since: May 2016


    Family: Don and Joanna Amunds. Brother Scott


    Born/Raised: Ft. Walton Beach, FL


    Hobbies: Swimming, fishing, anything outside, and Netflix of course. 


    Sports Team: Florida State


    Random Fact: Swam in college for two years


    Dream Vacation: Anywhere new! Just want to see things I haven't seen before! 


    Bible Verse: Psalms 119:9,11 - How can a young man keep his path pure? By living according to your word. I have hidden your word inside my heart that I might not sin against you


    Quote: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke, Tears of the Sun


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: I am a rebel


    Contact info: 850-374-0267 or ramundz@yahoo.com

  • Karel Gulley

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

    Served here since: June 2017

    Family: My dad is Scott Gulley and my mom, Janet Gulley, has been in Heaven with Jesus since 2006. My step mom is Ann Gulley. I have 3 sisters: Sarah, Hope, and Joy and 3 brothers: John, Ben, and Allan. We’re a big family!

    Born/Raised: I’ve lived in Montgomery, AL my whole life!

    Hobbies: basketball, frisbee, running, photography, hanging out with friends, traveling, and Netflix

    Sports Team: Auburn Tigers!

    Random Fact: I have a list of 23 words that I can’t stand!

    Dream Vacation: Honestly, any place that’s new or anywhere with water and sunshine.

    Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 - But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    Quote: Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands. - Elisabeth Elliott

    Apple or Android: Apple

    3 Words that Describe You: Encouraging, Loyal, Trustworthy

    Contact info: 334-318-6590 or karel@sjlife.com

  • jagger eastman

    pastor of missions & outreach / sports recreation

    Served here since: June 3, 2018


    Family: I have been married to my wife, Anna, since June 6, 2015.


    Born/Raised: Sulligent, AL


    Hobbies: I love to play all sports, work out, hunt, eat good food and spend time with family and friends.


    Sports Team: Chicago Bulls (NBA), Atlanta Braves (MLB), Denver Broncos (NFL), ATL United (MLS), Auburn Tigers (NCAA) Bubba Watson (PGA), and US Soccer. Did I mention that I love all sports?!


    Random Fact: I took hip-hop dance lessons for two years in middle school.


    Dream Vacation: London, England


    Bible Verse: Romans 8:1-2 – There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.


    Quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” – Theodore Roosevelt


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Loyal, Outgoing, Energetic.


    Contact: jagger@sjlife.com

  • ross jenkins

    Associate Pastor of Discipleship

    Name: Ross Jenkins


    Served here since: June 2018


    Family: My wife, Ashley, and I have been married since July of 2014.


    Born/Raised: Bonaire, GA


    Hobbies: I’ve always enjoyed sports, and I especially love playing golf and church softball. I also love being outside in nature so hunting, fishing, kayaking, and hiking are my ways of recharging.


    Sports Team: New York Yankees and Tennessee Volunteers.


    Random Fact: When I turned 16, I could legally fly a plane by myself before being able to drive a car.


    Dream Vacation: Somewhere on the coast of Italy.


    Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:18: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”


    Quote: “Discipleship and spiritual formation are less about erecting an edifice of knowledge than they are a matter of developing a Christian know-how that intuitively understands the world in light of the Gospel.” James K.A. Smith.


    Apple or Android: Android


    3 Words that Describe You: Nerdy, Reliable, Encouraging. 


    Contact: ross@sjlife.com

  • Diane E. Scott

    TRADITIONAL Choir Director

    Served here since: Organist since December 2008. Choir Director since September 2016

     

    Family: Vernon and I have been married since February 1990. We have three wonderful children: Laura Leigh, Goodwin, and Franklin. 

     

    Born/Raised: Luverne, AL: The Friendliest City in the South

     

    Hobbies: Organ, Piano, Sewing, and Reading

     

    Sports Team: University of Alabama; Roll Tide! I am the only Alabama fan in my household!

     

    Random Fact: My favorite TV show is JAG and my favorite movie is The Sound of Music

     

    Dream Vacation: An organ crawl in Europe where I could actually play organs in some of the historic European cathedrals.


    Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 (TLB) - For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.


    Quote: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Sir Winston Churchill

     

    Apple or Android: Apple

     

    3 Words that Describe You: Energetic, Determined, Forward thinking

     

    Contact: 334-315-2840 or vscott179@yahoo.com

  • TAFFY PIPPIN

    connections ASSOCIATE

    Serving here since: March 2014


    Family: I have been married to Clayton "Pip" for over 27 years. It gets better each year. Our son is Zachariah Valdez Pippin who is a student at Auburn. It has been an absolute blast raising Zach! I am blessed!


    Born/Raised: I was born in Montgomery, Alabama, but was an Air Force brat so I had the opportunity to travel and live in some really cool places!


    Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking (and eating), Dancing, Music, and I loooove animals!


    Sports Team: Auburn! War Eagle! (Our house is divided; Clayton supports the other team)


    Dream Vacation: Beach, Beach, Beach, Mountains, and I would love to take a cruise to whale watch.


    Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.


    Quote: Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. - Will Rogers


    Contact: 334-546-4717 or taffypippin@gmail.com

  • MELISSA DISHMON
    Evangelism, YOUTH, & CHILDREN administrative assistant

    Serving here since: December 2003


    Family: I married my loving husband, Chris, in April 2014 and then were blessed with a wonderful little boy, Samuel, in April 2015, There is never a dull moment in our household and that is one of my favorite qualities about my life! We also have a 170lb lap dog, Bo, who we love so much! I am truly blessed beyond words!


    Born/Raised: I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Montgomery, AL.


    Hobbies: I love to play board games, cards, paint, and play any kind of sports


    Sports Team: I love college football and I am a huge AUBURN fan! War Eagle


    Random Fact: I use to sing a lot (favorite past time!) And almost made it as the understudy of little Jenny in Forrest Gump. My parents are my heroes!


    Dream Vacation: Any where in Europe or Fiji!


    Bible Verse: 

    • 2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
    • Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

    Quote: Only the believers who dare to dream can make their dreams come true!


    Apple or Android: Love an Android but have to say that my Apple has definitely moved up on the List!


    3 Words that Describe You: Compassionate, Silly, Loyal


    Contact: 334-481-0736 or Melissa@sjlife.com

  • KARI HUTCHINSON
    assistant children & recreation director

    Serving here since: 2003


    Family: I have been married for nineteen years and have three boys. 


    Born/Raised: I was born and reared in Pensacola, Florida


    Hobbies: Sewing, Painting, Sports, and Outdoors


    Sports Team: Alabama... Roll Tide!


    Dream Vacation: Alaskan cruise


    Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


    Apple or Android: Droid


    3 Words that Describe You: Athletic, Artisitic, Honest


    Contact: 334-481-0746 or khutchinson@sjlife.com

  • Sharon Hoque

    Children Nursery DIRECTOR

    Serving here since: June 2015

     

    Family: Married to Anis and we are blessed with 3 amazing girls; Jasmeen, Lilly, and Neela.

     

    Born/Raised: Bury St. Edmunds, England

     

    Hobbies: I love to walk, explore new places, drink good coffee, and spend time with my family.

     

    Sports Team: Oh dear... am I allowed to admit that sports are just not my thing?

     

    Dream Vacation: Greece–all that history, the beautiful beaches, and amazing food to boot. It's on my bucket list!


    Bible Verse: Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


    Apple or Android: Apple all the way

     

    3 Words that Describe You: Approachable, British, Beloved

     

    Contact: 334-354-9113 or sharoh44@yahoo.com

  • AManda Hinson

    Executive Administrative Assistant

    Served Here Since: 2015


    Family: Murray and I have been married since 2015.  We have 4 children: Taylor, Miller, Olivia and Ansley.


    Born/Raised: Prattville, AL


    Hobbies: Enjoying nature


    Sports Team: Auburn


    Dream Vacation: Any tropical island


    Bible Verse: And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Phil 4:8


    Quote: “You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” – John MacArthur


    Apple or Android: Apple 


    3 Words that Describe You: Loyal, Trustworthy, and Encouraging


    Contact: ahinson@sjlife.com

  • DIANNE CAPPS

    WOMEN's ministry administrative assistant

    Serving here since: May 2006


    Family: I live in Pike Road, AL and have been married to my sweet husband, Kenneth, since 1994.


    Born/Raised: I was born and raised in Selma, Alabama


    Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, Attending craft shows, Cross-stitching & Reading


    Sports Team: Auburn Tigers forever! 


    Random Fact: I had the honor and privilege of going on the Honor Flight for Veterans with my Daddy in 2009 to see the World War II memorial in Washington.


    Dream Vacation: Alaskan Cruise


    Bible Verse: 

    • Ephesians 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
    • Psalm 31:14-15 - But I trust in you, Lord I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

    Quote: God does not want to be on the top of our to-dos. He wants to be the foundations on which all our to-dos are based.


    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Loyal, Trustworthy, Considerate


    Contact: 334-481-0731 or dianne@sjlife.com

  • SKEETER RHODES

    CHURCH HOSTESS

    Family: My husband is Slade Rhodes and we have been married for 35 years. We have 2 adult children, Anne Ferrell Rhodes and William Rhodes, III.


    Born/Raised: I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. I have a degree in Library Science from the University of Alabama. I worked as the Upper School Librarian at University Military School before moving to Montgomery.


    Hobbies: Tennis, Needlepoint


    Sports Team: University of Alabama


    Random Fact: I love dogs Dream Vacation: Mountains


    Bible Verse: 

    • Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
    • Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

    Apple or Android: Apple


    3 Words that Describe You: Fun, Willing to Help, Honest


    Contact: 334-481-0732 or rawrhodes@aol.com

  • Board of directors

    Executive Leadership Team

    Chair: Jon Killough

    Vice-Chair: Clay McInnis

    Lay Leader: Barbara Fowler

    Finance Chair: Sandy Coaker

    Trustees Chair: Alan Brewer

    Staff Parish Chair: Leslie Sanders

    2020 At Large member: Fred Clark

    2020 At Large member: Beth Gothard

    2019 At Large member: Carolyn Honea

    2019 At Large member: Dick McAdams

    Ex-officio Senior Pastor: Lester Spencer

    Ex-officio Executive Director: Alan Brewer