Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Young Harris UMC is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Reverend Luis Ortiz

    Senior Pastor

  • Reverend Angela Baza

    Hispanic Ministries Pastor



  • Youth Director

    Blake Tabb

    Blake is father to two spunky children and married to Sara Tabb.  He spends most of his time at the Athens YMCA.  

  • Jenn LaRue

    Minister of Music

    Jenn is a PHD student in ethnomusicology at UGA, with a passion for global music and worship.  When she is not researching music from different parts of Africa, she is working with various organizations to help provide primary school education for vulnerable children in Kenya.


  • Daniel Self


    Daniel is a lifelong musician performing extensively on both flute and piano for over 20 years.  He works for the Athens Clarke County Leisure Service Department when he is not performing.  In addition to piano accompaniments, Daniel double on the organ when needed and assists with the Young Harris handbell choir and church orchestra.


  • Patti Simpson

    Communications Administrator

    Patti is originally from Upstate NY.  Patti and her husband, Steve now call Winder their home.  She is a devoted believer and disciple of Jesus Christ and it shows in her passion for her care and compassion for the ministry of Young Harris.   When she is not at Young Harris she is attending muscle car shows with her husband, Steve or spending time with her grandchildren and dogs. 


Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church

973 Prince Ave

Athens, GA 30606


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