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.

  • Dawn Church

    Children's Director

    Dawn loves the Lord and has a heart for His children! She loves teaching and sharing the Word of God to anyone who is willing to listen. God called her and her family to move to Georgia in the summer of 2016 to be in full-time ministry. Dawn is best described by her favorite verse in Scripture: Joshua 24:15b- "Choose you this day whom you will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Reach out to her through email at to discuss interest in the Children's Ministry here at Young Harris, she looks forward to hearing from you!  

  • Reverend David Wofford

    Senior Pastor

    David Wofford was appointed to Young Harris UMC in June 2013 from St. James UMC in Atlanta. He is originally from Canton and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor' degree in civil engineering.  He and his wife, Sarah, met while they were both attending Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.  They have a spundy four year old daughter Ellie, and a fiesty one year old Hannah.

  • Reverend Angela Baza

    Latino Pastor



  • 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.


  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Lacey Shubert

    Financial Administrator

    Lacey has been with Young Harris since 2012.  Lacey and her husband, Derek, live in Commerce with their son Joseph.  She also works at Commerce Primary School as a paraprofessional.  

  • 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


~ View Map ~