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LEADERSHIP

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Rev. Jennifer Fenner

Senior Pastor

Rev. Jen Fenner has served as Lead Pastor for Epworth since 2010. She is originally from Fremont Michigan and grew up in Howard County Maryland. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Drew Theological Seminary. After college she served as a Mission Intern through the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, assigned first to the Protestant Council of Churches (CEPAD) in Nicaragua and then to the Seminar Program of the Church center for the United Nations in NYC. 

 

Pastor Jen credits the church with giving her the opportunity to become bilingual – bi-cultural English/Spanish, a skill she is able to use richly in ministry here at Epworth. She is married to Edgard Tellez (from Managua Nicaragua) and together they have 2 children currently a part of the Montgomery County Public School System. Pastor Jen enjoys family trips to the Western part of the United States,  being outside, collecting antique colored glass, and quiet opportunities to be with those who know her and still love her deeply. Her favorite bible story is Jacob wrestling with the angel of God as God redefines the power and responsibility of blessing.

Rev. Tammi Brantley

Rev. Tammi Brantley

Pastor of Discipleship

Rev. Tammi D. Brantley serves and the Pastor of Discipleship since 2021. She is originally from Fitzgerald, Georgia and graduated from Fort Valley State University and Howard University. Before entering full-time ministry, she worked as an Account Manager in the Business Development Department for United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS Inc.). 

Pastor Tammi grew up in the church and credits her love for ministry to Jesus desires to have a personal relationship with us.  Pastor Tammi once heard in a training session the question “What would it be like to serve in ministry that looks like heaven”.  Coming to Epworth has allowed her to actualize that vision. Pastor Tammi loves her mother who still lives in Georgia and her puppy child Phoebe!  Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Carats, Inc.  There are three specific scriptures that are apart of her daily walk with Christ that guide her life and her thoughts Matthew 6:10, Psalm 23:1, and Jeremiah 28:11.

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Rev. Dr. Jonathan W. Williams

Youth Pastor

Rev. Dr. Jonathan W. Williams is a native of Albany,  Georgia and son to Rev. Dr. Wadis and Min. Dr. Alfreda Williams. Rev. Williams’ received his Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia and commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate into the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in 2008. Rev. Williams also holds a Master of Education degree from Liberty University and 2019 graduate of University of New England with his doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Reverend Doctor Williams has a heart for the Lord, youth, and building people through education. One of his favorite Bible verses is 1 John 4:12(NIV) "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." This verse is encouraging and Dr. Williams' uses it to encourage others to show God's love to the community and people around them.

Rev. Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz

Pastor Emeritus 

Reverend Yolanda Pupo-Ortiz is Pastora Emerita at Epworth. Pastora Yolanda or Pastora as she is affectionately called, is a woman of deep wisdom, faith in God, and true love for the community. Originally from Cuba, Pastor Yolanda was Quaker before she became United Methodist. Her mother is from Puerto Rico.

 

Pastor Yolanda has served in many areas of the general United Methodist church and has been a United Methodist elder for over 30 years but her heart and her love are the people. 

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Linda Gaviria 

Preschool Director

Linda started working with children during her middle school years. At the time, her neighbors would ask her to babysit, and she quickly became the neighborhood babysitter. Since then, her appreciation and love for children and child development grew into a true passion. She loves the  ability children have to amaze those around them. She loves being a part of their growth and teaching as they discover the beauty of the Lord’s world and creation. 

Linda has a degree in Human Education and Family Studies and Education Psychology. She has 10 years of experience working in the field of child development as a Child Development Specialist, Classroom Lead teacher, and now she is Epworth's Preschool Director.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.