Rev. Dr. Gregory S. Williams
Senior Pastor of St. James UMC
The Rev. Dr. Gregory S. Williams is a man of God, a husband, and a father. He was reared in High Springs, Florida, by way of Walterboro, South Carolina. Pastor Williams received his Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Furthermore, he received his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry specializing in Death and Dying, May 2007 at Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Williams has a passion to do God’s work. He is the loving husband of 29 years to Davina Randolph and the proud father of their 22 year old daughter Deviny and 17 year old son Justin.
Dr. Williams began his ministry under the mentorship of Rev. Emile Ennis at Fort Street United Methodist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia. There he served as an assistant pastor to the Homeless and Youth ministries. He continued his ministry at St. Mary United Methodist Church in Hogansville, Georgia and Burns United Methodist Church in Newnan, Georgia. His ministry grew with the help of God from part-time to full-time status. Both churches increased in membership, expanded and remodeled. He was blessed to pastor both churches for 10 years.
God continued to expand Dr. Williams’ ministry in Douglasville, Georgia. He was the pastor of Golden Memorial United Methodist Church for 13 years. While Dr. Williams was at Golden, its membership increased from 200 to over 1300 members. He served on the Rome Carrollton District Board of Ordained Ministry as Chairperson, the District Strategic Growth Committee. He currently serves on the Black Congregational Development Committee, the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Committee on Local Pastors and Transfers. While at Golden, he was the recipient of the 2011 Denman Youth Award, as well as the 2015 Harry Denman Evangelism Award.
Dr. Williams’ greatest achievements were the increase in parishioners, equipping parishioners to lead into the 21st Century; as well as laying the foundation for a 28 million-dollar senior living community. He is a builder, visionary, leader, and teacher.
Rev. Kimberlyn Sinkfield
Associate Pastor of St. James UMC
Rev. Kimberlyn S. Sinkfield is an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves in the North GA Conference as an Associate Pastor at St. James UMC in Alpharetta, GA where she is affectionately called Pastor Kim.
Pastor Kimberlyn’s call to ministry would take her from management in a corporate setting at Turner Broadcasting Systems to seminary at Gammon and now full-time ministry. She is a sought-after preacher, teacher, and workshop facilitator who partners with the Holy Spirit to create an atmosphere for people to encounter God for themselves. She is “Embracing the Journey” as she fulfills her irrevocable call to “Preach the word… Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction.”
Pastor Kimberlyn is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and she earned her Master of Divinity degree with honors from Gammon Theological Seminary in May 2012. In her final year at Gammon, she was the recipient of the Isaac R. Clark Preaching Award. Pastor Kimberlyn completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency as a Re-entry Chaplain at Metro Transitional Center (MTC). There she discovered a passion for ministering to incarcerated women. After completing CPE, she continued to serve “the fenced-in flock” as Chaplain to the 234 female residents and 40 plus staff at MTC through funding from HeartBound Ministries until June 2017. She also served as the Volunteer Services Coordinator to more than 100 volunteers serving the residents at MTC. Because of her passionate work in this ministry, Pastor Kimberlyn is the recipient of the 2017 Good Shepherd Award, an honor given to the Chaplain of the Year within the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Pastor Kimberlyn continues to use her leadership gifts as a Co-Chaplain in the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She also serves on the Asbury Harris Epworth Towers Advisory Board (a Wesley Woods senior living facility). Within the North GA Conference of the United Methodist Church, she has completed the Black Church Developments Leadership Development Series, during the inaugural 18 month leadership program. She was also selected by the bishop to participate in the inaugural Methodist Leaning Action Board (MLAB) experience in January 2018. She also completed the first six-month MLAB cohort focused on design thinking and innovation in ministry in June 2020.
She points to the guiding words of Philippians 4:7-8 as one of her favorite passages of scripture and finds her call to “Embrace the Journey” undergirded by the words of Luke 1:37-38a “For nothing will be impossible with God.…Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
Rev. Tavares Stephens
Associate Pastor of St. James UMC
Pastor Tavares Stephens serves as Associate Pastor at Saint James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. In 2018, Pastor Tavares was awarded the Candler School of Theology’s John Owen Smith Award for Preaching. He was recently featured in By Faith magazine’s July-August 2018 edition as a Harry Hoosier Spirit Award honoree for his diverse ways in proclaiming the gospel.
Pastor Tavares is also a former Teacher of the Year, was a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award, and is a former member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Slam Poetry team. He is the creator of the spoken word CD, Lend Me Your Ear, the author of Soulfood Café, a book of poetry, and Reading Revolution, a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He is also the writer and producer of the Ascension Project, a gospel music project that fuses praise and worship and spoken word poetry.
Pastor Tavares also co-founded VerbalEyze, a non-profit specializing in the professional development of youth and young adult writers. He also serves as a lead animator with the ground breaking, non-profit Fearless Dialogues – a group dedicated to helping those both in and outside the church grasp the ways in which ideals such as “radical hospitality” and “seeing those who are unseen” promote the greater good in human relationships.
Pastor Tavares graduated with a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in May of 2018 and also has a Bachelor of Science in English Education degree from the University of Georgia. He is married to his loving wife Nicole and they are the parents of two beautiful children, Simeon and Nia.