A note from our Pastor

Joe’s Background ... “in his own words”


I'm a preacher's kid. My dad is a retired United Methodist pastor and my late mom (5/3/2016) was a retired high school English teacher. While I was growing-up, we called Ellenwood, Dalton, Augusta, Winterville, Roswell, and Powder Springs "home" at one time or another. Since we moved so much, my "roots" are on St Simons Island (where my paternal grandparents retired the year I was born), at Indian Springs Holiness Campground in Flovilla (the camp meeting where our family owns a cottage), and in the farmland of west Georgia (where my maternal grandparents had their farm); so I've spent much of my life on the sand, in the sawdust, and at the shore of Pop’s lake. I'm a sports junkie. As a kid, I'd play any sport that anyone would teach me, but by the time I graduated from McEachern High School it had been whittled down to football and soccer. After that, church and tournament softball. Now, it's mostly golf.


In high school I was also involved in the arts department. I sang in the school's show choir and chamber ensemble, and I was involved in the musical theater productions every spring and every fall. I'm also a drummer, so any excuse to make good music is fun for me.


Reverend Joe Peabody Jr.

So ... athletics, arts, and ... academics. My mom was a teacher, so there wasn't much choice there. I went to Emory University for both my undergraduate and graduate studies. In between, I spent two years at Florida State University coaching their debate team and teaching in the College of Communication.

While in Tallahassee I served as a youth volunteer at one church until I was recruited to be the youth director at another. When I re-turned to Atlanta to start seminary, I took a job as the youth director at Northbrook UMC in Roswell (part-time initially, then full-time). After serving at Northbrook for 7 years, I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to serve as the Youth & College Minister at the 8000+ member First United Methodist Church.


I returned to Georgia in 2002, and have been serving United Methodist churches under Episcopal appointment since then.

I have served on the faculty of the North Georgia Conference’s Youth Ministry Institute and have served on the Board of Directors of the Wesley Foundations at North Georgia College & State University and at Kennesaw State University. I continue to enjoy opportunities for ministry with youth and with college students, including invitations to speak from time to time at

retreats for youth, college students, and young adults.

What else? I love to sail (though I do not often have the opportunity). I enjoy adventure photography: something my mission trips to Africa and Latin America have given me opportunities to indulge. I love Tabasco Sauce. I love Varsity chili-cheese dogs. I love my grill. I enjoy crossword puzzles, if I have time to sit with a paper. And I love coffee!