Josh Gale


Josh grew up in Irwinton, GA and was raised at Irwinton-Toomsboro-Salem UMC (a mouthful!). While in college at GCSU studying digital art, he had a life changing experience after being given the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kenya. Feeling the call into ministry, he then pursued an MDiv at Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and began working in varying church roles.

In June of 2016, Josh was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the UMC and took his first appointment here with us at LUMC (and he’s loving every moment of it!).

Christy Alford

Church Secretary

Christy joined our staff February 2018. She provides general support for the office including greeting and directing visitors. She has a bachelor’s Degree in business administration and her master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. She desires to serve the Lord as she assists the church staff and helps the office run smoothly. Her cheerful, kind spirit is a blessing to our church family.

Patti Judd

Choir Director

Patti was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where music was one of the biggest parts of her life.  Since the age of 3, she has sung in church choirs, including a traveling youth choir and the Mercer choir. She has been in the Macon area since college and is married with two children and three grandchildren. For the last three years, it has been her pure joy to serve as choir director at LUMC.  Patti serves with two of the finest musicians as accompanists and 20 of the best voices she has ever heard; a wonderful choir.  The choir practices every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., and we welcome anyone who would like to make a joyful noise!


Tucker Poupard

Contemporary Worship Leader

Tucker was raised in the Methodist church, so he grew up listening to Christian music. Tucker started leading worship in a contemporary setting in early high school, and he immediately fell in love. Music is what God gave him the ability to do, but his hopes are that the glory is reflected to Him through everything.

Amanda Kaczocha

Children’s Minister

Growing up as a member of Lizella United Methodist Church, Amanda began learning about being a Christian long before she fully knew what serving The Lord meant. She had strong, Christian role model parents who devoted themselves to the Church and participated in doing The Lords work. In return, as an adult, she has been able to enjoy volunteering with the Children and Youth before deciding that she was being called to teach Children about Jesus Christ. With six children of her own, she tries to follow the example set forth by her own parents, while she and her husband strive to raise them to know God’s grace.

Tiffany Wilkerson

Youth Minister

Tiffany joined our team in November of 2018. She has had youth experience in variety of settings. She is currently a student at Mercer and is actively involved in the Wesley Foundation there. She spends her time at Wesley helping with their Freshman ministry called “Freshly.” She shares her love of working with young leaders as she continues that work here with our youth!