Meet the Staff

Rev. Dr. Sondra R. Jones
Senior Pastor

Email: sjones@johnscreekumc.org

Sondra joins our church staff as Senior Pastor with great joy and anticipation, as she says, “Very excited about the next season of ministry with God’s people at Johns Creek UMC.” Sondra has served in the United Methodist Church all of her adult life and celebrates her life as a pastor. She is a native of Houston, Texas and has lived in Georgia over 25 years. She received her B.A. and M. A. in Christian Education from Scarritt College, earned her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Sondra is thankful for the privilege of serving Christ through ordained ministry as an Elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference. She believes in our global connection as Methodists and in the mission of  “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Sondra has a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through excellence in worship, education and missions. She finds great joy in developing the ministry of the laity and staff, and in working closely with leaders in the local government, civic and business communities to strengthen both the church and community.  

Sondra is married to Rev. Walter R. Jones, who is an ordained Deacon. Walter is the Associate Pastor of Education and Administration at Snellville UMC. Sondra and Walter will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in 2017. They have two children and two granddaughters. Their daughter, Jennifer, is an elementary school teacher and is married to Justin Thrailkill, an attorney and they are the proud parents of Madison Denise, who will be two in September. Walter and Sondra’s son, Walter, Jr. is in law enforcement and is married to Candice; they are the proud parents of Reagan Abigail who will be three in August. 

Sondra has also served in volunteer leadership in the North Georgia Annual Conference as the Conference Policy and Personnel Committee co-chair for 3 years, prior to the CPPPC, she served on the Committee on Investigation, the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, chair of the Stewardship Sub-Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of CFA. She chaired the Atlanta Emory Committee on Superintendency for 8 years and chaired the Gainesville District Trustees. Sondra has served on the faculty in Finance and Stewardship for Connectional Café and led numerous workshops in the North Georgia Annual Conference on Finance and Stewardship. She is also featured in the Candler School of Theology’s curriculum video on Finance and the Local Church.  Sondra was also a delegate to Jurisdictional Conference in 2008 and served on the SEJ finance committee. 

She loves spending time with family and friends, reading, world travel, movies, and trips to the beach and mountains. Her greatest joy in life is sharing the love of Christ.

REV. Dr. Brandon Harris
Executive Pastor

E-mail: bharris@johnscreekumc.org

Brandon Harris is an elder and a full member of the North Alabama Conference, who recently served as pastor of Rainbow City First UMC in Rainbow City, Alabama. Previously he served for six years as pastor of Avondale UMC in Birmingham, successfully leading the church through a six-year period of revitalization. Brandon began his ministry in 2004 in Anniston, Alabama, serving Anniston First UMC as associate pastor.

Brandon is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he received a Doctorate of Ministry in Church Leadership. Brandon also holds a Masters of Divinity from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University where he majored in Management Information Systems. Brandon is a native of Alexander City, and grew up in Sylacauga, both in Alabama. He is married to Jennifer, a pediatric audiologist for Children's Health System of Alabama. They have have two children, Parks (10) and Ava (7).


rev. lori OSBORN

Associate Pastor

Email: losborn@johnscreekumc.org

Lori is an elder and a full member of the North Georgia Conference. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Samford University. She grew up in the Avondale Estates area of Atlanta and currently resides in Alpharetta with her husband, Matt.

Lori is passionate about the life and ministry of the church and finds great joy in helping people come to know more about God, which fully impacts and enhances one's understanding of the world and of others. Her desire is that the church be a place where people find genuine community and accountability while working together to make the Kingdom of God a reality on earth.

Dr. Nathan Frank

Director, WORSHIP & Music

Email: nfrank@johnscreekumc.org

Nathan earned his undergraduate degree in voice at The University of North Texas. Venturing south to study conducting at Southern Methodist University Nathan served as the Senior Teaching Fellow and the Tenor Section Leader for the SMU Chorale and completed his Master of Music Degree. Returning home to the University of North Texas, Nathan began his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting. While at UNT, Nathan served as the Teaching Fellow for the Women’s Chorus and the Tenor Section Leader for the UNT A Cappella Choir. Nathan completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting with a related field in voice studies in 2014.

As a choral conductor, Nathan has conducted groups in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C, Washington State and the Czech Republic.

Before moving to the Atlanta, Nathan has had teaching positions at Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle Washington. Nathan was active in the musical community of Dallas-Ft Forth Metroplex. In Dallas, he was the Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Ft. Worth. Most recently, he served as Director of Worship and Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church of Plano leading a music ministry of over 350 musicians. He actively services as a choral clinician and has given numerous workshops on applying Bel Canto vocal techniques to the choral palette. Nathan’s newest venture is The Choral Pickup a non-profit choir that raises money and awareness for African water wells.


Email: bsanders@johnscreekumc.org

Brittany Sanders is a Dunwoody native. She was baptized and confirmed at Dunwoody United Methodist. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in International Studies from Georgia Southern University.  After undergrad, she returned to the Dunwoody area and served on staff at the church working with the youth ministry. During that time, Brittany earned her Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a concentration in Society and Personality. Prior to coming to Johns Creek United Methodist, she served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Decatur First United Methodist Church. Brittany has a heart and passion for youth ministry and missions and connecting the two is of great importance to her. In June of 2016, Brittany was commissioned as a Provisional Deacon of the North Georgia Conference.

Director of Children's Ministry 

Email: kdarden@johnscreekumc.org

Kirby is from Roswell, Georgia and grew up as a member at Northbrook UMC. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a degree in Mathematics. Kirby then went on to Belmont University where she earned her Master’s of Arts in Teaching, and she started her career as a math teacher. Kirby’s experience on summer staff at Camp Glisson helped her  realize her love and calling for Children’s Ministry. She is passionate about helping children learn about Christ’s love and giving children opportunities to serve others. Most recently before coming to Johns Creek UMC, Kirby served in the Children’s Ministry at Alpharetta First UMC.  Kirby and her husband Brian live in Sandy Springs.

Rev. Mary Gene Lee

Associate Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Mary Gene Morris Lee is an ordained United Methodist
minister who, prior to her retirement, served Johns Creek UMC as the Pastor of Grow.  She continues to be active in many areas of ministry, including
being part of the JCUMC team that volunteers at the Norcross CoOp in the
Tuesday night children's program.


Cathy Waite

Parents Morning Out and Preschool Director

Email:  cwaite@johnscreekumc.org

Cathy grew up in upstate New York.  She is a graduate of Endicott College in Massachusetts majoring in Early Childhood Education. Cathy taught preschool in New York before moving to Georgia in 1994.  She has been at JCUMC Preschool for 19 years; first as a teacher of four year olds and becoming the Preschool Director in 2001.  Cathy is involved in the North Georgia United Methodist Preschool Association as Vice President and is a recertification mentor.
Cathy and her husband, John, live in Suwanee and have four sons. Kyle (married to Megan), Christopher, Brad (married to Sarah) and Jamie. They are delighted to have 5 beautiful, active grandchildren!



Associate Organist

Email: kaxelson@johnscreekumc.org

Ken Axelson graduated with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, and earned a Master's Degree in Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary. Ken has vast experience serving the music ministries of large-membership, large-organ churches including Johns Creek UMC, Atlanta's Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and Houston's First United Methodist Church. In addition to holding director positions with the Bach Choir Pittsburgh and the Gulf Coast Oratorio Choir of Naples, Ken also has been active in a number of noteworthy professional organizations including the American Guild of Organists, the Choirsters Guild, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. Ken and his wife, Erma, live in Cumming and have two children (Anne and David) and enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren who live in the Atlanta area and in Texas.

Vicki Kratzer

Nursery Director 

 Email: vkratzer@johnscreekumc.org

Vicki Kratzer grew up close by in Alpharetta, Georgia. She received a BBA degree in Finance from Emory University in 1986 and a J.D. degree from the University of Georgia in 1990. She practiced corporate law for two years before acting on her first love – working with children. Vicki left the corporate world in 1992 to open an in-home Montessori preschool, which she ran successfully for several years. In 1997, Vicki and her husband, Frank, decided to extend their mission to help children in need by becoming foster parents to medically fragile young children. Through her work with her preschool and foster care, she has taken over 300 hours of early childhood development and education courses. Today, Vicki is the proud mom of 9 children, through a combination of birth, adoption, and fostering. They are Zak, Devin, Andrew, Nicholas, Michael, Alonna, Cheri, Christopher, and Dakota.

Cheryl Small

Financial Administrator






Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor
Email: dkeller@johnscreekumc.org


Administrative Assistant for Worship and Music
Email: areed@johnscreekumc.org

Sara Runstadler 

Administrative Assistant/Membership Secretary
Email: srunstadler@johnscreekumc.org

Ansley Brackin

Director of Church Media and Communications
Email: abrackin@johnscreekumc.org


Principal Organist/Handbells
Email: jrush@johnscreekumc.org

Ricky Alexander

Music Associate for Children and 9:50am Service

Music Associate for Children and Youth
Email: nschreer@johnscreekumc.org

George Wilson

Church Administrator and Recreation
Email: gwilson@johnscreekumc.org

George Zeravsky 

Facilities Manager
Email: gzeravsky@johnscreekumc.org