LEADERSHIP

Senior Pastor

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Rev. Harden Paul Hopper

Rev. Hopper was born in Atlanta, grew up in Cobb County, and is a graduate of Campbell High School.  He attended North Georgia College and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He served for 22 years in the Regular Army, Georgia National Guard, and Army Reserve, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  Rev. Hopper also worked a simultaneous career in the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, last serving as a Region Program Manager for the counties of Northeast Georgia.  He retired from both careers to enter the full-time vocational ministry, serving as pastor for Cartecay UMC in Ellijay and Bascomb UMC in Woodstock, before being appointed to Mt. Zion UMC.   

He and his wife Karen have two adult daughters.

Education:

  • Master of Divinity – Asbury Theological Seminary

  • Master of Strategic Studies – U.S. Army War College

  • Bachelor of Business Administration – North Georgia College

770-971-1465 | harden.hopper@mtzionumc.org

Associate Pastor

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Rev. Debra Stewart

Rev. Debra Stewart is a Provisional Elder and has been an Associate Pastor at Mt Zion since 2018. She previously served as a part-time local Pastor in The North Georgia

Conference for three years.

Debra was born in Montgomery, AL. and reared in the Methodist Church. She is a second-career pastor having worked previously in financial services before entering the ministry.

She received a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Auburn University in Montgomery, AL., and a Master’s of Divinity with honors from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA in 2014. She was appointed to the Atlanta Marietta District Finance Committee in 2017.

Debra is a Stephen Ministry Leader and gives leadership at Mt Zion to Adult Education, The Care/Support Cluster, and Hospitality.

She is a native of Montgomery, AL. She is married to Robert Stewart and they are the proud parents of two young adult children, Robert, III and Mallory.

770-971-1465 | debra.stewart@mtzionumc.org

Associate Pastor

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Rev. Montana Hamby

Rev. Montana Hamby serves at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church as an Associate Pastor and Youth Director. Montana has served in the North Georgia Annual Conference as a Provisional Deacon since June 2019. Montana has been active in the lives of students and young adults since 2013, working in both public education as a teacher and coach as well as in youth ministry within the local church. Montana previously served on the youth ministry staff at Dunwoody United Methodist Church and Northbrook United Methodist Church. Montana attended seminary at Candler School of Theology. Montana is married to Rev. Natalee Dukes Hamby, who is an Elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference serving at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church.

770-971-1465 | montana.hamby@mtzionumc.org

 
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Paul Fletcher

Director of Music Ministries

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Carolyn Swain

Organist

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Chad Yochum

Summit Worship Leader

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Kristi Olterman

Preschool Director

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Susan Kaye

Nursery Director

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Jeni McCord

Director of Children's Ministries

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Ellen Bulterman

Office Manager

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Roberta Grimme

Communications Director

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Patti Weaver

Special Event Coordinator

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Andrea Buhr

Food Service Manager

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Rusty Broshar

Maintenance Supervisor

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Britt McNeil

Building Superintendent