The St. Paul Staff

Rev. Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins, Pastor. Rev. Ellen Hopkins Ellen is senior pastor, and has served the United Methodist Church since 1987. After receiving her Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology, Ellen first served as a Diaconal Minister, then as an Ordained Deacon, and now is an ordained elder. She is certified in Christian Education and Church Business Administration. Before coming to St. Paul, Ellen was the Church Administrator at Haygood Memorial UMC, and was Pastor of Clarkston UMC. She enjoys oil painting and spending time at her cabin at Lake Junaluska, NC. She has two adult daughters and many grand-cats and dogs. Living in Grant Park, Ellen enjoys walking with her dog Molly in Oakland Cemetery. She also shares her home with her two cats, Mr. Amos and Sweet Baby Jane. Click here to email Pastor Ellen.


Ginny Pavey

Ginny Pavey, Office Manager. Ginny is the gatekeeper of St. Paul information, as she answers the phones and greets visitors during the week. She prepares the bulletin for service, she sends out the church weekly e-mail to prepare us for service, and she prepares and makes the weekly deposits. She also makes sure church staff gets paid by submitting payroll! Before coming to St. Paul in 2007, Ginny was the Office Manager at Trinity UMC in Austell. In her free time, Ginny is a year-round Special Olympics Coach and Douglas County meals-on-wheels driver, and enjoys reading, gardening and cooking. She lives in Douglasville with her husband Terry, daughters Heather and Mary, and dogs Oliver and Benji. Click Here to email Ginny Pavey.

Kevin HillKevin Hill, Minister of Music. Kevin coordinates music for all services and programs at St. Paul. He directs the Chancel Choir and works closely with the pastor, staff and church membership to enrich our services through the use of music. Outside of St. Paul, Kevin is currently the Choral Director at Grady High School and has also directed music at Rockmart UMC and the Youth Choir at Mount Pisgah UMC. He enjoys playing guitar and bass with the band, The Paulines, as well as running and biking. Kevin lives in Grant Park with his wife Liz and their cat Benson. Click here to email Kevin Hill.

Zxelema HowardZxelema Howard, Nursery Worker. Zxelema cares for our babies and children up to age 3 years in the church’s nursery during service. She grew up in the church and has been coming to St. Paul for more than two decades. Outside of St. Paul, Zxelema is a Massage Therapist at The Buckhead Massage Company. Being a single mom of a teenage daughter, she says she has little time for much else! But Zxelema says she enjoys taking the scenic route to places, “because unlike many, I actually LIKE to drive.” She lives in Southeast Atlanta with her mother and daughter. Click here to email Zxelema Howard.

Larry Stokes, Organist. Larry is a native Atlantan and has accompanied church services since 2003. Before coming to St. Paul, he was most recently a substitute organist, serving several congregations in the metro area. Larry studied organ under Sarah Hawbecker of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta. He works as an information systems coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech and is also an alumnus. While an undergraduate and graduate student at Tech, Larry was a member of the orchestra, symphonic band, chorale, and chamber choir. He also enjoys occasional freelance voice and keyboard work in the city. When away from work, Larry enjoys travel, cooking, and horticulture. Click here to email Larry Stokes.