The St. Paul Staff

Cassie Noland Rapko, Pastor. Rev. Cassie Rapko is the pastor-in-charge at St. Paul UMC. She is a transplant from the Midwest, having come to Atlanta to complete her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology. She comes to St. Paul from Mt. Zion UMC in Marietta, where she served as the Associate Pastor. Cassie was ordained as an elder in full connection in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2017. Cassie has a passion for making scripture relevant from the pulpit and applying it to everyday life. She is a runner and a lover of baseball, gardening, cooking, eating, and all things green. She married her husband, Chris, in 2012. Their household is run by their brindle pup, Susannah Qoheleth Rapko (Soozie), named for Susanna Wesley (Cassie’s choice) and the Hebrew word for the book of Ecclesiastes (Chris’ choice).  Click here to email Pastor Cassie.


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.