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, adopted her dog Soozie in 2014, and had her daughter Jordan (aka #MiniRap) in 2019. Click here to email Pastor Cassie.

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. Kevin lives in Grant Park with his wife Liz and their twin sons Carter and Emerson. Click here to email Kevin Hill.

Rev. Lisa Gwock, Deacon. Rev. Lisa Gwock is an ordained Deacon in full connection in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.  In August 2018, Lisa and her husband, Eddie, along with their dog, Remy, relocated to Atlanta to be near their daughter, son-in-law, and their three grandchildren.  They also have a daughter who lives in New York.  Before relocating to Atlanta, Lisa served several United Methodist churches in the Nashville area, most recently as Pastor of Missions & Outreach at West End UMC.  Lisa currently serves as the Director of Operations for Women in Transition, an initiative which supports women who are transitioning back into society from the correctional system by engaging people of faith and community organizations in Metro Atlanta.  St. Paul is Lisa’s Secondary Appointment.  Lisa enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and occasionally running and biking, Click here to email Rev. Lisa Gwock

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.

Zxelema 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 Licensed Massage Therapist at The Buckhead Massage Company and has been a Therapist there for over 8 years. Her other interest include simple things like taking walks, & spending an evening watching her favorite movies. Being a person that has decided to live a lifestyle without a car Zxelema says that being on public transportation has humbled her in ways that she could never imagine and she believes that this was God’s plan. Zxelema resides in South Atlanta with her daughter Kiwani. Click here to email Zxelema Howard.

Larry Stokes, Organist. Larry has accompanied church services since 2003. Before coming to St. Paul, he was an interim/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 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 and beyond, including a multiyear engagement as the artist in residence at the Chapel on Squirrel Island, Maine. When away from work, Larry enjoys travel, cooking, and horticulture. Larry lives in Decatur with his partner, John, and their dog and cat, Jackie and Milo. Click here to email Larry Stokes.