After Kaylen received his call to ministry at Camp Glisson his junior year of high school, he attended LaGrange College where he majored in Religion with a focus in Church Leadership. He completed his studies at LaGrange in 2011, then on to Candler School of Theology graduating in 2014 with his Masters of Divinity.
A few years after receiving his call to ministry at Camp Glisson, Kaylen met his future wife, Allison there. They dated throughout college and his seminary years, and were married October of 2014.
Kaylen began his ministry at 19 and has served as Student Pastor of Ball Ground UMC, Associate Pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC, and Pastor of Midway UMC in Auburn, GA. He was ordained as an Elder in full connection June 13th at annual conference.
When not at the church, Kaylen can be found somewhere enjoying a cup of premium coffee, working on a woodworking project, at a baseball game, or on the golf course.
Laura was called to Children and Youth Ministry 6 years ago while volunteering with her sons group. She began her ministry at Trinity UMC as Director of Children’s Ministry. Shortly after she added youth ministry to her responsibilities. With the growth of both programs, she focused her concentration to Youth Ministry. Prior to Ministry, she was a stay at home mom to 2 boys, Owen and Peyton.
Laura is a native of Harris Co and met her husband, Don, while they both attended Hardaway High School. Both Laura and Don have deep roots in the Columbus and Harris Co areas.
Laura spends her free time with her children, husband and extended family. She loves to to spend time at Lake Harding boating and kayaking and soaking up the sun.
Director of Music Ministries
James is a graduate of LaGrange College, where he studied voice with Dr. Toni Anderson. He grew up singing in the Young Singers of West Georgia and he continues to sing with adult community choirs, the Sons of LaFayette and the West Georgia Choral Society. While living in New Jersey, James studied and worked at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, accompanying soloists and singing in the early music choir Kantorei; he also served and studied as a cantor in the Diocese of Metuchen. He enjoys growing with the people he serves, and he is glad and grateful to be with this community in Pine Mountain.