Church Staff

  • Rev. Dr. Rob Bruce

    Rev. Dr. Rob Bruce

    Senior Pastor

    Rev. Dr. Rob Bruce is a second career pastor entering the ministry after spending 33 years in the corporate world as a salesperson, sales manager, CEO, and Senior VP of marketing and sales.  Read Bio

  • Elena Mitchell

    Elena Mitchell

    Children’s Minister

    Elena Mitchell is in her first year of seminary at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She graduated from the University of Georgia last year with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family Science and minors in Human Services and Religion. She is currently working towards ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church.        Read Bio

  • Spencer Daughtry

    Spencer Daughtry

    Youth Minister

    Spencer is currently a student at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology pursuing a Master of Divinity. He is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, receiving his degree in International Affairs in 2023. Spencer is currently working toward ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.  Read Bio

  • Paul Yarbrough

    Paul Yarbrough

    Next Generation Intern

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  • Suzanne Kim

    Suzanne Kim

    Director of Music Ministries

    Suzanne was born in Seoul, Korea. Immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old. She has two grown children, a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Alex. She is the owner of a formal dress shop in Athens Georgia. She lives with an Austrian Terrier, Lola, and a Tabby cat, Babygirl in Athens Georgia. Read Bio

  • Sandra Kenney

    Sandra Kenney

    Financial Secretary

    Sandra Kenney is the financial secretary at Watkinsville First United Methodist Church. She received a certificate in business/bookkeeping from Morehead State University. While raising her two children, she kept the books for their fundraising company from 1984-2013. Sandra started keeping the financials for Watkinsville FUMC in April 2016.  Read Bio

  • Steve Coggins

    Steve Coggins

    Facilities Manager

    Steve was an Army brat, born in Germany and grew up in Dekalb County Georgia. After his enlistment in the US Marine Corps, he has spent much of his career in the multifamily maintenance and construction fields. Read Bio

  • Lora Atkins

    Lora Atkins

    Office Manager

    Lora Atkins is the Office Manager for Watkinsville First United Methodist. She was born in New York and raised in the Grayson, Loganville area, attending Snellville United Methodist Church in her youth. Lora has a passion for office administration and keeping things organized and running smoothly.  Read Bio

  • Vincent Tong

    Vincent Tong


    Vincent Tong is the pianist, organist, and choir accompanist at Watkinsville First United Methodist. He is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree in piano performance at UGA studying with Dr. Evgeny Rivkin, while also minoring in music theory and piano pedagogy. Read Bio

  • Kay Benton
Watkinsville First UMC building

Watkinsville First United Methodist Church
1331 New High Shoals Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677

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