Todd Noren-Hentz, Pastor –

A native of Huntsille, Alabama, Todd is proud to call himself the pastor at Epworth as of June, 2015.  Todd is married to his wife Christy, who is the pastor of New Market UMC and has an 11 year old son, Carter and a 2 year old son, Lincoln.  Todd has served many churches, including Weatherly Heights Baptist Church (Huntsville), Dawson Memorial Baptist Church (Birmingham), First Baptist Church of Trenton (New Jersey), Capitol Heights UMC (Montgomery), and Grace UMC (Huntsville).  Pastor Todd has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy (Samford University), a B.S. in Church Recreation (Samford University), and an M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary).  He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 2004 and transferred his ordination to the United Methodist Church in 2014.  In his spare time, Todd likes to dominate his son in Pokemon and Mario Kart.

Todd would love to be your Facebook friend.

Ryan Cagle, Director of Youth Ministries

Ryan is a husband, father, and doubt-filled believer who admittedly seems to be forever stumbling through the wilderness that is the wild paths left by the saints, sinners, heretics, and mystics of this thing we call the Church all the while being born again, again (and again, and again, and again.) Ryan has a passionate desire to see Youth and Young adults become faithful disciples of Jesus. Ryan also loves the intersection of ancient/future faith practices, books, Green Apple Jones Soda, Star Wars, and has an irrational fear of artificial intelligence.

Kelly Priest,  Director of Children’s Ministries

Kelly and her husband Matthew moved to Huntsville in 2009. They have two children Garrett and Audrey. Kelly taught Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Second grade at Agathos Classical School in Middle Tennessee. She has been a stay at home mother for the last few years. Kelly has always been very activate in church. She is very excited to combine her love for God and her love for children in her role as Director of Children’s Ministry.

Dr. Eric Wilson, Director of Music Ministries

Eric Wilson graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1997, where he studied with Amanda Penick.  He has served at several other churches, including Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, at Alberta United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa, and at First Baptist Church of Enterprise, Alabama.  He studied conducting in college under Dr. Sandra Willetts and regularly sang with her premier choir (the University Singers). Eric also served for five years as the accompanist for the Alabama Boyschoir, under the direction of Karen Nicolosi.  Other teachers of note that Eric has studied with include Rev. Terry Taylor, John Baker, and Hilda Hagins.  He works full time as a systems analyst for Delta Research.  Eric is married to Nicky Wilson.

Dr. Nicky Wilson, Organist and Accompanist

Nicky Wilson graduated with her Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2000, where she studied with Amanda Penick.  She has been playing organ at various churches in Alabama and Tennessee for almost 20 years.  Dr. Wilson teaches piano privately and has a studio of 18 students.   Dr. Wilson has also served as an Instructor for the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where she has taught music history.  She is an active accompanist in the Huntsville area, playing for several competitions and recitals each year.  Dr. Wilson is a member of the Alabama Music Teachers Association and is the chairman of the local chapter of the National guild of Piano Teachers.  She is married to Eric Wilson.

Lynn Quann, Office Administrator

Mrs. Lynn Quann relocated to Huntsville in 2007 from Virginia and has been a member of Epworth United Methodist Church since 2008.  She had served as an administrator in the U.S. Navy for over 23 years, retiring in 2007 as a Master Chief.  Lynn is involved in several ministries within the church as well as volunteers at her daughter’s school as PTA President.

Judy Panucci, Mother’s Day Out, Co-Director

Mrs. Judy has been a member of Epworth United Methodist Church since 1995 and has been involved in the MDO, Preschool and Kindergarten program since 2005 as a classroom teacher and director. Judy’s education earned at Jacksonville State University and experience in business and accounting fill the administrative needs of the program. Her love of children, their smiles and hugs are counted among her best blessings!

Janine Taylor, Mother’s Day Out, Operations Director

Mrs. Janine has been on our staff since 2006 as a classroom teacher, Assistant Director, and her most recent position as Operations Director. Janine and her family attend Epworth UMC and both of her daughters graduated from our preschool program. As a military family, they were transplanted to the Huntsville area and plan to make this their home. Janine has held prior positions as Assistant Director for Discovery Center in Savannah, GA and Camp Director for the YMCA in Enterprise, AL. Janine has a degree in Early Childhood Education and many certifications in Kindergarten Readiness. Janine enjoys working with children of all ages and backgrounds and helping them grow physically, mentally, academically, and spiritually.