Peter von Herrmann, Pastor – pvonherr@gmail.com

A native of Homewood, Alabama, Peter is excited to call himself the pastor at Epworth as of July, 2021.  Peter is married to his wife Amanda. They have a 12 year old daughter, Julia, and an 8 year old son, David.  Peter has served many churches, including Cullman First UMC, Big Sandy UMC (Tuscaloosa), Bluff Park UMC (Hoover), Center Point First UMC, and Fultondale UMC. Pastor Peter has a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Alabama, a M.Div. from Candler School of Theology (Emory University), and a D.Min. from Beeson Divinity School (Samford University).  He was ordained in 2010.  In his spare time, Peter likes to play Pokémon Go with his son and read books suggested by his daughter, as well as watching college football.

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Amber Cloud, Director of Youth Ministries

I am excited to begin this new journey in Alabama with you all. I was born and raised in the fort worth area of Texas, ventured to east Texas for college at Stephen F. Austin with a degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and then did a 6 month program, half in Colorado Springs learning about the Bible and Christianity and then went to South East Asia for the second half with a team working with different ministries there. I grew up in the church, but youth is really when I began to see myself grow as a Christian and wanted to see those around me grow as well. Youth has always had a special place in my heart and I am eager to be on the other side of the youth group now and hopefully share some of that love with y’all.

eumcyouth.hsv@gmail.com

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.

Amanda O’Brien, Office Administrator

Mrs. Amanda was born here in Huntsville. She has been involved in the MDO, Preschool and Kindergarten program since 2015 as a teacher. Amanda is married to her best friend Rick and they have three children together. Her oldest son Angle went through our MDO program and her other two children, Arlie and Avis, are currently enrolled. Amanda and her family are members here at Epworth. Amanda loves anything crafty, animals, board gaming, puzzles, and leading her bible study group.

Tracy Kroman, Mother’s Day Out, Assistant Director

Mrs. Tracy is originally from Michigan. She and her husband Ryan moved here in 2010. They have three daughters, Lauryn 18, Ashlyn 13 and Emersyn 8. The younger two girls came through our Preschool program. She has been involved in the MDO, Preschool and Kindergarten program since 2015 as a classroom teacher. Mrs. Tracy has a finance and accounting background.

Janine Taylor, Mother’s Day Out,  Director

Mrs. Janine has been on our staff since 2006 as a classroom teacher, Assistant Director, and her most recent position as 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.