Leslie Daniels, our new pastor began her tenure with us on July 1st 2018.
She grew up in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). From an early age, Leslie’s love for God and the church grew. She obtained an under-graduate degree in Nursing and holds a Masters in Bible/Missions, from Fuller Seminary. She served as a missionary in Hong Kong for one year, and has been involved in short-term mission work in nine countries. Leslie takes Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission) seriously!
Her Master of Divinity is from Asbury Seminary. She has served six churches within the United Methodist tradition, and one nondenominational church plant (Acts Christian Fellowship). It was there that she met her husband, Bob.
Leslie and Bob have two daughters, born in China. The girls spend most of their free time at the dance studio. Annabelle is a rising senior and Kaylee will enter the sixth grade in the fall. One of the reasons the family moved from North Georgia to Chattanooga is because of their involvement in dance. Also, they have grown to love Chattanooga and the surrounding area.
Leslie is eager to begin ministry at Dunlap United Methodist. She knows that God will continue to do great things here as the church moves prayerfully forward in fulfilling His dreams and purposes for us
Office Manager, Margaret Lane and her husband Sonny live ten miles north of Dunlap, atop the Cumberland Plateau, with various dogs, cats, goats, pigs and a rooster named Cogburn. Margaret grew up in South Florida, and lived in Georgia, Oregon and Mississippi (where she attended “Ole Miss” and earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and an MBA) before moving to Chattanooga in 1998 to work with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner. She and Sonny moved to Brockdell Mountain in 2001. Margaret joined Dunlap United Methodist Church in 2009 and, in 2012, retired from Merrill Lynch.
Margaret sings with the Scenic City Chorus, reads voraciously and enjoys gardening and hiking. She has completed 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She and Sonny have a daughter, Heather, who lives in Ringgold and a son, Christopher, who lives in Germany. Sonny is retired Naval Aviator, and a musician. His retirement ‘gig’ is driving a school bus for the Sequatchie County School system. Sonny also plays guitar at the Unity Church in Chattanooga on Sunday mornings and special events.
Music Director, Keith Maxwell is a native of Dunlap and has lived most of his life in the area. He is a graduate of Sequatchie County High School (1978) and received a BS in Music Education at UT Chattanooga. He began teaching for the Sequatchie County school system while receiving a Masters of Education in Special Education from UT Chattanooga. After teaching for more than 20 years, Keith returned to college for an E.ds in Instructional Leadership. He currently teaches at Griffith Elementary in Dunlap. He accepted the position of Music Director at Dunlap United Methodist Church in October of 2000.
In his own words: “Dunlap United Methodist Church has always been a very special place for me. Not only has it met my spiritual needs through the services and Sunday School, it has truly been a haven of comfort, kindness, and care. The people of this church have been truly instrumental in helping me to become a better person and Christian.”
Pianist, Pat Treadwell has been playing a piano in church for the past 65 years. She began playing for prayer meeting at Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN when she was twelve. She and her husband Jim moved to Dunlap from Collierville, TN in 1994 and began attending DUMC shortly afterwards. In 1997, she began playing for DUMC. Pat attended Brenau College in Gainesville, GA. After graduating, she went back home to Knoxville, TN where she taught Spanish and French at the high school level. She met Jim there. He was attending UT after serving in the United States military. They met at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville, and the rest is history. Jim and Pat have two children and five grandchildren who live in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Organist, Judy Brewer began playing when she was twelve years old, in North Canton, Ohio, where she lived with her parents. She has been playing the organ at Dunlap United Methodist Church for eleven years.
Judy and her husband Gene moved to Tennessee in 2004 from Michigan. At the time, their children were attending Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN and visits with them convinced Judy and Gene that mild winters would be a wonderful improvement. Gene is a retired psychiatric social worker and Judy is a retired probation/parole officer. Three of their four children live in the area and the fourth is in Colorado.
Custodian, Debbie Shepler