Our Pastor & Staff

photoHenry Prater

Pastor

I am a native of North Alabama, growing up in Athens, Alabama. I have been a life-long Christian and United Methodist.  My home church was Isom’s Chapel UMC in Athens.  Though early on I tried to avoid it, I eventually answered God’s call on my life while at the University of Alabama.  I would go on to attend Asbury Theological Seminary for my Master’s of Divinity.  I am now an Ordained Elder in the North Alabama Conference and have been a pastor since 2010.  I arrived at Union, the Church at Chelsea Park United Methodist Church in June of 2013.

My thoughts on ministry and the Gospel are viewed through a passage of Scripture that has become a life-verse for me.  The passage is Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  God has really spoken to me through this passage:  What if I actually began to take this seriously and try to live this out?  This passage has shaped the way I view my relationship with God, with others, and even with myself.


Linda Coleman

Secretary

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Susan Donahoo

Choir Director         

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Children & Youth Director

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