Here you can find information about our ministry team here at NDUMC.

REv. Patrick Faulhaber

Senior Pastor of North Decatur

Patrick Faulhaber serves as the pastor at North Decatur United Methodist Church. He received his Masters in Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University after graduating from Pfeiffer University with a degree in Religious Studies. His wife Susannah is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Fleurish Psychotherapy in Decatur. Patrick and Susannah have two dogs: Khayli and Benny who keep them thoroughly entertained! When he's not at the church, you'll find Patrick running, biking, gardening, reading—essentially anything that gives him an excuse to be outside. You can contact Patrick at patrick@ndumc.org.

Rachel Fullerton

Church Administrator

Rachel is a lifelong United Methodist, and comes from a long line of church folks. Her grandmother, Faye Hutcheson, worked for the Council on Ministries at the Conference Office, her mom, Karen Fullerton, is the now retired N. GA Conference Benefits Officer, and her dad, Rev. Lee Fullerton, is retired clergy from the N. GA Conference and served at North Decatur UMC from 2007-2011. She loves the name "Aunt Rachel" best from her four nephews and one niece (Sam, Charlie, and Benjamin Ammons and Wyatt and Ada Fullerton). Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. Rachel works full time at Oak Grove United Methodist Church as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor. She is currently a member at Embry Hills United Methodist Church, where she is the lay leader and a youth counselor. You can reach Rachel at RachelF@ndumc.org.

Emily Howard

Director of SAND Preschool

Emily Howard is the Director of SAND - the School At North Decatur. She came to us in 2011 as a teacher and has over 15 years experience teaching preschool. Emily grew up in Atlanta but spent some time as an organic farmer and instructor at UMN in New Mexico. Emily has a B.A. in English and in History and loves the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Her own creativity, coupled with an enthusiasm for a Reggio-inspired approach to teaching, provides an exciting foundation for the programs at SAND. In her spare time, Emily quilts, raises chickens and loves gardening. 

Alfred Kelley

Facilities Manager

Alfred has been a member of the North Decatur staff since October 1980. Alfred grew up in the city of Lithonia, Georgia along with seven other siblings. He has previously served as youth minister at The Druid Hills Church of God in Christ in Lithonia, and now serves as an assoiate minister and worship leader at The Temple of Faith Church of God in Christ in East Atlanta. He enjoys sharing the good news of Jesus Christ by giving of his Time, Talents and Treasures.

Sandra goins kirton

Director of Worship Arts Ministry

As the Director of Worship and Arts, Sandra serves as Organist and Director of our Chancel Choir, Men’s Chorus, Contemporary Ensemble, and Handbell Choir. The Worship & Arts ministry seeks to support and create opportunities for using creative gifts in Worship for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Sandra Kirton has served as accompanist for several local, district, conference, and jurisdictional events and was recently selected to serve as Organist and as one of six House Musicians at the 2012 United Methodist Church General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Sandra is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Fellowship of United Methodist in Music and Worship Arts. She has previously served as Director of Music at several Atlanta-area United Methodist churches and most recently served at St. Mark’s UMC in Brooklyn, New York where her husband, the late Rev. Dr. F. Allan Kirton (former GBGM Staff Member) was Senior Pastor. She welcomes all who wish to share their creative gifts in Worship. 

Dan Polito

Youth Minister

Dan is currently an MDiv student at Candler School of Theology with a concentration in Theology and Ethics. Dan was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in the Church of the Nazarene. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN and graduated with a BA in religion. Dan has been deeply involved in youth ministry throughout his adolescent and young adult years. He has had a calling and passion for youth ministry for many years and is excited to be a part of the community and work of North Decatur UMC in this new way. In his free time, Dan enjoys working out, spending time with friends, being outdoors, playing and watching sports, playing board games, watching comedy, traveling, and trying new restaurants and foods!

Jonathan smith

Children's Minister

Jon is an MDiv student at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Raised in the Church of the Nazarene, he grew up in Lenoir City, TN and developed a passion for children’s ministries. He earned his BS in biology from Trevecca Nazarene University before moving to Atlanta for Candler (the road to seminary is a long story that he would love to share over coffee). In his spare time, Jon enjoys reading/writing poetry, studying church history, karaoke car rides, and hunting down new coffee shops with good chai. 


Communications Director

Stephen is a MDiv Student at Candler School of Theology, and a lifelong United Methodist. He is originally from Mobile, Alabama and is the child of a UMC Pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. In 2021, he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, with a focus in Mission and Cross-Cultural Communications. During his time at Belhaven, he also had the opportunity to study Music, Social Media Outreach, and Graphic Design as part of his undergraduate education. He enjoys talking theology, being outdoors in an eno, and local coffee.