As Hamilton Mill UMC’s Senior Pastor, Mark Westmoreland leads our church through his passion to live and breathe the grace of God; to share with those who are hurting or grieving the mercy, care, and promise of Christ; to preach to the depths of life with integrity, diligence, creativity, and a lightness appropriate to Christ’s good news; to lift before the congregation the hope and promise of God’s kingdom and the call we all share to serve that kingdom here and now; and, finally, to discern with the congregation the will of God for our church now, tomorrow, and beyond. He believes we all share a call to enjoy and care for one another in the love and life of Christ. That means laughing together and rejoicing together.
Mark is an ordained elder of the North Georgia Annual Conference. Before serving at Hamilton Mill UMC, he was the Senior Pastor in Fayetteville (2005 – 2015). His most recent appointments were at Embry Hills UMC in Dekalb County (1998-2005) and five years (1993-98) as editor of the Wesleyan Christian Advocate, the official newspaper for Georgia United Methodism. Earlier in his ministry he served at Newnan Springs near Chattanooga, Redan and Snellville. A native of Ellijay, Georgia, Mark is a graduate of West Georgia College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is married to Kathy Creasy Westmoreland and together they have two sons, Stephen and Matthew.
Q&A with Pastor Mark
Where would you like to see our church in 5 years?
I want us to be a place of grace and care and service; a place where the next person through the door finds meaning, purpose and connection; a place porous, where the life of the kingdom we share in the church flows naturally into the world beyond—with us, through us. I want us to be what you so clearly are already—leaders in the community who aren’t satisfied until Christ’s salvation, love and compassion are shared throughout the world. I want us always to think small—every individual is precious in God’s eyes—and big—the world is our parish.
Where are you praying for people to help?
I pray that the people of HMUMC will be present in the life of the church—in worship, study, and service. I pray that all of us will see our neighbors and community with the eyes of Christ. What is needed? How can we help? I pray that God will help us all to hear each other and understand each other and love each other.