Teresa Markins, Senior Pastor
                                           

Rev. Teresa is passionate and excited about ministering with God’s people both in the church and the world.  She desires that all people come to know the love and grace of God exemplified through Jesus Christ.  It is through a relationship with Christ and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that we can truly come to know the living God. 

 

Rev. Teresa Markins graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Counseling and a Master of Divinity from the Divinity school at Duke University. She has served for 20+ years in the WV United Methodist Church Annual Conference and completed the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation through the Upper Room.

 

 Rev. Teresa is married to the Rev. Greg Markins. They have two children, Karah (Jacob) and Ashton (Ashley) and a grandson (Xander).  She loves spending time with family and kayaking.

Rev. Robert ‘Bob’ Hill, Counseling/Visitation Pastor
                                                                                
Bob serves our church as both Counseling  & Visitation Pastor and brings a sense of peace and security to all in a time of turmoil and uncertainty. St. John is blessed to have Bob and his wife Judy as part of our family.
 
Bob and Judy were married on February 10, 1962. They have two sons – Kenneth and Jeffrey, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 
Bob received a B.S. in Business Administration from Fairmont State University, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
 
His pastoral appointments were Tyler Heights (1968-1970), Ellonore Charge (1970-1972), Mansfield Charge (1972-1976), St. Paul, New Paris, Ohio (1976-1980), Aldersgate (1980-1989), Baber Agee )1996-2010.
 
Bob worked at Shawnee Hill Mental Health Center as Counselor (1991-1996).
 
Bob served 27 years in the ministry and  21 years of his career as a Chaplain. He retired in 2003, with the rank of Lt. Col.
 
His last 10 years he was Wing Chaplain for the 138th ALW WV Air National Guard. 
 
Bob believes that we should improve on what God gives us. He enjoys taking care of his and Judy’s property, cutting grass, planting flowers, landscaping and watching the beautiful sunrise and beautiful sunsets here in Teays Valley.
 
Joy Spratt, Director of Preschool
                                                
Ms. Joy has taught preschool at St. John since it began in 1993. Joy has a degree in Elementary School Education, but feels called to teach preschool. “I believe I have the best job in the world”.
Joy has been a member of St. John UMC for 30 years.
 
Family:
Ms. Joy is married to Mike, who recently retired, but has many ‘honey-do’ lists to complete. They are the proud parents of four adult children; and have 3 grandchildren. Mike and Joy live in Scott Depot.
 
Hobbies:
Ms. Joy totally enjoys being with her family, being out-doors planting in the garden and working in the yard.
 
Education:
Ms. Joy has a Degree in Elementary School Education and really loves working with children. St. John UMC is blessed to have her as the Director of our Preschool. She also has a Masters Degree in Reading Curriculum. She and her staff offer a high quality standard of teaching and caring for the 3 and 4 year old students.
 
Jamie Miller, Worship/Music Minister
                           

Jamison Miller is the worship leader and choir director at SJUMC. He is the son of Christi Miller, the SJUMC piano accompanist, and Roger Miller. He has an identical twin brother, Justin Miller, of Canton, OH and a sister, Lindsay George, who resides in Charleston. Jamie resides in South Charleston near Corridor G with his three cats–Chester, George and Mango.

In the fall of 2004, Jamie began his career as a music educator. He has taught music to thousands of students in Jackson and Kanawha Counties. He is currently the Director of Bands at DuPont Middle School, Belle, WV. Jamie loves community theater and has performed in over 30 shows with the Charleston Light Opera Guild, both on stage and in the orchestra. He played cornet with the Mountain State Brass Band for over a decade.  

Family

He is the son of Christi Miller, the SJUMC piano accompanist, and Roger Miller. He has an identical twin brother, Justin Miller, of Canton, OH and a sister, Lindsay George, who resides in Charleston.

 
Hobbies
In his spare time, Jamie enjoys traveling, working on home improvement projects, making custom stained glass art and flying his camera drone.
 
Education
“Jamie” graduated from Sissonville High School in 2000. He graduated Magna cum laude from Glenville State College earning a bachelor’s in Music Education (Pre-K through Adult) in 2004.
Christi Miller, Piano Accompanist
 
                                                  
Our piano accompanist, Christi Miller, and her husband, Roger Miller, came to Teays Valley five years ago from Sissonville, when he transferred to Marathon’s Catlettsburg region. St. John is blessed to have Christ as our piano accompanist, whose love of Christ and music is evident through her touch of the keyboard. Christi has a wonderfully sweet spirit.
 
Family
Christi and Roger have three children, Lindsay (married to Christopher) George, and twins Jamison and Justin.  Their grandchildren, Gillian (age 15) and Aiden (age 10) sometimes attend SJUMC with her.  Christi is the daughter of Phyllis and Richard Doyle Taylor, who also attend SJUMC.  She is a retired State Farm auto claim representative, and now devotes a good amount of time to her beloved 100-year-old piano. 
 
Christ teaches piano and also plays for the WV Treble Makers, a children’s choir in Putnam County directed by Dr. Ilse Long.
 
Hobbies
Christ enjoys reading, sewing, antiquing.  Christi and Roger are thoroughly enjoying getting to know everyone at St. John’s and says they feel ‘right at home.’  Christi is a longtime friend of Kathy Ashworth.
 
Kaye Morton, Office Manager
                                         
Kaye completes many tasks to maintain and manage the church office while supporting the Pastor and office staff. Surrounded by numerous responsibilities of Office Manager comes the privilege and opportunity to meet and greet the wonderful people of St. John UMC, as well as the many others who enter our doors with various needs. It is with much humility and thankfulness that she serves in this capacity as she experiences God’s grace, love and acceptance from His people. She enjoys performing the office tasks in a manner that is pleasing to our Lord and that fulfills the needs of our church.
 
Family
Kaye is the daughter of a Nazarene Minister and grew up in a musical family. She and her five siblings have always been involved in the worship and music of the church. They were privileged to have a family Gospel group as well. Kaye has been blessed with a God-given-gift of a wonderful daughter and friend, Karen.
 
Hobbies
Kaye enjoys graphic designing, embroidery and having ice cream. She also loves spending time with family and friends and listening to music. She LOVES this church!!
 
Education
Kaye attended Indian River Community College, majoring in Business..