Morrow First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
People of faith, United with Christ & Growing in Grace
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Rev. Dr. Karen Lyons


Rev. Dr. Karen Lyons received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gammon Theological Seminary in May 2017. Her dissertation was entitled, “Multiculturalism and Collaborative Partnerships.” She received her Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology and also Certification in Christian Education in May 2003. She has extensive training in Clinical Pastoral Education and Care, working as a Chaplain Intern at Metro State Prison for over six years and also serving as a Chaplain Resident at Grady Hospital for one year. She gained extensive experience in the corporate world in banking and in various church ministries before answering her call in 1999. Pastor Karen was Ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in June 2010. One of her treasured scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will direct your path.”

 On February 5, 2005, she was appointed Senior Pastor of Cliftondale UMC and for nine years. She served as Associate Pastor of St. James UMC in Alpharetta in June 2013 for one year and was then appointed to Clarkston UMC in June 2014. Pastor Karen has traveled around the world as an Army child and loves to travel. She loves meeting people, learning about diverse cultures, networking and using the UMC connectional system to build impactful partnerships.

 Pastor Karen has been married 36 years to Dr. Ralph C. Lyons, a Gastroenterologist in Riverdale, Georgia. They have two daughters, Christine, an Opera Singer, and Jeanne, a Marketing Manager with Google. Karen serves on the Housing and Homeless Council, the Board of Ordained Ministry, a two year ACE square Clergy support group and is Chair of the North Georgia Clergy Eight Year Assessment Team.


She loves traveling with family and spending quiet time reading and gardening.





Office Administrator

Cora Johnson




Financial Secretary

Becky Griffin

Becky Griffin

Becky Mitchell Griffin grew up in Morrow.  She and her family have belonged to the church for many years. She joined the church in 1966 through the confirmation class.  She married Mike Griffin in 1977.  Mike joined the church and was baptized the same year they were married.  They have two sons, Mitchell and Nicholas.  Mitchell lives in Morrow and works for Clayton County Fire Department. Nicholas married Joanna Richter in 2009 and is an Art Teacher, and they live in College Park. Through the years Becky has been involved in many areas of the church from working with the youth and also serving on various committees.  She currently sings in the choir, is a member of the Bridge Builders Sunday School Class, is a member of the Electa Ladies share group, is the treasurer of the UMW, and serves as the Mission Team leader which involves serving on several committees.  Becky enjoys playing tennis and doing some cross fit work outs. Her favorite activities outside of the church include making memories at Lake Hartwell with her family and friends.  Her job at the church involves making the weekly bank deposits, posting contributions, payroll and bill paying for the church.  She keeps the record for four bank accounts and supplies monthly financial reports for the Finance Committee and sends out quarterly and the yearly contribution statements.   

Director of Music Ministries

Don Davis


Church Accompanist

Jackie Davis

Jackie Davis

Jackie returns as Church Accompanist in February 2005. Previously, she served as church accompanist from 1984 to 1998.

Jackie has been a member of Morrow First United Methodist Church since 1987. She has a Masters Degree in Music with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy. Jackie and her husband, Don have two children, Casey and Luke. She has taught many piano students in private and studio settings and continues to share her talent with us, her church family. Jackie and her husband are the parents of two young adults and have one granddaughter.


Nursery Attendant

Nannette Dooley

Nannette has been a nursery worker for Morrow First United Methodist Church since 1997. She is active in the United Methodist Women, the Handbell Choir and the Chancel Choir. She is a member of the Administrative Board, Class of 2008. Outside of the church, Nannette does clerical work. Nannette has one son who deployed to Bahrain in July 2006.




Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth has served in the nursery of Morrow First United Methodist Church since 1995. She has kept the nursery in her own church for since 1965 and for the Homemakers Club since 1977 at their meeting places. Elizabeth, married since February 16, 1952, has eight children, 16 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her hobbies include crafts. Taking care of children is Elizabeth's ministry. She loves children, as they are a joy to her.  





Tracy Holland



Jamie Bales


Morrow First UMC Historical Highlights

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  • 1800’s: 1865 Brush Arbor - served by circuit and lay preachers. Named “Arbor Place”
  • 1870 Williams Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church built
  • 1881 Williams Chapel replaced by white frame building
  • 1900’s: 1930 erected brick building on Old Rex Morrow Road. Renamed Morrow Methodist Church
  • 1967 Present building completed. Named Morrow United Methodist Church in 1968
  • 1969 Fellowship Hall built
  • 1973 Addition of Education Wing and expanded parking lot
  • 1997 Stained glass windows installed in sanctuary. Major renovations to grounds and facilities
  • 2000’s: 2000 Name changed to Morrow First United Methodist Church, Inc.
  • 2000 Storage room added to Fellowship Hall
  • 2006 Began a two-phase investment plan to Retain Sacred Valuable Property (RSVP), our inherited responsibility to maintain our buildings and grounds for posterity.
  • 2008 and beyond: To fulfill the first words of the church’s Mission Statement: “Morrow First United Methodist Church is a community of faith with a passion for Jesus Christ and all people” through a ministry of intentional and authentic evangelism that glorifies God’s call for the church’s future.