As we welcome 2019, the Staff Parish Relations (SPR) Committee would like to take a moment to honor Rev. Dr. Michael “Mike” Owenby and Chris Gardner for their over 30 years of service at Mary Esther UMC.
Chris Gardner started as the church accompanist before he had a driver’s license! Throughout his dedicated time with Mary Esther UMC, Chris has blessed us with his musical talents during church services, funerals, weddings, and many other special events.
Effective January 1, 2019, Chris has tenured his resignation in order to accept a career opportunity which moves him and his family to the Boston, Massachusetts, area. We will miss him as he leaves us but we pray for his continued success in his career and musical talents.
Rev. Dr. Michael Owenby has accepted a position away from Mary Esther UMC and effective February 1, 2019, he will serve Mountain Park UMC near Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Over the past 3 decades, Mike has served in many capacities in our church: Choir Director, Youth Director, Executive Pastor, teacher, comforter, and most commonly, friend. Mike and his wife, Lisa, have dedicated their life’s work to helping others learn about JESUS CHRIST in many different ways. We love you both and pray for continued success as you transition to your new position in the ministry of Christ.