Richard Moeller, Senior Pastor
A native of Redfield, South Dakota, after graduating from High School in 1969, Richard joined the US Navy. After two training schools in Brunswick, Georgia and tours of duty in Kodiak, Alaska and Barber's Point, Hawaii (Honolulu) as an Air Traffic Controller, he settled in Orlando, Florida and married a young lady he had met while stationed in Hawaii. Richard and Joyce were married in 1973 and both worked for Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.--Joyce as a Head Cashier and Richard as an Assistant Meat Market Manager.
Richard and Joyce both attended Valencia Community College in Orlando and Richard went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Business from the University of Central Florida (Go Golden Knights!). During this time three wonderful children became part of the family. Treva Kaye was born in 1976, Richard II was born in 1980, and Carrie was born in 1981. After becoming active at Grace United Methodist Church in Orlando and working with the youth and Joyce working as church secretary, the Lord began speaking to Richard about ministry. After working with two pastors and being mentored in the candidacy program for ministry by Dr. Jim Harnish, Richard responded to a call to the ordained ministry and both he and Joyce retired from Winn-Dixie, sold their home in Orlando, and moved to Ellijay, Georgia.
Richard attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University while serving a two-point charge in Ellijay in the Northwest District (then the Dalton District) of the North Georgia Annual conference. Oak Hill UMC and Cartecay UMC were his student appointment while attending seminary.
After graduating from Candler, Richard and Joyce stayed in the North Georgia Conference, where they have been serving churches ever since. In addition to Oak Hill and Cartecay, (3 years), they have served Winder First as Associate (1 year), Wood Station, (5 years)(Ringgold), Graysville (5 years), (Ringgold), New Hope-Gainesville for 8 years, 8 years at Chapelwood, in the Athens area, and now at Prospect UMC. According to Richard, "Each of the churches have been unique in their character and ministries. Each has a special place in our hearts and memories. Chapelwood was the first "community" church we have served and it is a wonderful place in which to do ministry. It was a church steeped with a missional heart and a desire to do what God leads. Athens was a wonderful place to live and afforded much the same opportunities as Atlanta, without the traffic!!"
Richard and Joyce are honored to be your parsonage family and look forward to a long and God-inspired ministry together with the wonderful people of Prospect and Lawrenceville, GA.
Dru DeWitt, Traditional Worship Minister
Is blessed to have the opportunity to serve God and Prospect United Methodist Church by providing leadership in the Music Ministry. She holds an MA in Speech/Language Pathology from Wayne State University and a BA in Speech/Language Pathology from The University of Alabama, where she also studied instrumental music. She has instrumental as well as choral teaching/directing experience through service in several churches, elementary schools and the Collins Hill High School Marching Band. She and her husband Doug were married in 1978 and have three children: Ben, Daniel and Sarah. They all share a love of music and of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Ben McDaniel, Worship Leader
Nancy Yow, Administrative Assistant