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Dr. Joe Harrington was born and raised in Duluth, Georgia. His home church is First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. He graduated from Duluth High School in 1967 and received his BBA degree from the University of Georgia in 1971. After a 26 year career as a Certified Public Accountant, Dr. Harrington received a call into ministry, returned to school and received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology/Emory University in 1999. He was ordained as a deacon and became a probationary member of the North Georgia Conference in that year. He was received into full connection and ordained elder in 2003. Dr. Harrington received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2013.
Dr. Harrington has served on the staff of Sandy Springs United Methodist Church and as pastor of New Hope at Between United Methodist Church, Big Springs United Methodist Church in Woodstock, Mount Zion-Ellenwood United Methodist Church, and Woodstation United Methodist Church in in Ringgold before being appointed to North Fayette in June 2010.
Dr. Harrington and his wife Faye have been married since 1970. They have two married sons and five grandchildren.
Pastor Koetje, born July 29, 1927 in Byron Center, Michigan, is the oldest of nine children born to Clarence and Mary Koetje. In 1945, as World War II was ending, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and subsequently served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and the U.S. Air Force. In 1977, after a combined total of 31-1/2 years of military service, he retired to answer the call to full-time Gospel Ministry. Pastor Koetje did his seminary work at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and served 16 years, under appointment, as Full-Time Local Pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. In retirement, he served 13 years as Associate Pastor of the Fort Deposit United Methodist Church in Fort Deposit, Alabama.
Pastor Koetje and his wife "Billye" have two grown, adopted children living in Georgia: Becky (and John) Douville and their three sons in Fayetteville, and George Koetje lives in Savannah.
Pastor Koetje and Billye re-retired, but remain actively involved in Sunday School and worship.
Rev. Mike Daniell is a graduate of The University of the State of New York in Albany, NY with a BS degree in Music History and Trumpet Performance, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY, with a MCM degree with emphasis in Trumpet Performance, Instrumental Pedegogy and Choral Pedagogy. Additional studies include trumpet, music education, choral and instrumental conducting at Columbus College, Columbus GA, and The University of South Florida, Tampa Florida.
He has studied trumpet with John Head, the late Leon Rapier, Don Owen, the late Paul Weise, and Douglas Smith. His performance activities include The Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, The Columbus Symphony, and The Savannah Symphony. In addition Mike has performed with The Georgia Brass Band, The Louisville Brassworks Quintet, the Fountain City Brass Quintet, and as soloist with various HS bands. He currently is a member of the Lafayette Brass Quintet.
Mike is currently on the Music faculty of Point University in West Point, Georgia. Previous teaching responsibilities include positions in Savannah GA, as Director of Bands for the Westminster School, and St Andrews School. For 14 years he was on the Faculty of Armstrong Atlantic State University, where he served as Director of the Community Music School, Co-Conductor of the Armstrong Community Band, and Instructor of Music Education, Music Appreciation and Trumpet. Mike has served Baptist and Methodist Churches as music director in Florida and Georgia. Currently he is the Music and Worship Director at North Fayette United Methodist Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir, and the NFUMC Winds. Mike maintains a trumpet studio with students from Fayette and Cowetta County Schools; serves as a Brass Clinician in schools in GA, NC and SC; and is principal conductor of the Peachtree Wind Ensemble.
LuAnn has served as church organist and pianist at North Fayette UMC for the over ten years. She worked previously at Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church where she served for 12 years. LuAnn teaches piano at the Clayton State College Preparatory School of Music, and also at Arlington Christian in Fairburn. She received a B.A. in Music from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a M.A. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. LuAnn and her husband, George live in Fairburn. They have two children, Daniel and Anna and a dog, Peanut.
Lynne grew up in Hayesville, North Carolina and graduated from Young Harris College in 1972. At that time she moved to Atlanta and completed her education at Georgia State University, receiving her degree in Business Administration in 1981. She married Walt Keiser in 1979 and they have two sons, Chris and Matt. The family moved to Fayetteville in 1986 and joined North Fayette UMC in 1988. After being a "stay at home" Mom for 10 years, Lynne joined the staff at North Fayette in 1998. In January of 2006, she added the work of Financial Secretary to her responsibilities (with the help of faithful volunteers.)
Anthony was born December 6th, 1964 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He graduated from Stuttgart High School and attended Saint Leo College in Saint Leo, Florida where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration Management. Anthony served four years in the U.S. Army and while on active duty he was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia, Seoul, Korea, and Fort Lewis, Washington.
Anthony married Tracy Robinson in 1990 and they have three daughters, Biahnca Brigette, Rylee Grace, and Gabriana Christine. Besides working as our Building Manager at North Fayette UMC since September, 2001, he is currently employed by General Electric as a Processing Manager for G.E. Consumer Finance.
Melanie has grown up at North Fayette UMC and now gladly serves as our Nursery Care Director. She works with a rotating group of volunteers to care for our youngest children during the Sunday School and Worship hours.