The Happeville First United Methodist Church has ministered in the North Georgia Conference since its founding on January 18, 1908.

The first church building was eerected at its present site on land purchased from John G. Humphries. The first worship service was conducted in the new facility on October 24, 1909.  The Reverend W. Walraven served as pastor of the Hapeville Circuit.

From those beginnings the church has grown in number as it has matured in ministry.  Its outreach has always been a cornerstone of its ministry as it has served the needs of the hungry of the community and particpated in many missioin projects around the world.

Our chuch has a splendid history of pastors who have been nurtued in the congregation and have entered the ministry in the North Georgia United Methodist Conference.  That same nurturing spirit continues i the life and witness of its members.

We invite you to join us in our witness of love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Charter Members

Not Pictured:

Miss Elizabeth Ball

Mrs. Nancy Shepherd
Pastor J.R. Atkins, MBA, Mdiv

Accepting Christ in third grade in a Lutheran church, JR. has been a United Methodist since he was in college. As a consultant on social media and online marketing, he has worked to build his consulting firm on Christian values.  
J.R. received his call to become a preacher in 2013 and entered seminary the following year. In May 2018, he will complete his MDiv at Candler School of Theology. During the summer of 2017, he lived and worked in Bethlehem, Palestine serving in a local church and worked with local non-profits and businesses. His goal is to become an Elder in the United Methodist Church and enjoys being a Pastor at Hapeville FUMC.

J.R. is an avid sailor, enjoys many types of music, including jazz and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Stacey Atkins, who earned her MTS from Perkins School of Theology. Stacey is working on her credentials to become a certified Spiritual Director. J.R.’s son, Coleman, is a recent graduate of Texas State University and lives in Denver with his wife Lauren where they are both working to become professional bodybuilders
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