We believe that God calls us to worship, prayer, love, and fellowship so that we may share God’s grace with others. Our mission is to help move people closer to Christ. 


The staff and leadership here at Mulberry are comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call the church office to speak with them.

  • Matt Woodbery  

    Senior Pastor  

    The Rev. Dr. Jerry Maddox Woodbery, Jr. (Matt) is the son of the late Rev. Jerry M. Woodbery of Bainbridge, Georgia, and Martha Wells of Statesboro, Georgia. Matt Woodbery graduated from Kubasaki High School, Okinawa, Japan; Oxford College of Emory University; Emory College; and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. He is a member in full connection and an ordained elder of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1987.


    After graduation from seminary in 1985, Matt served as Associate Minister at First United Methodist Church, Americus, Georgia. In 1988, he received a U.S. Army commission as an Army chaplain. Chaplain (Colonel) Woodbery (Retired) served on active duty in numerous assignments until his retirement in 2017 after nearly 30 years of service.


    Dr. Woodbery is married to the former Carol English of Cochran, Georgia. Their daughter Callahan lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Jeff Cook

    Associate Pastor  

    Jeff grew up in Montrose, Georgia and graduated from West Laurens High School in Dublin. He attended college at Armstrong State University in Savannah where he earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He met his wife Sandra and began to feel the call into ministry as part of the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry in Savannah. After working as a physical therapist for a few years, he answered the call to pursue ordained ministry. Jeff graduated from the Candler School of Theology in 2010, was ordained as an elder in 2012, and has served as the pastor of Montrose, Tennille and Christ (Albany) United Methodist Churches before moving to Mulberry in 2017 as Associate Pastor. Jeff and Sandra have two daughters, Kinley and Audrey.

  • Julia Norman

    Children and Family Minister

    Rev. Julia Norman was born and raised in Cordele, Georgia and was very active in her family's church, Cordele First UMC. While participating in youth leadership activities she received a call to ministry and pursued that goal by attending LaGrange College. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Religion and Church Leadership in 2007. While at LaGrange College she felt called to the ordained ministry of a Deacon and entered the candidacy process with the United Methodist Church.  She attended Duke Divinity School and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2010. Since then she has served as a Chaplain Resident for pediatrics at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC, the Children's Pastor at Tuckston UMC in Athens and the Associate Pastor for Families and Children at Thomson FUMC until coming to Mulberry  in January 2019.  She was ordained a Deacon in the South Georgia Conference in 2013.  Julia and her husband, Audie, have been married since 2007 and have 3 kids together, Silas, Scott and Brice.

  • Tom Granum

    Director of Music 

    Tom grew up in Warner Robins and has received three degrees from the University of Georgia.  He served for 30 years as Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Athens, Georgia.  He came to Mulberry following six years at First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  His wife Doris is a native of Americus, has a master’s and doctoral degrees in music education from UGA, and is a retired elementary school music teacher.



    Trevor was born and raised in the middle Georgia area. He began developing an interest in music during middle school, and started participating in the music ministry at local churches and ministries. He later went on to graduate from Georgia College & State University with a degree in Communication Studies. After college Trevor moved to Athens, GA where he served at The UGA Wesley Foundation. There he met his wife Katy and later moved back to Macon. He originally came to Mulberry to serve as a Worship Leader for the Newroom Service. Eventually he took on the role as Youth Pastor, and has since begun the process of ordination through the South Georgia Conference to become an Ordained Elder. He attends Asbury Theological Seminary online seeking a Masters of Divinity. His passions include: Jesus, playing music, travel, spending time with friends and family, snowboarding, and investing in the next generation. 

  • Tshanghi corey

    director of CHILDREN'S center  

  • linda parker

    admin./ membership secretary  

    Linda grew up in Macon, GA. She and her husband, Gary, now reside in Juliette, GA. She has been gladly serving the Lord at Mulberry Street UMC for almost 22 years and greatly enjoys her work.

  • bruce bishop

    church administrator  

    Bruce grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. At Mars Hill College, not only did he receive a Bachelors in Music, but he also met his lovely wife Cam. He later went on to get his Masters degree in Music from the University of Illinois. While Bruce might think he's an uninteresting person, we think otherwise and have been blessed by his presence ever since he joined us in 1985.

  • Laura Dannenberg

    financial secretary  

  • karen carter

    connections director  

  • Sarah Pounds


    Sarah grew up in Macon and graduated from Mercer University in 2018 with a degree in Graphic Design and Journalism. She joined the Mulberry family first as a bass player in the New Room Worship service and has come on board to focus on Mulberry's digital media and outreach. 

  • betsy abbott

    director of hospitality  

    Betsy grew up in Hancock County GA. After moving around for her husband to finish his college degrees, the couple settled in Jones County for thirty odd years. They now live at Lake Sinclair with their third son, Lewis. They are also the proud parents of Jay and Chris. Betsy has been on staff at Mulberry since 2007.

  • doris andrews

    church cook & custodian

  • clifton carswell

    church custodian

  • Michael washington

  • beth smith

    wedding director  

  • blane dunnam

    newroom worship leader