Rome First United Methodist Church
|Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
|Rev. Chris Barbieri
Minister of Service &
|Rev. Anjie Peek Woodworth
Associate Director of
Director of Traditional
Finance Manager and
|Jo Ann Crane
Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Robert was born and raised in Atlanta and is a fifth generation native of the city. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Biology with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. He also holds the Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the University of Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served Hickory Flat in Canton, Ebenezer in Conyers, Bethel in Stockbridge, Executive Vice President at Murphy Harpst Children’s Homes in Cedartown for seven years, Concord in Hickory Level, GA and on staff as Minister of Church Growth at St. Mark in midtown Atlanta for three years. His wife, Denise, is an accomplished vocalist who teaches piano and voice at home and together they have two daughters, Christine and Caroline. Robert and Denise enjoy playing with their Boston Terrier “Lola,” working in the yard and traveling.
Rev. Chris Barbieri
Minister of Congregational Life
Chris began serving Rome First UMC in 2010. In addition to his general pastoral duties, he is responsible for many adult ministries in our church. He has a passion for helping people see the relevance of Scripture in their daily lives and enjoys leading studies. Chris is a graduate of Emory’s Candler School of Theology and previously served Sandy Springs UMC. Prior to going into full-time ministry, Chris worked in Information Technology, primarily in the area of Electronic Commerce. Chris enjoys playing soccer, kayaking, and fishing in his spare time. Chris’ wife Jennifer is a physician with Harbin Clinic.
Rev. Anjie Peek Woodworth
Anjie is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University and Candler School of Theology. Having worked at a wide range of churches, Anjie has over ten years of experience in spiritual formation and Christian education ministries. She is passionate about journeying with people as they discover themselves with God. She also enjoys crafting, childbirth education, and, most of all, laughing with her husband, Andy, and their one year old son, Charlie. Anjie lives with Andy and Charlie and their dog, Jack, in Aragon, where Andy is the pastor at Aragon United Methodist Church.
Director of Children’s Ministries
Jenny is a native Roman and a graduate of Shorter College. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and was a much-beloved kindergarten teacher at West End Elementary for 31 years. When she retired from Rome City Schools, she began teaching the kindergarten class at Rome First UMC Pre-School. Jenny has a love for making learning fun for young minds and uses her many gifts as a teacher as our Director of Children’ Ministry. Jenny and her husband of more than 25 years, Bruce, have one son, Brice.
Director of Music Ministries
Joe directs the Chancel Choir and Roman Chimes at Rome First UMC. He studied music education and conducting at Oklahoma City University. Prior to moving to Rome, Joe was the music director at Western Oaks Christian Church and chair of the Fine Arts department for Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City. Joe and his wife Becky were married in 1997. She is a professor of music at Reinhardt College.
Director of Contemporary Worship
Jennifer Talley is a 1987 graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her B.S. degree in Family Studies & Child Development through the College of Human Sciences. Jennifer moved from Texas to Rome after college and began working in Rome. She became a member of Rome First UMC. Jennifer has served on many committees at Rome First UMC prior to joining the staff. She previously taught at Rome First Preschool and at Darlington School. She has been in the choir at Rome First and has been a part of the Praise Band since it began. Jennifer is passionate about worship and music as well as small group formation. Jennifer met her husband, Jim, in Rome and got married in 1989. They have two sons, Sam and Jack.
Gina is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for thirteen years with Rome City Schools before coming to Rome First School. She has been at Rome First School for the past seven years. She taught pre-k for three of those years prior to becoming the Director. Gina is married to Alan and they have five children.