Our Staff


Susan Maddox

God's timing is always perfect. When St Paul UMC was ready, He brought Pastor Susan to Saluda, SC.  Pastor Susan is a caring, charasmatic pastor with a heart for building new connections within our church and community.   She is originally from Baldwin, FL, but has lived most of her adult life in Dahlonega, GA.  She currently resides in Saluda with her husband, Merle.  She has a B.S. in Education and Mastor of Education from the University of North Georgia, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University.  When she is not preaching, teaching,  or nurturing our church and our community, she enjoys hiking, walking and reading.   

Favorite Bible Verse:  "I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength." - Phillippians 4:13 (ICB)

Favorite Hymn:  "Standing On The Promises" 

Administrative Assitant

Jill Forrest

Jill is the center hub of communication for St Paul UMC.  She is instrumental in bulletin and newsletter design and publication, key community liasion, and much more.  She is a Saluda, SC native, and resides with her son, John David. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Education.  When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, bicycling, boating, fishing, traveling, watching Gamecock football, watching John David play golf, and going to any beach. 

Favorite Bible Verse:  "Give thanks in every situation because this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Favorite Hymn:  "Because He Lives"


Building Maintenance

Charles Rollins

Charles is the "Jack-Of-All-Trades" when it comes to St Paul UMC's building maintenance.  He is vital to the upkeep and fine tuning of the structures and to the temperature comfort of all who enter.  He is a Saluda, SC native, and resides with his wife, Paulette. Charles is a high school graduate and has a Master Electrical Degree.  When he is not shining windows, and working on preservation within St Paul UMC's walls, he enjoys hunting, fishing and woodworking.  

Favorite Bible Verse: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  - John 3:16 

Favorite Hymn:  "The Lord Of The Dance" 


Choir Director

Maggie Wills

Maggie has a powerful voice and God-given talent for all things music both inside and outside St Paul UMC.  She is much more than our Choir Director, as she is instrumental in planning and programming all music events, coordinating special community concerts, gathering other musicians to come perform at St Paul UMC events, and even gracing us with a song or three. 

She is from Paducah, KY, and resides with her husband, James, and three children Addy (5), Thomas (3) and Manning (1) in Saluda.  She has a BA in Music from Newberry College.  When she is not directing the St Paul UMC Chancel Choir on Sundays, directing special music cantatas within the community or St Paul UMC, or singing for others, she enjoys spending time with family, playing the guitar, creating crafts, and photography.  

Favorite Bible Verse:  "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."  - John 14:27

Favorite Hymns:  "Come Thou Fount," "This Is My Song," and "Yahweh, You Are Near"


Tonia Hudson

Tonia is St Paul UMC's exquisitely talented pianist and organist.  The sounds that come forth from the instruments she plays is simply heavenly! Words here do not do her talent justice -- come experience for yourself! 

She was born, reared and resides on Lake Murray in Saluda County.  She resides with her husband, Troy, and their daughters, Kaylee and Kennedy.  She is proud to announce Kaylee will graduate from USC Aiken in December, while Kennedy is enjoying attending USC in Columbia.  Tonia has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Converse College, a Masters in Elementary Education from Lander University, and a Masters in Technology from Nova Southeastern.  When she is not playing beautiful music, she enjoys any outside activities, specifically gardening and canning during the summer months.  

Favorite Hymn:  "Holy, Holy, Holy" was her very first favorite hymn.  She says she has so many favorite hymns, she couldn't list them all. 


Ground Maintenance

Tim Taylor

Tim is the groundskeeper for St Paul UMC.  He exerts time, special care and attention to ensuring our grounds are beautifully groomed and presentable.  

Tim is a Saluda, SC native, and resides in the Centennial section of Saluda County with his wife, Melinda, and son, Luke.  He is a Saluda High School graduate and attended Lander College.  When he is not keeping the grounds, he enjoys raising dogs, gardening, hunting and spending time with his family. 

Favorite Bible Verse:  "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." - John 14:2

Favorite Hymn:  "Just As I Am"




Johnnie Stevens

Johnnie is instrumental in managing and overseeing St Paul UMC's accounting.  She was born and reared in Saluda County, SC and resides with her husband, Samuel, in the Mayson section of Saluda County.  She has three children: Scott, Stacie and Susan and six grandchildren. Johnnie is a Saluda High School graduate, a registered Cosmetologist and Master Barber. When she is not working for St Paul UMC, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, watching NASCAR races, reading about places within the United States and in the world.  Her hobbies include crafting (any kind), collecting dolls, books, plates and pencils and taking pictures of family and friends. 

Favorite Bible Verse:  "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:  He that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is thy keeper:  the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve they soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."  - Psalm 121 

Favorite Hymn(s):  "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace" 

Financial Administrator

Karen Abstance

Karen exerts her attention to maintaining and preparing the financials for our church. 

She and her husband, Kenny live in Saluda with their two dogs, Reba and Hartley, and her horse, Trouble.  Karen has a B.S. in Accounting from USC.  In addition to her B.S. degree, Karen has plenty of experience with ten years of banking experience, ten years in propane management experience and eleven+ years working as the Office Manager for Riverside Ambulance Service. When Karen is not working, she enjoys camping, boating and the outdoors.

Favorite Bible verse:  "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39 

Favorite Hymn:  "Morning Has Broken"

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