Our Staff


  • Jay Tucker - Pastor

    Jay came to serve as Pastor of Richmond Hill UMC in June of 2018. He is a 1987 graduate of Georgia Southern University and a 1993 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. While at Georgia Southern, Jay was very involved with the Wesley Foundation and met his wife, Cathy, while there. Over the 25 years in ministry, Jay has had the privileged to serve on staff at The Methodist Children's Home in Macon, Trinity UMC in Warner Robins, Porterfield UMC in Albany, The Wesley Foundation at Georgia Southern, Bonaire UMC in Bonaire and the Gray / Clinton UMC's in Gray.  Cathy and Jay have two adult children Mary Catherine and Ross. "We Love being in Richmond Hill!"

    EMAIL: pastor@rhumc.com

  • Cathy Tucker - Associate Pastor

    Cathy joined the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church staff in 2019. She has a BA in Sociology from Georgia Southern University and MA's in Parish Counseling and Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary. 

  • Janine Blakeborough - Director of Family and Kids Ministries

    Janine moved to Richmond Hill in 2009 with her husband, Russ, and their two children, and began volunteering with the children's ministry programs. Beginning in August of 2010, she assumed the role as Director and has enjoyed getting to know the wonderful children of RHUMC by helping them grow in their faith. She could not do it without the dedicated volunteers that provide much needed support for this ministry. RHUMC truly has a heart for children and makes this program a priority and that's why she loves her job here!  We have so much fun, but more importantly, we see true transformation in the lives of our little ones.  

    EMAIL: family@rhumc.com

  • Jess Carpenter-Family Ministries Assistant

    Jess moved to Richmond Hill in 2014 with her husband John and their three children, Logan, Becca and Noah.  Jess is a US Army Veteran and began working with children in 2015.  In 2017, she started volunteering in our Preschool VBS program, and then Preschool JAM and continued to be a faithful servant in children's church. Before joining our staff she was a pre-K and preschool teacher. She has a heart for children and tries to make sure they are happy, engaged and having fun in anything they do while under her care.  

  • Jack Caldwell - Director of Youth Ministries

    Jack joined the staff in May of 2010, freshly graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Middle Grades Ed. Jack is a ball of energy who enjoys to spend time getting to know the youth at RHUMC. Some of his favorite pasttimes are playing sports, random outbursts of singing, and spending time with his beautiful wife,  daughter, and son! Jack's greatest passion is to see youth reach the full potential that God has for them now and not later in life. If you would like to meet Jack, his office is located in the Ministry Center.

    EMAIL: youth@rhumc.com

  • Dr. Danny Kiene - Director of Music Ministries

    Dr. Kiene is a well known member of our community and servant in our church. He brings a wealth of musical experience and excitement to our church and has shared some of his dreams for growing our music ministry opportunities.  Dr. Kiene has a Bachelor of Music Education from Armstrong State University, A Masters of Education in Music Education from Georgia Southern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University Conservatory. 

    EMAIL: music@rhumc.com

  • Stacey Lanier - Administrative Assistant

    Stacey moved to Richmond Hill in 2020 with her husband Allen and their 3 children, Abby, Brandon, and Nathan. Allen has recently retired from the US Army and they have decided to make Richmond Hill their home. 

  • Donna Tussey - Financial Administrative Assistant

    Donna has been involved with RHUMC since 2014 and has been on staff since summer 2016.  She enjoys meeting new people and helping others get connected.  Donna and her husband Mike love being in the community and Richmond Hill UMC. 

  • Kelly Hester - Bookkeeper

    Kelly and her family have been a part of RHUMC since 2009. Kelly and her husband, Chip, have three children. She loves the community and church, but could do without the sand gnats. Kelly officially joined the staff in January of 2018.family of three children, Tracy, Heather and Megan.  They joined RHUMC in 2015 and are active in the choir, and this is Debra‚Äôs 2nd year in Adult Bells.  Debra has been a bookkeeper for the last 17 years and enjoys helping others. Debra and John both enjoy serving in the ASP Missions field, as well as biking, kayaking, hiking, and bowling. Debra enjoys letting God place her where He has a  need for her to serve others.

  • Gina Stephenson - Day School Director

    Gina Stephenson earned a BA degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has taught in public and private schools in grades ranging from Pre-K through 5th. Gina has been the director of the Day School since 2009. She is married to Patrick and has 2 children, Turner and Julia. 

    EMAIL: dayschool@rhumc.com

  • Monika Butler - Housekeeper

    Monika has been with RHUMC since 2016. She grew up in Germany and moved to the United States in 1985. She has one son, David.