Thomson First United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 25, 2017
To make disciples of Jesus Christ through active, Christ-centered ministries of love

Pastoral Staff

John F. Barnes, Senior Pastor

John was born in Virginia, but moved to Roswell, Georgia in 1968.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in History, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. John is married to the former Catherine Sellers of Charlotte, NC. who works part-time as a medical researcher at Emory University.

John and Catherine met and married in Augusta, where Catherine’s family still lives. They have three children: Will, Katie, and Jack. Will, a financial manger and small business owner, lives and works in Key West.  Katie is married to Ben and they live in Marietta where she is a small business consultant and equestrian trainer. Jack lives in Atlanta and works for a consulting firm as an Internet Security Analyst.

John has served churches in the Atlanta area and the Augusta District.  He was appointed to TFUMC in June of 2009 by Bishop Michael Watson. 

"As a young teenager I enjoyed going to church. But I didn't meet Christ at church. I went to a youth led bible study where an older teenager told me I needed to ask Christ in my life. I asked him in! I believe I was saved at that time. At the age of eighteen I read "Mere Christianity" and realized for the first time that there were good reasons for believing that there is a God and Jesus is his Son. I began growing in my faith by reading the Bible and being involved in Bible studies. In college I was involve in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UGA. There I led Bible studies in the dorm and helped organize what they called 'Large Group' meetings. After college I spent a summer in the Philippines working as a short-term missionary. After my stint overseas I attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I thought I would be a missionary, but volunteered at a church and when I got in the pulpit I felt like it was like putting on a glove that fit perfectly. So, I pursued local church ministry. I was ordained in 1988 as deacon and in 1990 as an elder. I thank God that he called me to serve Him in ordained ministry. I hope you will thank God that he has called you to serve him as an unordained minister." 


Julia Norman, Associate Pastor for Children and Families

Julia was born and raised in Cordele, Georgia. She was very active in her family's church, Cordele FUMC. While participating in youth leadership activities she received a call to ministry and pursued that goal by attending LaGrange College and earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Religion and Church Leadership. 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 on the pediatric ward at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC and then worked as Children’s Pastor at Tuckston UMC in Athens. She is an ordained deacon in the South Georgia Conference. Julia is married to her husband of 6 years, Audie Norman, of Atlanta.