Jasmine Rose Smothers is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She is a sought after preacher, teacher, workshop leader, church consultant, leadership coach, author, advocate and self-proclaimed technology geek!

Jasmine Rose Smothers currently serves as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as Associate Director for Congregational Vitality through the Office of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this role, Rev. Jasmine partners with congregational leaders to equip them for maximum effective ministry in church and community. Rev. Jasmine is the primary staff resource for several ministry initiatives including working to increase the vitality of congregations; racial-ethnic ministries; and the development of young clergy leaders.

She has served the United Methodist Church as a member of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race; the Ministry Study Commission; and several task forces on Ministry with Young People. Rev. Jasmine is currently a Lewis Center for Church Leadership Community Fellow. Rev. Jasmine has also contributed to several publications and is the co-author (with Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.) of the bestselling book, Not Safe For Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations.

Rev. Jasmine is a native of Atlanta, GA. She is an amateur shutterbug; loves music; spending time with her family and friends; and traveling the globe. She is a graduate of Spelman College (B.A., Political Science) and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.).

Above all, Jasmine loves God, loves the Church, and is committed to “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” so that the world may know and be transformed through Christ!


Rev. Walter R. Jones is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. He is a Christian Educator and Business Administrator, serving as Executive Associate Pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church.

Rev. Jones is a native of Clearwater, Florida. He attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee earning a Master of Arts in Christian Education. He has served in the United Methodist Church for forty-two years leading the people of God to connect the Church with the world.

Rev. Jones is part of a Clergy team serving the North Georgia Conference with his spouse Sondra, an Ordained United Methodist Elder. His work in the local church includes; proclaiming the Gospel through worship, serving the community of faith, growing disciples of Jesus through teaching the Bible and the Christian faith, and engaging with the neighborhood and the city to offer the transforming love of Jesus Christ.


Mr. Christopher Bryant was born in 1990, and is a native of Trenton, Kentucky. He began his undergraduate studies in music at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Stillman College. In 2014 Mr. Bryant became the youngest person appointed to serve as Minister of Music at the Historic First A.M.E. Zion Church of Brooklyn, New York. During his tenure, the music ministry of First Church Brooklyn has regained its place as one of the great choirs of the A.M.E. Zion denomination. In addition to his church work, Mr. Bryant serves as the music teacher at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School.


Biography coming soon!


Jennifer Graham is the Executive Assistant to our Lead Pastor, Jasmine R. Smothers. She has served in church administration for over 14 years. Jennifer brings a sweet spirit; a commitment to people, community and the church; a deep knowledge of the workings of the United Methodist Church; exceptional technology skills; and a joy for serving God's people. She is thrilled to be a part of Atlanta First. You can reach Jennifer at Jennifer@AtlantaFirstUMC.org or by calling the Church Office.


Jeanne Spencer is currently serving as Facilities and Events Coordinator at Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Prior to holding this position at the AFUMC, Jeanne was the Family Services Coordinator for the Atlanta First Day School from August 2010 - September 2016.

While living in Valdosta, Georgia, Jeanne worked for the Valdosta City School System, and opened and operated the Visitor Information Plaza at Valdosta State University. After moving to Atlanta, Jeanne became involved in the home building and property management industries.

Despite the varied differences of these businesses, Jeanne’s role in each led to her to being the initial contact between the organization and the public. Jeanne is known for her energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment of people, as well as her quick wit and can-do attitude

Jeanne holds a BS in Biology from the University of Charleston as well as a Masters in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.


Steven Colly is the Media and Communications manager at Atlanta First. Among his many tasks is designing and maintaining the church website, coordinating social media, running the church's video ministry, designing printed materials like worship bulletins and banners, and maintaining the church's IT infrastructure.

Steven grew up in Saudi Arabia, where his father worked for Saudi Aramco. Steven is a third generation member of Atlanta First. He graduated in 2004 from Georgia Tech with a B. S. in Science, Technology and Culture. He was hired by Atlanta First in December of 2004, initially part time, to run the church website. His responsibilities have grown since then, becoming a full time employee in 2010.

Steven's hobbies include photography, astronomy, building Lego models, watching sci-fi shows with his dad, and playing World of Warcraft with his sister and her husband. He is the church's second biggest fan of the Atlanta Braves (after Cornelia). He likes to travel, going on a road trip with his parents once a year. Steven is a survivor of gastric cancer.