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!
Jonathan Brown is a life long member of the United Methodist Church, and current student at Candler School of Theology. He is the husband of Rev. Dr. Katy Hinman, pastor of College Park First United Methodist. He has been on the staffs of Ben Hill UMC, Hapeville First UMC, Zoar UMC, Decatur First UMC, Maple Avenue UMC, Coosa UMC, and Chicopee UMC. He is the son of two United Methodist Ministers. He holds a Masters of Art in Religious Studies with a focus in New Testament from the University of Georgia. He attended Young Harris College and Brevard College to obtain a BA in Religious Studies. He is a self professed nerd who loves comics, Star Wars, professional wrestling, and video games. He is a die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan.