Embry Hills UMC

Embry Hills UMC


Embry Hills UMC seeks to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Embry Hills UMC is a thousand-member congregation of well-educated, professional people. The church was founded in 1961. It has a signficant number of older adults but also a growing number of younger families with children. Embry Hills is theologically liberal, politically conservative and generally very Wesleyan. Its logo boasts, "an inclusive faith community."

Unique Opportunities in Mission

The church is undergoing transition. The church community is changing racially and ethnically, as well as re-stabilizing after a long period of decline. A number of two-income, well-educated wage earners are moving in. The church is striving to be an inclusive faith community open to people of all ages, sexual orienatation, education level and ethnic origin. Opportunities abound for helping change the culture of the church from a 1950-60's model to a viable twenty-first century model.

Site NameEmbry Hills UMC
DenominationUnited Methodist Church
Location TypeSuburban
Membership Size225
Worship Times

Sunday: 8:45 am and 11 am

Distance from CandlerApproximately six miles
Accessible to persons with disabilities?Yes
Acessible via public transportation?Yes
Can women be ordained?Yes
What role do women play in leadership?Women serve in all leadership roles

Weekly Schedule

  • Sunday:
    • Worship services: 8:45 am and 11 am
    • Sunday youth fellowship: 5 pm
  • Wednesday:
    • Cafe del Sol: 6 pm
    • ESL classes: 6 pm
    • Knitting group: 6 pm
Embry Hills UMC engages in providing Snax Sax to area Title 1 schools. It supports the United Methodist Children's Home mission, Breakthru House, and NET works (local agency that provides emergency assistance, job training and childcare training). Embry Hills maintains the Thrifty Store, a store that sells gently used and recycled and repaired items that people bring to its workshop during the week. The proceeds from the Thrifty Store help fund mission projects in the life of the church.

Meeting the Five Areas of Ministry

Administration: Con Ed II students are encouraged to come to all administrative and ministry committees of the church and to take an active part. They are expected to be at several staff meetings during the year.

Liturgy (Worship and Preaching): Students are expected to preach at least once in both services, participate as a worship leader in services and take part in planning worship. Typically, a student takes the lead on organizing and carrying out the Pet Blessing service in the fall. The senior pastor and worship staff work with students to develop sermons, prayers, etc., observe them in their work and then reflect with them on the process.

Mission and Outreach: Students are encouraged to participate in ongoing mission/ougreach projects as well as design and implement one of their own.

Pastoral Calling and Congregational Care: As schedule allows, students are invited to assist in funerals/memorial services, visit shut-ins and make hospital calls. The pastor always asks the student to reflect on those experiences with regard to their operational theology and their "academic" theology; their own underdstanding of pastoral care; their experience of having been given pastoral care by others at some critical point in their life.

Teaching: Students are asked to assist with confirmation classes, youth retreats, teach child, youth and adult classes, "Time on the Steps" (Children's worship) and lead Bible studies.

Embry Hills UMC
Reverend Miguel A. Velez
3304 Henderson Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
Church: 770.938.0661 ext. 111
Cell: 404.403.4688

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