Ministry Team


Rev. Nate Lehman / Pastor

Nate is a military brat, that calls Valdosta his home. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.S. in Psychology and received his Masters In Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Nate is Married to Erica who is a teacher and has three children, a daughter Talyn, and two sons Waylon and Cannon. Nate has served in the ministry of the United Methodist Church for over 10 years and has also had many years of experience as a youth director. His heart is in family discipleship and connecting people to the body of Christ.



Now Hiring! / Family Ministries Coordinator

We are currently hiring for this postion. If you are interested please submit a resume to


Mrs. Ruby Holt / Church Administrator

Ruby has been with Friendship for 14 years, first as finance secretary and now as church administrator. She is married to Jimmy Holt and they have 2 daughters, Amanda and Ashley, and five beautiful grandchildren.  Originally from Byron, GA, she lives in Colquitt in the home  where Jimmy was born and raised. When not sitting with their grands they are camping and fishing as much as they can.  Ruby and Jimmy attend Colquitt Freewill Baptist Church but truly enjoy the many services and activities of Friendship UMC.  Even though Jimmy is retired, Ruby says she has no plans to retire as Jimmy now does most of the cooking and looking after the home. 


Mr. Gene Houston / Music Director

Gene graduated from Seminole County High School in 1975.  He holds degrees in music from Chipola College, Florida State University and a Masters degree from Troy University.  He completed additional work in Spanish at Valdosta University. He was selected Star Teacher and Citizen of the Year during teaching career.    

Gene’s choirs have performed at numerous events including All-State Chorus, Literary competitions and even on the stage of Carnegie Hall.  Gene serves as  Director of Music Activities at Friendship United Methodist Church where he plays organ, piano, and hand bells as well as directs choirs, cantatas and drama.  He has a love for people and most of all wants to serve Christ through music.


Mrs. Genta Grow / Musician


Mr. Kimberly Reisig-Bowen / Friendship Store Coordinator

Kimberly is new to our staff and already doing great things! Stop by the store or volunteer if you have time! 


Mrs. Amanda Seabrooks-Hale / Nursery Worker


Mrs. Rose Smith / Nursery Worker