Ministry Team


Rev. Nate Lehman / Senior 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.



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. 


Rev. Kirk Loyless / Pastor Emeritus

We are so excited that Brother Kirk and Martha have returned to Donalsonville. Kirk will be doing a number of things around the church. He is currently leading a Bible Study on Wednesday Afternoons @ 4:00 p.m. 


Ms. Ashlea Ayers / Family Ministries Coordinator

Ashlea is from Clemson, South Carolina and is a recent graduate of Clemson University where she studied Political Science and History. She has served in various different ministries and churches throughout college and high school including YoungLife and St. Michael's Church in Charleston, South Carolina. She works with both our youth and childrens programs and their families to cultivate relationships that lead our youth and children towards Christ!

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.


Michael Reynolds~Simple Worship~Worship Leader

Michael Reynolds has a soul for music. Michael is married and has three children. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. 


Mr. James/Jim Sammons Worship Technology Coordinator

Jim graphic designer by trade, takes on the massive responsibilty of our worship technology. From streaming to sound it is his wheel box. If you would like to join the Worship Technology team he is the one to speak too. 


Maribeth Burke / Musician

For the past 15 years, Maribeth Kelley Burke has taught in the Decatur County and Seminole County school systems. She is currently the choral and drama director for Seminole Middle High School. She has served on various music education committees, as well as, served in several churches as a music minister, music assistant, handbell choir director, praise-dance choreographer, and children’s music coordinator in the tri-state area. She looks forward to creating music and praise opportunities for all ages.


Mrs. Amanda Seabrooks-Hale / Nursery Worker


Mrs. Rose Smith / Nursery Worker