Our Staff
  • Mike Ricker, Senior Pastor

    Mike Ricker was appointed Senior Pastor of Isle of Hope UMC in 2010. He is an elder within the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mike is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Together with his wife Cindy, they are the founders and directors of Light for the Nations Ministry; an evangelism and missions ministry whose primary purpose is to assist local churches and pastors in fulfilling the Great Commission. Mike and Cindy have two grown children, Adam and Naomi, who are both married and have blessed them with four grandchildren. Mike is the author of various discipleship materials and the book, A Heart Aflame: Inspiration for the Journey.
    Contact: mricker@iohumc.com

  • Meg Procopio, Minister of Congregational Care

    Meg Procopio serves as the Minister of Congregational Care and oversees all spiritual growth opportunities at Isle of Hope UMC. Born in Eufaula, Alabama, Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from LaGrange College and completed her seminary work at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and United Theological Seminary. Meg was certified in Christian Education by the United Methodist Church in 1994 and ordained a Full Deacon in 1997. Before joining the Isle of Hope UMC Staff in 1996, Meg served as Director of Youth & Programs at Valdosta First UMC in Valdosta, Georgia and as the First Steps Coordinator at the South Georgia Medical Center. She currently serves as a Board member on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in the United Methodist Church.
    Contact: mprocopio@iohumc.com

  • Jason Wade, Minister of Students and Discipleship

    Jason graduated from Georgia Southern University with degrees in Chemistry and Economics. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and he holds a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education and Urban Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He was the recipient of the Jones County Citizen of the Year Award in 2016 and was voted Jones County’s Best Student Minister every year from 2010 to 2016. He loves working with students and his personal vision is “equipping families one student at a time.” He has been extremely effective in ministry with students, young adults and families. He is a gifted musician and enjoys sports. Jason is married to April who is a teacher. They have two wonderful daughters: Amelia Elise Wade who is 10 years old and Avery Eden Wade who is 6 years old.
    Contact: jwade@iohumc.com

  • Chrissy Ruehl, Minister of Children & Families

    (912)355-8527 x30
    Contact: cruehl@iohumc.com

  • Marielena Garst, Church Executive Administrator

    912-355-8527 x13
    Contact: mgarst@iohumc.com

  • Shannon Baxter, Director of Missions

    912-355-8527 x45
    Contact: sbaxter@iohumc.com

  • Brenda Boaen, Food Service Manager

    Contact: bboaen@iohumc.com

  • Brooke Chambers, Director of Hope Arbor & Stephen Ministries

    912-355-8527 x46
    Contact: bchambers@iohumc.com

  • Wez Childers, Director of Young Children

    912-355-8527 x18
    Contact: wezchilders@yahoo.com

  • Marla Grady, Financial Manager

    912-355-8527 x24
    Contact: mgrady@iohumc.com

  • Kim Kraft, Director of Nursery Ministries

    912-355-8527 x27
    Contact: kkraft@iohumc.com

  • Joe Norman, Church Facility Grounds Manager

    Contact: jnorman@iohumc.com

  • Sam Paul, Director of Student Ministries & Non Traditional Worship

    912-355-8527 x30
    Contact: spaul@iohumc.com

  • Terri Smiley, Director of Children's Music Ministry

    (912) 355-8527
    Contact: tsmiley11@comcast.net

  • Kristen Tillman, Communications Coordinator

    912-355-8527 x12
    Contact: ktillman@iohumc.com

  • Kevin Vogelsang, Director of Music

    912.355.8527 x23
    Contact: kvogelsang@iohumc.com

  • Nancy Vogelsang, Assistant Director of Music

    912-355-8527 x23
    Contact: nvogelsang@iohumc.com

  • Kathy Wilson, Director of Drama Ministries

    Contact: kathywioh@bellsouth.net

  • Tricia Windom, Wedding Coordinator

    (912) 855-3527
    Contact: triciawindom@comcast.net

  • Marjo Zelinsky, Office Manager

    912.355.8527 x10
    Contact: mzelinsky@iohumc.com