Who We Are
Randall Popham is a Georgia native who was saved, called to ministry, married, and ordained at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA. He graduated High School in 1991 from Etowah High School in Cherokee County, GA. In 1994 Randall married Dana, and the two moved to Greenville, SC, to attend college at North Greenville University. At North Greenville, Randall received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies with a minor in Fine Arts. In 2003 Randall graduated from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, with a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and Church Planting. Randall has served in four churches. He served in two churches in Greenville, SC, as a Youth Minister while attending North Greenville. After graduating in 1998, Randall began his work at his third church. At First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC, Randall served as the High School Youth Pastor and Student Ministry Director. In 2003 Randall became the Associate Pastor and directed the Evangelism and Mission Ministries of the church. In 2005 Randall became the Lead Pastor of Lanier Hills Church in Gainesville, GA. Randall and Dana have four amazing children.
Connections and Discipleship Director
Julie was born and raised in Gainesville, GA where she graduated from North Hall High School and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree at Brenau University. She continued her studies and received her education certification at Piedmont College before beginning her career as an educator. For over 16 years she has enjoyed teaching children from ages 4 to 18 and has a few of her own, too! Julie and Chad and their 3 kids have been attending Lanier Hills Church since March of 2009. Julie joined the staff two years later in April of 2011. Julie is passionate about helping others discover their gifts and talents and helping them see their place and purpose in the body of Christ.
Sandy Pinkham grew up in Sanford, N.C. and married Wayne in 1974. Sandy was saved in 1995, moved to Gainesville in 2003 and began attending Lanier Hills Church. She has been the church secretary since August 2006. Before moving to Gainesville, she served as Administrative Secretary for the Director of Admissions at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA for 15 years. She serves weekly as a Hospice Volunteer (since 2003) and serves as a volunteer with the Hospitality Team.
Chad was born in Columbus, OH and moved south when he was little - growing up in Gainesville, GA. He is a graduate of North Hall High School. Chad works in Credit/Accounting for a top poultry producer by day, while performing music at various venues on the side. In his free time, Chad enjoys music, fishing, camping, reading boring history books and spending time with his family. Chad is passionate about worship ministry and leading the church body in corporate worship through relevant content that is rich in purpose, theology, expression and passion. Chad is married to Julie (whom he met at North Hall H.S) and they have 3 awesome children.
Nursery & Preschool Director
Judy was born in Hall County. She is married to Jack Hulsey. They are charter members of Lanier Hills. Judy has a 4-year degree in Leadership and Administration from Grace Bible Institute. Children are the love of her life. She also enjoys running and spending time with her grandchildren.
Kids Ministry Director (Grades K-5)
Jennie was born in Natchitoches, LA and moved to Snellville, Georgia at the age of 9. She graduated from Shiloh High School in 2001 where she began dating Michael. They married in 2005. Michael and Jennie have two daughters, Ellie and Natalie. Jennie has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Business Education. She and Michael have lived in Gainesville since 2009 and have been a part of Lanier Hills Church ever since. Jennie is one of our worship leaders and also loves working with our kids ministry.
Big Time Coordinator (Grades 1-5)
Amanda Harris was born and raised in Gainesville, Ga. She graduated from North Hall High School. Amanda has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves working with children. Amanda is married to Bud Harris and they have two amazing girls. They have attended Lanier Hills since 2007. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, running, and baking.
Tyler is 22 years old born and raised in the agricultural south of Marianna, Fl. Tyler and his wife Kenzie met and were married in Panama City Beach, Florida where they were serving a satellite campus of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga. He has served on staff at three churches over the course of the last 5 years. Tyler has an A.A. degree in Business Management from Chipola College and is pursuing his M. Div. through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tyler has a heart for students to realize their leadership potential in ministry. His moto is for students to "Receive what he received a lot sooner than he received it.". His hope is that students can rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives daily, serve their communities with the leadership of Jesus, and give God the glory in every moment of their lives. "Brokenness is a reality in all of our lives but we intend to push students to grow through that pain and help others receive the gift of restoration Jesus offers us all in salvation."
Student Ministry assistant (Grades 6-12)
Kristen Howard grew up in Gainesville, Ga. She graduated from Chestatee High School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and her Teaching Certification for Secondary Education. Kristen was a part of Lanier Hills’ Youth Ministry when she was in high school and is now so thrilled to be serving in a ministry that is so close to her heart.