ROBERT W. PRIM
Bob came to Nacoochee Presbyterian in 1998 after serving as associate minister and Auburn University campus minister for the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Alabama. He obtained his BA in religion and urban studies in 1981 from Furman University and his master of divinity degree in 1986 from Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
My family and I love the Sautee Nacoochee community and we find great nourishment in this congregation. The folks who come here to worship are from many different places — physical locales and faith journeys — but each offers his or her unique gifts to the well-being of the whole. We are gay and straight, young and old, rich and not so, conservative and liberal, and many places in between; yet, there is a unity of purpose in the direction of faithfulness to the beauty and wonder of life in God! Praise be for Nacoochee Presbyterian Church! — Bob Prim
GARY L. BAGLEY
Born in Buford, Georgia, Gary received his undergraduate degree from Furman University. He completed his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served four congregations as senior pastor over a 25-year period and devoted 10 years to six intentional interim pastorates. He loves most outdoor sports and is a collector and restorer of mechanical musical instruments such as player pianos, orchestrions, and music boxes. Gary and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Sautee Nacoochee in 2017. They enjoy time with their two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren.
I once heard Quaker theologian Elton Trueblood say: ‘The cultivation of the inner life is our first order of business … The inward journey is marked by an unusual sense of holy devotion … The outward journey is marked by an increasing sensitivity to suffering and to an intelligent effort to eliminate as much of this suffering as is humanly possible.’ Nacoochee Presbyterian Church, for me, exudes these important characteristics combined with the joy and diversity of the arts, as well as authentic worship. ‘Loving God, loving neighbor as self’, and having a passion for the truth and each other symbolizes this community of faith. Jennifer and I are pleased to be a part of NPC and Sautee.” – Gary Bagley
KEITH F. NICKLE
Parish Associate, Emeritus
June 10, 1933 — May 21, 2020
Author and editor of several religious books, Keith was ordained in 1958 and received his doctor of theology degree in 1966 from the University of Basel, Switzerland. A professor and leader in divinity schools in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Atlanta, he retired in 1999 and became a parish associate at NPC in 2001. His pastoral work spanned the globe, from Indonesia to France to churches across the US.
The faith community of Nacoochee Presbyterian Church gratefully embraces into its fellowship a kaleidoscopic variety of folks from multiple cultural, religious, educational, geographic and relational backgrounds. But we are not satisfied with focusing only on our own internal issues and well-being. NPC insistently and persuasively invites, even requires, active engagement with the ethical, moral and political issues of our wider local community, of this state and nation, and of the worldwide human community. — Keith Nickle
JOY WHITE PRUETT
Parish Associate, Emeritus
Joy earned her master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and her certification as spiritual director from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1997, she was ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament at Nacoochee Presbyterian Church. Soon after, she was invited to serve as Parish Associate.
The Sweetness of God’s Spirit seems to touch all who worship here. Our pastor and this community of faith take seriously God’s command to love. Indeed, the love of God and the compassion of Christ stand at the pinnacle of the church’s affections through its ministry of inclusivity and hospitality — a ministry I support with all my heart, mind, and soul. It is an honor to be part of this congregation. — Joy White Pruett
FRANCIS MCINTOSH WOMACK, JR.
Francis is an honorable Retired Minister of PCUSA, a graduate of Erskine College, with a master of theology from Columbia Theological Seminary and a doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. He and his boss, Lady Bean (the cat), currently split their time between Sautee and Clinton, South Carolina.
WILLIAM C. JACKSON
Bill was ordained as a Baptist minister in Memphis, Tennessee, where he spent most of his childhood. After graduating from Union University, he studied at the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. After completing four quarters of Clinical Pastoral Education in Richmond, Virginia, he began work on his Doctor of Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling at Emory University.
He is licensed by the State of Georgia as a Marriage and Family Therapist and as a Professional Counselor. He is a certified Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Bill served as a pastor and family therapist for many years before retiring to the North Georgia mountains and finding his way to Nacoochee Presbyterian.
In my many years I have never been a part of a more loving community that NPC. Despite the tremendous diversity in theological beliefs, political views, education, vocations, family backgrounds, etc., we are loved and cared for by one another. No one is excluded and all are welcome. — Bill Jackson
Sheryl is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. She attended Emory University for seminary and did a three-year residency in psychotherapy at Georgia Baptist Hospital and the Georgia Association for Pastoral Care at Emory. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Her ministry is based at Foothills Counseling Center in Clarkesville, Sautee, and Gainesville.
As I begin to think about what NPC means to me, I am flooded with images and adjectives. NPC is faithful in its love and personification of God manifested in trinitarian theology. We love finding hints of the mystery of that which we call The Father in sermons, music, and story telling. We experience the love of God, who became man, Jesus the Christ. We try to walk as Jesus walked with all our brother and sisters in all faiths and in all places, especially with all in need. I am grateful for old and new family found in this church. And finally, we feel the spirit of God constantly weaving in and out of our lives in church and in community. Our tiny little church moves in the spirit and all of God’s children are welcome to dance with us. — Sheryl Marshall