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A native of Georgia, Pastor Cyndi has been at Mt Carmel for more than four years. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology (Emory University). In her “former life” Pastor Cyndi was a finance professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Louisiana State University. Many people are surprised to learn her PhD is in business.

Pastor Cyndi and her husband Ed are "empty nesters" with two sons, Matt and Mark. She enjoys reading, baking bread, and running on Saturday mornings.


Suzanne Foster is originally from Charlotte, N.C. She graduated from Winthrop College in 1981 and moved to Snellville, GA after marrying her husband Tim in 1983. They have two daughters, Erin, who is 25 and Megan, 22. Suzanne began working at Mt. Carmel in 1991 while still living in Snellville and attending Snellville UMC. Four years later, the family moved to Norcross and joined Mt. Carmel which has been the perfect church home for them, as well as a job that she loves.


Emily Thompson

Director of Youth Ministries

Emily is originally from Upstate New York, but moved to Georgia when she was just four years old. She graduated from Georgia College and State University, and moved to sweet Historic Downtown Norcross after marrying her summer camp sweetheart, Thad, in 2015. Emily has always had a special place in her heart for young people and worked with a few different youth groups during and after college. After Thad and Emily were married at Mt. Carmel, where Thad grew up, they started working together with this amazing crew of youth and selfless youth counselors every Sunday evening, and when the opening arose in 2016 for a new Youth Director Emily was excited for the opportunity that God had planted a seed for long before.

Emily smiles for stripes, iced coffee, Funfetti cupcakes, stationery, everything Christmas, and of course Jesus! Emily feels completely overwhelmed and blessed to get to spend time learning about Jesus with this amazing group of future-changers in their most transformative years – God is so, so good.


Leslie Raymer serves Mt. Carmel UMC as our Director of Children’s Ministries. Leslie earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory in 2006 after working for many years as an archaeologist. She also has a degree in History from Furman University and an MA degree in Anthropology from Oklahoma University. She finds that her multi-disciplinary training in history, anthropology, and theology serves her well in inviting children and adults to explore the foundations of our biblical traditions and discover the role of the Bible in our modern lives.

In 2010, she founded Companions on the Journey, an ecumenical chaplaincy and spiritual support program at the Arbor Terrace Retirement community of Decatur. Leslie has been involved in outreach ministries for many years including mission trips to Honduras, volunteer work with Church World Service, and working with homeless adults in Atlanta.

Leslie passionately enjoys outdoor activities including kayaking, backpacking, bicycling, camping, and gardening. She spends a lot of her time with children instilling in them a love and respect for God’s good creation and teaching them to ‘find their God’ in the small beauties of our natural world. Each summer she joins 400 other ‘crazy’ paddlers on Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia trip for seven days camping and paddling 120 miles or so on a Georgia river. Last summer, she paddled the remote Ogeechee River from the Sand Hills to Savannah. Leslie’s motto is, if it’s wide enough to hold my kayak, it’s worth paddling.


John Waller brings to Mt Carmel a wealth of music training and experience as well as a passion for worship planning. A graduate of Georgia State University, he is skilled at sight reading, organ improvisation, orchestration of instrumental accompaniment parts, and experienced as a choir director. He is married to Isabel; their daughter Fei Tie graduated recently with a computer science degree from Georgia Tech.

John works full-time in data services for a tax and accounting firm. That said, you should set aside any stereotypes you have about people who work in this industry; he usually shows up for choir practice on his Harley.


Miss Cindy takes over as director after 17 years in the classroom. She is a native of New Jersey and went to school in Omaha where she lived for 12 years. She is married and has two grown children. She has lived in Duluth for 20 years and enjoys baking, volunteering and spending time on the Florida beaches.


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