White Bluff United Methodist Church
Friday, May 25, 2018

Rev. John Haney,
Senior Pastor

John has served extensively in Georgia since 1978.
He was ordained Elder in the South Georgia Conference in June of 1984.  He has a B. A. in Religion from LaGrange College and a Masters of Divinity from Emory University, Candler School of Theology.
He has served as a Sheriff’s Chaplain, Police Chaplain and Fire and Rescue Chaplain.  He is currently a Chaplain for the Department of Natural Resources and serves as a State Law Enforcement Chaplain, appointed by Governor Deal.  He was named Jones County Deputy of the Year in 2000.  He has traveled extensively to the lands of the Bible.

Rev. Haney is joined by his wife Gale to whom he has been married to for 34 years.  They have two grown children, Beth Hickman (Husband Corey) who live in Macon, GA and Matthew who lives in New York City.  They are also grandparents of Cash and Mac.  John is serving his 10th year at WBUMC.

Email John at: pastor@wbumc.org.


Ronn Alford
Director of Music Ministries

Beginning his service at WBUMC as Director of Music Ministries in March of 2005,  Ronn came to us from Tallahassee, Florida where he was involved in Doctoral work at the Florida State University after completing a Masters in Choral Conducting from Butler University, a Master of Arts in Church Music from Christian Theological Seminary (DOC) and a Bachelors in Sacred Music from Florida Southern College.  Ronn has served in the Music Ministry for over twenty-five years with churches in Georgia, Florida, Indiana and Texas and is glad to be a part of our growing church family.

Email Ronn at: music@wbumc.org.


Suzanne Woodrum

Suzanne has been serving as organist at WBUMC since May 1986.  Prior to then, she served as organist/choir director for Cokesbury UMC from Feb. 1968 to April 1986.  She has also played the organ at Spivey Hall for the special Chancel Choir tour.  She accompanies all choirs and assists wherever needed with the music program.  She has been on all Youth choir tours as accompanist.

She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Georgia Music Educators Association (serving as state piano chair for two years), the Savannah Chapter of Georgia Music Teachers Association (serving two terms as president) and a member of the National Guild of Student Musicians (serving as chair at Armstrong Atlantic State University).

Her husband is David Woodrum and they have three daughters and son-in-laws, Vicki and Earl Rogers, Michelle and Bryant Dunn, and Melanie and Chuck Montford and six grandchildren Zachary, Anna Grace and Matthew Montford and Madeline, Bryce, and Ross Dunn.

Email Suzanne at srwoodrum@aol.com.

Sarah Garcia

Director of Youth


Sarah has joined our staff to work with the Youth after being a lifelong member of the congregation. Coming in with passion for growing our youth program with new ideas she has started things off with a bang.  Sarah has been involved in the church from childhood where she was an acolyte. During her time in our Youth program she completed missions, participated in the choir, as well as traveled to Honduras. As an adult she has worked in the nursery and has raised 3 wonderful children in her church home.


Email Sarah at youth@wbumc.org.


Olivia Amato
Director of Children's Ministries

Olivia is a true big kid at heart. An artist by trait but the Director of Children’s Ministries by calling. When her church was in need she felt compelled to step up and she’s been full steam ahead ever since. Her family has been members of White Bluff for 47 years and counting. Her mother grew up in the youth group, just like she did. It’s no wonder she feels right at home helping the children grow in their own faith. Olivia currently lives in the vibrant downtown area with her two dogs. She loves music, sunflowers, cooking, and traveling to foreign countries. The most influential place she has been is Argentina where she painted a mural at a local school with the children.

Email Olivia at children@wbumc.org.











Malinda Smith
Financial Administrator

Malinda has a lifelong passion for the careful and transparent management of financial resources for non-profit organizations, and she has turned that passion into a career serving performing arts organizations, early childhood education programs, and churches.  She takes great joy in working together with the congregation and staff of White Bluff UMC to manage the resources so that God’s work is accomplished in our world. As a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Malinda has been involved in youth fellowship programs, congregational lay leadership, mission work, and music ministries and she feels very blessed to be part of the fellowship here at White Bluff UMC.

Malinda and her family are new to Savannah, having relocated recently from Maryland, just outside of Washington DC.  As transplants to this beautiful city, they are truly enjoying the many pleasures of southern coastal living that Savannah has to offer.
Email Malinda at finance@wbumc.org.

Carolyn Anderson,
Administrative Assistant / Office Manager

Carolyn joined the White Bluff Staff in 2008. She has held the position as Financial Administrator as well as the Office Administrator. She has a BA Degree in Business Management/Accounting from Shaw University. Her background comes from working in the corporate world as well as an educator. Her extraordinary skills in education, communication and organization have advanced the work of God’s Kingdom. She has a heart for serving the church and the community. Her ministry and compassion is for the lost and the hurting. Carolyn’s hope is that men, women, and children will also fall in love with the word of God, and will use it as a guide for living lives of faithful discipleship.
She has been married to her husband, Greg, for 31 years and has two grown daughters, Karimah (Antwan) and Akilah. Carolyn loves helping children, traveling, reading, cooking, sewing, and DIY crafts.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven.”
Email Carolyn at info@wbumc.org.