Rev. Rusty Tate

Incoming Senior Pastor (First sunday is july 4th)


Rev. Wes Savage

Associate Pastor


Rev. Jeff Moore

Director of Student Ministries

Associate Pastor

Jeff Moore is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in advertising and a minor in creative writing. He and his wife Elizabeth have a daughter, Harper, who was born in 2013. Jeff served as Youth Director at Cullman FUMC for 6 1/2 years and is excited to be a part of the Helena UMC staff as Director of Student Ministries.

Daniel deShazo

Director, Worship & Fine Arts

I am the Director of Worship and Fine Arts. I started at HUMC in July 2013. I direct the Sanctuary choir for the 9:00am service. I also coordinate most aspects of the worship service. I love to see all the different talents that our congregation has and use them enhance our worship!

Cynthia Dooley

Children's Minister

I have been the Children’s Director since 1993. I am responsible for children’s Sunday School, Children’s Church, and all of our children’s activities, such as VBS and Mission Day, as well as the liaison with the CCCE. Seeing children get excited about God is such a blessing and I enjoy helping them learn about God’s love as they grow in their faith.


Kaleigh Godwin



Sheila Thomas

Financial Administrator

I am originally from a small town, Tallassee, AL, and graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a major in Accounting. My husband Rusty and I celebrated our 24th anniversary in January 2014. We have two children; our daughter Mary Kate is 21 and attends Montevallo University and our son Ben is 19 and is a Freshman at the University of Alabama. Rusty and I live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. I love to read, spend time with family and friends and see new places.

Jeannine Usher

Administrative Assistant

Jeannine has a diverse background which includes working at multiple area churches. She joined the HUMC staff in February 2014. She has held positions in the fields of marketing, non-profits, and advertising. She graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Broadcasting. Most recently, Jeannine worked at Independent Presbyterian Church in Congregational Care & Counseling. She and her husband Gifford have been members of HUMC since 1997 and have two grown children, Caroline Usher Dewberry and Gifford Davis Usher. She has truly enjoyed working with two churches in her career and loves working with her long-time church family at HUMC. Jeannine's responsibilities include staff support, vehicle and equipment reservations, updating the church website, Wednesday Dinner reservations, and scheduling facility and air usage.


Jennifer Genereux

CCCE Director

Jennifer is the new director so make sure to stop by and say hello!

Genaro Saavedra

Building Staff