our Team

There's a lot that goes into making our church the one you see on Sunday morning. The following people are the ones who help with this. 

  • Tony Gatter

    senior Pastor

    Pastor Tony has been appointed as our Senior Pastor since June of this year. He is a graduate of Trinity International University and has come to us all the way from Northern Illinois. In addition to serving as our pastor, Tony will be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Emory University's, Candler School of Theology. Tony is passionate about displaying Christ's love through the outlet of genuine Christian community and is excited to be a part of God's amazing work at Starrsville UMC. 

  • Ronny Cook

    Youth Director

    Ronny has been working with our Youth Ministry since 1998. He enjoys sharing his faith with the next generation. He can often be found shooting pool with the youth at the Youth House or planning an outing for the youth. In addition to his youth duties, he enjoys teaching and Bible Study as he shares teaching duties for an adult Sunday School class and leads the Thursday Night Bible Study. He also sings in the Choir. Having grown up in this church as a part of a family that has served God at Starrsville for generations, he has a strong desire to see Starrsville UMC truly fulfill its mission of serving God in this community, reaching more people for Christ.

  • Rhonda Lopez

    Administrative Assistant

    Rhonda is the newest member of our church staff, joining us as our new Administrative Assistant in October 2017. Rhonda is passionate about learning, helping others, and traveling. She has over 20 years of experience in her field and also holds a degree in Accounting. She is responsible for managing the church office and reception desk, taking care of administrative duties, and organizing the weekly bulletin. Rhonda resides in Newborn with her beloved canine, Mandy and in her free time loves to spend time with family, bake, and crochet. 

  • Jana Harper

    Music Director

    Jana claims that she has been on staff, "since Noah landed on dry land." In reality, she's been with us since the early 1990's when she began to accompany congregational hymns and choir anthems. Since that day she has served as our choir director, pianist, and in 2011 began leading worship as our Music Director. Jana's heart lies in Christian music as she believes music to be an integral part of worship. Jana is married to Greg Harper and they have three grown children.



    Kathleen has been a member of Starrsville UMC since 1982 and sometime later, began volunteering as our Church Organist. In 1995 a new digital organ was donated to Starrsville UMC and she continues to play, accompanying our Church Pianist for congregational hymns. Providing harmonious organ music for worship is a love offering for God and she tries to choose music for Preludes, Communion, and more to enhance worship. Kathleen is married to Harold Newton and they have two grown sons, Scott and Nathan.