Rev Janice Oglesbee, Pastor
Rev. Oglesbee was an LPN in Baker City, Oregon, when she received her call to ministry. After going back to school, she became a local pastor in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. She then attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Woodruff Fellowship, She moved her family to Georgia and has been here ever since. Pastor Oglesbee was commissioned in the North Georgia Conference in 2001 and ordained as an Elder in 2004. She now has a 2-point charge with Woodlawn (where she has been since 2017) and Marvin UMC.
Pastor Oglesbee has been the pastor of Marvin since June 23, 2019.
Family: She is married to Jim Turner and has four grown children and two grandchildren.
Education: BA, Willamette University; MDiv, Candler School of Theology
Kira Dittfurth, Music Director
Kira earned her bachelor's degree in music from Augusta State University and her master's from Middle Tennessee State University. Kira has sung with the Augusta Opera, ASU and MTSU operas, and been a guest artist for several ensembles including the Augusta Chorale. She has been teaching music at the college level for over 10 years, at MTSU, Cumberland University and now at Georgia Military College. Kira has been a part of the Marvin family for quite a while: "My first jobs were at Marvin, the first church choir I was in was Marvin’s, I dedicated my life to Christ in Marvin’s youth group, and I married the love of my life in the Marvin sanctuary. I am excited to give back to a church that has given me so much." Since 2016.
Dianne Masse, Administrative Assistant
Dianne is a retired Army Sergeant First Class who understands the value of organization and management of the church office and its campus. She is from Syracuse, N.Y., joined the service after high school and worked in satellite communications with the Army Signal Corps. She brings 24 years of leadership and organizational experience to her position as part-time Church Administrative Assistant. She takes naturally to facility usage, oversight of keys and repairs, and softens it all with a love for Acrylic painting. She also plays Bass for the Columbia County Orchestra, St Teresa of Avila Church, and Marvin UMC.
Family: Husband Michael
Education: BS in Visual Communications and MBA Management Westwood College
MBA in Project Management from National American University.
Richard Murray, Custodian
With 17 years at Marvin, Richard is our most senior employee. As the part-time Custodian, he has watched many generations grow from childhood to adulthood. With his precision and keen observation of the needs of people, Richard is the glue that holds the weekly activities of the church together. He is a native of Augusta and long-time employee of Richmond County Schools.
Family: He and wife Kathleen have two sons and a daughter
Jennifer Byrd, Lay Leader
A native of Baltimore, Md., Jenn was raised with the teachings of both Baptist and Pentecostal doctrines. In high school, she had a profound experience with the United Methodist Church and decided to learn more about the denomination when she reached adulthood. She has been a member of the UMC since 1996 when she joined Loch Raven Church, a multicultural community of faith. There, she was a Lay Member to the annual conference as a district youth and young adult leader and Sunday school superintendent. She later joined the staff as programs coordinator and youth director. She also started the contemporary worship service which evolved into the blended worship that continues at Loch Raven today. On moving to Augusta, Jenn searched for a similar multicultural experience. Although her initial encounter with Marvin was disappointing, that changed as she listened for the promptings of the Holy Spirit and continued to attend. A member since 2012, she has served both children/youth and adult Sunday school, finance and stewardship ministries, Vacation Bible School, and the hospitality ministry. Her passion is to serve and she is humbled and excited to join the Marvin leadership.
Family: A son who lives in Baltimore
Favorite verses: Phil 4:12-13 and Psalm 91
Sandy Leathers, Marvin Leadership Team Chair
Sandy is a self-described Yankee, born and raised in Michigan. She followed her husband, who was in the US Army, across the country for 35 years. They eventually settled in Augusta, and joined Marvin over 20 years ago. She first became a Trustee, then 3 years later was asked to be the Church Council Chair. The Trustees, finance, and other committees report to the Council which is made up of committee chairs who decide on the direction of the church. As the head of Boomers and Beyond, she also plans events such as lunches, shows, tours, and seminars, for the seniors. Sandy took on the responsibility of the scholarship program (funded by the annual golf tournament) about 5 years ago. She also leads the Fuel Program which in the summer provides lunches to children during the week and during the school year, provides food for the weekend. Says Sandy, "I guess when it's all for the Lord, it's not a job and everything has a place in my schedule."
Marvin United Methodist Church 4400 Wheeler Road Martinez, GA 30907 706-863-0510 A United Methodist Family of Faith