Phone: (205) 836-3201

Rev. Sally Allocca, Senior Pastor, has served at East Lake UMC for the last 22 years.  Sally loves teaching and preaching the challenging and hopeful word of God.  She has a heart for mission and community and seeks to insure that everyone knows that there is a place for them at the table where our gracious God prepares a feast for us all.  In addition to her duties at the church, Sally is the Executive Director of P.E.E.R., Inc., the non-profit connected to the church that runs the East Lake Farmers Market and community health initiatives.  Email:

Dr. Jane Phares is a lifelong member of East Lake UMC and has served on the staff in various capacities.  Although she is an English teacher by trade and teaches part-time, she presently is Office Administrator, Director of Older Adult Ministries, and Worship Leader in the 11:00 service.  Email:

As Organist, Barry Norris is passionate about leading in worship by making music with people and pipes – the choir and the organ.  He loves using the various musical functions of the church to draw people, and to then see them get excited about and involved in some of our other ministries as well.  Barry says, “I’m thankful to be at East Lake UMC at this point in time, to be a part of being in this neighborhood for good.”  Email:

Juanita Jones, Kitchen Manager, is an expert in serving good food.  She enjoys cooking everything from cakes and pies to delicious casseroles!  She has a soft spot for serving children and enjoys meeting new people through the Downstairs Diner.

Samuel Cheathem, Bakery Manager, has been on the church staff for about 15 years.  Known for his famous cheese straws and sour cream pound cake, Sam loves baking of all sorts!  He especially enjoys baking cakes and cookies.