Meet the Staff


Todd Owen, Pastor

Rev. Todd Owen began his appointment to Holmes Street UMC in June 2014.
Raised in Huntsville, AL, Todd graduated from Johnson High School in 1986.  Todd attended Auburn University, where he met his wife, Marsha, and served as worship leader at the Auburn Wesley Foundation.  He received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University in 1991.  After working for 2 1/2 years in the missile defense industry in Huntsville, Todd felt a call to ministry.  He began his full-time ministry work as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Prattville FUMC in May 1994.  In September of 1996, Todd was hired by Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, AL as the Director of Youth Ministries.  In 1998, he began the steps into ministry in the United Methodist Church.  In 2000, Todd was licensed as a Student Local Pastor in the North Alabama Conference, and was moved to a new position at Asbury UMC as an Associate Pastor for Young Adults and Singles.  In 2003, Todd and his family moved to Frankfort, KY, where he served Frankfort FUMC as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries while finishing his seminary degree.  Todd received a Master of  Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005.  In June 2005, Todd was commissioned as a Probationary Elder and was appointed to Aldersgate UMC in Huntsville, AL as the Associate Pastor.  In June 2008, Todd was ordained as a Full Elder.  In 2014, he was appointed to Holmes Street as Senior Pastor.
Todd has served on the United Counseling Board (2010 - Present), and District Committee on Ministry (2013-Present), as well as on many Emmaus and Chrysalis teams.  Todd is an Early Response Team trainer, and loves doing mission work.
Todd is married to Marsha Owen.  They have two daughters, Victoria and Ashtyn.  Todd loves all things outdoor, and is very adventurous.  Todd's greatest passion outside of ministry is soccer, and can at times be found out in the community refereeing youth and adult soccer matches or watching Ashtyn play soccer.
Contact Todd by email here or by calling the church office at 256-534-0292.

Eddie Johnson, Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education

Call him "Mr. Information". When something is going on at Holmes Street UMC, Rev. Eddie Johnson is going to know about it – and if he doesn't, he can send you in the right direction to get the answers.  He is officially a Part-Time Local Pastor and shares the pastoral ministries with the senior pastor.
A native of Huntsville, Eddie attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville studying business finance, and Oakwood College to earn his BS in Organizational Management.   Practically his whole working life has been in the local church although, he has some interesting tales about his jobs selling cheese, men's clothing and the job at a moving company during his school years. With 28+ years at Holmes Street UMC, Eddie is knowledgeable in many areas. 
His current responsibilities are education for all ages and programming for Wednesday and Sunday nights, as well as older adult activities such as bible studies, programs, and outings. Eddie enjoys the challenge of working in a traditional loving church with a growing base of younger families.
Eddie is married to Donna and they have three grown children.
Mr. Information's hero? Barney Fife!
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Debbie Burn, Office Administrator and Director of Music Ministries

The melodic sounds emanating from the Holmes Street UMC sanctuary are led by our Director of Music Ministries, 
Debbie Burn.
Debbie grew up at Holmes Street UMC, attending Lee High School, then graduated from Athens College (BS in Education, Double Major in Music) and did graduate work at Huntingdon College, Troy University, and Alabama State University.  After college graduation, she worked as the Director of Youth and Children's Choirs at Holmes Street UMC. In 1986 her "outside" job transferred her to Montgomery, Ala. where she spent 18 years in public school music education and at Millbrook Presbyterian Church as Director of Music Ministries.  She has served here at Holmes Street since June of 2004.
Debbie is a Mississippian by birth and Huntsvillian by early transfer. She has three girls, four granddaughters and one grandson.
Debbie loves all music, but especially worship music. During worship, maybe it's a traditional hymn, a classical piece, a praise song, or a ballad - but definitely the music draws her close to God and the music helps express "the joy and love she has for her Savior, Jesus Christ."  "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord" is one of Deb's favorite verses of scripture.  Besides music, Debbie enjoys sketching and photography, collecting coins and stamps and spending time with her grandchildren.
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John Nevels, Youth Director

Although he came to us from Decatur, John has Mississippi in his blood and is a bulldog from MS State.  He made a swing by Auburn for his masters degree and works for the Corps of Engineers.  He is an engineer at his day job but loves to be with our youth whenever possible.  


John is an avid runner and ran from Gulf Shores to the TN line a couple of years back to raise awareness and funds for tornado victims.  

He married the beautiful Lauren Blevins on New Year's Eve 2015.  She is also an engineer and an awesome asset to our Holmes Street youth program.


Phyllis Howell, Administrative Assistant

After graduating from Jacksonville State University, Phyllis returned to her hometown of Grant, AL where she taught third grade at KDS-DAR school for 30+years. After retirement, she has enjoyed helping friends conduct estate sales and now can be found in the office at HSUMC as administrative assistant in the mornings. She enjoys being involved around the church and has special interests in worship settings and hospitality.

Phyllis is married to Charlie and they have one adult child. She enjoys gardening, music, her dogs, and exploring nature.


Nancy Jones, Lead Childcare Provider

You'll always get a smile from Nancy Jones and our babies adore her.  Her three children and grandchildren are the joy of her life and it's a joy to have Nancy on staff at Holmes Street.


Steven Chumley, Custodian


Dale Doty, Custodian