Meet the Staff of Central United Methodist Church



  • Bachelor of Art, Child Development, Morehouse College (2003)
  • Master of Education, Indiana Wesleyan University (2007)
  • Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology at Emory University / Scripture and Interpretation (2011)
  • Certificate from the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership (2017)
  • Doctor of Ministry, Candler School of Theology at Emory University / Doctoral Project:  Racial Healing Framework (2023)

SENIOR PASTOR Rev. Dr. Brian A. Tillman

Rev. Dr. Brian Tillman spent his early years in Detroit, Michigan, but moved to metro Atlanta as a teen. He has a very large family on both sides and declares that if we sit down long enough, we will likely find that we are family, too.

Rev. Dr. Tillman is “super-duper” happily married to Shanika Tillman, and they have four very unique children (two boys and two girls). His favorite place to be is with his family.

As a pastor and advocate for racial healing, Tillman holds Luke 4:18-19 as his charge to share God’s love, grace, mercy, justice, and righteousness to all.  (By the way, Luke is his favorite book in the Bible.)

Rev. Dr. Brian Tillman was commissioned in the North Georgia Conference in 2011 and ordained in 2015. He has served in churches in North Georgia in various roles and served for four years as chair of the North Georgia Conference Commission on Religion and Race. In addition, he has served on the extended cabinet, the Board of Ordained Ministry, and other conference roles.

Most recently, Tillman served as the Director of Inclusion and Advocacy and Co-Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Georgia Conference where he led the nominations process for the Conference that resulted in more racial inclusivity on conference boards and committees and an increase in Black and Brown persons serving as chair, co-chair, and vice chair of committees. He led the Reparations Task Force for the Conference and also created the Racial Justice and Healing Academy, which will have another cohort beginning Fall 2024 in Augusta, GA.

Dr. Tillman has written a popular series of articles for Rethink Church (UM Communications) called “Racial Reconciliation: No Handholding Kumbaya” and has had other writings and sermons published.

And he has traveled domestically and internationally to study with peacebuilders in Minneapolis, Chicago, other US cities as well as to Northern Ireland and Germany.



Clear (Please don’t start an argument about this.)


Fred Hammond (gospel artist)


Mostly anything that isn’t nasty.


All Michigan or Detroit related teams, but I do like the Atlanta Braves because I had TBS in Detroit.

Pastor's Office Hours

To be announced

Church Staff - Red and White


  • Church Administrator / Rev. Mildred Gunn, 404-524-4263 Ext. 14
  • Church Secretary / Scherrie Simon, 404-524-4263 Ext. 24
  • Financial Secretary / Olivia Robinson, 404-524-4263
  • Church Receptionist / Deloris Trawick, 404-524-4263
  • Marketing and Communications Coordinator / Gino Cyrus, 404-524-4263
  • Music Director / Susan Gibson
Pastoral Staff - Red and Black


  • Member Care & Nurture / Rev. Mildred Gunn
  • Youth and Young Adult / Min. Tavis Tinsley
  • Outreach / Min. Julie Gordon
  • Min. Natasha Brown
  • Retired Elder / Rev. Frederick Gray
  • Retired Elcer / Rev. Robert Manley
  • Retired Local Pastor / Rev. George Davis