Malinda was born and raised in Pelham, Alabama, and grew up at Helena United Methodist Church. You could say she was attending church before she was born since her mother was the church organist at Helena for 50 years. Malinda attended college at the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication and Film; in layman’s terms that’s broadcasting. Malinda worked for a few years at NBC 13 here in Birmingham, finishing there as the 6:00am morning show producer before answering God’s call to ministry. She went on to attend Emory University in Atlanta where she received a Master of Divinity and also met her future husband while singing in the theology school’s choral ensemble The Candler Singers.
Malinda is married to Disney Weaver, her husband of eight years. Disney teaches Economics at Ramsay High School and college theology courses through Huntingdon College. They have two young daughters, Rose and Margaret, who are both social butterflies. Malinda enjoys gardening with Disney, being amused by her girls, and traveling with all three of them.
Malinda’s biggest passions in ministry are mission work and helping people find their place in the mission of the church. She believes God calls each of us to somehow be in service. From swinging a hammer … to serving meals to hungry people … to writing notes of encouragement to those who need them … we all have a part to play in the kingdom of God. Malinda will challenge you to find your place of service if you haven’t already.
Nathan moved to Birmingham in 2011 and has been the organist at Avondale UMC since 2012. As organist, he is responsible for setting an appropriate tone for morning worship through carefully selected preludes, offertories, and postludes; leading the congregational singing of hymns; accompanying the adult and children’s choirs; and overseeing the care and maintenance of our E. M. Skinner Pipe Organ, Op. 802, 1929. In 2016, he became our Director of Music Ministry, leading the choir and recruiting guest musicians from time to time to complete our worship experience.
The Back Story
Prior to Avondale, Nathan has served as organist at St. Mark UMC, Northport, AL, and Fayette First UMC. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Alabama where he was a student of Dr. Faythe Freese. He has also studied privately with Mr. L. Jeffries Binford of First Presbyterian, Tuscaloosa, and Mrs. Karen Hickok of First Presbyterian, Auburn.
Nathan is orginally from Beulah, Alabama, a small lake community in the Auburn-Opelika area, and is a registered nurse in the surgical ICU at UAB Hospital.
Anne’s duties include Payroll, Accounts Payable, Bank Reconciliations, and Financial Reports for Avondale UMC.
Anne is a widow with 2 daughters (Stephanie Dobson is a member at AUMC) and 5 grandchildren (Alex Dobson is a Sound Tech and member at AUMC). Anne has deep family roots at Avondale, joining at the age of nine. She was married in the beautiful sanctuary and her sister, Gwenn Freeman, is very active at AUMC.
Anne enjoys sewing for her family and reading. She is a dedicated donor of platelets every two weeks.
Attended Auburn University. B.S. in Mathematics from Samford University.
Zoe grew up in Columbus, Georgia with her wonderful parents, sister, and two cats, Snowball and Little Baby Kitty. She attended St. Luke UMC and graduated in the top 10% of her class at Columbus High School. She’s been in church and school choirs for as long as she can remember—and her parents have the home videos to prove it. Zoe loves singing, dancing, acting, writing, and smiling.
Zoe is a music major at Birmingham-Southern College studying opera and vocal performance. She may be one of the only students there who likes music theory! She’s also really involved in the theatre department, always auditioning for their musicals. In addition, she is an RA on campus and part of religious life and the honors program. Interfaith studies is also an interest of hers.
Although not exactly sure what she wants to “do with her life,” Zoe’s focus of study right now is finding meaningful work in performance: opera and musical theatre. She loves how much she can learn from stories on stage: how to communicate, how to push through challenges, and how to “be human in extraordinary circumstances,” as one of her theater professors once put it. She loves being part of that real life experience and sharing it with others.
Zoe is thrilled to get to work with such great kids at Avondale UMC who seem genuinely excited about singing. She loves being greeted with smiles every time she enters our church building and that our church and its leaders truly invest in the “accept everyone” attitude; it’s reflected in the congregation.