University heights Staff

  • Briggs Smith


    I grew up in Decatur — not far from University Heights UMC. I earned a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2018. I am an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. Prior to coming to University Heights, I served for over three years as the Associate Pastor of Carrollton First United Methodist Church in Carrollton, GA.

    I am married to Wes Caple. Wes is an avid golfer. Together, we enjoy working out, cooking, live music, and traveling. 

    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

    I have carried this verse in my heart throughout my faith journey and believe that God has great plans for University Heights UMC. 

    I am blessed to be serving as your pastor at University Heights UMC. It is an honor to share this journey with you. 

    To God be the glory! 

    Pastor Briggs

  • Linda Cooke

    Director of Music & Worship

  • Nicole Sinkler

    Office Manager & PATH Director

    I grew up in the Decatur Area. I attended Glenn Memorial Pre-School, Fernbank Elementary, and Druid Hills High School. I attended Oxford College in Oxford, GA for two years and then transferred to Georgia State University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I am married to Scott Sinkler and have three children, Conrad, Eric, and Kaitlin. We have lived in the neighborhood for since 2004 and love the community and friends we have made here.

  • David Maxson


    David was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He has worked for UHUMC for 6 years. He is married to Pam and they have two children, Honour and Richard (Brooks). He enjoys working on challenging projects.

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