Remembering the Saints

Dot Addison
Jann Beard
Mandy Beason
Betty Birdsong
Bill Birdsong
Gene Birke
Charlesey Brown
Margaret Bruce
Ken Chambliss
Suzanne Davies
Junell de Janes
Pat Hartrampf
Phill Hess

Conway Hubbard
John Hubbard
Charlie Loudermilk
Sonya Matchan
Dell McCrea
Don Meaders
Katherine Miller
Margaret Mulligan
Barbara Newton 
Gene Newton
Ebb Oakley
Marilyn Ortale
Mike Paschall

Carolyn Pearce
Marge Pennington
Ruth Phillips 
Dan Reeves
Tom Rymer
Holden Thompson
Helen Tolbert
Joyce Turner
Rosemary Turner
John Van Houten
Sharyn Walter
Gray Walts
Bill Watson

Elizabeth B. Stephens

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Elizabeth Blount Stephens was born in Andrews Chapel, Georgia, approximately 70 miles south of Atlanta, on June 19, 1924, and passed away on January 8, 2020, in Atlanta. Piano and organ were her passions and talent, and she became the organist at the Thomaston Methodist Church early in her teens until she and her new husband, Charles Preston Stephens, moved to Panama with the Coca-Cola Export Corporation in August of 1946.

Over the next sixteen years Betty and Press moved from Panama to Brazil, to Chile, to Peru, and finally to Caracas, Venezuela, each time discovering the American church they joined was in need of an organist or an organist/choir director. Every time she would humbly take on the role with the caveat it was to be only until they found the new staff member, but her tenure always lasted until they moved to a new country with their three children. She brought a level of excellence and sophistication to the music programming in those sanctuaries the likes of which congregants had never heard or seen before. Her children, Pike, Press, Jr. and Sally, as a result of Betty’s passion for high quality music, sang in every choir at every age.

Returning to the United States in 1961, Betty found herself the organist and choir director at the Darien Methodist Church in Connecticut where she spent hours each day practicing preludes and postludes for Sunday services. In 1972, four years before Press’s retirement from Coke, Betty and Press moved back to Georgia and settled in Buckhead where Betty resided until her death. Of course, following her long career as a “temporary/full time” organist, she became an assistant organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, playing Chapel services for over twenty-five years before finally retiring at the age of seventy-five.

A true champion of all organists throughout the world, she would often be seen at organ recitals and festivals in each of the cities of her residencies abroad as well as in her prolific world-wide travels from 1946 through 2014. Almost every Sunday afternoon when she was in Atlanta, Betty would be at the organ recital before the Evensong service at the Cathedral of St. Phillip.

In addition to being a committed member of American and Methodist churches across the hemisphere, she led the Community Concert Association in Darien, joined the Board of Directors of the fledgling Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta becoming one of the longest serving Board members in their history, and served on the Board of the Georgian Chamber Players for several terms. Her philanthropy benefitted those organizations as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, and the Alliance Theatre. Betty said on many occasions, “If Atlanta is going to become a world class city, it must have a strong arts community”. It is with great admiration and pride that the Stephens family brings to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church the Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition.

Carolyn Stephens

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I write this note to express my deep and genuine gratitude to you, for your overwhelming kindness and generosity. Anthony and I are truly thankful for the love and appreciation you have shown through your farewell gifts to us. 

My time with you was a tremendous blessing. Not one day of the five years that I served you did I work. No, each day was a gift I received. It was a gift in which I found joy and delight because I got the opportunity to walk alongside you on your faith journey, and to experience with you the presence, power, and goodness of God, doing ministry together. It is now a treasured gift because I got to know your hearts and have built wonderful and life-long relationships with so many of you. 

I have been truly blessed in more ways than one because of you, and you have indelibly carved your place in our hearts. 

Thank you, 

Carolyn and Anthony

A Streaming Video Guide for Your Best Online Experience

LiveStream allows us to view live or recorded video through the internet. This quick video guide covers how to best connect to PRUMC’s LiveStream service on a desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone.

  • Each Sunday, PRUMC streams our 11:15 am worship service on the LiveStream platform. You can view our stream on a designated web page here, or view straight from the LiveStream account page here.
  • The LiveStream portal opens at 11:00 a.m. showing slides that contain information about upcoming events.  The Worship Service broadcast begins at 11:15 a.m.

Troubleshooting – Buffering and Browsers

Here are some tips on prepping your device and your surroundings for the best viewing experience!

Buffering & Buffering Solutions

When you watch a video stream online, the data preloads before you view it. Sometimes the preload can’t keep up with the speed it should be viewed.  Here are some things to be aware of, check, and change for the least amount of buffering on your device.

What is your internet speed?
25 Mbps or higher is recommended for streaming.  Click here to find out your internet speed.

What type of device are you using?
Buffering is likely to happen more on mobile phones or tablets. Watch videos on a desktop or laptop if possible.

Are you using WiFi?
Wifi signals and speed degrade over distance. If you can view on a desktop or laptop computer, it would be ideal to connect to the internet through an Ethernet cable.

How far are you from your router?
If you use Wifi to stream, make sure you are no more than 15 feet away from your router.

Are there others in your house on the internet?
If others in your space are using the internet, they are taking up bandwidth.  Ask everyone to take a break from browsing while you are streaming video.  If you are worshiping with us online, ask them to join you!

For more detailed information on buffering, and buffering solutions, click here.

Use Google Chrome as Your Browser

You’ll want to make sure you are connecting to LiveStream through the web browser Google Chrome.  You may be familiar with other browsers such as Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Using your existing web browser, do a search for “Google Chrome download.” If you are on a mobile device (phone or tablet) you can find the download in your app store.  Your search will take you to a Google page with a “Download Chrome” button.

Click the “Download Chrome” button, agree to the terms, and click the “Accept and Install” button. (Please note the check box options below. We recommend making Google Chrome your default browser. If you prefer not to, simply uncheck this box.)

After you click the “Accept and Install” button, a box will pop up asking you to “Run” the application. Click “Run” and then click “Yes” on the confirmation box.

Wait a few moments as the application is installed onto your device. Once installed, the application will launch and open a new browser window asking you to “Set Up Chrome.”  In this window, Google will ask you to sign in.  Feel free to skip this part by clicking the “Skip for now” link below the set up box.  You don’t need an account to use Google Chrome as your web browser.

From here you can go to  You will have the option of viewing from within our website here, or viewing straight from the LiveStream account page here.

Our Westside Story

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Peachtree Road United Methodist and Atlanta Public Schools have both been such important parts of my life for virtually my entire life. So it’s special to see those worlds merge in the form of a new partnership between PRUMC and APS’ new PreK-8 Hollis Innovation Academy in Vine City. Thanks to Beth Spencer for her leadership at church and Principal Diamond Jack for hers at Hollis! Proud church member. Proud Board member. – Matt Westmoreland, PRUMC & APS Board Member

An incredible opportunity has been presented to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. We have a chance to call on our rich history of outreach, while creating a new tradition of community service. In the next year our church will partner with some of our city’s leading foundations, corporate citizens and civic leaders to help revitalize the neighborhoods of the Westside.


This effort comes from a shared interest for the citizens of Vine City, English Avenue and Castlebury Hill.  Over the decades, these areas have become increasingly isolated from opportunity.  The once-middle-class neighborhoods have fallen victim to drugs, crime, attrition and unemployment, and a cycle of generational poverty has set in.  PRUMC has been able to do some good through our partnerships with City of Refuge and Feed My Lambs, and now we can do more.

The goal of the Westside revitalization is to bring skills and training to the potential that each Westside resident has as a child of God.  This idea was spearheaded by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Westside Future Fund led by Mayor Kasim Reed, and the Chick-fil-A Foundation led by Dan Cathy and Rodney Bullard, to assure that as the new Falcons Stadium rises up, the surrounding neighborhoods do as well.

This long-term commitment will begin a new chapter for residents of the Westside.  The neighborhoods will have access to a new Pre-K – 8th STEM Academy, Habitat for Humanity homes, police-in-residence, a Beltline extension, and much more.  We are proud to be part of a collaborative effort that reminds us what it is to be a good neighbor in our great city.  And we invite you to join us where “hope meets opportunity.”

Many PRUMC members are already involved in this great initiative. John Stephenson of Chik-fil-A helps advise the Westside Future Fund, and Matt Westmoreland is on the Atlanta Public School (APS) Board.

In an area where 25% of the student population is homeless and 100% qualify for a free lunch program, it is critical that children – and adults – be equipped with knowledge and the skills to apply it in the future.  Many institutions involved in the Westside revitalization will be dedicated to sustainable education.  Peachtree Road will be included in that focus and help realize the short and long term goals of a new Pre-K – 8th STEM School.

Over ten years ago, PRUMC pioneered a backpack outreach program when the need was great and the effect was impactful.  After thoughtful consideration and a study confirming a large number of similar programs in the metro area, we will retire our backpack drive and pioneer new opportunities for those in greater need.

We recognize that serving this STEM school is a sustainable initiative and will be shifting our efforts to fulfilling the needs of this school and community.

With a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this innovative school will also incorporate “EL” principles to their curriculum.  If you are familiar with Outward Bound you will recognize such EL teachings as self-discovery, responsibility and service.

APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen, and APS Principal Dr. Diamond Jack are determined to bring positive change to the Westside area through education.  This school will serve the children of the Westside, and also offer GED classes and community outreach for adults.

Teacher, coach, strategic planner, principal. Dr. Diamond Jack will bring 14 years of experience in urban education to the new STEM school.

The new STEM school, the Hollis Innovation Academy, is named for Michael R. Hollis, an African American entrepreneur who graduated from Washington High School on the Westside. When the academy opens, it will serve grades Pre-K through 5th, and grow one grade each year until it becomes Pre-K though 8th.  To create an immediate sense of community when school starts, students will be organized into “houses.”  Each house has special characteristics and students will strive to thrive in those areas.  The first houses will be:

Pre-K/K:    Somnio House (Dream):  Dreamers, Doers & Designers

1st/2nd:    Obuduro House (Persist): Perseverance, Purpose & Progress
3rd/4th:    Amity House (Friend):  Friendship, Respect & Collaboration
5th:    Virtus House (Worth): Honesty, Integrity & Responsibility

The school will also offer P.E., Art, Drama, Foreign Language and special labs to enhance their STEM education.  The labs will be:

Pre-K/K/1st:    Curiosity Labs
2nd/3rd:    Environmental Labs
4th/5th:    Technology Labs

With innovation and participation we can help change the future of this community and write a “new Westside Story.”  Please see our Next Steps and consider what opportunities you can bring.

It will take a committed community effort to realize this great vision – and we are halfway there.  We are working with a great team that is dedicated to opening doors for all people  of our city.  Join us!  To get involved in Our Westside Story, contact Beth Spencer at 404.240.8234 or


$25 Science Fair Materials
$50 Case of Copy Paper
$100 Learning Lab Supplies
$250 School Box Teacher Gift Card
$500 Grand Opening Sponsorship


Opportunities to help right now

Supporting Teachers
Science Fair Materials to all students
School Box Gift Cards to all teachers
Copy Paper to staff
Office Supplies to staff
Volunteer at large
Mural painter (by numbers)
Global Mission speaker
Green Team gardener
Supporting Students

Guest Speaker
Guest “Audience”
Great Day of Service partner
Supporting Families

Christmas Kindness partner
Adult GED teacher


Hopes for future projects

Sponsorship of:
Teacher Lounge
Playground & Ball Field Renovation
School Beautification



The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 
Isaiah 35:1

The Hollis Innovation Academy Launch Team includes:

Atlanta Public Schools
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Atlanta Housing Authority
Carnegie Mellon
Chick-fil-A Foundation
Communities in Schools
Friendship Baptist Church
Georgia State University
Georgia Tech University
Home Depot
Morehouse College
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Raising Expectations
Spelman College
Washington Alumni Association
Westside Community Alliance

PRUMC Firearms Policy

No Guns Allowed

Please note:

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church desires to be a weapons-free campus. Please do not bring firearms into the church buildings.