DPC Calls Rev. Tully Fletcher as Transitional Associate Pastor
The Session of Decatur Presbyterian Church has extended a Contract Call to Rev. Tully Fletcher to serve as our Transitional Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families. He will join the staff on November 1, 2021.
Rev. Fletcher succeeds Rev. Allysen Schaaf, who has answered a call for Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. She will be serving as Associate Pastor for Contemporary Worship & Community Building.
“Our interview team was extremely grateful to be presented with a candidate with 12 years of ordained experience in youth ministry and mission,” comments Rev. Dr. Todd Speed.
The interview team included David Hughes, Personnel; Heather Beaubien, Youth Ministry Team; Kelsey Rheney, Youth Advisor; and Isabel Taggart, Youth Elder, in addition to Dr. Speed, Head of Staff.
“We were impressed by Tully’s interviews and the overwhelmingly positive references offered by those who have worked alongside him,” Dr. Speed continues. “Tully will be able to hit the ground running as we build upon the strong foundations that Allysen and others have laid in DPC’s youth ministry. We look forward to welcoming Tully as a valued member of DPC’s staff team.”
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Tully Fletcher grew up a Presbyterian in Durham, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina – Greensboro as an undergraduate, earning a business degree in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. He then shifted academic gears and attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, earning his Masters of Divinity in 2008.
Rev. Fletcher served his first call for 10 years in Phoenix, AZ, as the Associate Pastor for Youth & Community Outreach. Most recently, he was the Associate Pastor for Youth & Families in Rockdale County, serving three separate Presbyterian congregations in the Conyers area.
Rev. Fletcher has been active in the denomination, serving on multiple presbytery councils and General Assembly Committees. He currently is the Treasurer for the Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association, and he has been on leadership teams for youth conferences at Montreat, Ghost Ranch, and Triennium. Rev. Fletcher has served as the keynote speaker for these conferences several times, and as a frequent small group leader. He has been involved in interfaith social justice work and once shared the stage with the mayor of Phoenix as part of a summit on homelessness.
“One of my favorite thing about ministry is walking alongside young people as they grow up and grow in their faith,” says Rev. Fletcher. “I love to plan and lead mission trips — I’ve been on more than 50, and have helped to build more than 30 houses. I like to organize things via spreadsheets, and make up youth group games where the rules are changing constantly. Most of the youth think that I do this for my own amusement!”
Get to Know DPC’s Newest Staff Member
Tully Fletcher has been married to Natalie Winberry for seven years and they have one daughter, Eleanor.
- Their home is in the Kirkwood neighborhood near Decatur.
- He prefers the mountains to the beach.
- Favorite food is pie (savory or sweet).
- He enjoys hiking and camping, and is an avid fan of Duke basketball.