Leadership

Pastor & Staff

Robert Lancaster

Senior Pastor

Robert is originally from Kentucky.  His wife of 37 years, Sherry, is from Roanoke, Alabama.  They met in LaGrange, Georgia and married in 1985.  They have three Children, Chris, 36, Jeremy 35, and Kenley 21.  Robert and Sherry have been serving at St. Andrew's UMC since 2020.  Sherry has worked for Walmart for 22 years.  She is currently working at the North Walmart on Hwy. 157 Cullman.  
Robert is a second-generation pastor.  His father, Don Lancaster, was a Baptist pastor in Kentucky.  In 1985 his father joined the UMC church and served as a local pastor.  It was while his father was serving a UMC church in West Point, Georgia, that Robert answered the called to ministry.  He is a 1990 graduate of LaGrange College and a 1993 graduate of Candler School of Theology where he received his M Div. Degree.  He was ordained an elder in the UMC in 1996.  Robert and the family have been in ministry since 1987, when he received his license to preach from the North Georgia Conference.  He and the family moved to the North Alabama Conference in 1989.  they have served in and around the Roanoke, Sylacauga, Alabama area before moving further north to the Florence, Alabama area.  Robert, Sherry, and Kenley love the Cullman area and look forward to serving here for many years.   

Lori Tafazoli

Office Administrator

 Lori Tafazoli  serves as the church’s office administrator.  She has been a member and in ministry at St. Andrew’s for twenty years.  During her time here she has served on PPR, as head of church council and volunteered in children and youth ministries.  She has also served on St. Andrew’s staff as the children’s director for eight years (2006-2014), filled in as interim youth director for six months and has served in her current position for six years.  
She is married to Mark Tafazoli, who is a family practice and sleep medicine physician.  He is employed by Cullman Primary Care and works both in Cullman and Madison.  He also works part-time as an ER physician in the north Alabama area.  They currently reside in Madison but lived in Cullman until four years ago.  So yes, she commutes.  Lori and Mark have three daughters; Olivia is 21, attending UAB working towards her degree in nutrition and planning on applying to PA school Emma is 19 attends UAB and is majoring in math and secondary education.  Amelia is 15 and is in 10th grade at St. Bernard.
In her spare time Lori enjoys reading.  Most of her time however is spent either working or taking care of her family.  All of her girls have been active in sports so she spends a lot of time watching and “coaching” from the bleachers.  While her oldest two are now finished in the sports arena, her youngest continues to play volleyball, basketball and soccer, so she will continue to inhabit the bleachers for three more years.
"I could not do my job without all the wonderful volunteers in our congregation who do everything from volunteering to answer the phone, fold bulletins and newsletters, as well as assist in worship and with general maintenance and cleaning around the building. "
" My number one assistant is church cat “Lily” when we arrive each morning, she makes sure that the building is in order by making her rounds to the sanctuary and Sunday school rooms, she greets everyone with a “meow” and a demand for snacks, she makes a great paperweight for the calendar on my desk and always ends the day with a nap."
"I have been blessed to be a part of St. Andrew’s.  I consider the members here to be an extension of my own family and they have helped me raise my three girls to be the fine Christian ladies they are today. "

David & Rita Speegle

Youth Directors

David is married to Rita, they have a English Bulldog named Sadie. David is the Youth   Director at St. Andrews Methodist Church and is responsible for taking care of the youth seeing that they grow in their walk with Christ. His desire is to see that our Youth know who Christ is and that Christ can have an impact on their lives like no one else. Our Youth are the future of our church and our community here in Cullman.

David is a native of Cullman County, he attended school at Good Hope High School and Wallace State Community College. He and Rita have been members of St Andrews since 1993. His family are life-time members of the church.

Kellie Britton

Children's Directors

Kellie Britton was born and raised here in Cullman, AL. She grew up very active in her youth group at First Baptist Church and attended Cullman City Schools. She attended Wallace State Community College and Athens State University with a major in Education. She went on to find a rewarding career Community Education of hospice services. In January of 2005, she married her husband Adam, who grew up attending St. Andrews. Adam works for BNSF Railways, and they have 2 children, Olivia (age 16) and Zeke (age 10). After the birth of Zeke, Kellie left her career to be a stay-at-home mom. Kellie and Adam stay busy with the many sports and activities that Olivia and Zeke are involved in. Most nights and weekends you’ll find the Britton family at some type of ballfield! In early 2016, the Lord called Kellie to lead the Children’s Ministries at St. Andrew’s. Kellie enjoys working with the children of St. Andrews and the Cullman community and she looks forward to the many adventures they will continue to have in the future. She especially enjoys Vacation Bible School each summer and strives to make it a fun time while teaching children about God’s love. It is her personal goal that every child hears the gospel and will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Kellie would love to invite you and your family to be active in our Children’s Department! You can reach her by calling the church office or by email at kgb12905@gmail.com.

Jannie Ratliff

Organist

Janie is a life-long member of St Andrews, being dedicated as an infant by Rev. Sammy Stabler. Janie joined the church at age 14. Janie has served as children’s choir director, interim chancel choir director, pianist, bell ringer, janitor (making sure you’re reading this), taught Sunday school, and served 48 years as organist. She has three children Starr Rossi, Rachael Payne and James Ratliff. Four grands, Mathias, Samuel, Bruno and Vera… I love calling St. Andrew’s home and hope to serve at least until my golden ‘50 year’ anniversary. Thank you for this privilege. 

Jeni Sterling

Preschool director

New Preschool Director:    Hello, my name is Jeni Sterling.  I am married to my best friend, Ed Sterling.  We have been      married for almost 28 years.  We have two    amazing, adult kids.  Elijah turned 21 in  December and Hannah will be 19 in July.  I am so excited to join the Little Saints Preschool here at Saint Andrew's.  I look forward to using my many years of experience, along with the gifts and     talents God has blessed me with, as  part of the team.  Jeni starts on Monday, February 13th. 

Lily Church cat

box inspector and weekday security

It is my job to inspect all boxes that pass through the office, no matter how big or small.  Rejected boxes will be taken to the dumpster.  Also patrolling the church eating and yes, most time sleeping.