Randall Popham

Lead Pastor

Randall Popham is a Georgia native who was saved, called to ministry, married, and ordained at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA. He graduated High School in 1991 from Etowah High School in Cherokee County, GA. In 1994 Randall married Dana, and the two moved to Greenville, SC, to attend college at North Greenville University. At North Greenville, Randall received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies with a minor in Fine Arts. In 2003 Randall graduated from Southern Seminary in Louisville,KY, with a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism and Church Planting. Randall has served in four churches. He served in two churches in Greenville, SC, as a Youth Minister while attending North Greenville. After graduating in 1998, Randall began his work at his third church. At First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC, Randall served as the High School Youth Pastor and Student Ministry Director. In 2003 Randall became the Associate Pastor and directed the Evangelism and Mission Ministries of the church. In 2005 Randall became the Lead Pastor of Lanier Hills Church in Gainesville, GA. Randall and Dana have four amazing children.

Julie Bowmar

Children’s Pastor/Missions & Outreach Director

Julie was born and raised in Gainesville, GA where she graduated from North Hall High School and went on to earn her Bachelors degree from Brenau University. She continued her studies and received her education degree from Piedmont College before beginning her career as an educator. For over 20 years she has enjoyed teaching children from ages 4 to 18 and has a few of her own too! Julie and Chad and their 3 kids have been attending Lanier Hills Church since March of 2009. Julie joined the staff two years later in April of 2011. Julie is passionate about pointing the next generation to Jesus and helping people of all ages grow in their walk with Jesus as they discover their gifts and talents and find their place and purpose in the body of Christ.

Sandy Pinkham

Office Administrator

Sandy Pinkham grew up in N.C. and married Wayne in 1974. Sandy was saved in 1995, moved to Gainesville in 2003. She has been the church secretary since August 2006. Before moving to Gainesville, she served as Administrative Secretary for the Director of Admissions at Georgia Southern Univ. in Statesboro, GA for 15 years. She serves weekly as a Hospice Volunteer (since 2003).

Chad Bowmar

Worship Director

Chad was born in Columbus, OH and moved south when he was little – growing up in Gainesville, GA. He is a graduate of North Hall High School. Chad works in Credit/Accounting for a top poultry producer by day, while performing music at various venues on the side. In his free time, Chad enjoys music, fishing, camping, reading boring history books and spending time with his family. Chad is passionate about worship ministry and leading the church body in corporate worship through relevant content that is rich in purpose, theology, expression and passion. Chad is married to Julie and they have 3 awesome children.

Judy Hulsey

Nursery & Preschool Director

Judy was born in Hall County. She is married to Jack Hulsey. They are charter members of Lanier Hills. Judy has a 4-year degree in Leadership and Administration from Grace Bible Institute. Children are the love of her life. She also enjoys running and spending time with her grandchildren.

Dan Tucker

Youth Pastor

Dan joined Lanier Hills in August of 2019. He has been married to his wife Courtney for 10 years and they have a beautiful daughter, Emmy. Dan is a graduate of Covington Theological Seminary and holds a Bachelors in Ministry. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, he and Courtney have served in student ministry in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Charleston, SC! Dan loves spending time with his family, hanging with students, football and basketball…and bleeds orange for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Scott Soper

Adult Discipleship Director/ Director of Administration

Scott moved to Gainesville in 2007 and has been attending Lanier Hills since 2010. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and works for a healthcare company as an Account Manager by day. Widowed in 2014, the Lord has grown him in ways he could not imagined through the experience. Scott has served at Lanier Hills in various capacities as an Elder, Youth Volunteer and Interim Youth Director. He has two amazing teenage sons which have grown up at Lanier Hills. Scott loves to serve others and enjoys various outdoor activities including biking, camping and hiking.

Marianna Soper

Assimilations Director

Marianna grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Education degree. Marianna has lived in Gainesville since 2006. She has years of ministry experience in missions, children’s ministry, youth ministry and teaching. She is a full time teacher at Chicopee Woods Elementary and mom of six children. When she’s not spending time with her crazy teenagers, she enjoys writing, coffee and the outdoors.