Rev. Tommy Willingham, Senior Pastor

Tommy is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Before coming to Dalton First, Tommy served as Senior Pastor of McEachern Memorial UMC in Powder Springs, GA. Tommy has been blessed to serve in a variety of ministry settings from small country churches to county seat first churches. He is the founding pastor of Hope UMC in Dallas, GA, and has served on the Bishop’s Cabinet as the Director of New Church Development.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dee, and they have three grown children, three wonderful children-in-law, and ten “perfect” grandchildren—perfect in Pop’s eyes, at least.

 Tommy’s heart’s desire is that Dalton First UMC might provide a place where every person can experience a relationship with Christ and become all God created them to be – at home, at school, in the workplace – in their daily world.

 Tommy loves the outdoors – running, cycling, and the occasional backpacking trip as ways of staying healthy and enjoying God’s creation. As well as chasing that little white ball from sand trap to sand trap with an occasional birdie to keep him coming back.