Clergy Bios

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Rev. Dave Hinson

Lead Pastor

Raised in Ohio and southwest Georgia, Rev. Dave Hinson came to McEachern in June of 2016 after serving at Providence Statham, Wesley Chapel in Putnam County, Lincolnton, and Eatonton First. Dave is married to Donna, and their children are Tyler, Emily, and Shelby. Tyler’s wife is Sondra, and they live in Macon. They are the parents of Dave and Donna’s superstar grandson, Henry, also known as Hank. Emily and her husband, Bo, live near Augusta, and Shelby is a ministry student at Toccoa Falls College.

Dave and Donna are both graduates of the University of Georgia, and Dave did his seminary work at Erskine in South Carolina. The Hinsons love to vacation at the beach, and they enjoy the north Georgia mountains, too. Dave is part of the Walk to Emmaus community, and he serves on the North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. A former radio disc jockey and public school teacher, Pastor Dave enjoys running, playing the drums, and listening to all kinds of music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. He is also no stranger to Dairy Queen, Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the Varsity as he seeks to reach people for Christ wherever he goes! Pastor Dave’s greatest international missions passion is for the people of North Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

“One of the main reasons that God accomplishes His work in the world is by working through us. By stepping out in faith and using our gifts to bless others – giving the gifts away – we find an incredible way to live life… full of joy, full of purpose.”

Rev. Cindy Blocksidge

Senior Associate Pastor

Cindy Blocksidge was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up as the middle child with four brothers. Cindy completed her undergraduate work at Georgia State and her graduate studies at the University of Georgia. She graduated in 1995 with a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work plus a certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after receiving clinical experience and supervision through Georgia Highlands Mental Health Center and Georgia Association for Pastoral Counseling. She declared her candidacy for the order of Deacon at Due West United Methodist Church, where she had served as Associate Director of Programs for eight years. Cindy completed her theological studies at Candler School of Theology in December 2000 and was commissioned for ordination as a Deacon in the North Georgia Conference in June 2001.

Cindy began her ministry career in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1982 as the Director of Youth at Faith United Methodist Church, where her responsibilities quickly grew to Director of Programs. During this time Cindy felt God leading her toward a commitment to Christian service, which in turn prompted her to begin theological studies at St. Paul United Methodist School of Theology. She was certified by The United Methodist Church in Christian Education and Evangelism in 1991. She began to pursue her degree in counseling after moving to Kennesaw, Georgia, in 1992.

Cindy is married and has two grown children and six grandchildren. She is an active leader in the North Georgia Conference, serves as a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, contributes to the Christian Educators Fellowship, and is a published author. Cindy joined the staff of McEachern Memorial UMC in April 2000. Being both pastor and counselor has allowed her to fulfill her ministry call, which is to assist other people in their life and faith journeys.