Meet the Staff
Amy Fletcher Messer
If you step into the office at Providence these days and have a feeling of "deja vu”—a deep-seated sense that you've known that new administrative assistant for years and years—you're right.
You may remember her as a preschooler in the old trailer days. Maybe as an elementary school student in a Logos class or lifting her voice in song with the Logos choir alongside Bethany Andrews, Sarah Clever, Emily Forsyth, Jessi Gadomski, and Brittny Roberts. Maybe as a student at Davidson High School. Or perhaps as she headed off to college at South.
Amy Fletcher Messer first came to Providence with her parents, Tom and Laura Fletcher, as a four-year-old, as best she can remember, and she was active in the church through all her elementary and high-school years.
At South she studied psychology, not really sure what sort of career she planned but knowing that people are always interesting and that she couldn't go wrong in learning more about them.
Summers during high school and all through college, she worked part-time at the Independent Living Center. At first, she answered phones at the day program for special needs adults. By the time she graduated, she was working as an aide, helping in classes and working her way up to a post as an independent living specialist.
"I loved it, she said, but eight years was enough.
Along the way, her long-time friendship with Jeremy Messer progressed to something even more important than friendship, and four years ago, the two were married.
Through it all, Amy has spent time each year on mission trips to Guatemala. "I love doing missions in Guatemala, Amy says. "I've been to Guatemala eight times with a variety of churches. I even convinced Dad to come along last year. Jeremy and I sponsor a little girl, Adela, at Casa Para NiÃ±os children's home in San Bartolome. This is the first summer in a long time that I haven't gotten to visit her. The Guatemala-shaped hole in my heart is feeling very empty!
When son Aiden was born on Valentine's Day 2013, a full-time job at an elementary school wasn't right any longer, so she spent several months at home with their infant son before joining the Providence staff in late May 2013, bringing Aiden to work with her. February 20, 2015, brought another change to the Messer household when daughter Ansley was born. Now Ansley accompanies Amy to work while Aiden enjoys quality time with his Messer and Fletcher grandmothers.
Amy says she enjoys the church work because she interacts with people all day and fills the time with repetitive tasks that she finds very satisfying. "I love to accomplish a lot of small tasks all day long, she says, and she also enjoys the creativity of designing slides and bulletins.
Amy and Jeremy, who is the assistant band director at Davidson High School, attend North Mobile Baptist, where he plays in the orchestra, she sings in the choir, and both enjoy the nurture and support of a young marrieds small group that includes another former member of Providence, Allison Garner Moss, and her husband, Keith. (By Nedra Bloom; reprinted from Providence Press, July 2013; updated March 2015)
Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music Ministries
Laura Fletcher Wilson
Laura Fletcher Wilson serves as Providence's Director of Music Ministries. She is responsible for the Choir, the accompanist, the Praise Band, and congregational singing.
Laura can be reached at email@example.com
Natalie Murphy leads the Discipletown program at Providence. She works with young children during the last half of worship, sharing Bible stories and crafts.
A member of The Grove, Natalie says she enjoys this position because she enjoys children. “I love the spirit children bring,” she says. “They are so innocent and so curious.”
For several years, Natalie worked at St. Mark’s Early Learning Center, working with children from young infants to about six years old. But an internship for her college studies made it impossible to continue working there, so she was delighted by the opportunity at Providence.
Natalie is studying marine biology at the University of South Alabama, and she is doing course work and an internship this summer at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Marine biology has been her passion since childhood. “I have always loved the beach and zoos. I was fascinated by animals that lived in water and breathed air.”
While she first expected to study sharks for a career, Natalie now expects that she might turn to conservation instead. But the rest of her USA studies and graduate school still lie between now and a career decision, she says
Natalie’s role at Providence has a “small world” quality to it. Her dad worked with Todd McGehee at Christ United Methodist Church before McGehee left to build The Grove, which was originally a UMC congregation. Later, the Murphy family joined The Grove, so Natalie has been in and out of the Providence building for several years
As a student at Davidson High School, she was a flag corps member in the band, where Jeremy Messer is assistant band director. Messer’s wife, Amy, is the administrative assistant at Providence and thought of Natalie when the job came open, knowing that Natalie loves kids—not just the ones she worked with at St. Mark’s, but also the Messers’ children, whom she often babysits.
And even as Natalie was being interviewed for this position by the Administration Team, she was surprised when Kenny South (whom she has known for a number of years) walked down the hallway and came back with Michael Baxter and Alecia Baxter South— Natalie’s (distant) cousins — who have been attending Providence with Kenny for several months.