About our Pastors

Rev. Ted Goshorn | Pastor
tedgoshorn_opt-1.jpgThe Reverend Ted Goshorn joined in ministry with Eastman First Methodist in June of 2017. Ted brings with him a passion for equipping churches to transform their communities into corners of the Kingdom of God.

Ted grew up in Rome, Georgia but is not new to middle Georgia, having lived for seven years in Macon. He and his wife, Dana, and their two children Jackson and Carter, have found a wonderful and welcoming home in Eastman and look forward to many years of ministry here.

Ted earned his Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in History from Berry College, his Master of Education in Counseling and Higher Education Administration from James Madison University, and his Master of Divinity from Emory University‘s Candler School of Theology. He holds Provisional Membership in the South Georgia Annual Conference and is commissioned as a Provisional Elder. He has served as pastor of the Baldwin County Circuit, composed of Bethel, Pleasant Grove, and Linton United Methodist Churches; Vineville United Methodist as Associate Pastor; Chaplain of Reinhardt University; and Pastor of Adairsville First United Methodist; prior to being appointed to Eastman First.

Before joining the ministry, Ted was a higher education administrator and instructor at the University of West Georgia, James Madison University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Mercer University.

Rev. Graton Helms | Associate Pastor

img_0114Rev. Graton Helms has served many years in the South Georgia Annual Conference. He retired to Eastman and continued to serve small, rural, churches in those years. Today, he serves Oak Grove and Benevolence United Methodist Churches while also giving of his time to our church.

In his role here, Graton assists with our visitation ministry to hospitals, our shut-ins, and others who welcome a pastoral visit.