Cody Gilliam

Associate Pastor & Youth Director

As the Associate Pastor Cody works to grow the body of the church through discipleship and connection with Grace members. He works with Administrative and Ministry Teams to further develop the vision of the church along side of our Senior Pastor. As our Youth Director, Cody is responsible for the vision and development of a Youth Program that leads, teaches and further enhances students in their relationship with Jesus Christ and training leaders to support that call.

Cody was born in Huntsville and raised in Meridianville. He graduated from Hazel Green High School, attended Calhoun Community College and received a Bachelor's Degree in Church Vocations with an Emphasis in Pre-Seminarial Studies from Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. Cody is currently a student at Asbury Theological Seminary studying in the Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology programs. 

Pastor Cody has been in youth ministry since 2004 and a United Methodist Pastor since 2005. Having been located in various churches of different sizes throughout Madison County, he has served as Youth Director, Associate Pastor, and Pastor.

Cody and his wife Heather have three smart, funny, talented, and sweet children: Slade, Evie, and Zane. We are our dogs’ Dante, Huxley and Rosetti's food people.

When not working making new disciples for Jesus, running, Taekwondo, playing the saxophone, and smashing peoples hopes and dreams in the classic board game, Monopoly. 

Contact Pastor Cody at:

Jennifer Abell

Church Communications Coordinator

As the Church Communications Coordinator, Jennifer produces the pieces that let members know what is going on at Grace: the bulletin, newsletter, prayer blog, and the church directory.  She also manages facility usage, church membership information, and the daily tasks of running the church office. Most importantly, her role is to serve as the contact person for church members and visitors for them to access information about Grace UMC.

Jennifer and her husband, Ray, have 2 children, Kaitlyn and Parker, who keep them very busy playing sports and participating in various activities. Before having kids, she worked as the Director of Corporate Communications for an environmental engineering firm in Atlanta but left to spend more time with her children. 

When she has spare time, Jennifer can be found crafting, cooking, spending time outside, or searching the internet for her dream farmhouse.

Contact Jennifer at:

Gianna Gimenez

Director of Worship & Music Arts

Gianna has been a member of the Grace staff since 2012.  She oversees the music ministry, including directing the Chancel Choir and the GraceFull Singers. Gianna is well known in the area as a singer, director, and teacher.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern College and has been very active in the community singing operatic roles with Huntsville Opera Theater, as a Music Director and Assistant Director for Lyrique Music Productions, Ovation Arts, and Theatre Huntsville, and as a private voice and piano teacher. Gianna is also a member of the a cappella vocal ensemble Huntsville Collegium Musicum.

Gianna has a daughter and a son, is an avid fan of dance and all the arts, and enjoys reading mystery and crime fiction.

Contact Gianna at:

Luke Hill

Praise and Worship Leader

As the Praise and Worship Leader, it is Luke’s mission to create a time of worship that invites the people of God to the throne of God. He believes that every offering we bring to the Lord should be done with excellence, especially when we worship. His role as the Praise and Worship leader is to serve through leading a team of volunteers, service planning, and creating song arrangements each week.

Luke and His wife, Cate, are recently married and thrilled to be continuing the journey God has for them. When Luke has spare time you can find him in his studio, building furniture, or chasing his two dogs around the backyard.

Contact Luke at

Kalyn Polatty

Nursery Coordinator

As Nursery Coordinator for Grace, Kalyn oversees various aspects of our nursery rooms, including the organizing of supplies and the management of our paid childcare workers.  Since 2010, Kalyn has been the point of contact for anyone needing childcare and strives to instill a caring, loving atmosphere in every room.

Kalyn graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development.

She enjoys knitting, playing trivia with friends, and watching football…especially her favorite team, Alabama’s Crimson Tide! 

Contact Kalyn at:

Curtis Lindsay

Assistant Music Director

Since 2011, Curtis has served as our gifted Staff Pianist by helping to direct various choir rehearsals and playing piano for our worship services and events.

 As a native of Athens, Alabama, Curtis attended pre-college studies at Mannes and Julliard.  He has participated in college studies at the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama-Huntsville (B.A., Music and Philosophy)

Curtis’ favorite authors include C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, and Eudora Welty.  His hobbies include amateur astronomy, cooking, hiking, cats, and travel.