Dana Everhart

Director of Clergy Excellence


(678) 533-1370

Dana is the Director of Clergy Excellence. A native of Brandon, Florida, Dana felt God’s call into Ordained Ministry when he was in Junior High School. A member of the Brandon, First UMC he learned ministry in the UMYF, in the Youth Choir, on the Administrative Board as Youth President and at the heart of great pastors like Dr. Ray Harrison, Dr. Bob Chapman and others.

Dana attended Florida Southern College where he majored in Religious Education. While at Southern he served as president of the Wesley Foundation and Inter-Faith Council. Graduating in 1981 with the BA in Religious Education he entered Candler School of Theology and completed his degree there in 1984. While at Candler Dana served the Salem UMC in Covington, GA which became his home church.

Dana has served the following appointments: Aldersgate, Augusta – Associate; Elberton – Associate; Moreland – Pastor; Faith - Cartersville; Bright Star - Douglasville; Zoar – Snellville,  McDonough First and most recently the District Superintendent of the Atlanta Emory District.

Dana is married to the former Sally McGill of South Carolina and they are the parents of three children: Matthew who is the band director at Elbert County High School in Elberton, GA, Jacob who has joined the work force, serving in Atlanta, and Katie who is a student at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.