Rev. Geoff Beakley
BSBME (Georgia Tech) '94, MDiv (Emory) '18
Geoff Beakley was born on March 10th, 1971 in Princeton, New Jersey and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. He attended Henderson High School in Dekalb County where he developed an aptitude for math and science and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1994.
Geoff had a 21-year career in technical sales and operations management in the energy conservation industry and the last 8 years of his career were with Siemens as a global director in the energy projects group.
Geoff’s call to ministry began with facilitating disciple Bible study classes at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. After several years of discernment, he resigned from Siemens, and completed a Master of Divinity at the Candler School of Theology in 2018.
Geoff is married to his wife, Leigh, and they’ll be celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary on September 2nd, 2018. Leigh works for the nonprofit Georgia Hospital Association as the Vice President of Membership Services and she has been a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church here in Atlanta since 1998. Geoff and Leigh have no children, but do have two four-legged kids, two Labradoodles, named Noah and Fin.
Geoff currently is working under a dual appointment with The United Methodist Church. He’s an associate minister at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and the Director of the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech. Geoff understands that both our local churches and extension ministries, such as the Wesley Foundation, are the most significant arenas through which The United Methodist Church fulfills its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. His deep love for God and neighbor fuels his passion for higher education ministry and he’s extremely excited and grateful to serve the students of his alma mater of Georgia Tech.
BSPSYC (ETSU) '05, MDiv (Emory) '18
Sam Hopson was born on August 13, 1992 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Sam graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in May of 2015 with a B. S. in Psychology and immediately moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended and graduated from Candler School of Theology (Emory University) with a Master in Divinity. Before moving to Atlanta, Sam was an active member of the Wesley Foundation at ETSU as well as the Discipleship Intern and Sunday evening Worship leader.
Sam met his girlfriend (soon to be fiancé), Yeojin (Jin) Kwak at Candler School of Theology in the Fall of 2015. Since then, Jin has felt the call to ministry specifically as a hospital chaplain and is currently working at Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods.
Sam first felt the call to ministry when he was in middle school but did not embrace this calling until his junior year at ETSU. Sam is very excited to be working at Tech Wesley not only because it is an amazing ministry with great potential, but also because the ETSU Wesley Foundation was where Sam was invited to accept his own calling. Sam hopes that his presence at Tech Wesley will have the same effect on those students who have felt the call to ministry but have not accepted it yet.
While at ETSU, Sam learned the importance of being part of a community. Sam quickly found a home-away-from-home at the Wesley Foundation and was able to meet many life-long friends, serve in a number of different ways locally and globally. Most importantly, Sam was invited and encouraged to develop a deep and intentional relationship with God. Sam’s call to ministry, specifically at Tech Wesley, is to help students pursue and achieve these same goals.