Eric Kohler, Senior Pastor
Born from mid-Western parents and raised in Atlanta, I earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial [Product] Design from Auburn University, which introduced me to the GREAT people of Alabama.
In the midst of a perfectly good career “in the real world,” at the ripe age of 33, I realized I cared so much more about the faith and well-being of my colleagues than the products we created. It took a year of prayer and pondering before responding to my call to vocational ministry.
My Master of Divinity degree came from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, and shortly afterwards, we moved to North Alabama for my first pastoral assignment.
Twelve years later brings me to Isom’s Chapel, my third United Methodist pastoral appointment. With four kids in four schools there is never a dull moment. I truly look forward to worshipping, growing, and serving with the Isom’s Chapel church family, and I hope to meet everyone soon!
God’s Court Jester,
Bro. Bill Stone, Associate Pastor
I was born in Sylvania, Alabama, and have lived in north Alabama for most of my life. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration degree from UAH in 1983. I served as a Sales Representative for General Foods, Kraft, and General Mills until I retired in 2005. During the final years of that career, I felt the Lord’s call on my life and began taking courses at Millsaps College, earning a United Methodist Church Ministerial Courses of Study licensure in 2005.
I have been honored to serve several congregations in the United Methodist Church. I pastored Cameron UMC from 1995-2005, Stevenson UMC and Edgefield Union Church from 2005-2013, and Hamby’s Chapel UMC and Eva UMC from 2013-2018. I retired from being a full-time pastor in 2018 and am honored to serve as a volunteer associate pastor at Isom’s Chapel UMC.
I married my sweetheart, Betty, in 1966. She has been very supportive of me for all of these years. We have two beautiful daughters, Angie and Chrissy, two great sons-in-law, Greg and Trent, and three wonderful granddaughters, Lauren, Anna Grace, and Lyla Kate. In my free time, I enjoy yardwork, watching sports, and ministering to others.