Ralph Hawkins

In September of 2018, Ralph Hawkins became the fifth installed pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church. In addition to preaching and teaching, he shares in worship, leadership, visitation, and community outreach with elders and members of the congregation. Prior to this call, Ralph served as the Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Shenango — 45 congregations in western Pennsylvania.  He grew up in Covington, Louisiana, outside New Orleans, and was educated at King College, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He served congregations in Georgia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania before arriving in Macon. His focus in pastoral ministry is “equipping the saints for the work of ministry,” including developing elders and deacons for their leadership roles, nurturing cross-cultural mission partnerships, and mobilizing Presbyterians for local ministry in the neighborhoods around congregations. Ralph is a father to his teenage daughter Ella, who dances, paints, and sews. In his spare time, he is an avid railroad enthusiast, an amateur photographer, a tent camper and canoer, and a computer geek squad for family and friends. Ralph keeps a blog of pastoral writings.  Contact him at

Music Director

Sandra Smith

Music Director and Organist, Sandra Smith, grew up in Warner Robins and attended Mercer University. There she earned both a BA degree in Organ Performance, and a MM  in Church Music/Organ Performance. Sandy has served area churches as organist for over 20 years, including First Presbyterian Church, Macon, before coming to Northminster to serve as Music Director. In addition to her church responsibilities, Sandy is a member of the AGO/ Macon chapter, and Morning Music Club, also serving on the board for both organizations. She teaches the AP Music Theory class at Stratford Academy, and is a CASA volunteer. Sandy and her husband, Judd, have 4 sons, 1 daughter-in-law, 4 dogs and a cat. Contact Sandy at

Ministry Assistant

Jennifer Whitehead

Although I was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, I grew up and established roots in Macon when I was 4-years-old. After marrying my high school sweet-heart in 2001, we shared the joys and fears of his military service and the birth of our three children – boy/girl twins born in 2003 and our littlest girl born in 2006. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in General Management in 2016, God blessed me with the opportunity to become the Ministry Assistant at Northminster. Although my family shares another church home, the congregation at Northminster has become my second church family.  I am inspired, encouraged, and amazed by the people of this church as I have the incredible privilege of seeing how they live out their daily lives shining the light of Christ. There is a genuine love and kindness here that seems so rare in the world today and I am so thankful to be a part of it. Contact Jennifer at:


Benjamin Gail

Benjamin has been with Northminster since 2009. He is an integral part of the NPC family, not only keeping our church well maintained, but helping and loving every single person who comes in and out of our building. As a native of Warner Robins, Benjamin knows Middle Georgia well and has been in Macon for several years. Along with making sure his mother is well cared-for, he also enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren. Benjamin offers a helping hand at his mother’s church and is a caring handy-man for some of his elderly friends who struggle with maintaining their homes.