Who We Are

Who We Are

rmnSaint Elmo United Methodist Church proclaims without reservation God’s unconditional love and grace, and affirms the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God.

We commit to extend Christ’s gospel hospitality, creating a place of safety and spiritual sanctuary for all people.

Therefore, this community of faith welcomes into membership, participation and leadership all persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, family structure, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, political affiliation, physical or mental ability, faith history, or life experience.

We recognize among us differences in theology and biblical interpretation, and covenant to accept, respect, and love one another along our faith journeys.

As God loves us, so let us love one another.
We are a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.



Lead Pastor: Gary Ihfe – Gary grew up in San Antonio, Texas and was an active member of Sunset Ridge Church of Christ. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio where he played football and majored in communications. He attended seminary at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC and while there, met his wife Jodie, also a United Methodist pastor. He has two daughters, Lydia and Lily. While family is the most important thing to Gary, he also loves sports. He is an ardent fan of the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys. He enjoys watching movies, reading (audiobooks most often), hiking at Cloudland Canyon, and finding neat places to eat.

Associate Pastor: Anna Golladay – Anna was born and raised in Stephens City, VA in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. She has a bachelor degree in graphic design and a masters in communications. She is bi-vocational, serving both in the church and in a career position as the Director of Design and Marketing at Top Flight, Inc. Anna is a “cradle Methodist” however her call to pastoral ministry came after relocation to Chattanooga seven years ago. She was part of the leadership team tasked to revitalize St Marks Church in 2011. Her ministry is undergirded by social justice and all inequity that exists both in and outside the church’s walls. She is diligent in her advocacy for full inclusion for all persons in the United Methodist church. She shares life with her husband of 20 years, Dr. Mike Krigbaum. Mike is a veterinarian in Dalton, GA. Together they parent six 4-legged fur babies – a redbone coon hound, a husky and four cats. She loves to paint, attend concerts and spoil her two nieces. She is unapologetic about her love for the New Orleans Saints, the Washington Capitals and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

LaQualla HollandYouth Pastor: LaQualla Holland – LaQualla is a graduate of Berea College (B.A) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div). Recently she completed a year-long residency at Erlanger Hospital as a Resident Chaplain. She was raised right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and has returned to serve in the St. Elmo community and beyond. LaQualla and her son William reside in next door to the church and are becoming active in community life. Some of her hobbies include reading, traveling, listening to all types of music, and practicing yoga/meditation. She is excited about her new journey as Youth Pastor and hopes to nurture the growth of each of our Youth.

Worship Music Director: Keith Walker
 – Keith is a native of Dalton, Georgia. He attended VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied Voice and Music Education.  Keith has performed the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and, of course, his home town favorite, the Atlanta Braves.  He is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity and is a certified judge for the Miss America Organization.  After college, Keith spent many years traveling and expanding his musical and theatrical knowledge.  He brings with him over 25 years of vocal experience and theatrical training.