Our Pastors and Staff


Stephen Carpenter - Senior Pastor

Stephen studied at Milligan College, Emannuel Christian Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary.  His ministry experience includes planting two churches and serving on the foreign mission field.  Kentucky born, Stephen is a native of Canton, Ohio.  He enjoys golf, tennis, and pickleball.  He's a big sports fan, loves traveling around the world and connecting with different cultures.  He is married to Beth Ann, a teacher at McIntosh High School, and the father of three children.



Ray Walker - Associate Pastor for Worship Ministries

As Associate Pastor for Worship Ministries, Ray connects the church to God and his glory through music and the arts.  For the last 18 years, Ray has served churches in the Fayetteville area leading worship ministries and developing worship musicians.  Ray is a native of Macon, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Business.  After serving as a Youth Pastor for 6 years, he attended Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary, graduating in 1989 with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education.  He married his wife, Lynn, in 1987 and they have two children, Kate and Annie.


Justin Fincannon - Youth Pastor

Justin majored in Biblical Studies and Preaching at Point University.  While a student, he met his wife Morgan. They have been married since August of 2015 and have their first child coming in June.  Their other two kids (dogs,) Luna and Maya, keep them busy hiking in the woods and mountains. Justin felt the calling to go into youth ministry his senior year in high school and has been pursuing that mission ever since.  He is active in in both Whitewater Middle and High Schools.  He's a GA Bulldog fan!

Ashli Williams - Children's Pastor

Ashli is graduate of McIntosh High School and LaGrange College.  She earned a BA degree in Early Childhood Education and taught in the Fayette County School System for twenty years.  She and Thomas have four children...Greyson (13), Brayden (10), Jackson (8), & Ava Kate (6) + three fur children.  Ashli is dog lover & rescue advocate!  She spends her free time volunteering with local rescue organizations.

Heather Hughes - Special Needs Coordinator

Heather graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2001 with a Psychology/Sociology degree. She is marred to Jay and has two daughters.


Stacy Alread - Preschool Director

She has served the church in different capacities since 1999.  Stacy attended Atlanta Christian College, is married to David and is the mother of two grown children.


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