Our Pastors and Staff


Stephen Carpenter - Senior Pastor

Stephen studied at Milligan College, Emanuel 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 a daughter named Macy.  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!

Gail  Pietrofere - Special needs director

Gail Pietrofere is leading our Special Needs ministry on Sunday mornings. Gail currently works for the Our World school in McDonough and has previously spent time with the local Joseph Sams school and the Stepping Stone school in Griffin. She brings many years of experience and a huge heart for those who need our specialized care.

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.

 Telaina Panzenhagen - Children’s Director

Telaina volunteers her time to bless our Children’s Ministry with her love and compassion to teach and show children the love of Jesus.

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