Rev. Deborah Carlton
Debbie is a native of Atlanta, GA and a graduate of Rockdale High School. She attended the University of Georgia and received a B.A. degree in anthropology, minors in French and Geography. While at UGA she studied abroad in France and traveled throughout Europe and was active in the University of Georgia Wesley Foundation. After college she served 2 years as a US-2 Missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in Espanola, New Mexico as Youth Minister. Upon returning from New Mexico, she completed her Masters of Divinity degree at Emory’s Candler School of Theology and was ordained an Elder in the North Georgia Conference in 2006. Debbie loves traveling and spending time with her family. Debbie has two very active little girls, Sophia ten and Phoebe seven.
Rev. Jim Landis
Jim was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. His family moved to Atlanta when he was one, so he considers himself a Georgian. He graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Business. In 2007 after 30 years, he retired from General Motors. His call to the ministry has been a life long journey. In 1998, he answered God’s call. He recently completed a Course of Study at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. Jim and Sheila have been married for 38 years and have two children Adam and Kimberly Lee and two grand-daughters Madeline (Maddie) and Peyton.
Gretchen Barker, Worship Leader and Director of Children’s Ministries
Andrew Graham, Chancel Choir Music Director
Andrew is a graduate of Columbus State University and has a Masters of Music Education. He is the current Chorus Teacher at Central Gwinnett High School. He has extensive perfomance experience having performed at Carnegie Hall, the New York Empire Brass, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, as well as performing the lead role in the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. Andrew has also led and conducted handbell choirs, was a clinician with the American Guild of Handbell Ringers, and is a current voice instructor at Sunrise School of Fine Arts and MOTH music.
Andrew is a very qualified and talented young man. His wife Sarah of four years is also a musician. She is an accomplished flute player who teaches private lessons.
Most important of all, Andrew and Sarah are kind and compassionate Christian people with a heart for the church of Jesus Christ. They currently attend Lawrenceville First UMC and sing/ participate in the music program there. His wife Sarah of four years is also a musician. She is an accomplished flute player who teaches private lessons.
Brenda Atkins, Office Administrator
Amy Zahorian, Finance
Megan O’Keefe, Preschool Director
Megan comes to Harmony Grove Preschool with 15 years teaching in Special Education. A graduate from the University of Central Florida , Megan has worked with children in a variety of settings. The O’Keefe family fell in love with the preschool when oldest child, Ryan, attended pre-k and middle son Jack was in the PMO class. Jack is now in pre-k and youngest child Emma is in the PMO class. It is a blessing and wonderful opportunity to work with the preschool staff that guided and nurtured her children and to give that rewarding experience to other families.