Pastor Megan was installed as Clairmont's pastor in the Spring of 2022 after serving 15 years in ordained ministry as an associate pastor in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Nurtured in the Christian faith as a child of Christian parents, and loved with the love of Jesus by Sunday School teachers, Choir Directors, Youth Group leaders, and the larger body of Christ, Megan is deeply grateful for the ways in which the church ~ both the local churches to which she has belonged and in which she has worked ~ and the church of Jesus, His body in the world, has formed and reformed her faith through the proclamation and teaching of the Word and the invitation to serve the world which God so loves.
A creative writer and lover of words, Megan pursues a deepening faith through the Spiritual Disciplines of poetry, prayer, Scriptural study. However, the mission and ministries of Clairmont provided the deepest draw for her to this call, as CPC serves the local community through on-campus tutoring, locally based support for those experiencing food insecurity, and housing for refugees and those transitioning from unhoused to housed.
Megan and her husband, Eric, who serves the international community as the General Counsel of CARE, have lived in Decatur since 2005 and have three sons, Scott and Phinehas, both students at Furman University, and Leif who is in sixth grade. The family shares their home with an unruly and totally lovable golden-doodle named Theophilus.
Reverend Megan Johnson, Pastor
Josh Schicker, Director of Administration: Facilities, Technology, and Communication
Josh was born and raised in rural northern Michigan and has called Atlanta home for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of Hope College and an experienced ministry professional working in a variety of capacities over the past two decades. He and his wife, Megan Reader, along with three children, Emmett, Maggie, and Collin live in the Stone Mountain area.
Vernon Kimbro - Organist and Choir Director
Vernon Kimbro is a native of Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Northside High School, an Atlanta Public School, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Georgia State University. He also has a Masters Degree in School Leadership from Troy State University. Vernon has been involved in Church Music all his life. He even started with a Boy Scouts Choir during his teenage years as an Eagle Scout and has directed a number of Church Choirs across denominations in the Atlanta area. He is a twenty-five year Retired Teacher from Fulton County Schools He is happy to be a part of the Clairmont family and hopes to use his gifts to enhance Worship and develop the choir in a like manner as those who preceded him. Vernon's door is always open and enjoys talking to those who would love to come and be a part of the Choir. "Music is Life"!!!
Jorge Lehman-Gonzalez - Youth Ministry Coordinator
Jorge, a native of Atlanta, is a Georgia State University senior majoring in psychology. When not doing school work, Jorge’s attention is on playing soccer, hanging out with his friends, and cavorting with his dog, Maisie. He also worked three years as a youth intern at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, helping to coordinate the program and chaperone youth activities. With a passion and excitement for music, Jorge and his band play in the Atlanta area and outside of the state.
Elisabeth Lloyd - Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Lloyd was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. After graduating from Purdue Fort Wayne in 2007 with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, she and her husband Tim moved to Decatur, GA so that he could attend Candler School of Theology. Upon completion of seminary in 2010, Tim and Elisabeth were given the opportunity to birth a new church. Eastside United Methodist Church has kept them busy for 12 years. Elisabeth and her husband have three children ranging from 6 to 11 and an ornery goldendoodle. Lloyd family hobbies include hiking, biking and kayaking.
Duey Neil, Director of Music and Worship
Prior to joining our staff March of 2018, Duey served 9 years as Director of Contemporary Music at Village Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Duey was a Young Life Area Director for 15 years prior to working in church music ministry. His wife Marilyn and he have three grown children and a gaggle of grandchildren- three of which live in the Atlanta area. Duey has degrees from Michigan State University and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. In his free time he still gets lost on the highways of the greater Atlanta area- sometimes even on purpose.
Barbara Powers, Director of Preschool and Kindergarten
Barbara has been the Director of our weekday preschool and kindergarten since 1984. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She particularly enjoys joining her staff as an educator, teaching the children music. She is an active member at Clairmont and is especially involved with the music ministry, singing in the choir, playing violin in the string ensemble, and ringing handbells. She and her husband Chuck have three grown children and three awesome grandchildren.
Hallie Sway, Financial Secretary
Hallie is our Financial Secretary. She brings years of experience in bookkeeping and more recently in church finance. Her workweek is divided among three churches. Her favorite thing is spending time with her granddaughter who, with her parents, lives in Denver.
Carie Whittaker, Director of Ministry to Parents and Children
Carie is a graduate of McAfee school of theology, and has a M.Div and has served in full time children's ministry for almost 12 years. Atlanta has been home for almost 5 years but she was born and raised out West, in Arizona. Her niece, Rose, who is 17, lives with her and will be a senior in high school next year. Carie is looking forward to working with parents and families here and partnering together to disciple the next generation.
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