Reverend Megan Johnson, Pastor
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.
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 11 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 her two children, Emmett and Maggie, live in the Stone Mountain area.
Duey Neil, Director of Music and Worship
Duey Neil is a Michigan Native, but spent the last 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 new, adorable grand child. Duey has degrees from Michigan State University and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. In his free time he gets lost on the highways of the greater Atlanta area- sometimes even on purpose.
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.
Debbie Miller, Director of Activities
Debbie is in charge of the vibrant Activities Ministry that takes place in the Family Life Center. She oversees the various sports leagues, dance and aerobics classes, and summer camps that take place on campus during the year. On top of all that, she's a former Olympic basketball player!
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.
Linda Massey, Interim Director of Communications
Linda Massey has worked at Clairmont for 25+ years. She retired 6 years ago, but has come out of retirement to be the Interim Director of Communications. She will telecommute until December 2022. She is the mom of two daughters, Kristine Hall (Kenny) and Laura Jensen (Rev Ryan) and three delightful grandchildren, Camille, Knox, and Olivia.
Morgan Burge, Seminary Intern
Morgan Burge is an Atlanta-area native who graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. After college, she began a nine-year career with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship—ministering at campuses across Metro Atlanta before becoming the Associate Area Director of Georgia and Co-Director of southeastern Black student conferences. Her ministry with college students led to a wider call to ministry in the church to Word and Sacrament. After beginning a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2019, she transferred to Columbia Theological Seminary where she is completing a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Care. She lives on campus with her husband, Brandon, and her one-year-old, Serena—the light of their lives!