Doctor Reverend Nicole Lock, Interim Senior Pastor
Nicole Lock was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Davidson College (go Wildcats!) Upon graduation, Nicole served in youth ministry for eight years in North Carolina and Virginia before discerning Christ’s call to ordained ministry. After earning her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, she returned to Atlanta in 2009 when she was called as Associate Pastor for Discipleship at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Snellville, where she ministered for five years. Since then, Nicole has served as interim pastor for various congregations in our Presbytery and in Cherokee Presbytery. In 2017 Nicole received her Doctor in Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. As part of her doctoral track “Transforming Congregations,” Nicole worked with several congregations in their worship ministry, titling her thesis project: “Why Is This Hour Different From All Other Hours? The Mission of Worship.” An active member of our Presbytery, Nicole has served on the Committee for Preparation for Ministry, the Examinations Commission, and the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee. Outside of ministry – or rather, an extension of her community ministry – Nicole serves as a volunteer Run Lead with Atlanta Track Club.
Other fun facts about Nicole: She is:
A born-and-raised native of Atlanta, Georgia.
An only child of a wonderful family.
A diehard college basketball fan, particularly when the Davidson Wildcats or Carolina Tar Heels are playing or when any team is playing during March Madness.
A caffeine addict, especially of the Starbuck’s variety and most especially when shared over conversation with new or old friends
An endurance runner. I have completed twenty half marathons and six full marathons.
An aficionado of good food. While we love to try new restaurants, my husband and I also love to cook at home together. (He’s a better cook than I am.)
A globe trotter. I enjoy traveling and seeing what Jesus is doing around the world. I also love traveling to visit family - “The River” and “The Farm” are two of my favorite vacation spots.
A partner in mission. I’ve had the privilege of joining in Christ’s mission in various places, from Rise Against Hunger and Family Promise, to hurricane relief work in North Carolina and Louisiana, to global missions in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Kenya. I look forward to seeing where the Spirit leads me next.
One (of the two) “favorite humans” of two fun-loving cats.
More importantly, a beloved and loving wife of my husband James for fourteen years.
Most importantly, a beloved child of God and disciple of Jesus Christ.
Jeremy Zach, Director of Student Ministry
Jeremy grew up in the very cold state of Minnesota where there are tens of thousands of lakes and mosquitoes. He received his BA in Communications from University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities. After college, he got tired of the cold so he moved to Pasadena, CA to complete his Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in youth, family and culture.
He’s been professionally involved in youth ministry for the past 15 years. He is also a Reserve Navy/Marine Chaplain.
He’s a single (and a very very proud) dad of two beautiful girls, Harlow (4) and Aria (2). He dreams of nothing but the best for his two daughters. Harlow and Aria bring him so much laughter, peace and adventure.
Things that make him smile: consuming gallons of hot sauce and mexican food, caring for his cats, reading whatever is on the New York Best Seller list, working out at the gym and watching anything on Netflix.
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"!!!
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.
Gary England, Business Administrator
Gary joined us as our new Business Administrator in 2015, and we are delighted to have him. With 30+ years in banking and 3 years of small business ownership, he brings a wealth of practical experience to our team. Gary and his wife, Elspeth, live in the Chastain Park area and have two adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.
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 Administrative Assistant
Linda is our interim Administrative Assistant. She worked for Clairmont as Director of Communications and Publications from 1995 until 2015, when she retired as Church Administrator. She volunteered for five years doing odds and ends at church and then became part of the staff at the onset of the pandemic. Linda is an Elder serving as Clerk of Session and Chair of Leadership Development. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, Kristine and her daughter, Olivia are members of Clairmont. If there is something you need to know or have done at Clairmont, just ask Linda!