Rev. Owen Stepp, Senior Pastor
Owen leads our team of pastoral and support staff. He works with the elders and other leaders of the church to discern and implement God’s will for Clairmont. Owen comes to us after spending four years in the financial services industry. God has powerfully used that experience in the marketplace to shape Owen’s leadership, preaching and pastoral care for God’s family here at Clairmont.
Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Owen graduated from Wake Forest University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He continued his education at Princeton Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity. Owen has served churches in Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Northern Ireland.
Owen and his wife Carolyn, a graduate of The University of Georgia, live in Atlanta. They have three young children, Anna Kate, Charlie, and baby Sarah. Besides being a wonderful mom, Carolyn works for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in her hometown of Newnan. Owen and Carolyn enjoy spending time with their children, being outdoors, entertaining friends in their home, and cheering for the Braves.
Rosemary Farmer, Director of Children and Family Ministry
Rosemary and her husband Richard, are recent transplants to Georgia from the great state of Texas. Rosemary spent most of her teen and college years in San Diego, California. There she attended and graduated from Point Loma University and later graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master's degree in Christian Education. Her love for the Lord and His people inspires her to serve the local church, kids and their families with joy and passion. Rosemary enjoys finding new and creative ways to share the 'old story', the gospel of Jesus Christ to kids. Rosemary is also a pastor's wife. She shares in the ministry of the church where her husband, Richard pastors in Stone Mountain, GA. Rosemary and Richard have been married 37 years and are proud parents of their beloved son, Timothy Hakim Farmer. Tim lives in Houston, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dolly Purvis, Director of Communications
Dolly is our Director of Communications and also coordinates many of the church's administrative functions. She is a Decatur native and a graduate of Agnes Scott College, earning her bachelor of arts degree in English and Bible. Prior to working in the non-profit sector she was an editor at newspapers in Decatur where she won several honors from industry organizations, including the Georgia Press Association. When she is not on the job at Clairmont, she enjoys taking photographs for a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.