Rev. Tom Buchanan - Interim Pastor

Tom Buchanan photoA lifelong Presbyterian, Tom Buchanan was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1993. He has served congregations in New Jersey and Georgia, most recently as Associate Pastor at Emory Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Tom approaches church leadership with energy and enthusiasm, being particularly known for strong preaching and teaching, creative approaches to outreach, and out-of-the-box educational opportunities in the communities he has served.   Tom lives in Marietta with his wife Lisa and an amusing black cat named Boo.

Fun Facts about Tom:

  • Favorite Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • Favorite Potluck Supper: Low Country BBQ
  • How do you see Jesus in the world? "Ditto Vicki. I see him in the joining of denominations to fight universal problems like hunger and child abuse."
Vicki Fisher: Church Secretary and Chief Traffic Director

Fisher, Vicki2Vicki came to work at CPC on August 3, 2009. Although born in Oklahoma, she has lived in Texas, New Mexico, and Arkansas as well. She and her husband Gary and daughter Charissa moved to Douglasville in 1988 to join other family members who had also made their homes in this area.  

The major part of Vicki’s working career has been in the banking industry, primarily in commercial lending administration. She also worked as a Financial Secretary for the First Methodist Church in Douglasville and as Office Manger for Wells Fargo Real Estate Group in Atlanta. Vicki’s foremost desire is to perform her job at CPC to the best of her ability, while striving to be a blessing to its members and an instrument for God.

Vicki Fun Facts:

  • Favorite Hymn:  In The Garden
  • Favorite Potluck Supper Dish: Mexican Casserole
  • How do you see Christ at work in the world today? I see him in the joining of denominations to fight universal problems like hunger and child abuse. 
Andrea Johnson - Christian Education Director

AndreaJohnsonAndrea Johnson is overseeing CPC's Adult and Children's Christian Education ministry helping to enrich the faith development for our children of all ages. In addition to the Wednesday evening and Sunday morning programming, our Christian Education ministry will be developing discipleship opportunities for our Junior and Senior High along with special events for all ages throughout the year.  

Andrea is a graduate of the University of West Georgia (2008) with a BM in Music Education.     She is married to Norm Johnson and they have two children, Aaron and Leah.  Andrea grew up in the Douglasville Presbyterian Church and is an ordained elder in the PCUSA.  She has taken courses at Columbia Theological Seminary and is eager to see all of our children grow in their faith.

    Andrea says:  “As I look ahead to the future, I am joyful and optimistic! I am excited to see our children grow in their faith, their discipleship, and their relationships with one another, and the larger church family. I also look forward to working together as a loving church family. To listen and wait for the movement of God's Holy Spirit within our midst, as we prayerfully grow and develop educational opportunities for ALL of our young people. What wonderful blessings surely await our church family here at CPC as we fulfill and affirm our baptismal promises, together!”

Dr. Dawn McCord - Director of Music

McCord, Dawn_staffDawn Harmon McCord, DMA and NCTM, is Associate Professor of Music Education and Organ  Studies at the University of West Georgia and has served on the boards of the Georgia Music Educators and Georgia Music Teachers Association. Dawn holds degrees from UGA, LSU, and FSU with studies in Music Education, Choral Conducting, and Organ Studies. She regularly adjudicates piano events and her research interests include topics related to teaching and learning. Dawn and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Lance and Ian and their granddaughter, Sophia, is the source of great joy in their lives.

Favorite Hymn: ’Tis Midnight and on Olive’s Brow”

Favorite Potluck Supper: Anything cooked by the men and women of CPC, e.g., Bes, Matt, Pat. Raw octopus is not my favorite dish.

How do you see Jesus in the world? A song sung by faith and mind, a hand stretched out to heal and support, a word of inspiration and witness, a heart that can bear witness to sorrow and joy.

Leslie Goldsmith - Pianist

Leslie GoldsmithLeslie Goldsmith is most comfortable behind a keyboard. Classically trained at Juilliard, she has performed as a soloist, an accompanist for solo artists, ensembles, concert and community choirs, and as pianist and musical director in theater. In addition to CPC, she currently "plays" with the UWG concert choir and accompanies students and faculty at juries, hearings and recitals. Also an actress, she has been featured in more than fifteen CAST productions in recent years. In her "other" life, she and her husband, Bruce, develop custom business Apps and interactive natural health education software to improve people's lives.
"Music is an integral part of who I am, and it is a privilege to create beautiful music with others. The CPC family has been warm and welcoming, and I look forward to sharing music together every week."

Leslie Fun Facts:
Favorite Hymn: Oseh Shalom
How do you see God at work in the world today? Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that goes beyond what the eye can see. It is how t'kun olam (healing of the world) takes place.

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