janJan Stewart Tolbert - Pastor/Shepherd

When Jan was initially called to the ministry, she was a high school science teacher. She entered seminary and earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, where she’s currently enrolled in Columbia’s Doctor of Ministry.

She has led the Carrollton Presbyterian congregation since 2004, and before that served Greenville Presbyterian Church in Meriwether County for three years. From there she was chaplain to the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation for four years.

Jan is married to Jerry Tolbert, a Coweta County native. Jerry is also an ordained elder in the PCUSA and an active Habitat for Humanity volunteer and board member. As a family they enjoy travel, reading and music.

Jan Fun Facts:

Favorite Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Favorite Potluck Supper Dish: Bean Salad with vinegar and oil dressing. Not sure what it is called but I eat it like it’s going out of style.

How do you see God at work in the world today? When I see these people here taking up their cross and following – making decisions in matters of life and faith that are less about the individual, and more about the community and the world.

VFisherVicki Fisher: Church Secretary and Chief Traffic Director 

Vicki 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. 

Brad Photo1Bradley Bunn, Director of Christian Education

Welcome our newest staff member!

Prior to coming to Carrollton Presbyterian Church, Brad served in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2003. Before that, he served at First Baptist Church of Dayton, OH, as an intern while attending United Theological Seminary. Brad has extensive experience in youth and children’s ministries, starting from his early days in ministry at Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Columbus, GA.

An avid hiker, Brad finds that hiking is the perfect leisure activity to do with his family: “I have four wonderful children (Kaetlyn, Bryce, Ava, and Evan) who have become my little Bunn hikers over the past several years. Although my wife (Erika) is not able to hike with us yet, she still gets joy knowing that the kids are having fun with Dad. Red Top Mountain seems to be our favorite place to hike together.”

Brad graduated from Harris County High School in Hamilton, GA. He received his post-secondary education from LaGrange College with a B.A. in Religion and subsequent graduate degrees from Mercer University (M.Div.) and Clemson University (M.S.). Go Tigers!

When he’s not watching Clemson football or Mercer basketball, Brad enjoys being engaged with people—learning their stories, sharing experiences, and visioning how the Church may be a viable witness in an ever-changing world: “My hope and prayer at CPC is that I can reflect God’s truth and love through my vulnerability—modeling that God’s power is alive and well in spite of our weaknesses. I pray that Christian Education at CPC will infuse all that we do with one another—conforming us into the image of Christ for the sake of others.”

We asked Brad to respond to some questions:

What gets you going in the morning?
    Evan's crying.

What excites you about ministry at CPC?
    Being in ministry with such a talented, gifted, and passionate congregation.

Who is your favorite theologian?
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is right at the top. My faith is always challenged when I read his works.

What is your all-time favorite movie?
    Home for the Holidays, starring HollyHunter

If you were not a Christian Educator, what would you be?
    Unemployed! Seriously...an art teacher.

Dawn McCord   Dr. Dawn McCord: Director of Music

    Dawn 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.

WayneGilreathBioShotWayne Gilreath: Organist/Pianist

Wayne was born and raised in a military family, and this fostered a love for experiencing other cultures and travel. 

Wayne earned a B.M. in Piano Performance in 2005, studying with Mr. George Mann. While at UWG, Wayne also studied organ with Dr. Dawn MCCord. In the fall of 2005 he entered the University of Tennessee working toward a Master's of Music in Piano Performance. Upon entering UT, Wayne was awarded a full graduate assistantship in accompanying, allowing him to work with numerous vocalists, instrumentalists, and serve as the pianist for both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. His principal teacher was Dr. David Northington.  Wayne completed his M.M. in Piano Performance in 2007. 

Since completing graduate school, Wayne has taught for Haralson County School System and spent two years as a Flight Attendant for an International Charter Airline.  Currently, he is a staff accompanist at the University of West Georgia and maintains a private piano studio. He began at CPC in December of 2011.  

Wayne Fun Facts:

Favorite Hymn: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Resignation) 

Favorite Potluck Supper Dish: Chili!

How do you see Christ at work in the world today? If you want to see that, look in our own community.  People here are exemplifying God’s love by feeding hungry people at the soup kitchen, donating to Open Hands, entertaining at nursing homes, Christ’s love is right here.

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