Members of the PNC:
Paulette Brown has been a member of RPC since June 2002. She and her husband Joel have two children, Cailyn and Matthew. Paulette currently serves as a Confirmation Mentor, a VBS volunteer, a first-time visitor caller, a Cradle Care Ministry volunteer, an onCore table parent, and a MarriedPeople Small Group facilitator. She was an RPC staff member until 2012 as the Director of Communications. She grew up at Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois.
Paulette states, "My husband Joel and I are so thankful to be part of RPC. We are grateful for the chance to share this journey with others and watch our children grow in their understanding and love of God as part of this community of faith. My experience participating in the Belize mission trip years ago was instrumental in my faith and in my relationship with the RPC church family. It was truly a blessing to see how God was already at work in that place, to roll up my sleeves to serve alongside others and to share God's love, and to receive such a genuine welcome into the RPC community, even before I was officially a member."
Tom Duane and his wife Diane have been members of RPC for 21 years. They have been married for 29 years and have three children, Rachel, Hannah, and Bruce. Tom is currently the Chair of Mission Outreach Council, an active elder on Session with the Class of 2016, participates in the Tuesday Men's Bible Study, and volunteers with the Neighborhood Action Ministry.
He says, "his wife has been the biggest influence on his faith development. He has benefited from her Biblical and denominational knowledge, her commitment to living a life of balance, and the willingness to share her gifts with others."
George Dunaway, Co-Chair, served as an elder with the Class of 2015 at RPC and with Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in New Jersey. He is currently involved with the Tuesday Men's Bible Study, Men of RPC Leadership Team, and a Confirmation Mentor. He has been an Adult Sunday School leader, youth leader, and a member of the Personnel Committee. George and his wife Marty have been members of RPC for 16 years and have two children, William and Laura.
When asked what is the most meaningful in his faith development, he states, "I grew up in the Presbyterian Church and have a strong family faith foundation. My faith has been further developed over the years through Bible study and Adult Sunday School."
Henry Hicks has been a member of RPC since 1964 and previously served as an elder. He currently serves as the Chair of the RPC History Guild, attends the early morning Tuesday Men's Bible Study, participates in Wit & Wisdom, and is a member of the Searchers Sunday School class. Henry has also been Treasurer of RPC, a member of the Finance Committee, chair of the Worship and Usher committees, an editor of A History of RPC, 175th Anniversary Edition, and the Sunday School Superintendent.
Henry was married to Anne Thomas Hicks for 52 years, who was a lifelong member of RPC and died from a rare form of cancer in 2013. They have a son, Rev. Kevin T. Hicks, who is currently the pastor of Conyers Presbyterian Church.
When asked what has been most meaningful in his faith development, he says, "The opportunity to work with many dedicated church members on a continuing basis who were strong believers in a generous and loving God and in Jesus as a compassionate and guiding light - those who were devoted to serving - have shown me what real compassion is. Participation in a strong, Christ-centered congregation has provided me with both spiritual inspiration and the importance of serving others."
Lori Howell, Co-Chair, is involved as an Exceptional Children's Shadow, Confirmation Mentor, Leadership Committee for VBS - Bible Coordinator, member of PW Circle 6, and a member of the Pathfinders Adult Sunday School class. She has also served as an elder in the Class of 2013. Lori and her husband Michael have been members of RPC for ten years and have two children, Ben and Taylor.
Lori says, "Some of the most meaningful things that have developed my faith include: teaching Elementary Sunday School and shadowing our exceptional children, being an elder in the Children's Ministry, and witnessing the faith example set by my family and friends at RPC."
Lynn Keenum and his wife Becky have been members of RPC for seven years. Lynn served as an elder at RPC with the Class of 2015 and at his previous church as well.
When asked what have been most meaningful in his faith development, he said, "Men's Bible Study, outside of my family, taught by Lane and now by Brad. I try very hard to attend every week. The study, along with the fellowship, means more than words can express. Praise God for this group of men and especially RPC and what it means to me and my family."
Lynn is an usher, greeter, part of the offering count team each week, Fall Fest volunteer, and teaches Exploring RPC. He has also taught the Young Marrieds class with his wife, was a Confirmation Mentor, and volunteered with the Mission Auction. Becky and Lynn have two daughters, Libby, a member of RPC, and Nikki, and four grandchildren.
David Pynne served as an elder at RPC with the Class of 2014 and was an elder at his previous church in Lilburn, GA. He and his wife Crysti have one son, JT, and have been members of RPC for 15 years. David is a High School Youth Volunteer leader in Sunday School, small groups, and events. He is also on the Planning Committee for the Men of RPC and is a regular worship and WEF attendee. His previous involvement at RPC and prior churches has been as a youth leader and a member of the Youth Minister Search Committee.
David says, "that Disciple Bible Study, both the material and the people, has been most meaningful in his faith development."
Sally Rhoden has been a member of RPC since 2003 and an elder at RPC with the Class of 2010. She is currently Chair of Stephen Leaders, a Chancel Choir member, Personnel Committee member, assists in the kitchen, part of the Funeral Guild group, and volunteers with the special needs population. Sally has also been involved as Co-chair for At Home Retreat, Discipleship classes, Music Mission Kiev Committee, the 175th Anniversary of RPC Committee member, Chair of Lay Parish Visitors, and was on the PNCs for Rev. Mary Cox and Rev. Brad Clayton. She has two grown sons and one daughter and has eight grandchildren.
When asked what has been most meaningful in her faith development, she says, "My involvement in Stephen Ministry has been the most meaningful in my faith journey. To me, Stephen Ministry is what Christianity is all about and is a way of life for me."
Mark Roberson has been a member of RPC since 1998 and served(s) as an elder in the Classes of 2004, 2009, and 2018. Previously he served on Worship and Membership Councils, Planning Committee, Exploring RPC, ushering, and the Concert Series. He is currently involved with RPC’s new church plant, The Mustard Seed Project. Mark participates in Men’s Bible Study and the Decorating Committee/Flower Guild. Beyond RPC, Mark serves the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta as a member of Council and currently Co-Chair of Committee On Ministry. He is a trustee of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia and member of the Presidents’ Advisory Council of Columbia Theological Seminary.
Mark and his wife, Beth, enjoy family time with their two children and three grandchildren.
When asked what has been most meaningful in his faith development, he says, "Exploring RPC has been one of the most meaningful because of meeting new families seeking a place to serve. Additionally, The Mustard Seed Project is the current one that is most meaningful because it is reaching out to a new community in a new approach to being church."
Marian Seaman is married to Don and they have three sons, Doug, Neal, and Mark, who have all been active in the elementary and youth programs at RPC. Marian has been a member of RPC for 19 years and is a Confirmation Mentor and a member of the Good News Sunday School class. She was an elder with the Class of 2007, a former member of the Personnel Committee, has been an Elementary Sunday School teacher, and a high school girls talk back leader.
When asked what has been most meaningful in her faith development, she said, "Throughout my childhood, my mother was an example of a Christian way of life through her active dedication to our local church as well as other organizations meaningful to her. As an adult, the grace and support demonstrated by the RPC staff and friends to me and my family."
Cade Thacker was an active elder with the Class of 2010 and has been a member of RPC since 2004. He is currently involved with the 4th grade Sunday School class and elementary school music. He has also been a Sunday School teacher for 3-year-olds, 4th and 5th graders, served as an usher, worked the Welcome Center, served on the Financial Resources Ministry, taught a Crown Financial Ministry class, and participated in a Marketing Focus Group for the church. Cade says he is a third-generation Presbyterian - maybe even further back!
He says, "his mother was the spiritual rock of his family, between her and his identical twin brother, it helped to keep him uplifted and marching forward. Also being in a church that is a 'work group for sinners rather than a museum for saints' is a critical part of his faith journey."