Dear RPC Family,
I just glanced at my calendar and realized that I have already been at Roswell Presbyterian Church for over five months. Wow, time flies when you're having fun! Thank you so much for welcoming me with warmth, enthusiasm, and the love of Christ.
I am excited to let you know that over the past few months we have celebrated the arrival of several new people on our staff as well as the promotion and expansion of other people's roles. We are blessed to have such a talented and dedicated staff!
Please read below to learn about our staff transitions and then join me in celebrating how God is working through their respective ministries.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Jeff J. Meyers
** Please note, there will be an Open House in Alderman Hall on Sunday, August 6 after the 11:15 a.m. worship service to meet all of the new ryeX Youth Staff - Robby Cella, Jaymi Hendrix, and Kemo Jones.
Laura Borel will now serve as the Director of Food Services. Laura and her husband, David, have been members of Roswell Presbyterian Church since 2008. They have four children - Sam, Sarah, Lauren, and Rebecca.
Laura graduated from Auburn University and Johnson and Wales University and has been a kitchen volunteer here at RPC since she joined the church.
Betsy Homer will serve as the full-time Director of Worship and Arts. She has been on staff at Roswell Presbyterian Church for nine years serving as the Children's Choir Director and most recently as the Associate Director of Music. Betsy is married to Stan and they have three children - Jackson, Sarah Grace, and Sam.
As a lifelong Presbyterian and preacher's kid, worship is central to Betsy's love of the church. She hopes to use her gifts to add life, energy, and vibrancy to RPC's weekly worship services, while continuing her roles in leading the music for newborns through 12th graders.
Jaymi Hendrix is the new Director of Youth Smaill Groups for ryeX, RPC's Youth Ministry. She joined RPC's staff in March of 2017. Jaymi grew up in a military family that lived in various locations throughout the world, and she attended Daytona State College in Florida. She is married to Paul and they have one son, Caleb.
Most recently, she served as a JHi Bricks Resident at Perimeter Church. The JHi program hosts around 250 students each week and Jaymi was an integral part in overseeing that program.
Robby Cella is the new Director of Youth Programs for ryeX, RPC's Youth Ministry. He recently completed a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Arts in Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Before seminary, Robby attended University of Colorado and then served in several churches, including First Presbyterian Church of Aurora as the Director of Youth Ministry.
He is married to Emi and they have three children - twins, Evelynn and Emmett, and their newborn daughter, Maren.
Previously, Kemo was an intern in Koinonia, a ministry for GSU students through North Avenue Presbyterian Church. He also served for two years as the youth director at his home church, Elevation Point Church.
Kemo is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Meesa Evans.
Dr. Randy Jackson will continue to serve RPC as an Assistant Pastor for Congregational Care. He joined RPC's staff in October of 2016 after nearly 40 years and a wide range of pastoral experience.
Randy received his Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, VA, and his undergraduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. He most recently served as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Pensacola and was granted Honorable Retirement from the Florida Presbytery.
Randy is married to Cathy and they have three children and five grandchildren who are all active in RPC.
Justin Maxey serves as RPC's organist since joining the staff in January of 2017. He has over 14 years of experience serving churches as an organist, pianist, director of music, choir director, artist-in-residence, and vocal soloist.
In April, Justin completed his Masters in Organ Performance and Literature as The Eastman School of Music and will complete an Artists' Diploma in Organ Performance as Mercer University in the spring of 2018. He also holds a Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance with minors in voice and piano from Shorter College.
Jen Jackson will serve as the part-time, interim Director of Children and Family Ministries while Carrie Weatherford is on maternity leave. Jen and her husband, Jimmy, live in Roswell with their two children, Whit and Emily.
Jen grew up in Alabama and earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Alabama and her Masters of Education from Walden University. She taught high school literature and journalism for over ten years and was the Vice President of the Bascomb Elementary PTA for three years.
Jen has served in a variety of leadership roles in Children and Family Ministries at RPC including VBS Director and Co-Director, Elementary Sunday School teacher, and onCore elective leader.