The church members are cared for and led by a group of godly men elected by the congregation. These leaders meet the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. These men are called “elders” and together they are the church’s “session.”
(“Elder” is translation of the New Testament word presbyteros, found in the passages listed above. This word is where “presbyter” and “Presbyterian” come from.)
Shepherding: Our elders care for the members of the church much like a shepherd cares for his flock of sheep. Each member of CPC is placed under the care of one of our elders, who regularly contacts them to minister to their needs.
Ken Doll – 706.839.6659
John Stumpf – (Sabbatical)
Don Bluster – 706.499.6818
Bryan Black – 706.461.0431
Chris Akridge – 706.768.7498
Hobie Wood (Pastor) – 706.490.2065 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hobie is married to the lovely Hannah, and they have two sons – Levi and Lat (short for Latimer). He is a native of Tiger, Ga. (Rabun County), a graduate of Clemson University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Prior to seminary and being called to be the pastor at Christ Presbyterian, Hobie and Hannah were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He’s a rabid Clemson fan and a (very) novice fly-fisherman.
The church’s ministries of mercy and service are led by the board of deacons who are also elected by the congregation. These men meet the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. While the deacons oversee our ministry of service, all church members are asked to serve in some way.
(“Deacon” is taken from the New Testament word diakonos found in the passage listed above. The word literally means “servant” or “helper.” While all Christians are called to serve, the New Testament also identifies the office of “deacon” that we specify here.)
Brian Patterson – 770-841-4642
Keith Loveland – 706-878-7530
Gus Hames – 706-461-3091
Lee Hicks – email@example.com
Craig Elder – firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Coordinator: April Akridge (email@example.com)
April was born and raised in Duluth, Georgia. Her family moved to Clarkesville soon after she graduated high school. She is a graduate of Piedmont College where she studied elementary education. She and her husband Chris have four sons, Eli, Ty, Jack and Clay. After spending seven years as a third grade teacher, she left the classroom to spend time at home raising her sons. She has spent the last five years teaching preschool. She enjoys hiking, cheering on the Habersham Central Raiders, and being with her family.
Pastoral Intern: Seth Hulsey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seth and his lovely wife Jalen, a Professional School Counselor, are both Habersham county natives. Prior to married life, Seth completed a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology from Young Harris College. After college, he moved to Athens, Georgia where he ministered to college students at the University of Georgia, and soon followed the call to seminary. He now attends Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Seth enjoys living an active lifestyle and relating with people of all walks of life.