Rev. Jarrod Longbons
Reverend Jarrod Longbons is the sixth Senior Minister of Peachtree Christian Church in its illustrious 90-year history. Rev. Longbons and his wife Colleen are natives of Central Illinois, and both have been blessed to come from Christian homes. As a teenager, Rev. Longbons sensed a calling to vocational ministry and has spent his entire adult life pursuing this calling. He preached his first sermon at age fifteen, and he has since served in each of the three main branches of the Campbell-Stone Movement: Disciples of Christ, Independent Christian Churches, and Churches of Christ. This experience combined with the movement’s ethos toward unity has shaped Rev. Longbons’ deep desire for inter-denominational Christian unity and authentic community.
Rev. Longbons has an undergraduate degree in theology and homiletics from Lincoln Christian University, and a master’s degree in contemporary theology focusing on theology, philosophy, and ecology. He is currently dissertating a PhD in theology from the University of Nottingham under the supervision of a theologian of great influence—Prof. John Milbank. Rev. Longbons’ research focuses on the doctrine of creation, ecology, and the church as a “community of creation.” In addition to serving the local church and his theological scholarship, Rev. Longbons has enjoyed the occasional adjunct teaching position and opportunities to guest lecture.
His wife of nearly 8 years, Colleen, is an analyst with State Farm Insurance Company. She has been an indispensible part of his ministry for over ten years, first as a volunteer to youth and then later as a mentor to young women and as a member of various groups: worship teams, book clubs, Bible classes, and children’s programs. Rev. Longbons describes Colleen as his, “partner in redemption” who “enchants the world.” They have two daughters, Marcella and Ruby. Rev. Longbons enjoys exploring the natural world and leading his family on adventures in the wilderness.
Rev. Jim Bell
Minister of Music and Special Ministries
Jim Bell holds degrees in Voice and Choral Music from Belhaven College and Kansas State University. In addition, Rev. Bell has done post-graduate study at The University of Northern Colorado and The University of North Texas. A Minister licensed by the Regional Church, his ministry at Peachtree began in 1987.
As a Rotary International Graduate Fellow, he also studied at The University of Vienna and the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Rev. Bell was a professor of voice and choral music with the Texas University System. As a singer, Rev. Bell has worked with many of the major conductors in the world. In Atlanta, he sang with the late Robert Shaw appearing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The ASO Chamber Chorus, and The Robert Shaw Chamber Singers (home based in Souillac, France). Under the baton of Maestro Shaw, Rev. Bell has performed throughout Europe and has appeared at Avery-Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Rev. Bell maintains an active career as a singer, teacher and conductor. He is married to Martha Steed Bell and they have two children, Laura Elisabeth and James IV.
Family Life Director
Katie has been a member of Peachtree Christian Church for over 17 years. During this time she has served in multiple leadership roles in the Youth Group and Christian Women’s Fellowship. She earned her BA in Theatre (cum laude) from Samford University and is actively involved in Co-Directing Peachtree’s C.A.S.T. (Christian Acting and Singing Troupe) and our annal Children’s Christmas show . While directing CAST performances from 2012-2015, she also served as the full-time Youth Director working with Peachtree’s 7-12 grade students. Recently, she transitioned into her position as the Family Life Director overseeing all aspects of family life from birth to graduation. It is her hope and prayer to provide a loving, open, and spiritually rich family life ministry to all families, in all circumstances. Katie is currently working towards becoming a Commissioned Minister through the Disciples of Christ, Christian Church in Georgia.
Family is of the utmost importance to her and she is thankful for her wonderful husband, Jeff and their two sweet children, Hannah and Lawson. Katie and her husband Jeff were married in our sanctuary in March 2012 and they are 3rd generation members of this wonderful faith community.
Dan Johnson spent 23 years as a member of Peachtree Christian Church before he joined our staff. During that time he served as vice chair and chair of the Official Board, and as a member of the executive committee. He is currently a trustee, an elder, and is leading the Peachtree Heritage Fund to raise the church’s permanent endowment to $7 million to care for and preserve the historic sacred space where we worship and serve the city of Atlanta.
The Executive Minister is the church’s chief operating officer and the Senior Pastor’s chief of staff. Dan’s responsibilities include effectively organizing and administering the personnel and resources of the church and managing its daily operations.
As the founder and president of ImageMaster Productions, Inc., he has a proven background of managing people, projects and finances. During his 20-year career as a film and television producer and director, Dan has won 24 Emmy Awards from the Southeast Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Dan’s transition from the business world to vocational ministry was a long and thoughtful process undergirded by much prayer. He has a strong Christian faith, a spirit of servant-leadership, and a clear call to serve alongside our Senior Pastor to ensure the smooth operations of our church.
Dee Stone’s career and interest is a kaleidoscope of colorful variety and experiences, starting with a degree in journalism from the nation’s first, and according to Dee, the nation’s finest journalism school at the University of Missouri. After graduation she pursued multiple avenues of the profession including TV writer, producer, and on-air talent, followed by marketing, public relations, international student recruiting, and 17 years as a wine journalist and international wine judge.
She has visited all 50 states in the U.S.A. and just short of 50 countries around the world. In 1990, she traveled on mission to the former Soviet Union to deliver Bibles and most recently, represented Peachtree Christian Church on a trip to India for the dedication of a church building built from the contributions of our congregation.
Dee has been a faithful member of Peachtree for more than 40 years and has served as Chair of the Official Board and is currently an Elder. She embraces the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to connect current and new Peachtree family members with each other and with opportunities for personal growth and service.
Dee is an avid kayaker and camper and is passionate board member of Georgia River Network, a group that works statewide to empower local citizens to achieve and maintain clean, healthy rivers.
Rev. Jared Wortman
Jared has served as a ministry fellow at Harvard Law School for the past 3 years and has significant ministry and teaching experience. He graduated with a Master of Theological Studies from The Divinity School at Duke University with an emphasis in New Testament. Jared also served as a teaching minister for more than four years at Forum Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri, and graduated from Johnson University with a Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in biblical studies and leadership. Jared has been an invited presenter for the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.
Jared is married to Katrina, an editor and food blogger, and they have a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.
As the Communications Director of Peachtree Christian, Amy oversees our website, social media and printed publications. She has 15+ years of experience in design and communications. Early in her career she had the opportunity to work as a graphic designer for a church, but eventually went on to pursue what she thought was her dream to work in the design world. It only took a few years to realize that her heart really was in church work. A friend told her about an opening at a vibrant church in Midtown Atlanta and she joined the Peachtree staff in 2009. Active and involved in many church activities, Amy has found her home among this loving congregation.
Herbert Buffington, nationally recognized for us ability as an organ improvisateur, has served as Peachtree’s organist since 1996. He maintains an active solo recital schedule and has appeared in concert at such major venues as the Washington National Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA, National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C., the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland, The Kauffman Center, Kansas City, Kansas, Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina, and the Bates Recital Hall at The University of Texas at Austin. A widely respected musician, he has won several major awards. He also has served on the faculties of church music conferences and been a recitalist and improvisation clinician at events across the country.
Mr. Buffington received early musical training as a chorister in the Men and Boys choir at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, where he also held the position of Cathedral Sub-Organist for several years before entering undergraduate school. He received academic degrees from Duke University (A.B.) and from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University (M.Mus.). European study was at the Vienna International Music Center and the Hochshule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Karen joined the Peachtree staff in February 2015 and is making a significant positive impact in the finance office. She holds an undergraduate and masters degree in accounting and is ensuring the smooth transition to our updated cloud-based financial software. Karen is also planning the implementation and launch of a new and improved online giving program. She brings many years of experience in church accounting and ministry and has proven to be an efficient, effective, and trusted member of the Peachtree Christian staff.
Wedding Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Sylvie joined the Peachtree staff in June 2015 and fulfills the dual role of Wedding Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She brings years of experience in executive administrative assistance and project management to Peachtree. Sylvie utilizes her demonstrated skills and gifts to ensure the continuation of excellence with our Wedding Ministry and within the wide range of church operations.
Agnes has served as the receptionist at Peachtree Christian since November of 1999. During the week, Agnes’ smiling face or welcoming voice on the phone is often the first contact a visitor has with Peachtree. Her ministry among us helps to coordinate and facilitate connections between staff, members, ministries and the community. Agnes says that she has been “blessed, to be a blessing.” For that we are thankful!
Children’s Education Director
Robin joined our staff in 2000. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing from University of Georgia. Before joining the Peachtree staff, she worked for Turner Broadcasting/CNN for five years full-time and then three years part-time. She adores working with children and spent her high school and college years teaching children how to ice skate at Stone Mountain Park.
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One of the defining features of Peachtree is that we are a congregational church. While the staff provides leadership and support, the church is governed by lay members of the church, known as the Official Board. Members of the Board are elected by the congregation.
The Board represents the congregation and is made up of Deacons, Elders, Trustees and Ministers and is the decision-making body for all matters other than personnel decisions. The Executive Committee serves as the Personnel Committee and makes personnel decisions. Committee and staff reports give board members the opportunity to stay informed of plans and offer input to activities in the life of our church. Any policy, policy changes, programs, service opportunities, activities and/or operational issues are presented, discussed and, as needed, voted on by the Official Board.