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
Sarah Brasington is a native of the Atlanta area, growing up in Powder Springs with her parents and older brother. After graduating from Samford University in 1998 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Sarah began her ministry calling as a youth associate in Marietta, GA.
Sarah moved to Texas in 2002 where she received a Masters of Divinity degree from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. In 2005, Sarah relocated to the Northeast, where she pioneered the mission of Young Life in the communities of Boston and Cambridge, MA.
She recently returned to her southern roots to be closer to her parents and brother’s family. Sarah has a passion for urban ministry and is most enthused by the opportunity to serve families in a congregation she describes as warm, welcoming, and friendly.
When Sarah isn’t spending time with family or friends, she’s most likely out on a hiking trail with her dog, Titus, or sitting in a coffee shop sipping a fresh cup of black coffee with book in hand. Peachtree’s staff is excited about Sarah’s new infusion of energy, creativity, and passion to serve God and His people at the crossroads of Atlanta.
Rev. Nick Chambers
Nick received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Lincoln Christian University in 2012 and completed his Masters in Theology from their Seminary.
Nick’s call into vocational ministry has unfolded over a number of years along the two avenues of music and theology. God taught him to root these gifts and loves in the life of the Church as a “steward of the mysteries of God.” God called Nick through study and teaching to communicate the things of God to the people of God, and through prayer and music to help give voice to the worshipping community.
Previously, Nick has served as Young Adults’ Worship and Teaching Minister at Bellevue Christian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and most recently as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Calvary United Methodist Church in his hometown of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. His ministry experience includes preaching and teaching, leading worship and shepherding volunteers, organizing and leading small group ministries, and producing resources for study and spiritual formation. He also has teaching experience at the university level.
Nick is married to Katlyn, a gifted artist and passionate servant of the Church. Together they enjoy being outdoors, practicing hospitality, eating good food, and supporting each other’s art. They desire for their home to be a microcosm of new creation. They have one son, Jack.
Rev. Dee Stone
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 came to Peachtree in the summer of 2016 after working with students at Harvard Law School for more than three years. He brings significant pastoral ministry and teaching experience to the Peachtree staff, having served congregations in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Columbia, Missouri. At Peachtree, Jared oversees adult education, outreach, and discipleship. Whether teaching in a classroom, preaching on Sunday, or officiating at weddings, he loves working in a vibrant, thoughtful, and caring community.
Jared is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where he is exploring the relationship between church and community leadership. He graduated with a Master of Theological Studies from The Divinity School at Duke University with an emphasis in New Testament and Christian origins, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in biblical studies and leadership, from Johnson University. Jared has also completed coursework at Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School. His writing has been published in academic journals, and he has been an invited presenter for churches, colleges, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Academy of Religion.
Jared is married to Katrina, a writer and editor, and they have two young children.
Herb Buffington came to Peachtree Christian Church in 1996, following seven years as Director of Music and Organist of Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia. Active in church music since childhood, he sang in the Men and Boys Choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, where he studied organ and conducting with the cathedral’s Organist and Choirmaster, Ronald Rice, and also held the position of Sub-Organist until entering college. His career as a church musician has spanned over four decades, and he is widely known and respected as a sensitive accompanist, and for his creative and inspiring service playing.
Herb won Second Prize in the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation and his music has been featured many times on National Public Media’s “Pipedreams” broadcasts. Active for many years as performer, clinician, accompanist, and hymn festival leader, he has been on the faculty of several church music conferences, and was Organ Clinician for the Association of Disciple Musicians 2012 national conference. He is President-Elect of the Association of Disciple Musicians and chair of that organization’s 2019 conference.
His Master of Music degree in organ performance is from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in music, from Duke University. European study was at the Vienna International Music Center and the Hochshule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Director of Operations
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.
Building and Grounds Director
Erik grew up in historic Savannah, Georgia, where from an early age, his beloved grandmother instilled in him a love of Christ. This led to Erik’s commitment to seek God through Christ and tell others of His grace and glory through all of his educational and professional endeavors. Erik attended Armstrong Atlantic State University where he began his career in operational management.
His previous work experience consists of managing two successful railroad operations in the suburbs of Atlanta. In these positions, he had the opportunity to exhibit leadership through the management and development of his team, overseeing capital projects, and developing annual budgets that attain financial success. Erik values a hands-on approach in his position and is excited about the opportunity for Kingdom ministry through the care and preservation of our church and facilities.
Erik lives in Powder Springs with his wife of ten years, Noel, who is a Media Specialist in Cobb County. They recently welcomed a wonderful blessing and joy, their son, Hayden, to their loving family. Erik loves to run, hike, and build projects in his free time. As the Building and Grounds Director, Erik will continue to uphold and improve the beauty and integrity of Peachtree Christian Church.
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.