Tom has been Columbia’s pastor since 2000. Formerly a newspaper publisher, he is a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary. He has a passion for working with the homeless and with organizations striving to prevent homelessness, including Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Our House. He also enjoys creative worship planning and preaching. Tom believes that Jesus Christ can be found in every person’s story if we just take the time to stop and listen to each other. Stories, he says, build relationships and tear down walls. Tom enjoys hiking, traveling and even throwing a little pottery once in a while.
Jeff joined the staff of Columbia Presbyterian Church as interim Organist/Music Director in March 2011 becoming permanent staff in October 2011. He has served in churches for the past 34 years in the roles of music director, organist or combination organist/music director in College Park, GA, Macon, GA and Tallassee, AL.
Jeff is also director of choral activities the DeKalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, GA, a position that he has held since 2003. Jeff currently serves as the State Choral Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association. He is a graduate of Auburn University receiving the Bachelor’s of Music Education in 1986, the Master’s in Education in 2006, and the Education Specialist degree at Auburn in 2008. Jeff currently teaches the advanced choral ensembles, HighLeit and ProArte’, Concert Choir and keyboard at DSA.
In his spare time Jeff loves to travel. Some of his favorite destinations are New York City, London and the mountains.