Sunday Worship Services

9am (Worship in the Chapel)
11am (Worship in the Sanctuary)

Bible Study


Wednesday Nights

Fellowship Meal: 5-5:45pm
Journeys Program for Adults: 6-6:45pm
Music & Missions for Children: 6-6:45pm
The Gathering for Youth: 6-6:45pm
Nursery Care Provided



Smoke Rise Baptist Church
5901 Hugh Howell Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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4 Amigos

Chris George - Pastor
Ernie Forrester - Associate Pastor
Kathy Dobbins - Minister of Spiritual Formation
Danny Vancil - Minister of Music & Worship
Tim Adcox - Minister of Missions
Becky Caswell-Speight - Minister to Families With Children
Jeremy Colliver - Minister to Families With Youth
All Staff - Alphabetical Listing

Chris George


Chris is a graduate of Samford University, Harvard Divinity School and received the Doctor of Ministry from Methodist Theological School of Ohio.

Chris loves hearing and telling the stories of God at work in the past and present, and leading people into God's good future. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and has served at Smoke Rise since April 2013.

Ernie Forrester

Associate Pastor

A native of Atlanta, Ernie is a graduate of West Georgia College and State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ernie has a passion for people and meeting them wherever they are and whatever their need. He has two children and has served at Smoke Rise since April 1989.

Kathy Dobbins

Minister of Spiritual Formation

Kathy is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds the Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA. Kathy delights in being on the journey of faith with others and creating a safe space in which to explore questions.

Kathy lives in Norcross with her miniature dachshund, Sydney. She has been at Smoke Rise since February, 2000.

Danny Vancil

Minister of Music & Worship

Danny became the Minister of Worship & Music at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in May, 2006. A native of Illinois, Danny received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Murray State University (1986) and a Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1989). Danny loves creating thoughtful worship that utilizes both traditional and modern elements while maintaining historic Baptist values.

Tim Adcox

Minister of Missions

Tim has been on staff since May, 1994. He is the lead champion and mobilizer of congregational mission efforts. Tim is passionate about meeting the needs of the people of God’s world by providing opportunities for Jesus' followers to go into the world and live the gospel. In his free time he loves to play golf.

Becky Caswell-Speight

Minister to Families with Children

Becky is from Louisville, KY. She received her B.A. in Religion from Georgetown College and her Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She finds joy in creating new ways for young families to experience God’s love together. Outside of church Becky spends most of her time with her husband Josh and chasing after their two girls Ainsley and Evelyn.

Jeremy Colliver

Minister to Families with Youth

Jeremy is a native of Lexington, KY and received his B.S. in Accounting from Georgetown College and his Master of Divinty from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Jeremy has a passion for helping students to experience God daily, discover their spiritual gifts, and empower students to use those gifts. Jeremy and Laura have two great kids, Blaine and Molly Frances. They love to be outside exploring the world that is around them.

All Staff (alphabetical listing)

Tim Adcox

Minister of Missions

Denise Burcham

Director of Academy of Arts

Greg Burdett

Director of After-School Care Program & Summer Camp

Becky Caswell-Speight

Minister to Families with Children

Amanda Coe Burton

Director of Nursery & Preschool Ministries

Jeremy Colliver

Minister to Families with Youth

Mike Danishek

Manager of Multimedia

Kathy Dobbins

Minister of Spiritual Formation

Ernie Forrester

Associate Pastor

Alison Gibbs

Weekday School Assistant Director

Lynne Ginn

Music Admin. Asst./Wedding Coordinator

Glenn & Pat Herndon

Missions Assistants

Kristen Pope

Ministry Intern

Debbie Lloyd

Financial Secretary

David MacFarlane

Director of Administration and Communication

Tim Pennington-Russell

Social Media & Publications Coordinator

Abby Sizemore

Communication Coordinator

Justin Sizemore

Ministry Associate

Valerie Lowder

Interim Director of Weekday School

Antowyn Smith

Facilities Manager

Karen Stitt

Hostess Assistant


Lou Tankersley

Church Hostess

Danny Vancil

Minister of Music and Worship

Jill Wade

Recreation and Missions Assistant

Mary Lynn Weatherly