Staff

Chris George, Pastor

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 four children. Chris has served as the Pastor at Smoke Rise since April 2013.

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 of Missions, Communications, and 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 three great kids, Blaine, Molly Frances, and Liam. They love to be outside exploring the world that is around them.

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.

Bart McNiel, Associate Pastor

Bart is a graduate of The University of Mobile and Florida State University, obtaining degrees in Psychology, Religion, and Law. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Health from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas. Bart is passionate about congregational life and care. He enjoys helping people experience God’s love in word, worship and work.

Bart likes poetry, music, and movies. He enjoys family fun days with his wife, Stacey McNiel, and their two young girls.

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.

Merrilee Brock
Communication Coordinator

Denise Burcham
Director of Academy of Arts

Amanda Coe Burton
Director of Nursery & Preschool Ministries

Mike Danishek
Manager of Multimedia

Christa Fox
Director of Weekday School

Lynne Ginn
Music Admin. Asst./Wedding Coordinator

Glenn & Pat Herndon
Missions Assistants

Harrison Litzell
Ministry Intern with Families

Debbie Lloyd
Financial Secretary

David MacFarlane
Director of Administration and Communication

Stacey McNeil
Weekday School Assistant Director

Monica Ramirez Leon
Youth Ministry Intern

Antowyn Smith
Facilities Manager

Karen Stitt
Hostess Assistant

Lou Tankersley
Church Hostess

Jill Wade
Recreation and Missions Assistant

Mary Lynn Weatherly
Organist

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