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Rev. Dr. Douglas Griffith

SENIOR PASTOR

Pastor Griffith and his wife Cindy were married in 1980. They have three wonderful children: Katie (29) and her husband George, Mary (26) and her husband Jonathan, and Luke (24) and his wife August. Doug was born in Lancaster, PA. As he grew up his family lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, and Connecticut. He became a Christian in high school in 1972. Doug attended Furman University in Greenville, SC from 1975-1979 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. After sensing a call to ministry he attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO from 1979-1984 where he received a Master of Divinity degree, and was ordained in 1984 as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. Doug served as a part time Youth Pastor at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Ill. from 1980-1982 while attending seminary. He served as a Youth Pastor and Assistant Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC from 1982-1986. His responsibilities at Second Presbyterian included college, small groups, youth, evangelism, community benevolence, and pastoral duties. He then served as an Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian in Atlanta, GA from 1986-1990. His responsibilities at Westminster included singles, college, evangelism and outreach, small groups, and pastoral duties. In 1990 Doug and his family moved to Peachtree City and he became the Church Planter and Organizing Pastor of Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church. In 2005 Doug received an earned Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary and his thesis was: “The Impact of the Theology of Union With Christ on the Relational Ministry of the Pastorate.”  His wife, Cindy, has been a great help and support to Doug and the church. She has been responsible for helping begin and develop a number of ministries early in the life of the church. 770-631-4618, Ext. 102 wdouggrif@carriagelanepres.org Doug’s Facebook page

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Rev. Dr. Timothy Gwin

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Pastor Tim is a covenant child and a Peachtree City native. He is blessed to be married to Rosie.  They lived in Colorado the first 2 years of marriage, where Tim was employed in the natural foods industry.  It was at that time when he began attending seminary at New Geneva Theological Seminary in Colorado Springs. During his time in Colorado he helped lead the youth ministry at Redeemer PCA in Parker, Colorado, which Carriage Lane helped plant. After three years, the Gwins were transferred back to Atlanta. Tim transferred to Reformed Theological Seminary’s Atlanta campus where he completed a Master Of Theological Studies in 2004.  He then transferred to Reformed Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2006.  In May 2011 Tim graduated again from Reformed Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology.  His emphasis has been in Reformation Theology with a concentrated study of John Calvin’s Theology of the Christian Life.  Tim completed  his doctoral dissertation on Calvin and the Psalms as the handbook for the Christian Life through Erskine Theological Seminary’s Institute For Reformed Worship and gradutated in May of 2016. Pastor Tim’s ministry focuses upon the preaching and teaching of God’s inspired and infallible Word with an emphasis upon men’s discipleship.  In addition to preaching on Sunday mornings when Doug is away, Tim preaches the Sunday evening service, and leads a Men’s study on Wednesday nights.  For eight years Tim led the college ministry at Carriage Lane.  For the past several years he has focused on developing the spiritual growth of the church through God’s means of grace, the  men’s ministry, the Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and the weekly family worship guide. After six years of leading the Good News Bible Club, one of CLPC’s gospel outreach programs, Pastor Tim was asked to teach at the Metro Atlanta Seminary.  He currently teaches as an adjuct professor at MAS.  MAS is the Metro Atlanta Presbytery’s school for preparing men of various ages and backgrounds to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ in their unique communities. Pastor Tim has worked with every age group at Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church. His desire is to labor in this local body of Christ to see the fruit of spiritual growth to the praise of God’s glory and the blessing of our community. 770-631-4618, Ext. 103 timgwin@carriagelanepres.org 

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Rev. Dale Zarlenga

MINISTER OF WORSHIP AND MUSIC, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Dale Zarlenga is a pastoral musician with a heart to disciple and equip God’s people in the glorious truths of the Gospel through the avenue of music. He came to Carriage Lane in May 2011.  His primary responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of Worship & Music, helping to plan weekly corporate worship, directing the Worship Team, conducting the Sanctuary Choir, leading the Audio/Visual Team, and chairing the Worship Committee. He pours his life and heart into discipleship relationships with the people to whom he ministers. He also serves the church by helping lead worship, administering the Sacraments, teaching Sunday School, and preaching. Dale is a 2001 graduate of James Madison University earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education and a 2009 graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary earning a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in worship. He was ordained in Gospel ministry in November 2009. Dale has studied voice, conducting, piano, and organ since the time he could reach the keys. God has allowed him to serve in the music ministry of several churches in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Missouri. In addition, he served as a high school choir director in Virginia for four years. He is grateful for the ways God has enabled him to grow in learning more about ministry and his own need for Jesus through these opportunities. God has blessed Dale in many ways throughout his life, most significantly through his wife Beth and his two daughters, Emma Grace and Madelyn Hope. When Dale has spare time, he enjoys using his hands to create things whether with wood, cake, food, yard and house projects, or on his model train layout. 770-631-4618, Ext. 106 dalezarlenga@carriagelanepres.org

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Rev. Chris Sewell

YOUTH DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Chris Sewell grew up in Fayette county and was raised in a Christian home. In sixth grade, God began calling Chris’ family to Carriage Lane PCA and it was here that Chris began to be challenged to search the scriptures. Through this and pointed discipleship, Chris was challenged to take his faith in Christ as a serious endeavor. Through the work of the Spirit and the Scriptures plainly and openly taught, Chris began to see that God was much “bigger” and his grace so much sweeter than he had ever thought. This had a powerful impact on Chris as he saw that God works by His Spirit in people’s hearts through His Word, prayer and sacraments. Desiring to see others take hold of the means of grace, Chris began to pursue a calling in ministry. Under the care of the elders and his mentors, Chris received his BA in history from Covenant College in 2008 and went on to seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC) in 2012. Chris married his lovely wife Alisha in 2007 and they had their first child in 2012. Having been so wonderfully impacted by the means of grace and being discipled by godly men during his “teen” years, Chris has a desire to see the very same life altering grace worked out in the hearts of youth. In September 2012, Chris was called to lead the very same youth ministry that discipled him. To God alone be the glory! Chris was ordained in the P.C.A. and installed as Assistant Pastor of Carriage Lane in 2014. 770-631-4618, Ext. 105 chrissewell@carriagelanepres.org

Adam Peeler

Adam Peeler

PASTORAL INTERN

Adam Peeler started coming to Carriage Lane around age 9. He grew up as part of a covenant family, and has grown in His love for the Lord and his church.  He met his wife Jessica in the youth ministry at Carriage Lane.  They have enjoyed being married for 13 years, and have been blessed to have children, four biological, two adopted, and one more on the way.   He has the privilege of serving in many different ministries, including small groups, working with the youth group, teaching Sunday School, and serving as a ruling elder.  He also has a passion for missions, and has had the privilege of taking many short term trips around the world.   A few years ago, during a trip to Africa, he was struck by the great need all around the world for the solid Biblical teaching he had grown up with at Carriage lane.  Soon after his return,  he enrolled in a Master’s of Divinity program at Metro Atlanta Seminary.  The seminary location and design has allowed him to continue to work full time as a Facilities Manager at nearby school.   Adam has been excited and humbled at the opportunity to serve at his home church as a Pastoral Intern.  As an intern, he hopes to learn more about how to serve the Lord in and through the church, and to better understand what the Lord may be calling him to pursue in the way of vocational ministry after he graduates in May. adampeeler@gmail.com


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Rev. David Hamilton

PASTOR OF VISITATION

David was born in North Korea, his father being a missionary there for many years. He came to the states when he was twelve.  The Lord has provided him twenty-four years of Christian teaching. During the years at Gordon College and Seminary in New England, he served as pastor of a church in Maine and counselor at summer camps.After Seminary years he went south to join the Southern Presbyterian Church, and was involved in the founding of the PCA and MTW, while serving as pastor in Burlington, NC. Before going to Mexico as missionary, he planted a church in Pensacola, Florida.  Following twelve years in Mexico and five years in Ecuador, he was a professor at Westminster Seminary in California., having earned  ThMs from Gordon, Columbia, and Fuller Seminaries. For seventeen years David served as the pastor to seniors in Memphis, TN, tending to the hospital patients of the congregation, before retiring and moving to Florida and Peachtree City. He is the father of four married daughters, sixteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. davidmarilyn16@att.net

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Grace Swartz

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Grace married her husband, Dan, in 1980. The Lord has blessed them with three children, Ryan (28), Michele (25), and Justin (21). Grace grew up as a PK (Preacher’s Kid) in Western Pennsylvania. She graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Elementary Education. She and Dan served for 21 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in California and Georgia. They have been members of Carriage Lane since 1991. Grace has worked at CLPC since April 2002, first as a secretarial assistant, later as Children’s Ministry Director and currently as Administrative Assistant. Her ministry passion is for global missions, having led several mission teams to Romania, Czech Republic, and Mexico. 770-631-4618, Ext. 101 grace@carriagelanepres.org

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Jean Chamblee

OFFICE ASSISTANT & NURSERY COORDINATOR

Jean and her family have made Carriage Lane their church home for the past seven years. She and her husband John have been married 28 years and been blessed with two children, Jarrod, 23 and Jennifer, 17. Jean received her Early Childhood Education Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has experience teaching a wide range of ages and grade levels. At Carriage Lane, she has been a teacher for the four-year-olds’ Sunday School for the past six years. In 2009, she felt called to serve as part of the Cherokee Mission Team and continues to serve as a Middle School Girls mentor on the team. She presently serves as a Youth Shepherd and Discipleship Leader for 7th grade girls. She treasures the scripture verses from Colossians 3:23-24. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” 770-631-4618, Ext.100 jean@carriagelanepres.org

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Kelly Bulger

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COORDINATOR

Originally from New York, Kelly  graduated from State University of New York at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. There,  she also met her best friend, Eric, to whom she’s been married since 1984.  As an Air Fore wife and mother of three, she enjoyed living in a variety of locations stateside and overseas.  In 1998 the Bulgers moved to Georgia and put down roots at  Carriage Lane.   Her greatest joy in service has been those opportunities to be involved with the children.  Whether teaching Sunday School, volunteering in the nursery or acting goofy at VBS she is grateful to connect with the youngest members of our covenant family.  She is blessed to be the mother of Erica, Will and Kaitlyn and “Grammy Kelly” to Cody, Kylie, Dallas, David and Elliana. 770-631-4618, Ext. 104 kellybulger@carriagelanepres.org

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Mercer Hill

SEXTON

Mercer is a native of Augusta, GA. He attended Augusta College and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for Delta Airlines for more than 31 years before retiring in 2002. Mercer came to work at Carriage Lane in 2003 and with all of his handy skills and hard work, quickly became indespensible. Mercer has been involved in ministry through facilitating support groups, leading Bible studies and small groups and lay counseling. He also enjoys working as an umpire for the Peachtree City Recreation League. Mercer has three children and is the proud grandpa of two grandchildren. 770-631-4618, Ext. 123 mercer1963@peoplepc.com

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Paige Raffensberger

Youth Ministry Assistant

Paige Raffensberger was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and in the next 18 years moved to Miami, Dallas, back to Nashville, and finally, Atlanta. After moving to Georgia, she left for South Carolina and graduated from Bob Jones University in 2015 with an Associates of Science in Culinary Arts. She was wonderfully blessed to work as a youth intern for Carriage Lane’s youth group and has since become their Youth Ministry Assistant. Paige has two amazing siblings, Chase (19) and Erin (14) who have also loved being a part of Carriage Lane’s youth group. praffens@gmail.com