Leadership and Staff

David Chisholm, Preacher

David Chisholm will begin preaching at Gwinnett in October of 2013. Prior to that he served for over five years as the pulpit minister for the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ in Terrell TX. David also preached for the Sidney Church of Christ while earning a Masters of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University. David is originally from Oklahoma City where he earned a degree in Bible and Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University, and where he met his wife Rachael before freshman classes even started. Rachael's passion is to take care of their two energetic boys, Lucas and Samuel as well as working locally as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
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Keith Walmsley, Minister

Keith began working at our church in July of 2014, serving as our Youth and Family Minister. Prior to joining GCC, Keith has served as Childrens Minister in Lakeland, Florida, as well as a Youth and Family Minister in Maypearl, Texas. Keith has a degree in Christian Counseling from Ohio Valley University and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Southwest. God has blessed Keith with a wonderful wife, Libby, who is a fourth grade teacher in Gwinnett County, and two beautiful children, Hannah and Caiden. Keith enjoys being with his family, sports, and coaching his kid’s sporting events.
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Our Elders

The congregation is served by a group of elders, who act in the Biblical role of oversight and general governance. These men are selected by the local congregations on the basis of qualifications set down in the scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-8). Serving under the elders are deacons, teachers, and the preacher. The elders are shepherds or overseers who serve under the headship of Christ according to the New Testament. Also in accordance with the pattern set by the new testament, each congregation is independent.

Randy & Leah Garner

Randy and his family helped establish the congregation now known as the Gwinnett Church of Christ in the fall of 1995. Originally born and raised in Athens, Alabama, he moved to Atlanta when his dad was transferred in 1973. He graduated from Lakeside High School in Dekalb County and attended Dekalb College (now known as Georgia Perimeter College) and Georgia Tech. He has served as a Trustee, a Deacon, and now as a Shepherd. He is married to Leah, also from Athens, Alabama (they are childhood sweethearts). Randy and Leah have three children: Corey, Addie, and Bailey. All of the Garners have actively served at GCC over the years. Randy enjoys sports of all types, especially football and cycling, as well as cooking, reading, and flying general aviation airplanes.
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David & Cinder Palmer

David is originally from Jacksonville FL and Cindy from Montgomery AL. David is a graduate of Florida Junior College and Alabama Christian School of Religion. Cindy is a graduate of Alabama Christian. David and Cindy met working in a bus ministry in Montgomery and were married in 1977. They moved to Lawrenceville GA in 1989. They have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and 3 grandnieces. David enjoyed a 35 year career in the wholesale construction industry and Cindy a 35 year career raising children and grandkids. David and Cindy began working with GCC in 1995. David has served as a deacon with the Vaughn Park Church and Snellville Church of Christ. He has served as a trustee for GCC and as a shepherd in 2002. Cindy has been active in ladies ministry and teaching. David enjoys fishing, boating, golf, traveling and spending time with grandchildren. Cindy enjoys sewing, photography, traveling and spending time with family.
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Alan & Donna Pate

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Alan is the oldest of three children. He has attended the Church of Christ since birth. Alan earned a degree in Computer Science from Auburn University where he also met his wife, Donna, through the university choir. A Georgia native, Donna grew up in Savannah. Alan and Donna married the year after graduation and lived in Birmingham and Nashville before settling in Atlanta in 1990. They were blessed with the birth of twin boys, Kyle and Tyler, the same year. Alan retired from AT&T in 2010 following a 25 year career in business sales and marketing, and is currently the owner/operator of a small business serving customers throughout Atlanta. Donna is employed as a school counselor for Gwinnett County where she enjoys helping middle school students. Alan and Donna joined the work at Gwinnett Church of Christ the year after the church began meeting. Alan has served as a Trustee and a Deacon, and Donna has been active in ladies ministries. Alan enjoys golfing and spending time with his family and his church family.
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Sonya Armentrout, Office Manager

Sonya and her husband Bryan have been members of Gwinnett Church of Christ since December 2008. They moved to Gwinnett County from Huntsville, Alabama in 2002 when Bryan became an 8th grade social studies teacher. Sonya (originally from Florence, Alabama) met Bryan (originally from Jonesborough, Tennessee) at Freed-Hardeman University and they married in 1990. In November 2008 their daughter Brylee was born. In addition to the administrative work she does for GCC, Sonya is a software consultant and part-time writer. She enjoys family time, travel, antiques, and sports.
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The following men have been appointed
as servant leaders over various ministries.
Bryan Armentrout
Marcus Campbell
Gregg Harlin
Spencer Jackson
Dwight Melson
Danny Thompson
Lynn Torak
Tom Vallance
Sam Agyei
Keithe Williams
Tommy Gunn
Bret Nickels

Ministry Leaders

Other members coordinate important ministries
Administrative Services: Sonya Armentrout
Bus Ministry: Dave Curtin
Children's Worship: Nichelle Jackson
Communion Supplies: Susan Newell
Connection Groups: Ken Guyton
Fellowship: Tom and Dana Burleson
Greeting Ministry: Marcus Campbell
Grounds: Bailey Garner
Housekeeping: Dana Burleson
Kitchen Supplies: Dana Burleson
Ladies Bible Study: Donna Pate, Sonya Armentrout
Ladies Night Out: Carol Johnson
Ladies Retreat: Leah Garner, Donna Pate
Lawrenceville Co-op Coordination: Tonya Curtin, Deborah Harlin, Debby Torak
Meals for Sick Coordination: Janie Guyton, Milly Newsom
Photography Ministry: Don Newell
Porch Visit Ministry: Tim Weekley
Pictorial Directory: Susan Newell
Resource Room: Charlotte Jackson, Stacey Quartey
Salt & Light Center Volunteer Coordination: Rob & Cheryl Williams
Shower Organization: Lesley Melson, Cheryl Williams
Sign Ministry: Charles Hampton
Website: Dee Podo
World Bible School: Ernest Mensah, Bob Scott